Eren Gümrükçüoğlu is a composer and improviser of acoustic/electroacoustic music and a music technologist. His research explores the dynamics of interaction between electronics and live instruments, generative systems, the utilization of non-western elements in concert music, jazz improvisation, and genre divisions with an emphasis on listening practices. He has collaborated with leading ensembles and performers including the JACK Quartet, Mivos Quartet, Semiosis Quartet, Conrad Tao, Ensemble Suono Giallo, Quince Ensemble, Deviant Septet, yMusic Ensemble, New York Polyphony, Quince Ensemble, Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra, and Metropole Orkest among others. His music has been performed around the globe and featured in national and international conferences and festivals such as June in Buffalo, SICPP, ilSUONO Contemporary Music Week, Taproot New Music, ROCC Conference, and SCI. In addition to his academic work, he composed, arranged, performed, and recorded music for film and TV in Hollywood and in Turkey. His studies and years of professional experience in the global music industry span film scoring, jazz composition and improvisation, live performance/touring, audio engineering, and all aspects of music production.
Gümrükçüoğlu writes music that dwells at the intersection of diverse musical styles as a consequence of his wide-ranging experiences in contemporary classical, jazz, and Turkish folk music—bringing together listening practices of disparate genres and cultures. Electronics and improvisation are integral to his compositional process both in terms of generating ideas and exploring live performance possibilities. He refrains from creating a crass amalgam of genres but rather incorporates the idiosyncrasies, contours, shapes, rhythms and pacings of different styles into his music. His compositions evoke the sense of spontaneity and elasticity that are central to musical development in jazz, while at the same time maintaining a rigorous approach to managing musical form and texture that is typical of much contemporary concert music.
His scores are published by Babel Scores, Paris.
Duke University – Ph.D. 2020
Duke University – A.M. 2016
Istanbul Technical University – M.Sc. 2013
Berklee College of Music – B.M. 2004
His personal website: http://www.ereng.net
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