Recently, performing artists from the Turkish–American Cultural Laboratory (TACL) were in residence in the Department of Music. From November 29 through December 1, violinist Zeynep Apan, cellist Mark Prihodko and pianist Dasha Moroz conducted a full schedule of cultural and educational events, culminating in a concert.
TACL is a project of ARTEMP, a new, US-based nonprofit production and management center founded by Ms. Apan and Mr. Prihodko. The project targets young artists in the US and Turkey, providing them with a platform for enhanced collaboration and creation, and thereby promoting cultural dialogue.
While at Bilkent, the three TACL members offered workshops at the Music Preparatory School, presented two talks on community engagement and self-management for artists and conducted instrumental master classes for Bilkent music students. The program for the concert, which took place on Sunday, December 1, consisted of 21st-century American and Turkish works, including music commissioned by TACL as well as pieces by well-known contemporary composers such as Kamran İnce and Fazıl Say.
The Department of Music is planning to continue partnering with TACL to hold additional educational events and concerts in the future.