Armağan Durdağ, Composer, Conductor, Educator | About
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The music of Armağan Durdağ embraces a Postmodern approach which powerfully integrates Western Neo-Romanticism –including but not limited to Post-minimalistic blend of rock, jazz, and popular music– with the melodic and rhythmic colors of traditional Turkish maqam and folk music. Proud of being born in the 2700-year-old cosmopolitan city of Istanbul as a literal bridge between the Middle-East and Europe, and therefore creating an original synthesis of both Western and Eastern, as well as both modern and ancient musical traditions and spiritualism, Durdağ’s compositions also reflect neo-tonal and modal elements. While employing unique combinations of Western and traditional Turkish music instruments, his music sometimes makes use of intensive polyrhythmic sound masses as well as contrasting silences resulting in a nonlinear and nondirectional quality designed to create a meditative state of mind. His works have been commissioned and performed at various concert halls and international music festivals throughout the world. Armağan Durdağ holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Technologies from the Turkish Music State Conservatory in Istanbul Technical University, a Master of Music degree in Music Composition from the University of Memphis, and recently completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Music Composition with a minor in Orchestral Conducting at the University of Arizona, where he also taught music composition at this institution as a Teaching Assistant.