Programme Notes

Oya Çinar Kanik - Kovalamaca - "Chase"

Scored for 4 alto flutes, 2 bass flutes and contrabass flute (parts may be doubled).

Kovalamaca - “Chase”, was written in 2022 and dedicated to the Istanbul Flute Ensemble. In 2024, the low flute version was created for the Marmara Flute Orchestra Low Flute Section. The composer's arrangement of the folk song Silifke’nin Yogurdu, another work for flute ensembles, was dedicated to the Istanbul Flute Ensemble in 2019. Both of these works have been performed at various festivals and concerts both domestically and internationally.

"Chase" is a composition that revolves around the interactions and conflicts among instrument groups. This structure, reminiscent of an exhilarating chase where each instrument group follows the other, reflects the tension and dynamism within the music. The piece stands out with its original Turkish melodies, lending it a distinctive cultural identity. The use of Turkish aksak (irregular) rhythms enriches the flow of the music, adding depth and complexity to the musical narrative. These rhythms are typically found in vocal and instrumental dance music in Turkish music (such as folk dances), but they can also appear in some folk songs. In this piece, aksak rhythms typical to Turkish music, such as 5/8, 7/8, and 9/8, are used consecutively and intensively. During performance, 5/8 should be counted as two beats (2+3), 7/8 as three beats (2+2+3), and 9/8 as three beats (2+2+2+3).

With the unique combination of thematic motifs, rhythmic intricacies, and cultural elements, "Chase" invites listeners on a journey of exploration, encouraging them to discover different cultural and musical textures.

Selected performances:
1-Portugal Flute Ensembles Festival
Date: January 28, 2023
Venue: Centro De Congressos De Averio, Portugal

2-Broadcast: March 27, 2023, on TRT 3 Radio's "Allegro" Program
3-Marmaris Armutalan Cultural Center Tarik Akan Stage
Date: April 16, 2023
Venue: Marmaris Armutalan Cultural Center Tarik Akan Stage

4.Sakarya University State Conservatory Art Events
Date: November 28, 2022
Venue: SAU Culture and Congress Center Nevzat Kor Hall

5-Bulgaria/Burgas Governorate Concert Hall
Date: July 22, 2023
Venue: Burgas, Bulgaria

6-9th AIMA Music Festival
Date: July 16, 2023
Venue: Sabanci University Creative Technologies Workshop

7-Kalamis Summer Festival
Date: August 22, 2023
Venue: Kalamis Atatürk Park

8-Bolu Izzet Baysal University Faculty of Fine Arts Events
Date: December 28, 2022
Venue: Baibü Cultural Center

9-Bursa Nilüfer Municipality Dr. Hüseyin Parkan Sanlikol Musical Instruments Museum
Date: December 3, 2022
Venue: Bursa Nilüfer Municipality Dr. Hüseyin Parkan Sanlikol Musical Instruments Museum

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