Artun Çekem

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Artun Çekem deals with sounds as a means to materialize the things he is fascinated by. His most recent fascination has been with the uncanny; that which exists on the thin line between human and non-human, real and fictitious, the familiar and the strange. In relation to this topic, his current research interests revolve around the spectral analysis of speech components and their possible applications in music.

He began his studies as an electric guitar performer at Modern Music Academy and earned his BA degree in Music from Istanbul Bilgi University. He then graduated as an MA in Music Composition from Bilkent University and is currently pursuing a DMA degree at Columbia University. As a composer, he attended several international festivals, workshops, and concerts across Europe, Japan, and Turkey. His music has been performed by ensembles including Plug Ensemble (Paris / members of Ensemble InterContemporain), Oerknal (Amsterdam), Ensemble TM+ (Paris), Hezarfen Ensemble (Istanbul), Ensemble X (Ithaca, NY), and Musica QuLacoza (Nagoya).


Chamber Ensemble (5 - 9 instruments)


A Night of Music in the Uncanny Valley, Part III for ensemble (2019)
A Night of Music in the Uncanny Valley, Part II for ensemble & electronics (2019)

String Quartet


Lesser Beings for string quartet (2018)

Solo Instrument


Consolation for amplified clarinet (2018)

Chamber Group ( 2 - 4 instruments )


Lesser Beings for string quartet (2018)
Leaked Tape from the Sacred Mysteries for piano trio (2018)
Silence Told Me Secretly for guitar quartet (2017)
A Night of Music in the Uncanny Valley, Part II for ensemble & electronics (2019)
A Night of Music in the Uncanny Valley, Part III for ensemble (2019)
Consolation for amplified clarinet (2018)
Leaked Tape from the Sacred Mysteries for piano trio (2018)
Lesser Beings for string quartet (2018)
Silence Told Me Secretly for guitar quartet (2017)