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Zeynep Toraman

Zeynep is a composer and scholar from Istanbul, Turkey, living and working in Somerville, MA. Her practice-based research explores the ways in which texts (in the broadest sense of this word) can interact with one another within the larger framework of musical compositions, by way of thinking of her own library as an archive, and enfolding autobiography, poetry, fiction and history within her works. Past and recent collaborators include Lauren Cauley, ELISION Ensemble, Ensemble Linea, Quatuor Diotima, Distractfold Ensemble, Ensemble Adapter, Amie Weiss and Nicola Barbieri, Noam Bierstone, and the Wet Ink Ensemble. Her music has been performed at festivals such as Summer Academy Schloss Solitude (Stuttgart, Germany), IRCAM ManiFeste (Paris, France) and Wet Ink Large Ensemble Readings (New York, NY). In September 2017, she joined the doctoral program in composition at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, where she studies with Chaya Czernowin and Hans Tutschku.