The first collective that I want to introduce to you is KLANK.IST which I’m the founder and co-artistic director. Klank.ist is an Istanbul based group working on audio-visual installations and transdisciplinary music projects. Klank.ist is active in many areas including its music ensemble klank.ist ensemble, its multidisciplinary event series klank.ist impro and its research laboratory klank.ist wip. The collective gathers many artists under the same roof by curating events. The main purpose of the collective is to give a voice to what is not possible otherwise.
The second collective that I want to talk about is DADANS: a collective which aims for artistic creation, primarily using dance, cinema, theatre and performance art, as well as other disciplines. For them, the “dada” of dadans is not related to a movement that they follow, but to the “dadadadaa” sound.
The third collective is actually a band of three musicians called SAVT: an improvisation band consisting of tanbur, classical kemençe, and cello, and proposing new possibilities to the Taksim tradition by their improvisations that seeks to build its unique language by exploring beyond the tradition.
The last collective is a performance art collective which closely works with musicians and sadly after the shut down of their space in Bomonti they continue their works mobile. The name of the collective is THE CORNER IN THE WORLD. The reason I mentioned their name is because they curated many concerts for musicians and it was a valuable place for musicians who are not from the mainstream music scene. I was personally involved with them in many concerts and also as a composer for some of their productions.