Zeynep Ayşe Hatipoğlu is an interdisciplinary cellist, composer and improviser based in Istanbul. Her works include acoustic and electroacoustic compositions, site-specific performances and collaborative projects with artists from different disciplines. Her performances are derived from free improvisation with contemporary/new music to Turkish Makam music improvisations in free and experimental approaches.
She studied as a cellist and composer in Eurogenetic classical music and Turkish makam music at the Conservatory of Istanbul University, the State Conservatory for Turkish Music at the Istanbul Technical University (ITU TMDK). 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 practice-based research 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. Currently, she is a research and teaching assistant at the ITU TMDK Department of Composition, a member of improvisation trio SAVT, Klank.ist ensemble and HEYA Sound Project. She also continues to conduct workshops on “improvisatory play” to create opportunities to interact with new communities and support creative music making, ways of listening and collaborations.
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