"In a way, as a composer, I design a place, and the listeners walk around in it, moving within its architecture."
Büşra Kayıkçı's new album Places is a continuation and deepening of her first compositional sketches and studies from 2019, which appeared on her debut Eskizler at the time. Kayıkçı's approach, four years ago as well as now on this album, is in a way synaesthetic - or in other words, her idea of combining music and architecture goes far beyond purely interdisciplinary thinking.
In Eskizler, Büşra Kayıkçı designed her piano pieces like sketches - with the new album Places, she goes one step further: "In our studies, we learned to write a story before drawing a first line," she says. "What kind of place will it be? Who will stay there? How long will people stay there? We wrote detailed texts that guided us." Now, four years after her debut, the composer is turning the method around and capturing places in music that inspire her. "The pieces were written during the Corona lockdowns," she says. "I was locked up - dreaming myself to places I longed to be."
The tracks on Places follow principles that Büşra Kayıkçı has transferred from architecture to her compositional work: In order to design a space coherently, she first learned to select the colours, shapes and materials and then to combine them. In her music, she defines harmonies, melodies, themes and motifs, form and tonal material as modulable set pieces in the same way, in order to combine them, weight them against each other and bring them into balance. "I always compose at the piano," Kayıkçı says. "And I don't write down a piece until it's finished." Even individual ideas for the pieces on Places she didn't write down immediately, but waited to see what she remembered the next morning: "What's still in my head then is the way I can continue with the piece." Unlike on Eskizler, Kayıkçı uses industrial sound designs and electronic accents on Places.
It is true that Büşra Kayıkçı grew up with music in her native Istanbul, learned piano as a nine-year-old, danced ballet and went to a weekend art school. But she decided to pursue interior design as a profession after school and studied Interior Architecture and Environmental Design at university, then worked in the profession for three years. "Studying architecture gave me a new perspective on art," she says - but ultimately she found the creative freedom she had actually been looking for all along in composition. Inspired by modern classical composers like John Cage and Michael Nyman, she wrote her first works in 2020, shortly before the Corona pandemic began. In November of the same year, she self-released the single Doğum (Turkish for Birth) and subsequently her debut album Eskizler. Among her most significant interdisciplinary projects to date is her collaboration with the New York Theatre Ballet in 2020, where choreographer Melissa Toogood created a contemporary dance piece based on Kayıkçı's music.
Friday, February 9
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