This module aims to give meaning to the MOA programme by bringing together cultural insights from all parts of the Mediterranean region, with a particular focus on areas where the partner organisations are located. Through a more pedagogical lens, it aims to give participants an overview of the diversity of musical traditions around the Mediterranean Sea (i.e. in the Middle East, the Balkans, Turkey, Iberia and North Africa). Presentations will lead the participants to discuss the concept of a “Mediterranean identity” and to address the issue of cultural encounters, which – as creative as they have proved to be – can also result in misunderstandings.

This webinar focuses on the diversity of musical traditions in the Anatolian coast of the Mediterranean and Aegean seas. We will explore the musical cultures in this region and discuss the possibility of transcultural musical creation, by drawing on the experiences of Michael Ellison, an American composer who works with local musicians. We will be focusing on the importance of “regional” instruments and non-dominant narratives for composers who are seeking to raise the bar in their engagement with source musics and in their efforts to create direct collaborations with musicians.
Speakers: Şirin ÖZGÜN and Michael ELLISON
Proposed and produced by Istanbul Technical University MIAM

Makam music in Türkiye, a tradition almost six hundred years old, is still alive in today’s Türkiye. Taksim is an improvised instrumental composition. The instrumentalist shows her/his knowledge of Makam, the ability to create original musical ideas, and mastery on such instruments as the tanbur, the kemençe, the ud, the kanun, and the ney.
Speakers: Neva ÖZGEN and Yelda ÖZGEN
Proposed and produced by Istanbul Technical University MIAM.

Medinea On Air is a European Union Erasmus+ funded programme that unites six partners from the Mediterranean region: the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence (France), the Ente Musicale di Nuoro (Italy), ARC Research and Consultancy (Malta), the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa (Portugal), the University of Ljubljana – Academy of Music (Slovenia), and the Istanbul Technical University (Turkey).

Medinea On Air aims to provide specific preparation for classical musicians and improvisers who wish to audition for the Mediterranean Youth Orchestra’s symphonic and Medinea Sessions; and more broadly, to enrich young musicians’ musical training. Therefore, in addition to Audition and Competition Preparation, the programme provides three other modules: Digital TechnologyCareer Development and Human, Social and Entrepreneurial Skills and Aesthetics, Cultures, Identities and Artistic Encounters.