Berlin Baroque Ensemble Musica Sequenza was founded by Burak Özdemir at The Juilliard School in New York in 2008. The ensemble is dedicated to innovation in baroque music and developing an intercultural artistic movement with musicians, singers, dancers, choreographers, visual artists, architects, designers and filmmakers from all around the globe. To date they have created over 40 productions worldwide.
The ensemble performs on 18th century period instruments and works in an international network with global partners such as opera houses, festivals, concert halls, municipal theaters, art foundations and museums. The company presents performances with a repertoire from Renaissance to the contemporary composers. They participate in today’s global art scene with inter-disciplinary productions of baroque, new music, electro-acoustic, modern dance, conceptual performance and experimental music theater.
In 2018 Musica Sequenza celebrated its 10th anniversary by performing milestones of their repertoire such as “Silent Cantata” (2012) and “Sampling Baroque” (2015). For the anniversary they premiered a new Bach production “Atlas Passion” in co-production with Stadttheater Schaffhausen Switzerland. They also performed their signature programs at venues, such as Radialsystem V, International Bach Festival Schaffhausen, Borusan Culture & Art Foundation and Berghain.
Musica Sequenza collaborates with Sasha Waltz, Rolando Villazon, Larisa Navojec and Van Rivers. Since it’s founding the ensemble has performed at Konzerthaus Berlin, Istanbul Music Festival, Händel Festspiele Halle, Oranjewoud Festival Netherlands, Thüringer Bach Wochen, Bach Akademie Stuttgart, Alice Tully Hall, Club Sisyphos, Wagenhallen, Kammgarn, Umspannwerk and the Berlin Biennale.
Commissioned by the Grand Palais Museum Paris in 2014, Musica Sequenza recorded music by Burak Özdemir and Spanish baroque composers for the “Diego Velazquez” world tour exhibition. The work was curated and filmed by Karim Ainouz, which later became an international DVD release on Arte Edition.
Burak Özdemir & Musica Sequenza collaborated with Sasha Waltz & Guests on diverse projects including “Dialoge” at Festival d’Avignon and the open exchange platform “Zuhören” at Radial System V in Berlin.
Since 2012 the recordings of Musica Sequenza have been released by Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Sony Music, Neue Meister and Tacet Nota labels. The works include Burak Özdemir’s recompositions and original scores, developed together with Grammy awarded producer Da-Hong Seetoo, German recording engineer Christian Jaeger and Swedish DJ & Producer Van Rivers. The ensemble releases „Vivaldi : The New Four Seasons“ (2012), „Bach : The Silent Cantata“ (2013), „Rameau a la Turque“ (2014) „Sampling Baroque/Handel“ (2016), „Hermes“ (2019) and „Devas“ (2020) have earned praise by the world press.
6 June 2022 – MORPHINE, Händel Festspiele Halle, Germany (World Premiere)
2021 – INFERNO, TBA
1 November 2021 – DEVAS, Borusan House Istanbul, Turkey
15 May 2021 – OPIUM, Bach Festival Schaffhausen, Switzerland (World Premiere)
Spring 2021 – DEVAS, Mardin Biennale, Turkey
12 March 2021 – MORPHINE, Record Release, Worldwide
4 December 2020 – DEVAS, Record Release, Worldwide
1-2-6 August 2020 – ON AIR, Borusan Klassik Radio, Turkey
8 January 2020 – DEVAS, Christus Church Berlin, Germany
7 January 2020 – DEVAS, Christus Church Berlin, Germany
6 January 2020 – DEVAS, Christus Church Berlin, Germany
16 November 2019 – HERMES, Borusan Museum Istanbul, Turkey
1 September 2019 – FELIX FESTIVAL, Club Domhof Cologne, Germany
31 August 2019 – STILL SEMELE, Kölner Philharmonie, Cologne, Germany (World Premiere)
8 June 2019 – HERMES, Karavaan Festival, The Netherlands
7 June 2019 – HERMES, Karavaan Festival, The Netherlands (World Premiere)
1 June 2019 – LYRE, International Music Video Awards Berlin, Germany
7 April 2019 – BACH MOTETTEN, Heilig Kreuz Kirche Berlin, Germany
6 April 2019 – BACH MOTETTEN, Heilig Kreuz Kirche Berlin, Germany
4 April 2019 – HERMES, Record Release at Silent Green KulturQuartier Berlin, Germany
1 February 2019 – BACH MOTETTEN, Heilig Kreuz Kirche Berlin, Germany
4 January 2019 – MAROF PROJECT, Marof Winery, Slovenia
30 November 2018 – KORERO, Pera Museum Istanbul, Turkey (World Premiere)
23 October 2018 – ATLAS PASSION, Stadttheater Schaffhausen, Switzerland
22 October 2018 – ATLAS PASSION, Stadttheater Schaffhausen, Switzerland
21 October 2018 – ATLAS PASSION, Stadttheater Schaffhausen, Switzerland
20 October 2018 – ATLAS PASSION, Stadttheater Schaffhausen, Switzerland
19 October 2018 – ATLAS PASSION, Stadttheater Schaffhausen, Switzerland (World Premiere)
8 June 2018 – SAMPLING BAROQUE, Oranjewoud Festival, The Netherlands
22 March 2018 – SILENT CANTATA, Darmstadt Stadttheater, Germany
1 February 2018 – SAMPLING BAROQUE, Factory Studios New York, U.S.A.
„..more than energetic.”
New York Times
Release Date: 4 December 2020
Album Title: DEVAS
Publicist: Alessandro Seggioli
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR /
Emma van Schoonhoven
CELLO / GAMBA
NETWORKING / DEVELOPMENT
COSTUME / VISUALS
Musica Sequenza Turkey Premiere
Musica Sequenza as guest at Arte TV