"Black Falcon" album has been included in the "BEST ALBUMS OF 2011" list on Seattlepi magazine.


I Care If You Listen October 2012
Anyone who writes music has to figure out how to balance structure and emotion. Logic and unpredictability. But experimental and avant-garde composers have a distinct set of problems not faced by most musicians. By definition, they’re operating outside normal musical parameters; that’s kind of the point of making strange music. (From here on out, I’m going to just use “outsider music” to mean all the experimental/avant-garde/atonal/free-improv/etc kind of stuff that operates outside of popular music…the kind of stuff you probably enjoy if you’re reading this blog). With...Read more
Time Out Istanbul Magazine February 2012
Andante Magazine February 2012
ARTER’s First Sound Art Project Opens with Erdem Helvacıoğlu’s “Freedom to the Black” 9-26 February 2012 In 1970, a group of New York avant-garde artists called Fluxus, organized a public performance that involved an unusual way to play a piano. Fluxus’ founder, George Maciunas, invited French performance artist Ben Vautier to perform Maciunas’ “Piano Piece” which required nailing down all the white keys of an upright piano, one by one, thus leaving only the black keys to function. This performance was one of several the group did in seven European cities, in which...Read more
Today's Zaman Newspaper 11 February 2012
Review: ARTER’s first sound art project opens Erdem Helvacıoğlu, one of Turkey’s most renowned new music and electronic music composers of his generation, was commissioned by the Beyoğlu art gallery ARTER to create a special piece using a specific piano from the Vehbi Koç Foundation’s Contemporary Art Collection. His 10-minute recorded composition, “Freedom to the Black,” is the first in a series of sound art projects to be mounted at ARTER every year. The installation opened on Feb. 9 and continues through Feb. 26. The piano is an old upright that was used for a gallery...Read more
Textura Magazine September 2012
Erdem Helvacioglu: Freedom To The Black Arter A natural complement to Erdem Helvacioglu's early 2012 Innova release Eleven Short Stories, Freedom To The Black also concentrates exclusively on piano, if in slightly different manner. In this case, the Turkish composer created a ten-minute composition to function as an installation piece for a sound art exhibition presented by the Istanbul-based ARTER organization. The February 2012 exhibition, titled Freedom to the Black, not only featured Helvacioglu's piece but the one that inspired it, Piano Piece, created by Fluxus...Read more
Ragazzi Magazine August 2012
Der türkische Ambient-Avantgardist, Gitarrist, Elektroniker, Jazzmusiker, freitonaler Querdenker und Soundtüftler Erdem Helvacioglu arbeitet stets an verschiedenen Projekten mit unterschiedlich geprägten Musikern zusammen - oder an persönlichen Projekten allein. Zwei seiner jüngsten Projekte sind kaum miteinander zu vergleichen und beschäftigen sich doch beide mit demselben Instrument: dem Piano. Dem präparierten Piano, wohlgemerkt. Während "Freedom To The Black" die Arbeit mit diversen Werkzeugen, Instrumentarien und sonstigen festen Körpern am Piano, den Tasten, Saiten,...Read more
MUSICSCAN Magazine February 2013
JAZZ & TZAZ Magazine December 2012


MUSICWORKS magazine Spring 2013 interview