Sırma / Lillia Betz and Gossamer
Institute of Contemporary Art
Putnam Investment Plaza, 100 Northern Avenue
Boston, MA, 02210
Born in Istanbul, Turkey, Sırma started her musical career officially in 2007, after becoming the first winner of the Arif Mardin Fellowship at Berklee. In 2008, she earned the opportunity to participate in the Pulawy Jazz Workshop in Poland, where she was the youngest competitor in the history of the competition. In 2009, she was one of 16 singers worldwide selected by Pepsi to be part of the Pepsi World Choir for Akon’s latest single. The song, titled “Oh Africa,” was recorded in Record Plant Recording Studios in Hollywood, California, with Akon, Keri Hilson, and the Soweto Gospel Choir. Sırma also appeared in the music video for the single, directed by Gil Green. The video debuted globally at the 2010 Grammy awards. In addition to this global background, Sırma has experience as a producer, songwriter, and arranger, as well as fronting the popular rock band Helicopria for two years. She recently released her debut solo EP, Traces.
Electronic artists Lillia Betz and Gossamer will be performing an improvised set, using software programming and audio hardware.
Gossamer is a 22-year-old L.A. native and Berklee alumnus. He has a knack for penning together catchy and heartfelt melodies that create a blissful and well thought-out atmosphere. When asked to describe his music, he says, "It's pretty reminiscent of something old and underwater. It's like a jazz club with the music still playing but no one is there or has been for years, kind of rusty."
Lillia Betz is a French experimental electronic artist. After studying piano and classical composition at the Paris Conservatory, she majored in electronic production and design at Berklee. As a composer and sound designer for multimedia art, dance, film, and interactive video, her works blend her classical background with sample-based sonic textures and electronic music production.