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New commission for
the Official Title Sequence
Turkey Guitar Meeting 2021 

guitar solo and electronics

composed and performed
by Can Bilir

commissioned by Prof. Kağan Korad and Bilkent

June 10–13, 2021

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Art as a Response to Mental Health
Doncaster Art Fair, UK
“NOSTALGIA for hand crank music box" 

music and drawings for analog music box

June 2nd, 2021

"It is such a nice news for me to learn that out of 2500 applications, my Nostalgia for Hand Crank Music Box (2019) is in the selected-featured works for the 2021 ART AS A RESPONSE TO MENTAL HEALTH EXHIBITION 2021 of Doncaster Art Fair in the Yorkshire, The United Kingdom. 

During June, about four weeks you will have access to Nostalgia online in their website. There is the YouTube link for listening in the Fairs page, and more information on my website

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Nostalgia a very different work that I created two years ago; originally commissioned for University of Michigan, (Re)Making Memory in Southeast Asia Conference in 2019. It was not only a process based on musical creation. I had to modify multiple music box-beds and finally build the instrument for this project. I have used mixed methodologies and composing styles. The archival research on Eva Gauthier’s travel in Java, precise stamping process on the music box sheets, and making the drawings along the way are all were very special, different, intimate process for me to deal with the subjects of memory, trauma, and postcolonialism, and learning.

One prototype is stored in the US and one in Turkey. Along the way, if life turns back to “live” again, I would love you to hear this work live, and even possibly play this music by yourself in an installation." cb

Global Meltdown
Limner Gallery in Hudson, NY
“the ghosts of the world behind" 

multimedia poetry, sound, and motion picture

Slow Arts Production

September–October, 2021

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Imagine Together
by 1078 Gallery in Chico, CA


“the ghosts of the world behind" 

multimedia poetry, sound, and motion picture

will be featured by 1078 Gallery, based in Chico, CA.

Imagine Together: Hopeful Visions for our Future.

April–May 2021

The Dreamers
by the Holly Art

“what is it like to be a bird in the windowless skies?” 


After the first week of Can's solo online exhibition

IN A LOCKDOWN VOL.1  at will be featured in London based The Holy Art-Hackney Downs Studios'

Exhibition  the Dreamers.

April 14–20, 2021

In A Lockdown Vol.1 will be still available on website in case you’d like to visit anytime.

Art Gallery
The Dreamers 2021 Exhibition the holy Ar
Paper presentation
"(Eco)cosmopolitanism and silence in John Cage's art and philosophy"

American Comparative Literature Association 2021 Annual Conferences 

Panel: The Sounds of the Other

In A Lockdown–Online Solo Exhibition
“what is it like to be a bird in the windowless skies?

poetry and multimedia exhibition

(through the website this season)

Poems and multimedia art

Sei Solo Project Commission and Collaborative Album Project is in Recording Sessions


Ephemeral Qualia for amplified violin solo

by Klasik Keyifler & Ellen Jewett for Kerem Tuncer, Ada Muzik Co. Istanbul Studios

Sei Solo Project Link

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Remembrance Species 2020, the collaborative album that  Catalog of Species is featured on, was released!

The project is curated by Bell Lungs of Remembrance Species Scotland and Laura Luna Castillo of Lunetario Editorial. Remembrance Species is a collective from Scotland, UK marking Remembrance Day for Lost Species on November 30th.


You can purchase the album here:


The album sale and profit will be split between Umbral Axochiatl, an axolotl conservation charity in Xochimilco, Mexico City and the Scottish Seabird Centre, a seabird conservation charity in North Berwick, Scotland.


In addition, I’m honored to be be featured in Remembrance Species 2020 Exhibition as a sound artist, here is the link.

Full information of the sound works and artists:


"My work Catalog of Species was performed and recorded by the wonderful New York-based ensemble sTem in 2017 at Cornell University. I bring the critically endangered Bornean Orangutan and bird interactions to the concert staging in this work. I significantly benefitted from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s archives and my own field recording analyses.


2020 has reshaped the common sense; the ordinariness of our lives has become surrounded with the questioning of the sense of place, risk, environment, territories, and lives within and beyond our own more than ever. As a collective, I’m happy to be part of this project that might touch your lives and I’m hoping to generate an awareness to support the lives that include both human and beyond human species in similar and distant habitats." CB

full album: for Catalog of Species, go to Track 10

Older News
Four new OA score publications by UCLA


Contemporary Music Score Collection powered by California Digital Library at the University of California in collaboration with Kaleidoscope.


Fallen, String Quartet III


Catalog of Species 

Sei Solo Project Commission and Collaborative Album Project is in Recording Sessions


Ephemeral Qualia for amplified violin solo

by Klasik Keyifler & Ellen Jewett for Kerem Tuncer, Ada Muzik Co. Istanbul Studios

Sei Solo Project Link

(Postponed!) Paper Presentation “Pitch, Schematism, and Isomorphism”


European Music Analysis Conference (EuroMac 10), 21–26 September, 2020 (postponed to 2021 due to Covid-19)

Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Moscow, Russia

Composer’s talk


November 8, 3:40PM, FMPA 245, Bilkent University, Ankara

Trio V ‘Overpressure: Redefining the Boundaries of the ‘Things’ Thailand Premiere


in 15th Thailand International Composition Festival Competition, Rapee Sagarik Composition Prize Finalist, August 5-10, 2019

Mahidol University, Salaya, Thailand

Quintet Thailand Premiere


Thailand New Music and Arts Symposium, July 7, 2019 Bangkok Art and Culture Center, Thailand

Paper presentation “Smelling the Sound: Attention and Centricity in Cross-modal Compositional Contexts”


Association of Asian Studies in Asia Conferences, July 1-4, 2019

AAS in Asia 2019 website

Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand

Premiere of KATIK for Orchestra


conductor Adrian Slywotzky and Cornell Symphony Orchestra April 28, 2019  Bailey Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca NY



Premiere of “Nostalgia”  and presentation in (Re)Making Memory in Southeast Asia CSEAS Graduate Student Conference


April 6, 2019  Weiser Hall 10th Floor, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI



String Quartet II NYC premiere


Ensemble IPSE, December 4, 2018 8PM, Arete Gallery, Brooklyn NY



Premiere DUSUK

Momenta Quartet & Cornell Gamelan Ensemble Nov 6 &7 2018, Cornell University Barnes Hall, Ithaca NY



The Metropolitan Museum of Art premiere of Irresolvable Fragment by Aizuri Quartet and Kinan Azmeh

Publicity in The New Yorker

May 31, 2018 World Cafe Live Philadephia PA



June 1, 2018  Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York NY

Program & Tickets



Premiere by Distractfold Ensemble

April 14, 2018 Harvard University Paine Hall, Cambridge MA





Paper presentation: “Listening to the Resonance of Apparitions Zaide/Adama by Mozart/ Czernowin”

2018 Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), March 29-1, University of California, Los Angeles CA



ACLA Conference 2018



Intercultural Music Conference & Concerts 2018 (ICM2)

March 20-23, 2018 Ondokuz Mayis University, Samsun Turkey



ICM 2 Conference



Premiere by ensemble STEM


March 16, 2018 Church of the Blessed Sacrament 71 West, New York NY






Premiere by ensemble Adapter


November 4, 2017 Harvard University Paine Hall, Cambridge MA






HGNM Composers Colloquium Presentation,

October 16, 2017 Harvard University Department of Music, Cambridge MA




Interview: Cornell Research

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