Hasretim - Trip to Anatolia
A musical installation for 20 instrumentalists and video from Marc Sinan / In conjunction with Markus Rindt, Andrea Molino and the Dresdner Sinfoniker / Commissioned by the European Center for the Arts in Hellerau
Awarded the "Welthorizont" special prize by the German Commission for UNESCO
If you start in Istanbul and head east towards Samsun, Ordu or Trabzon, you are on a voyage into the past. As you progress, you can feel the years roll back. Stopping as twilight fades at the village of Bolu to enjoy some delicious köfte under neon lights, bidding farewell to Corum and Merzifon in the depths of night and arriving at the Black Sea coast at the break of dawn. Here, at the place where my grandparents and mother called home, is where we begin our quest - a quest in which time has stood still. It leads us to the archaic melodies of a people who since time immemorial have related stories of the never-ending permutations of love, hate, God and mountains.
The songs and music as we journey from Ordu to Trabzon and then on towards the mountains surrounding Erzurum and Kars are a hidden treasure just waiting to be discovered - a musical testament to a different present.
The melodies conjured up by folk instruments and the songs of the Asiks lie at the heart of this contemporary piece which was premiered by the Dresdner Sinfoniker, along with Turkish and Armenian musicians, as part of the 2010 "TonLagen" Festival.
The European Center for the Arts in Hellerau commissioned Marc Sinan, in close collaboration with the composer and conductor Andrea Molino and the painter Filip Zorzor, to create a musical installation where video documentation of traditional musicians is projected onto a screen juxtaposed on an equal footing with Marc Sinan's own contemporary music and interwoven together.
Idea, Concept and Production: Marc Sinan and Markus Rindt
Music: Marc Sinan
Music Setup and Musical Direction: Andrea Molino
Camera: Hans-Peter Eckardt, Markus Rindt, Filip Zorzor
Video: Filip Zorzor, Lonni Wong, Fabian Knecht