Zeynep Ayşe Hatipoğlu is an interdisciplinary cellist, composer and improviser based in Istanbul. Her performances change from free improvisation with contemporary/new music to Turkish Makam music improvisations in free and experimental approaches.

Her works include acoustic and electroacoustic compositions, and collaborative projects with artists from multiple disciplines. Her current collaborations include site specific sound installations and “improvisatory play” exercises to support creative music making.

She studied at the Conservatory of Istanbul University and the State Conservatory for Turkish Music at the Istanbul Technical University (ITU TMDK) as a cellist and composer in Eurogenetic classical music and Turkish makam music. She completed her Master’s degree at Music Theory and Composition at ITU TMDK with her thesis titled “Time in the violoncello taksims of Tanburi Cemil Bey” and completed her Ph.D. at the ITU Center for Advanced Studies in Music (MIAM) with her thesis titled “A practice-based research on musical improvisation : Collaborative Improvisation as a play”.

She was an artist in residence at Field Kitchen Academy Silence with the Consent of Sound in Berlin 2019 and One beat Istanbul in 2016. She is currently a research and teaching assistant in the ITU TMDK Department of Composition, an active member of improvisation trio SAVT, Klank.ist ensemble, HEYA Sound Project. She is hosting “Improvisational Play” workshops with collaborations to support and diversify collective music making. Her current interests include exploring composer and performer collaboration possibilities, exploring new performance capabilities, and investigating new sound sources for composition and performances.

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