Unorthodox ways of using Ableton Live 11 | Mehmet Can Özer

Contemporary Music Lab is organizing a lecture of Mehmet Can Özer on his music along with a seminar on Ableton Live followed by a live performance!

Wednesday 10 .11.21 | Lecture | Self-Portrait 18:00
Thurday 11.11.21 | Seminar | Live Ableton 17:00-20:00
Thurday 11.11.21 | Live Performance 20:30

All events will take place at the Foyer of the Music Department at Thermi

Ableton Live is known as a popular electronic music software, but is it only limited to the genre? Prof. Dr. Mehmet Can Özer is exploring Live 11 from the perspective of a contemporary composer and invites people to think out of the box. These masterclasses are official Ableton events worldwide with the collaboration of the music departments.

Mehmet Can Özer is a multifaceted composer whose music combines traditional musical elements with electroacoustic music. Having lived in both Europe and Turkey for the past decade, Mr. Özer has synthesized both Western and Eastern sources into his own original musical language. His works have been released internationally in a series of six solo albums which includes the first Turkish electroacoustic music CD release “Siyah Kalem Dance (2009)” as well as other compilations such as “An Anthology of Turkish Experimental Music (2016)”.

Mr. Özer has performed and conducted master classes in an array of well-established international festivals such as Bourges (France), Berlinale (Germany), AudioArt (Poland), Remusica (Kosovo), Busan Biennale (Korea), Pyramidale (Germany), Acousmania (Romania), SMC (Greece), Generator (Switzerland), Electro- Globe (Belgium), Create (USA), EMUfest (Italy), Ankara International Music Festival (Turkey), Granada Festival (Spain), Estoril Festival (Portugal), DeSonanz (Macedonia), Apparat (Denmark), Notam (Norway), Exposition of New Music (Czech Republic), Animafest (Belgium), Bimbache (Germany), Macedonian New Music Days (Macedonia), Kiev International Music Days (Ukraine) and Vox Electronica (Ukraine).

His instrumental compositions have been performed in MaerzMusik, Moritzburg, Hambacher Musikfest(Germany), Sigulda (Latvia) and Goslar-Herz International Musik Festival.

Many of his works have been commissioned by prestigious institutions, notable individuals, and international competitions. Amongst these are the Presidential Symphony Orchestra (Ankara), Thyssen- Bornemisza Art Contemporary (Austria), the Goethe Institute (Germany), I. M. E. B. (France), Musiques&Recherches (Belgium), the Visisonor Foundation (Holland), Duo Ums’n Jip (Switzerland), Aksanat (Turkey), Pauline Sachse (Germany), Lauma Skride (Latvia), Arjang Omrani (Iran), Axel Buehter (Germany), and the 1st International Contrabass Competition (Turkey), PortIzmir (Turkey), EMS (Sweden) as well as Ernst Reuter Initiative (Germany).

Mr. Özer has won prizes in the Halici-Midi Composition Competition (1998) and the Bourges International Electroacoustic Music Competition (2003 and 2007). He received the Goethe Institute Artist Stipendum (2006 and 2018) and the SWR Experimental Studio Grant (2008).

Mehmet Can Özer was born in 1981. He studied both composition and music technologies in Ankara, Geneva, Zürich and Berlin under the tutelage of Bujor Hoinic, Michael Jarrell, Rainer Boesch and Gerald Bennett. Since 2007, Mr. Özer has used his personally developed software “Asure” in his concerts. Besides his artistic activities, Mehmet Can Özer is an active sound engineer whose productions center on classical and jazz music. Currently, he is a professor and the head of the music department at Yaşar University in Izmir (Turkey).