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Busra Kayikci: On Finding Her Identity as a Music Composer

by in Identity on 29th January, 2021

Büşra Kayıkçı is a composer and designer from Istanbul, Turkey. Busra took over our Instagram and invited us to understand her passion and career for the arts, as well as giving us a glimpse into her creative journey and process. You can find Busra on Instagram and Twitter. You can listen to her compositions on Spotify, iTunes, Youtube and Apple Music.

On finding her identity as a composer

“I started to study piano and classical music at the age of 9. Until college I was trained in many branches of arts such as ballet, painting, music without interruption. Then I decided to study Interior architecture and environmental design. I continued to work as an interior architect for 3-4 years. I became a mother in 2015. During this time I thought a lot about what I was doing and what I really wanted to do, so I made the decision to run my own studio, not just as an interior architect but also as a person who is interested in arts and music. I started to work on my own materials, I did lots of workshops on watercolours and freehand sketching. I gave lectures at a university to architecture students. I had piano students as well. In the mean time I was working on my own music studies. So this is basically how I discovered my composer identity; bringing inspiration from my architectural background to say something new!”

What form of art is your favourite besides music?

Drawing and painting.

What books do you read?

Arts, culture and psychology.

What’s one piece of advice you could give us?

Work hard.

Have you experienced opposition/criticism towards your art and music and how do you deal with it?

Yes every single day. At first it was very heartbreaking, but then I realised I am never going to stop what I am doing so I should not let these people take me down and block my soul, my studies. Rather I stopped reading comments…and it worked!

Can you tell us more about your composition journey/process?

Every piece I compose is like a movie scene to me. I am mostly inspired by stories, books, films. I am not on the side of maths when it comes to composing, it’s very much tied to my intuition. I stick to the feelings not the techniques.

What is your favourite piece you have composed?

Fernweh (to be released).

What is your advice to someone who is at the beginning of their piano learning journey?

Practice Beyer, czerny and hanon.

How do you manage your time with all of your varied interests?

I am an early bird!

Your favourite book?

I have no one favourite book one song or one movie. We have a saying in Turkish:

“They are all my own child.”

You can find Büşra Kayıkçı’s takeover on the Amaliah Instagram account under highlights for some time.

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