Evren composed and produced the soundtrack for the feature-length documentary film “Beyond Belief” which premiered at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival and received the “Best of Fest” award at the Woods Hole Film Festival.
In the beginning “Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, and Tchaikovsky were my playmates in the womb,” says Evren Celimli. “My mother played music for me during her pregnancy by placing headphones on her belly.” It is no wonder that music came naturally to him as a child. He learned the recorder at age 5 and began violin lessons at 8. At 11 years old Evren attended the New England Conservatory of Music for theory, composition and piano lessons. In high school Evren began studying Jazz and decided he was a composer. As a senior, he received the Harvard Musical Association’s Award for Achievement.
Evren received his Bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University where he was introduced to a Buchla Modular Synthesizer and learned to splice analog tape. He got his first taste for film scoring in college when he scored the short film “Eugenia’s Crown” which premiered at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and played at the Louvre in Paris. He earned his Masters degree in Music Composition at the University Of Sussex in England and after graduation his compositions were performed at new music festivals both in the United States and Europe.
In 1996 Evren moved to New York City and quickly found himself waist-deep in the downtown avant-garde dance and theater world. He composed and designed sound for 15 productions over a 3-year period including 2 Richard Foreman plays, a wild production of Euripides’ “The Trojan Women,” and a dance/theatre piece that was performed at the Here Theater / American Living Room Festival. His first collaboration with choreographer Doug Elkins premiered at the Joyce Theater in NYC and traveled to Queen Elizabeth Hall in London and the Teatro Gustavo Modena in Italy. His Movement Mandalas, an ongoing series of meditational dance pieces, were performed at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington D.C. and the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. In 2003 Evren completed his first ballet, “The New Rome,” a commission from Guggenheim award winning choreographer Leigh Witchel. In 2005 Evren was awarded a New England Foundation for the Arts / National Dance Project production grant with choreographer Ben Munisteri. Their collaboration, “Thunderblood,” premiered at Jacob’s Pillow in July 2005. Evren also completed a commission from the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston in 2005.
Along with composing for dance and theater Evren makes music for commercials and dabbles in record production. Evren created music for an award winning Ogilvy television commercial for TIAA Cref and for haute couture designer Morgane Le Fay.
Evren mixed the title track “Now I Understand” for a CD released by the band Club d’Elf which featured John Medeski of MMW and many other talented musicians. Evren produced for several independent record labels and did remix work for Arista and Sony Germany. In 2005 Evren had a private audience with the sultan of Atlantic Records, Ahmet Ertegun who sadly passed away before a second meeting could be scheduled.
To view a list of selected past performances please visit here.