Hakki Cengiz Eren





Turkish composer Hakki Cengiz Eren presents a selection of chamber and solo works on his debut album COLOR STUDIES, released on Ravello Records.  Eren’s music epitomizes expressionism in contemporary music, utilizing an enormous range of sounds, forms and textures to create highly evocative and dramatic musical statements.


Music for Strings, No. 1, for string quartet, features two basic ideas: 1) multi-layered, serpentine counterpoint defined by the abundance of grace notes and 2) short outbursts of even, typically homophonic rhythms.  Powerfully, the opposition and evolution of these two ideas yields completely new material.


Six Studies on Archipenko, inspired by Alexander Archipenko’s painting ‘‘La Coquette,’’ focuses on evocative textures and alluring instrumental and ensemble timbres. The work features a spate of colors from single instruments and instrumental combinations that evoke visuals congruent to those of the painting.


Four Pieces for Solo Viola uses a myriad of techniques to imply active, multi-layered textures with a single instrument. Eren implements fragments from the overtone series, dramatic contrasts in timbre, generation of harmonic beats through small intervals and extremes of range.


Buffavento, for large chamber ensemble, recalls the deeply abstract and dissonant micropolyphony of Gyorgy Ligeti’s orchestral works Lontano and Atmospheres. The title, meaning “battered by the wind” describes the composer’s impression of the castles that occupy the mountain range of Northern Cyprus.




In addition to composing, Eren is an accomplished guitarist and lutenist. He received a BM degree of classical guitar and played many concerts with USC Thornton’s Early Music Ensemble


Eren recently obtained a Doctor of Musical arts degree from the USC Thornton School of Music


His main field of concentration is the implementation of microtones (notes in between adjacent piano keys) in music, including the history of temperament and microtonal music of the 20th Century


Recent performances of his music have been given by renowned soloists and ensembles, including Garth Knox, Calvin Wiersma, Mak Grgic, members of ECCE, Argus Quartet, Ensemble Nodus, and the winner of the LA Weekly Award for Outstanding Classical Ensemble, Thornton Edge


Recipient of Hans J. Salter Music Memorial Award (2016), Cengiz has also been a finalist in both the 2015 Donald Aird Earplay Competition (2015) and the 2013 Ensemble Et Cetera Composition Competition. In addition, he was one of the only chosen composers for the Ablaze Records Orchestral Masters, Vol.4 in 2016


ALSO ON ravello Records




Release Date August 12, 2016

Catalog #:RR7938





Hakki Cengiz Eren, composer



Thornton Edge | Donald Crockett, conductor


Six Studies on Archipenko

ECCE | Diamanda Dramm, violin; Paolo Vignoroli, flute;

Vasko Dukovski, clarinet Bb/bass; Virginie Tarrête, harp


Wander I

Color I

Wander II

Color II

Wander III

Color III


Music for Strings no: 1 (doors)

The Argus Quartet | Clara Kim, violin; Jason Issokson, violin;

Diana Wade, viola; Joann Whang, cello


Four Pieces for Solo Viola

Garth Knox, viola


9 I. Wandering

10 II. Scenic

11 III. Insistent

12 IV. Dialogue



Buffavento recorded on November 11, 2015 at

Newman Hall, USC Thornton in Los Angeles CA


Recording Session Engineer Ted Ancona


Six Studies on Archipenko recorded on July 12, 2015 at Auvillar in France


Recording Session Producer John Aylward

Recording Session Engineer Weih-Chieh Lin


Music for Strings no: 1 (doors) recorded on

November 23, 2014 at Newman Hall, USC Thornton in Los Angeles CA


Recording Session Engineer Adam Borecki


Four Pieces for Solo Viola recorded on July 8, 2014

at Auvillar in France


Recording Session Producer John Aylward

Recording Session Engineer Weih-Chieh Lin


Executive Producer Bob Lord

Executive A&R Sam Renshaw

A&R Michael Papa

Audio Director Jeff LeRoy

Production Engineer Nate Hunter

Art & Production Director Brett Picknell

Graphic Design Emily Roulo

Marketing Morgan MacLeod





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