Eren Gümrükçüoğlu's "Bozkır" for string quartet premieres at Boston New Music Initiative concert
"Bozkır," composed in 2016, was one of the selections of the call for scores announced by the Boston New Music Initiative (BNMI) for the 2018-19 season. The Oct. 12 program on which it premieres also features pieces by composers Caroline Shaw and Osvaldo Golijov, among others.
Inspired by the steppes that stretch between Gümrükçüoğlu's home country of Turkey and western China, in "Bozkir" he uses the individual string instruments as one unit, morphing through styles as the piece recalls a journey from east to west across Asia. In addition to his mastery of contemporary composition and jazz guitar, Gümrükçüoğlu has composed scores for television, seen his work played across Europe, and currently pursues his doctorate in Music Composition at Duke University.