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The word "Taksim" carries great meaning in the present sociopolitical moment, for Istanbul's Taksim Square was the epicenter of a peaceful protest turned violent by police force, a national protest turned multinational.
In many Middle Eastern musics, "taksim" is also an improvisational form where an instrumentalist solos with accompaniment of a tonic drone and/or percussion.
As I read about the Turkish demonstrations in and beyond Taksim Square, I became inspired by the emotions and tensions that I saw in writing and in photographs. Here, I represent them in music in my hybrid taksim form, drawing from Turkish music as well as experimental free improvisation.
All tracks were recorded and layered improvisationally, in complete takes with minimal cutting and editing.
The photo is from showdiscontent.com. Visit for many more disturbing and inspiring photos from the Turkish and international protests.
released June 3, 2013
Matt Chilton - Metal Bb Clarinet, Saz, Saz percussion