B A R O Q U E I S T H E N E W P O P
Musica Sequenza was launched by composer and bassoonist Burak in New York City in 2008, standing for the innovation in classical music. The Ensemble is engaged in developing an inter-cultural artistic movement with their global production partners. With the motto “Baroque is the new pop!” Burak & Musica Sequenza has started collaborating with festivals and concert halls, advancing this artistic movement worldwide.
Handel’s melodies are his strength. Instantly memorable, they express the emotions of his operatic characters. Handel reused a number of them: there was no copyright in his day, nor could music be reproduced by technological means. Sampling and the phenomenon of universally available music did not exist in the Age of Baroque, but today; now every aria has its own world of sound.
B A C H : T H E S I L E N T C A N T A T A
A V I G N O N F E S T I V A L / S A S H A W A L T Z
Choreographer Sasha Waltz celebrated the premiere of „Dialogues 20-13“ at the Festival d’Avignon. The composer and bassoonist Burak Özdemir, as well as the French painter Guillaume Bruère joined the compagnie in an artistically improvised dialogue. The dancers moved to the sound of a bassoon on a huge screen around the drawings. They immersed their hair in color pots and became painters themselves.
T R A N S M U T E 4 P R E M I E R S A T K A N T I N E
Transmute; a digital work, characterized by strongly accented rhythm and layering of recurring musical elements. Numerous, almost noise-like sounds and the experimental design are part of Özdemir’s latest avant-garde. The motifs exist in a liquid space-time continuum, alternating between baroque and contemporary eras. The first series ‚zero gravity‘ was commissioned by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. The premiere concert was performed at Umspannwerk Berlin in 2014 as a part of the discussion panels about the power plant shut downs in Germany. Transmute 2 ‘honey, where are my keys?’ was a coproduction with Early Music Biennale performed at the Radial System. Read more..
K I T K A T C L U B B E R L I N / O P E R A D E L F U T U R O
Berlin’s legendary nightclub opened its doors to celebrate its 21st birthday with Burak Özdemir & Musica Sequenza. In cooperation with KitKat Club, Özdemir presented his latest operatic production „Skin Deep Plug-ins“, a new multi-media work of the current series „Opera del Futuro“. The project follows the artistic mission; an open approach to the compositional material: a platform for both free improvisation and notated music.
I S T A N B U L M U S I C F E S T I V A L & H Ä N D E L
Burak & Musica Sequenza perform Sampling Baroque/Händel’s Turkey premiere at the 45th Istanbul Music Festival. Hosted by Bomontiada, the open-air show takes place at the Bomontiada Courtyard in Istanbul center. Before the main show, a teaser version of the bestseller program; Bach The Silent Cantata is also presented to the Istanbul audience.
Human feelings – love and pain – have been immutable since ancient times. In music, they were portrayed as “affects”, with carefully delineated lines between them. These two universal feelings from the past are amongst the most valuable heritage for us. Only with and through these, can we stay close to another.
Archaic structures of electronica and melodic techno unfold, and engage with ancient and historical instruments, performed by Burak & Musica Sequenza MAIA REMIXES OUT ON MAY 31
Remixes by EFDEMIN, HERNAN CATTANEO, MAGDALENA, MATTHEW HERBERT, N’TO, RODRIGUEZ JR.
KORERO a collage of sound sculptures, and improvisation on historical instruments, premiered on 30th November at Pera Museum Istanbul EXPLORING ELBPHILHARMONIEBurak Özdemir joins choreographer Sasha Waltz & Guests for her choreographic installation »Figure Humaine« with about 80 musicians, singers and the dancers. SAMPLING BAROQUE ALBUM
Ever since he was a child, Burak has been exploring the anatomy of sound. He renders sounds and tests their mutability by taking them to their furthest extreme for his Sampling Baroque. (Sony Music)
VINYL / CD / DIGITALDARMSTADT STAATSTHEATEROn March 22 Musica Sequenza performed 2 Bach programs on the same night; Sampling Baroque and Silent Cantata. Both recordings available at Stores, iTunes & Amazon. In collaboration with Sony Music and Darmstadt Staatstheater. LEEUWARDEN CULTURE CAPITAL OF EUROPELeeuwarden, as the cultural capital of Europe in 2018, invites Burak and his latest sound production Sampling Baroque. The performance is on June 8 at Oranjewoud Festival as a part of the European capital of culture events in the Netherlands. VELAZQUEZ DVD OUT NOWBurak Özdemir & Musica Sequenza received a commission by the Grand Palais Museum Paris to compose and record music for the “Velazquez” exhibition. The work was curated and filmed by Karim Ainouz, which now became an international DVD release on Arte Edition.
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