Read about our program’s nine international Fellows, from Russia and the United States.
Istanbul Portrait: Ruşen Can Acet
Ruşen Can Acet is a kabak kemane player & mechanical engineer living in Istanbul, Turkey. During OneBeat Istanbul, Ruşen led an instrument-building workshop with blind & sighted kids. All participants worked together to build and paint cajonitas, or small cajon drums, for each one of them to play and keep. “My name is Rusen. I play an eastern violin called kebak kemane. When I started music, I was around 7 years old, with another Turkish instrument, baglama. I studied mechanical engineering, and now I’m doing my Masters in mechanical engineering. But I love music. It’s my passion, actually. Making music with blind musicians is very precious: You don’t have any eye contact, but you need to feel their movements and their fingers. And we listen to each other carefully. Working with blind kids teaches me many things. I see that blindness is not a bad thing. They have a different world, […]