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The resistance of the Turkish makam and the habitus of a performer. Reflections on a collaborative CD-project with erdem helvaciolu

  • Stefan Östersjö
Publishing year: 2013-06-01
Language: English
Pages: 201-213
Publication/Series: Contemporary Music Review
Volume: 32
Issue: 2-3
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: Routledge

Abstract english

I will take a recent CD-project as point of departure, a collaboration with the Turkish composer and electronic musician Erdem Helvaciolu. We did a series of recording sessions in Istanbul in December 2009 for which we agreed to use the Turkish makam as common point of departure in all the pieces. In this paper I will discuss the resistance of this material and specifically the relation between the resistance and the habitus of a performer. In the sessions we agreed to approach the different makam by applying different scordaturas to the instruments. I will develop on the resistance of the instrument with regard to this phase, also looking back at Kent Olofsson's Il Liuto d'Orfeo.


  • Habitus
  • Instrument
  • Musical Experiment
  • Musical Tradition


  • ISSN: 0749-4467
Stefan Östersjö
E-mail: stefan [dot] ostersjo [at] mhm [dot] lu [dot] se

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