New York beatboxer Adam Matta travelled the world over for his latest collaboration. He formed Cark with Nihan Devecioğlu and Cenk Erdoğan. The threesome combined Turkish folk with Western classical, free improvisation and polyrhythmic vocalables. The resulting effort was released on Anason Records earlier this month.
ventwing.com: Now that you’re a world music collaborator, what’s the most important quality world music collaborators should possess?
I’ve been collaborating with world music projects for over twelve years. I feel it’s important to listen, to let the synthesis of sounds come before any one talent or voice in the project, to represent your background, or genre consistently, but to give priority to the coherence of sounds and the potential for where that collaboration can go.
ventwing.com: Let’s talk about the music, then. How did this collaboration come about?
Nihan Devecioglu and I met when we were both invited to participate with Bobby McFerrin at a program at Carnegie Hall in 2008. The Weill Institute created a program where they did a call for 20 emerging vocal artists from as wide a variety as possible of backgrounds, genres, styles, languages, and sounds, to apply to collaborate with Bobby in an “Improvised Opera,” based on the story of the Tower of Babel; we both were selected. Nihan and I found something unique in combining our sounds, and decided to continue collaborating after the program. After some time, she brought in her friend Cenk Erdogan, whom she knew from school in Istanbul, and we would program one or two tours in Europe every year for the past several years.
ventwing.com: Did you feel compelled like so many artists to reinvent yourself with this record?
To be honest, I reinvent myself most times I get on stage. I work with a wide variety of artists, sounds, and programs, and I feel it’s important to approach each situation with new ears and a sense of openness.
ventwing.com: What was everyone listening to when they were making the album?
I was listening to Miles Davis, TV on the Radio, Steve Reich. Cenk was listening a lot of beatboxers to understand the sound and a lot of soloist guitar players like Johannes Moller, Marek Pasieczny and Sylvain Luc.
ventwing.com: If you never make another record with this slate of collaborators, would you feel comfortable with what the group accomplished?
I would. I am proud of the palette and set of sounds we explored, although it would be excellent to continue the project and expand on what we came up with.
For more information about Cark, visit www.anason-records.com/shop/?page_1=5