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EMRE SIHAN KALELI

Composer

ABOUT

“My tales, like those of the Thousand and One Nights, are intended not to persuade readers, but to entertain and touch them.”                                                                       Jorge Luis Borges, Foreword to Brodie’s Report

I am an Austrian composer of Turkish origin, who is based in Vienna. I have studied and acquired professional experience in four countries: Turkey, Uzbekistan, the Netherlands, and Austria. I aim to make exciting, impulsive music and my works range from acoustic chamber works to music theater. My works are performed by Klangforum Wien (AT), Riot Ensemble (UK), Black Page Orchestra (AT), Schallfeld Ensemble (AT), Nieuw Ensemble (NL), airborne extended (AT), ensemble XXI. jahrhundert (AT), mdi Ensemble (IT), and Bilkent Symphony Orchestra (TR) among others. I have been awarded with a number of prizes and honors. Here is a selection of them:

  • 2022 – ‘Förderungspreis’ of the City of Vienna in the Field of Music
  • 2022 – 2nd Prize at the Salvatore Martirano Memorial Composition Award Competition 2022
  • 2021 – Austrian State Scholarship for Composition
  • 2019 – ISCM World New Music Days 2020 in New Zealand – One of the two selected composers from Austria
  • 2019 – impuls Composition Competition, Austria, Winner
  • 2018 – ‘Startstipendium’ for Music and Performing Arts of the Austrian Federal Chancellery, Austria
  • 2015 – Gargonza Arts Award (nominated by Heinz Holliger), Germany, A three months artist residency award in Italy
  • 2015 – MIAM Composition Award, Turkey
  • 2013 – Gaudeamus Award, the Netherlands, Honorable Mention
  • 2009 – 5th Pre-Art Competition for Young Composers, Switzerland, 1st Prize


DATES


UPCOMING

  • Spring 2025: New work for ensemble and tape, ensemble XXI. jahrhundert, Wiener Konzerthaus, Vienna
  • December 2025: A Dark Light / A Black Sun, Kollektiv Unruhe, Germany
  • Autumn 2024: New Work for accordion and tape, Maria Mogas Gensana
  • 26.9.2024: speak to me (for clarinet bell and mini megaphone), Szilárd Benes, Stadtpfarrkirche Urfahr, Linz
  • 23.5.2024: speak to me (for clarinet bell and mini megaphone), Szilárd Benes, Beynəlxalq Muğam Mərkəzi, Baku

(more dates are coming soon)

PAST

  • 17.4.2024: speak to me (for clarinet bell and mini megaphone), Szilárd Benes, KULTUM, Graz
  • 6.4.2024: I am a Diptych, Ensemble S201, Szene 10, Essen
  • 11.3.2024: A Dark Light / A Black Sun, De Paz / PHACE, ORF radio broadcast
  • 4.3.2024: I am a Diptych, Schallfeld Ensemble, Preßl-Saal (KUG), Graz
  • 16.2.2024: A Labyrinth, A Ritual for flute, accordion, voice, percussion and electronics (premiere), between feathers, Brick-15, Vienna
  • 16.2.2024: I am a Diptych, Schallfeld Ensemble, Festival “Teatri del Suono”, Trieste
  • 9.1.2024: A Dark Light / A Black Sun for ensemble and electronics (premiere), Ensemble PHACE, Wiener Konzerthaus | Berio-Saal, Vienna
  • 13.12.2023: I am a Diptych, Trio Tempestoso, Ljubljana New Music Forum, Ljubljana
  • 9.12.2023: I am a Diptych, Trio Tempestoso, Wien Modern, Vienna


UPCOMING & PAST PROJECTS


*Many thanks to City of Vienna, Federal Ministry Republic of Austria for Arts, Culture, Civil Service and Sport and SKE-Fonds for the financial support of my works in form of grants and scholarships



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List of Works (Selection)


1 – 3 Performers

  • speak to me | clarinet bell and mini megaphone | 2024, 6′
  • Proximity | solo percussion | 2021, 4’
  • I am a Diptych | cl, acc, vlc | 2021, 12’

4 – 7 Performers

  • A Labyrinth, A Ritual | fl, perc, voice, acc, electronics | 2024, 9’
  • Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius | fl, cl, pno, vln, vlc | 2023, 9’
  • Hybrid Technologies | bass cl, perc, pno, vln, vlc, cb, electronics | 2022, 10’
  • Aura | fl, pno, vln, vlc | 2022, 9’
  • Strange(r) Things | fl, blockfl, hf, harpsichord | 2021, 12’
  • For Two Trios, Live Electronics, and Light | bass cl, gtr, hfe, perc, vla, vlc, electronics, | 2013, 12′
  • Processions | fl, ob, sax, vlc | 2010, 8’

8 – 12 Performers

  • A Dark Light / A Black Sun |  fl, cl, tp, perc, pno, vln, vlc, cb, electronics | 2023, 12’
  • Hybrid Technologies | fl, cl, acc, perc, pno, vlc, vlc, cb, electronics | 2022, 10’
  • Adjacent rooms, a part of a labyrinth | fl, cl, sax, tp, tb, acc, hf, pno, vln, vla, vlc, cb | 2020, 11’
  • Imaginary Devices: Book I | fl, ob, cl, acc, pno, vlc, vla, vlc, cb | 2020, 13’
  • Adjacent rooms, for Borges | fl, ob, cl, pno, vln, vla, vlc | 2018, 7’30’’
  • Five Love Songs | fl, cl, tp, gtr, pno, perc, vln, vlc, cb | 2015, 13’
  • Seventeen Thoughts on a Chamber Concerto | fl, ob, cl, gtr, md, hf, pno, perc, vln, vla, vlc | 2013, 15’
  • for Oboe and Ensemble | fl, solo ob, cl, hr, tp, tb, pno, vln I, vln II, vla, vlc, cb | 2017, 7’
  • Il voto dell’innocenza | 2 cl, keyboard, pno, perc, e–gtr, cb, sinewaves | 2012, 9’
  • ‘I hear the fragile beauty of mortal earth’ | fl, ob, cl, gtr, md, hf, pno, perc, vln, vla, vlc | 2011, 8’

Music Theatre

  • Subterranean | 2022, 50’
  • A Sensorium |  2016, 40’

Orchestra

A Portrait of Atatürk as a Young General | Narrator and Orchestra | 2017, 13’


duo clearobscure



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duo clearobscure (Aleksandra Bajde & Emre Sihan Kaleli) is a contemporary music duo based in Vienna.
Their work combines contemporary playing/singing techniques with theatrical elements and improvisation.


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