BEYONDMUSIC
Melisa Yıldırım

ABOUT ME

Melisa was born ın Istanbul. In the early years of high school, she discovered kemane (kamancha) and began developing herself on the instrument. After completing her high school education, She started undergraduate studies in 2014, progressing to the state Conservatory of Turkish Music in Istanbul Technıcal Unıversıty (ITU). She won first prize in the "kamancha" category in the 'Teke Region of Folk Instruments Competition, 2016'.

She has a duo project with the fretless guitar artist Gilad Weiss. Duo album is coming April 2020 on the all digital music platforms.

She participated in the 'Making Tracks' project as a performer in October 2019, in which they had a musical tour all around the UK, including cities of Cambridge, Oxford, Milton Keynes, Edinburg, York, Sheffield, Lincoln, Bristol, Norwich, London.
She represented my instrument and culture in the Making Tracks project througout around the UK, where she presented concert as well as performance-oriented workshop in schools.

Cultural background

  • Turkey

PROJECT MUSIC

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4:17
Pangea
“Pangea” is a song depicting a sense of wholeness and multiplicity. Referring to the hypothetical continent of the past, the song is a nostalgic remembrance of a time when the planet was quite literally a single connected landmass, before separation. Pangaea is a combination of earthly nostalgic strings strung in a harmony of a natural gathering of sounds. Between old and new sounds, rhythms and melodies, and distant collaborations, Pangaea is a piece inspired by a sense of planetary oneness. A oneness of humanity and of earth, and the span of time that encapsulates their common narrative.
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  • Fusion
  • Improvisational
  • Instrumental
  • World
  • Piano
  • Synthesizer
  • Bass guitar
  • Cello
  • Kamãnche / Kamancheh
  • Ud / Oud
  • Drum set
  • Argentina
  • Egypt
  • Turkey
4:19
Hands to Heal
A few years ago, musician Juan Barallobres was visiting Isla Maciel, a very poor neighbourhood in Buenos Aires. As he walked around, he saw a group of women working. They were taking heavy sand from the river to clean and sell to local builders. Juan recorded the unique sounds they were making with their hands as they worked. This affected him greatly and gave him the inspiration for the song. HANDS TO HEAL talks about women’s work, their struggle, and their energy all around the world. It’s a song about the way women everywhere tirelessly work to transform the hard things in their lives, to make them better. It's about mothers, and sisters, and grandmothers, it's about artists, farmers, and industrial workers. The song is for all those who work humbly with their hands and hearts to make a better world. But above all, the song is about the hope that through their energy, through their hands, we can feel the possibility of a new humankind based on justice, love and nature.
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  • Ambient
  • Fusion
  • Improvisational
  • Soundtrack
  • Vocal
  • World
  • Background vocals
  • Singer
  • Vocal ensemble
  • Piano
  • Synthesizer
  • Kamãnche / Kamancheh
  • Qyl-Qobyz / Qobyz
  • Sampler
  • Argentina
  • Egypt
  • Kazakhstan
  • Turkey
  • United Kingdom
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