updated 16 February 2023
© Jean-Baptiste Garcia

Didem Coskunseven

American composer born 19 November 1985 in Turkey.

Didem Coskunseven studied history and violin in Ankara, and then continued her studies in music, visual arts, and philosophy at Yıldız Technical University followed by the Center for Advanced Studies in Music at Istanbul Technical University. In 2018, she began a doctoral dissertation in composition at the University of California, Berkeley, which she completed in 2022. In the meantime, she participated in the Cursus in Composition and Computer Music at IRCAM in 2021, where she created, as an end-of-training piece, Day Was Departing, for tenor, choreography filmed by students of the Beaux-Arts de Paris, and electronics.

Coskunseven has been a freelance composer and musician since 2010. She plays keyboard and synthesizer in the independent jazz duo BLOV. She also is an artistic director for interdisciplinary projects with ensembles, choreographers, and video artists. Her projects include work for the IRCAM ManiFeste Festival, Ensemble Nikel, the Donaueschinger Festival, the Ensemble L’Itinéraire, the Groupe de recherches musicales de l’Institut national de l’audiovisuel, the Centre Pompidou, the Beaux-Arts de Paris, and France Musique.

Her catalog includes instrumental pieces, some of which incorporate electronics, and arrangements of songs that reflect her interest in experimental electronic music and modal jazz (she studied with one of the pioneers of jazz composition in Turkey, Emin Fındıkoğlu). One of the key elements of her work lies in questions of musical appreciation and taste, a reflection linked with the notion of duende as theorized by the poet Federico García Lorca. Her attention is thus concentrated on the ineffable character of the spectator’s feeling in front of a live performance and on the collective experience of the concert.

© Ircam-Centre Pompidou, 2023


Didem Coskunseven, site de la compositrice

  • Solo (excluding voice)
  • Chamber music
    • Grounds for flute, bass clarinet, violin, viola, cello and double bass (2013), 4 mn 20 s
    • When The Air is Thin for flute, clarinet, piano, violin, viola and cello (2014), 4 mn
    • String Quartet No.1 (2015), 6 mn 40 s
    • Round Poetry for vibraphone and marimba (2016), 5 mn 10 s
    • elec stage Knotted for dancer, lights, video, percussion, drum set and electronics (2017), 22 mn
    • In Nuce for flute, saxophone, percussion and piano (2018), 8 mn 23 s
    • Sinew Of Images for string quartet (2018), 5 mn
    • Spear Song for flute, saxophone, percussion, piano, violin and cello (2018), 3 mn
    • Dead?Said Mrs.Samsa for clarinet in Bb, trumpet in Bb, harp, viola and double bass (2020), 3 mn
    • What makes a river? for flute, harp and viola (2020), 60 s
    • elec Ext.TheWoods.Night for tenor saxophone, electric guitar, keyboard, vibraphone and live electronics (2021), 13 mn
    • elec Dawn Chorus for vibraphone, marimba and electronics (2023), 10 mn [program note]
  • Instrumental ensemble music
    • Chorei for flute, clarinet, two percussions, piano and string quartet (2017), 11 mn
    • elec Light Year a set of three jazz tunes and three solo drum set pieces, for drum set, keys and electronics (2022), 20 mn
    • elec The Stuff of Dreams for synths, live electronics and drumset, in collaboration with Engin Daglik (2022), 20 mn
  • A cappella vocal music
  • Electronic music / fixed media / mechanical musical instruments
    • elec Home Within dance film by Coskunseven&Demircan (2020), 5 mn
    • elec Object I Phobians electronic music for the film by S. Selvendran (2020), 3 mn
    • elec Damla dance film by Coskunseven&Demircan, for fixed electronics (2021), 60 s
  • Unspecified instrumentation
    • elec Aer light and interactive sound installation by Coskunseven & Daglik (2019)
    • Education In Remembering, sound installation (2019), 9 mn 52 s
    • elec No Musicians’ Land light and interactive sound performance-installation by Coskunseven & Daglik (2020), 60 mn
    • elec Day was Departing V.2 video and sound installation (2021), 9 mn
    • TACT audiovisual installation in collaboration with Zoe Aegerter and Romain Barthelemy (2022)
    • Drawing the sun (2024), 20 mn

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