Boston Turkish Film and Music Festival11th ANNUAL BOSTON TURKISH FILM & MUSIC FESTIVAL SM
March 22 - April 28, 2012


World Premiere

Seda Röder, piano

“Tales from the Silent Lands”, created by the acclaimed New Music pianist Seda Röder, is a tribute to the legacy of John Cage and Morton Feldman, two American composers whose sonic ideals shaped the future of music worldwide.

A special musical journey undertaken by three very distinct yet similarly minded personalities, Tales from the silent lands features three world premieres that create a dialogue between past and present: Two newly commissioned piano pieces by Ken Ueno and Lei Liang, and an improvisation by Seda Röder, all of which are influenced by the unique sound world and the openness of the early piano works by Cage and Feldman.

“Tales from the silent lands is a musical journey about remembrance, friendship and inspiration. It is a creative response, a musical reflection upon the visionary landscapes created by Feldman and Cage that have surrounded and greatly influenced my life and the lives of many other musicians and composers from different cultures…” – Seda Röder



John Cage:
Ken Ueno: volcano (world premiere)
Morton Feldman: vertical thoughts IV
Lei Liang: piano, piano (world premiere)
Morton Feldman: intermissions IV-VI
Seda Röder: elsewhere
John Cage: in a landscape

About Seda Röder:

Lauded for her “musical intelligence„ (Gerhard Oppitz) and “her exemplary understanding of a wide range of musical styles” (Robert Levin), the Turkish pianist Seda Röder describes her artistic vision as “making music – old and new –  more approachable for everyone“. In addition to her podcast series Blackbox about New Music, she puts this vision into realization in the form of lecture recitals and carefully chosen, visionary concert programs. As Seda commits herself to creating exciting and refreshing programs, her insightful interpretations of a broad repertoire that ranges from Couperin to Stockhausen and beyond, bring her acclaim as one of the most interesting and engaging musicians of her generation. Seda’s performances were heard in concert halls throughout Europe, Turkey and the US, and aired on Turkish National Television (TRT), WPRB, Bayern2 and Açık Radio. Devoted to promoting the music of our time, her latest album “Listening to Istanbul”  – accompanied by the first comprehensive web platform for New Music from Turkey ( – is internationally recognized as a rare accomplishment and as a “musical triumph” ( that introduces the unexplored world of Turkish contemporary music to a wider audience.

Between 2007 and 2011, Seda was a scholar/performer at the Music Department of Harvard University where she taught music history and chamber music and researched the fascinating piano music from the contemporaries of Alban Berg and Arnold Schoenberg. Her debut album — also inspired by her interest in scholarship and performance — brings together music of three centuries by composers who were active in Vienna: Mozart – Brahms – Berg. Seda graduated from the Mozarteum in Salzburg where she studied with Rolf Plagge. Afterwards she worked intensively with the world-renowned Beethoven and Brahms specialist Gerhard Oppitz at the Musik Hochschule in Munich. In addition to her formal piano studies she focused on the study of period instruments and performance practice, explored orchestral repertoires as a guest student of Bruno Weil’s conducting class and attended master classes with András Schiff and Karl-Heinz Kämmerling.

For her extraordinary artistic achievements Seda Röder was awarded several prestigious fellowships, amongst them grants from the Austrian Department of Education, the German Academic Exchange Program, the merit-based scholarship of the “Alumni Foundation of the Austrian St. Georg-Kolleg, Istanbul”, as well as the Richard-Wagner-Scholarship in Munich. In addition, she was nominated for the Joseph R. Levenson Memorial Prize for Exceptional Teaching, and awarded the Certificate of Teaching Distinction at Harvard University.


Saturday, April14, 2012
8:00 p.m.

Goethe Institut - Boston
170 Beacon Street, Boston

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