| || Assoc. Prof. Robert Reigle
I joined the faculty of the Centre for Advanced Musical Research (MIAM) in 2002. I conducted my primary ethnomusicological research in Serieng village, Papua New Guinea, over a period of three years. There, men modify the timbre of their voices to transform them from mere human voices into those of ancestor spirits. In 2005 I became interested in dengbêj music in Turkey. Together with my colleagues, I organized two international conferences: the second New Guinea Ethnomusicology Conference, and the Istanbul Spectral Music Conference. I have collaborated with, Iancu Dumitrescu and Ana-Maria Avram, and premiered works by them in Tokyo and Bucharest. As saxophonist and composer, my recordings have been reviewed in The Wire, Downbeat, and Cadence, among others. I founded improvisation ensembles in Istanbul, Los Angeles, Seattle, New York, and Lincoln. I have performed with the Cecil Taylor Workshop Ensembles, percussionist Gustavo Aguilar, soprano Keiko Hatanaka, and a number of dancers, poets, and visual artists. I gave the New York premiere of Giacinto Scelsi’s Tre Pezzi, pour saxophone, and made the first recording of that work on tenor (rather than soprano) saxophone. I perform in Istanbul with the groups Islak Köpek and Hoca Nasreddin.