The Project

During his residency, jazz double bassist and composer, Volkan Hursever, will swim and scuba dive with the Akdeniz Koruma Derneği conservation team. From these experiences he will be composing a piece of music using natural sounds of the Eastern Mediterranean.

Hursever fell in love with Gökova Bay, its sea and wildlife, many years ago. He has witnessed the devastation overfishing creates and the recovery that restoration can drive in these important seascapes. He is passionate about the role that music can play in raising awareness about the importance of restoration and his ambition is to create the first piece of ‘musical art of marine ecosystem restoration’ will be shared widely via online platforms later this year.

This project has been established through the Endangered Landscapes Artist Residencies and Arts Prize – a new collaboration between the Endangered Landscapes Programme and the  CCI Arts, Science and Conservation Programme.

The Artist

Volkan Hursever

As one of the most celebrated double bassists in Turkey, Volkan Hursever is known for his exceptional performances at concerts and jazz festivals nationally and internationally. A graduate of Istanbul State Conservatory at Mimar Sinan University, with a Master’s degree from the Turkish Music Conservatory at Halic University, Hursever teaches contrabass, jazz ensemble and groove writing. He is also a member of the distinguished “Incesaz” ensemble. He has played in concerts with Roy Haynes, Kenny Garrett, David Kikoski and Nicholas Payton, some of the world’s leading jazz musicians.

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