MusMA (Music Masters on Air); European Broadcasting Festival

About MusMA

Talking Drums Konseri

Talking Drums MusMA 2013 Concert @ Ankara

cultureMusMA project is an international initiative introduced in 2009-2010 by the ten leading European festivals, all members of the European Festivals Association (EFA). The Türkiye leg of MusMA is managed by Sevda-Cenap And Music Foundation (SCAMF), the organiser of the Ankara International Music Festival. The project is supported by European Broadcasting Union (EBU), Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT) and the radios of other nine countries that broadcast classical music.

The aim of the project is to support young composers and musicians, and promote them all over Europe. The project also targets to meet the classical music listeners with new voices and familiarise them with new genres.
To reach this aim, each festival every year commissions a young composer a piece revolving in some way on a common theme that is determined for each year.
Each piece is then performed in at least five European festivals. By this way, commissioned works can travel between festivals and the composers can reach to a broad international audience. The performances during the festivals are recorded by the radio and/or TV corporations of the related country and broadcast via EBU to a broad network, thus could also be listened in countries that are not members of this project.

The composers and musicians selected for this project annually meet in one of the member countries for workshops and exchange of views. Up today these workshops took place in Estoril in 2010, in Granada in 2011, in Ljubliana in 2012 and in Wroclaw in 2013. The MusMA V workshop will be held in Ankara between 24-26 April 2014, organised by the Sevda-Cenap And Music Foundation.

Within the framework of this project, following works have been added to the Turkish Music repertory and promoted abroad: Siyah Kalem Dansı (Black Pencil Dance) composed for bağlama (folk instrument with three double strings), ney (reed flute) and electronic equipment by Mehmet Can Özer in 2010, Music for Piano by Fazlı Orhun Orhon in 2011, Hat (Calligraphy) for three percussionists by Onur Türkmen in 2012, Tanrının Dostları (Friends of God) composition based on the verses of Goethe and Hacı Bayram-ı Veli, for twelve voices by Yiğit Aydın in 2013. Can Bekir Bilir has been selected as the composer for MusMA V.

Sevda-Cenap And Music Foundation has realised this project during the first four years solely by using its own resources. SCA Music Foundation considers that the spirit of the project fits perfectly with its aims and its mission as laid down by the founders.

Thus: supporting Turkish composers/performers via commissioning of works and organising concerts; promoting the works of the Turkish composers abroad; enabling our musicians to establish contact with their foreign colleagues; enabling the audience in Turkiye to meet with new tunes and genres, are all considered within the principal elements of SCA Music Foundation’s aim to support this art form and promote it in our country

The project is managed in Türkiye by Prof. Dr. Ömer Bozkurt, member of the Executive Board of the SCA Music Foundation. Those composers selected in previous years are serving as voluntary consultants in the management of this project.


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