“Hat” as a Compositional Process:
Hat (literally means a line, generally used as calligraphy) is a compositional approach that is not constructed through a dialectic on the oppositions, contradictions and polarizations of the musical material(s) but rather on a dialectic between composers psyche and hat. Hat – a line of maqams penetrating and merging into one another – is gradually sought, communicated with and eventually revealed by the composer. Being inextricable from its single unity, this line is only a phenomenon restricted by composers seeking, communication and revelation. Therefore its beginnings and endings are ambiguous; it is not a structure; any instance that occurs within the hat does not dictate the existence of another consequent moment.
Although there are reminiscences, a hat does not incline towards a reference to a certain culture. Rather it is just another occurrence within a universe with no other diversity than itself: a simultaneous unity of time and space that ceaselessly continues and expands.
“Hat for kemençe and ensemble” was performed by Hezarfen Ensemble at MaerzMusic Festival (2013), Bilkent New Music Days (2015), Koç University Late Antique and Byzantine Center Opening (2015) and International Musicological Congress in Rome German Historical Institute. The piece is featured on the ensemble’s CD “Of Lights and Shadows”.