“I draw my musical material from my personal relationships with everything that makes sound. Acoustic or electronic, my work aims to magnify the physical details of sound traveling in time and space.”
A native of Turkey, Cenk Ergün (pronounced "Jenk") is a composer and improviser who produces music for chamber ensembles, live electronics, dance performances, and sound installations.
Ergün's composed music has been performed by artists such as So Percussion, Alarm Will Sound, and cellist Joan Jeanrenaud; at venues including the Muziekgebouw (Gaudeamus Music Week, Amsterdam), Le Poisson Rouge (MATA Festival, NYC), Merkin Hall (John Schaefer's "New Sounds Live", NYC), and Symphony Space (Bang on a Can Marathon, NYC.)
As an improviser using auto-harps, circuit-bent electronics, and computers, Ergün has collaborated with various artists including Pauline Oliveros, Alvin Curran, and Fred Frith, performing at events such as the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, the Thirteenth International Symposium of Electronic Art (ISEA2006), and the Akbank Jazz Festival in Istanbul.
Ergün’s recent activities include the release of The Art of The Fluke, a laptop duo record in collaboration with Alvin Curran; and Proximity, an amplified percussion quartet commissioned by So Percussion. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Composition at Princeton University.