Erberk EryılmazDances of the Yoğurt Maker

Commissioned by Asylum Quartet (2014)

One of our first projects as a quartet was to commission our friend Erberk Eryılmaz, a composer of enthralling and passionate music. Dances of the Yoğurt Maker draws on folk songs from the Turkish town of Silifke in eight spirited movements. With titles like "I Hunt the Grouse on Flat Land," "Raw Low-Fat Cheese," and "Get Mature, My Beloved," the work showcases Erberk's sense of humor, drama, and imagination. Throughout the piece, Erberk harnesses the timbral potential of each saxophone to evoke sounds of Turkish folk instruments. 

Turkish composer, pianist, conductor Erberk Eryılmaz was born in Samsun, Turkey in 1989. He started his music education when he was three and has studied at the Samsun Conservatory, Hacettepe University - Ankara State Conservatory and at The Hartt School. He is currently pursuing his Artist Diploma in composition at Carnegie Mellon University, where he studies with Reza Vali. Turkish State Television produced a documentary based on his musical career as part of series called "The Succesful Turkish People in the United States." The Ministry of Education's required English Class Book for 7th grade elementary schools in Turkey includes a unit on Erberk Eryılmaz. His compositions, performances and recordings have received praise by Fanfare Magazine, CNN Turk, Cumhuriyet, and Hürriyet For more information, please visit Erberk's website.