CW#10 l SEASON 3 l Equal Distance
28 June 2023, Wednesday | Season 3, Episode 10
Ölberg-Kirche (Paul-Lincke-Ufer 29, 10999 Berlin) and online
Livestream link: https://youtube.com/live/L2dmh3EN13M
Organized by the Apartment Project Berlin and funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe
19:30 «Solo Piano» by Ozan Tekin
21:00 Piano improvisation by Or Solomon
This episode of «Chromatic Wednesdays» shows two piano performances that revolve around the meaning of «Comma» in music theory, where it describes a very small interval, bringing two notes closer together by tuning them differently. Although played one after the other, Ozan Tekin and Or Solomon’s performances converge through their commonalities of artistic exploration, personal expression and innovative approaches. Ozan ‘s compositions from his latest album «Anarya» take listeners on a musical journey that blends diverse influences from his hometown Adana, his temporary home of Istanbul and his recent home of Cologne. ‘Anarya gitmek’ is an idiom in Ozan’s hometown that means ‘to go back’ and expresses his symbolic return migration in his album. The resulting tracks are a sonic story reflecting Ozan’s various memories from these three places. His catchy melodies, immersive melancholic arpeggios and restless changes, albeit in different in styles, express the ever-changing sense of belonging and the melodies that cannot be assigned to any specific ‘heimat’.
Taking up on this musical strand, Or Solomon sensitively expresses breath transformed into spoken words through his elegant and virtuosic playing, combining improvisation with a deep connection to his compositions. A dialog emerges between the words and the piano, joined by spatial constructions of Or’s «Meditations». Or powerfully paints a whole palette of sound imagery, a panorama of melodic and colorful fields, a bestiary of mythological animals, of sudden thoughts and of instinctual impulses as in mythical parables. Both artists reveal a sense of musical experimentation, pushing the boundaries of traditional musical forms. Their projects embody a fusion of musical influences and demonstrate their unique artistic vision to reinvent the art of solo piano performance.
Ozan Tekin (b. in Adana) is a composer and producer based in Cologne. He began playing the piano at the age of five, cultivating his attention to the phenomenon of sound at an early age. His latest album «Anarya» is a three-part compilation of his piano works, released in May 2022, in which he projects his compositions over neo-classical, jazz and ambient music. In his debut album «Pillars of Salt», released in October 2019, Ozan experiments with ambient compositions. Ozan also releases singer-songwriter songs under the alias Seyrek Rifat and composes music and does sound design for theatre, performance, film and TV productions in Germany and Turkey.
Or Solomon (b. in Tel-Aviv) is an Israeli-French pianist, composer and improviser. His life-long musical research has led him to develop an original approach to the piano as a sound generator, drawing inspiration from all interrelated dynamics, often resulting in abstract expressionist forms. Or’s outstanding improvisations are closely related to his composition. He is obsessed with tying his music to a structure, set, harmony or a loop to create powerful musical, verbal and colorful images. The resulting pieces evoke paintings of abstract expressionism as they play with gestural strokes composed through spontaneity.
«Chromatic Wednesdays» is a bi-weekly event series bringing together creative thinkers across diverse backgrounds. As part of this interdisciplinary program, the performances will be shown at 19.30 (doors open at 19.00) at Ölberg-Kirche (Paul-Lincke-Ufer 29, 10999 Berlin) and can also be followed online on Youtube (https://youtube.com/live/L2dmh3EN13M).