KeKeÇa

KeKeÇa Body Percussion Ensemble, 2019. Photo: Mehmet Yilmazer

KeKeÇa Body Percussion Ensemble, 2019. Photo: Mehmet Yilmazer

KeKeÇa Body Percussion Ensemble, 2019. Photo: Mehmet Yilmazer

KeKeÇa Body Percussion Ensemble, 2019. Photo: Mehmet Yilmazer

KeKeÇa Body Percussion Ensemble, consisting of Tugay Başar, Timuçin Gürer, Gökçe Gürçay, Ayşe Akarsu and Özgü Bulut, was established in 2002 in Istanbul, Turkey. They produce performances, training sessions and workshops for culture, art and education projects, emphasising interactivity and often involving audiences within their performances. Operating internationally, they explore the possibilities of ‘movement that creates sound’ through body percussion and body music. KeKeÇa have long-term collaborations and projects established with young people, hearing-impaired and deaf communities, disadvantaged groups and other communities, as well as teachers, artists and performers. Recent performances and projects include Ashmolean Museum/University of Oxford, UK (2019); Europa InTakt, Germany (2010-2020); 2nd Mediterranean Music Therapy Meeting (Italy, 2019), Istanbul Design Biennial, Turkey (2018); Erasmus+ Teaching Rhythm Through Body Percussion Project (2019-2020) and International Body Music Festivals (2008-2018).

Project Description

KeKeÇa Body Percussion Ensemble will deliver a series of weekly interactions, including digital performances and virtual lessons with participating groups, throughout the duration of the Biennial. Acknowledging the body as a place of lived experience, audiences will be encouraged to participate using their own bodies as percussive instruments. Positioning sound as a form of knowledge, KeKeÇa’s practice engages bodies in the state of being present while the resulting sounds and rhythms invoke histories of movement and migration. Through pre-recorded and live streamed workshops, initially running throughout a network of schools in Liverpool as a key part of the Biennial’s learning programme, KeKeÇa will open-up the workshops to wider audiences, empowering intergenerational participants to connect and collaborate. 

Commissioned by Liverpool Biennial with support from SAHA Association and The Medicash Foundation.

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