Yolda/En Route

This project was divided in two parts: the first part was an artistic project on migration and music, the second part a research project on international collaborations, migration and artistic mobility.

A conference session, held in Santiago de Compostela on 24th October 2014 on the occasion of WOMEX 2014, was an introduction of the first step of the activity Yolda/En Route/On the Road - Music and Migration which involves a collaboration between Belgian and Turkish musicians: they meet first in Istanbul and travel along the historical migration routes of the 60ties, meeting on their way other migrant musicians, and giving joint performances en route. This presentation aimed at sharing the project with other organizations, researchers and all professionals who were interested in sharing the challenges and benefits of international musical collaboration using this project as an example. The session opened with Ros Rigby’s general presentation of EJN, followed by Bogdan Benigar’s presentation of the EJN Creative Europe application. Then, Wim Wabbes, as the main coordinator of this activity, talked about Yolda: the first part of is the artistic project, followed by a work of research and workshop, intended to be an example and a platform to be used by other promoters to organize similar international collaborations and research works. At the end, Wouter Vandenabeele, one of the musicians directly involved in the project, spoke about his personal experience. Many people attended this session and participated with questions creating a very interesting and fruitful debate.

Project website: http://projectyolda.be/​ 

Following the first part of the project, in order to document it and to use it as best practice of international collaborations on the theme of music and migration, a video documentary and a booklet were developed.

The project booklet is available on issuu at: https://issuu.com/handelsbeursconcertzaal/docs/yolda_booklet_web

Project final documentary: 

PART 1 - An artistic project on migration and music involving musicians from Belgium, Turkey, Armenia/Hungary, Italy/Roumania, Portugal/Slovenia

A musical journey from Istanbul to Gent with Belgian and Turkish musicians.
1964 – travelling from Emirdag via Istanbul, Bulgaria, Roumania, Hungary, Austria, Germany, Belgium -Gent
Music venues: De Centrale & De Handelsbeurs 6 Belgian musicians travel to Istanbul and Izmir (divided in 3 pairs). They come from different music scenes: rock, electronic, folk, classical, jazz

Karen Willems –drummer rock music
Stijn Dickel- guitar electronics
Burak Tamer – guitar electronics
Barak Engin- guitar electronics

Ilknur Cengiz- video maker

Meeting Eduardo Raon –portugees harp in Ljubljana – gift song
Dirk Moelants – viola da gamba
Mattias laga –  (bass)clarinet
Sirin pancaroglu – ancient harp
Meric Donuk – ancient harp
Mehmet Yalgin – kemence (violin)
Bora Yumaz – vocals

Mathijs Poppe – video maker

Meeting  Paolo Profeti italian sax in Bucharest – gift song

Wouter vandenabeele –violin
Thomas Noel –guitar, piano
Ozge öz Erdogan – vocals
AytenCelik – darbouka

Jonatan Lyssen – video maker

Meeting Gaya Aruntyanuyan in Gyor Hungary – gift song
PART 2 - A research project on international collaborations, migration and artist mobility
- Document artistic processes
- Does migration change the music scene of a city?
- Do international collaborations change the musician?
- Share experiences
- Share information on similar researches
YOLDA is a project of
DE CENTRALE  - Gent, Belgium
De HANDELSBEURS concert hall – Gent, Belgium

With the SUPPORT of 
Izmir International Festivals
The City of Beyoglu - Istanbul

In  collaboration with
Drugo Godba festival – Ljubljana (Slovenia)
Bucharest Jazz Festival – Bucharest (Romania)
Mediawave festival – Gyor (Hungary)