Authenticity, Tradition, and Power in Turkish Classical Music-Making in Istanbul

Location: Istanbul 

Year(s):  2017

Grant Recipient: Audrey Wozniak, Independent

Funding:  BIAA, Trinity Laban Conservatoire

Under BIAA SRI(s):  Cultural heritage, society and economy in Turkey; Legacy date- using the past for the future

Website: audreywoz.com

Summary: As a musician-scholar, I examined the cultural contexts of modern-day preservation and dissemination of Turkish and Ottoman classical music in Istanbul. Working with and interviewing master musicians, observing and participating in rehearsals and performances, and analysing works, I immersed myself in the pedagogy and performance of makam music theory and the historically-informed use of taksim, or melodically- and harmonically-informed improvisation. While working with master musicians in meşk (master-apprentice) settings, I explored the musical and expressive conflicts in modern interpretations of ‘appropriate’ and ‘authentic’ revival of Turkish classical music culture, and considered the extra-musical contexts of such clashes.     

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Audrey Wozniak: 

Audrey Wozniak is a musician-scholar whose work is at the nexus of cross-cultural communication, identity, and power. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from Wellesley College, where she double-majored in Music and East Asian Studies. In 2015 she was awarded a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, which funded her yearlong self-designed project exploring multiculturalism in musical traditions in Indonesia, China, and Turkey. She received a MSc in Politics and Communication from the London School of Economics in 2016, and will complete a MMus in Music Performance from Trinity Laban Conservatoire in 2018. She has been accepted for one of two places in the Ethnomusicology program at Harvard University with a full fellowship, a program she will begin in the fall of 2018. 

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