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Mehmet Can Ozer: Two Etudes for unaccompanied double bass

Mehmet Can Ozer: Two Etudes for unaccompanied double bass

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About the Etudes

Two Etudes were commissioned by the 1st International Double Bass Competition in Turkey in 2015. They are advanced, impressive and engaging works for unaccompanied double bass which explore various facets of the solo instrument.

There are musical and technical challenges aplenty with the opportunity to demonstrate a sound technical control and the ability to explore the sonorous and cantabile qualities of the double bass.

Composed as test pieces, they utilise much of the range of the instrument and the 21st-century idiom demonstrates a composer with a complete understanding and empathy with the double bass.

About the Composer

Mehmet Can Özer is a multifaceted composer whose music combines traditional musical elements with electroacoustic music. Having lived in both Europe and Turkey for the past decade, he has synthesized both Western and Eastern sources into his own original musical language. His works have been released internationally in a series of five solo albums which includes the first Turkish electroacoustic music CD release "Siyah Kalem Dance (2009)" as well as other compilations such as "An Anthology of Turkish Experimental Music (2016)".

Mehmet Can Özer has performed and conducted master classes at many leading international festivals throughout Europe and also in America and Korea. Many of his works have been commissioned by prestigious institutions, notable individuals and international competitions, and he has won prizes in the Halici-Midi Composition Competition (1998) and the Bourges International Electroacoustic Music Competition (2003 and 2007).

Mehmet Can Özer was born in 1981 and studied both composition and music technologies in Ankara, Geneva, Zürich and Berlin under the tutelage of Bujor Hoinic, Michael Jarrell, Rainer Boesch and Gerald Bennett. A his artistic activities, Mehmet Can Özer is a successful sound engineer whose productions centre around classical and jazz music. Currently, he is an associate professor at Yaşar University in Izmir (Turkey).

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