He received his Ph.D. from Ankara University with a thesis entitled "A Survey on the Relation between Belief and Music in Anatolia based on the concepts of Sema and Semah". Güray is currently working as a Professor of Music Theory in the Music Theory Department of Hacettepe University Ankara State Conservatory and his main areas of interest include “Makam Theory and Applications”, “Theory of Cycles and its relations with music theory” and the reflections of these aspects on “bağlama performance”. Cenk Güray is also in duty as the executive coordinator of the “Association for the Anatolian Music Cultures”.
She completed her PhD in Sociology in 2016 upon her research on music and power among performers of Mevlevi music. She worked in several research projects, including a comparative theoretical research on makam music and Byzantine music. In 2018, she joined the Corpus Musicae Ottomanicae team at the Orient-Institut Istanbul.
Byzantine Chant and Its Reflections in the Neighboring Geographies
This seminar will concentrate on the historical musical relations between the Constantinapolis oriented Byzantine Chant tradition and the related Church music traditions in the surrounding Orthodox geography. The musical examples will cover chants selected from the regions lying in the north, south, west and east of Constantinapolis in an effort to answer the question: How did the music in churches of Russian, Bulgarian, Armenian, Syrian and Nestorian etc. communities interact philosophically and musically with the Byzantine chant originating in Constantinople?