HASRETİM – An Anatolian Journey
HASRETİM – An Anatolian Journey

HASRETİM (»My longing«) is a musical search for cultural identity.

09.10.2021 // 7.30 p.m.​

10.10.2021 // 5 p.m.​

In 2010, guitarist and composer Marc Sinan embarked on an unusual journey. The route went from the Black Sea, the homeland of his grandparents, to the border of Armenia.

For weeks he and his fellow travelers find and film traditional musicians, try to penetrate their art and perhaps find the last musical documents of a different present. As everywhere, traditional music is a dying art. The tradition of oral tradition is breaking down. The former Asiklar Kahvesis, clubs of the »singer-songwriters«, are now simple tea houses. Rarely do you come across young musicians like the kemençe player Mesut Kurt from Trabzon or the singer Asiye Göl from Ordu. Very few of them make a living from music, but they play with great ease and virtuosity. Their music bears witness to restlessness and temperament and, in its diversity, bears the traces of Anatolia’s cultural and ethnic wealth. In HASRETİM, the musical finds and video recordings of Marc Sinan’s journey meet his own contemporary music.

The revival ten years after the premiere is imperative in times of escalating geopolitical crises and wars in the region. Even more than in 2010, ethnic minorities and opposition forces in Turkey are under pressure. HASRETİM remains an important artistic plea for the strength of cultural diversity and the connecting power of music and art.

The new version of HASRETİM is for an international ensemble of eight musicians. Awarded the special prize “World Horizon” by the German UNESCO Commission in 2011.

An event as part of the “Studio Bosporus” festival in cooperation with the SPREEHALLE Berlin

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Marc Sinan // Composition

Andrea Molino // Musical arrangement

Marc Sinan, Markus Rindt // idea, concept and production

Oğuz Buyukberber // clarinet

Daniel Eichholz // drums

Gunnhildur Einarsdóttir // Harp

Anil Eraslan // Cello

Miako Klein // violin, recorders

Meinrad Kneer // double bass

Marc Sinan // Guitar

Derya Yıldırım // Bağlama, vocals

Hans-Peter Eckardt, Markus Rindt, Filip Zorzor // Camera

Fabian Knecht, Filip Zorzor, Lonni Wong // Video

Released on August 23, 2013 on CD/DVD by ECM Records

HASRETİM was premiered in 2010 and was created in cooperation with the Dresdner Sinfoniker, HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts Dresden and YMUSIC.

An event as part of the “Studio Bosporus” festival in cooperation with the SPREEHALLE Berlin

“Studio Bosporus” is an event organized by the Tarabya Cultural Academy in cooperation with the Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien with the kind support of the Mercator Foundation and the LOTTO Foundation Berlin. The Kulturakademie Tarabya is run by the German Embassy in Ankara, with the Goethe-Institut Istanbul taking on curatorial responsibility.

»Ein Konzert als schöne Vision.«

–Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 22.10.2010

»…ein geradezu fabelhaftes Werk…Hasretim war bei MärzMusik das einzige abendfüllende Werk, das alle drei thematischen Linien zu verbinden wusste.«

–Die Welt, 3.4.2013

»…eine mitreißende Uraufführung«

–Die Zeit, 14.10.2010

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