Berkant Gençkal was born 1977 in Bulgaria. He took his first lessons from his father, Yusuf Gençkal. In 1989 he and his family immigrated to Turkey in order to prevent the assimilation campaigns. Then he continued his piano education with Prof. Nergis Şakirzade Sarı. He worked harmony with Zarife Bakihanova and composition with Elhan Bakihanov. He completed his master education with Peter-Jan Wagemans. He took electronic music courses from René Uylenhoet. He studied Advanced Theory with Michael Ellison and ethnomusicology with Robert Riegle.
In 2000, composer won a mention with his piece “Suite for Piano, Strings and Percussion” organized by The British Council’s “The Musician of the Year” competition. In 2002 he won second prize with his “Virgin Stories” in Eczacıbaşı Competition. In 2006 he won first prize with his work “Suite Trakia” in the same competition. With a national entry, his work “2 Views Orient” was premiered in the festival organized by ISCM in Stuttgart in 2006. In 2008 he won third prize with his piece “A Song from the Cave of Eternity” organized by “Culturscapes” in Basel, Switzerland. In 2017 he joined summer festival held in Würzburg “Guitar +” where he composed piece entitled as “Das Tagebuch der Deren” for Hezarfen Ensemble and kanun.
Composer does not leave from traditional techniques in his works. Adding contemporary and modern timbres, he revealed the post-modern texture synthesizing them in his works. The melodies are always his primary and persistent structures. Since 2004 he works in Eskişehir.
„LIQUID SPACES“ FOR ENSEMBLE AND KANUN PROGRAM NOTES
It is not the time that passes through,
Nor the clouds above you,
It is the thing called “spaces”,
that we create building walls, highways,
drawing boundaries in every place.
Spaces, we fight for;
Spaces, we are excluded from;
Spaces, we are hiding in;
Spaces, we are buried in.
This composition has no reference to the special theory of relativity and the equations of Lorentz-Fitzgerald and Einstein which link space and time because of the finite velocity of light and the role of gravity as primary components of physics but rather the psychological state of mind and its humanly active reaction to the environmental circumstances.
The starting point of this composition is the current feeling of being stuck in particular time frame that incarcerate the soul while experiencing the spaces in hologram form that flow within a random order. The desired instantaneous jump from one space to another is not permissible. Only their constant flow may posit the notion of displacement. Spaces create the notion of displacement and it is more fundamental that of time. Consequently, every space can be reduced to a macro and micro level transformations that can create patterns of displacement.
Musically thinking, there are spaces that encompass the physical output of the sound in terms of timbre, intensity, dynamics, frequency, and their disposition in silence. But more important from all above is their continuous transformation ordered from humanly active domains.
In fine, spaces create chains in which every one of it earns meaning within other spaces. This grandiose architecture is our ethereal prison.