Turkish pianist joins Manners McDade music publishing

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Turkish multidisciplinary artist Busra Kayikci has joined independent music publishing and composition agency Manners McDade, his press secretary announced on Thursday.

London-based agency Manners McDade, which has specialized in new classical and electronic music since 2001, has announced its collaboration with Busra Kayikci, a statement said.

The agency also works with many world famous composers such as Nils Frahm, Christian Loffler and Balmorhea.

“Joining the Manners McDade family is an important step in my career,” Kayikci told Anadolu Agency.

“That way my music will reach a wider audience and even different sectors. I believe it will improve and enrich me,” she noted. “It is also an honor for me to see my name with many artists whose work inspires me greatly and whom I have followed with affection since I embarked on my compositional journey.”

One of the representatives of minimalist music in Turkey, Kayikci will participate in the collective album project to be released on March 29, World Piano Day, with her new work “Qarib”.

The album will be released on Leiter Verlag, the label founded by famous German musician Nils Frahm. In addition to Kayikci, famous musicians such as Olafur Arnalds, Balmorhea, Lambert, Chilly Gonzales will participate in the album.

The 31-year-old pianist started studying different fields of art from an early age, such as piano, ballet, painting until university.

A graduate in interior architecture, the Istanbul-based artist drew inspiration from the world of design and worked on minimalist and neoclassical compositions for the piano.

The 30-year-old pianist released her debut album, Sketches 1 (Eskizler 1 in Turkish) independently in 2019. It consists of nine works in a minimalist and neoclassical style.

She recorded her second album, Tuna, in 2020 on an Architizer award-winning design piano named Una Corda in her workshop in Hungary at the invitation of David Klavins, a German-Latvian piano maker. Her single Birth (Dogum) was used in a New York Theater Ballet performance last fall.

Later during the lockdown, she released two more singles, inspired by Istanbul’s multicultural historic district Kuledibi ”Kuledibi No.1” and ”Shadows”.

Last year, Kayikci released her neoclassical single Bring the Light with iconic German label Deutsche Grammophon, becoming
first Turkish artist to release a record with the 123-year-old company.

This year in June, Kayikci will take the stage at the German music festival Maifeld Derby with London Grammar, Kings of Convenience, King Gizzard.

She is scheduled to perform in Belgium, the UK and the Netherlands later this year.

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