80 Milyonluk Bir Koro Olabilmek | Masis Aram Gözbek | TEDxITU

80 Milyonluk Bir Koro Olabilmek | Masis Aram Gözbek | TEDxITU

The Speaker's Musical Talent and Academic Achievements

  • The speaker displayed musical talent from a young age, playing melodies on a toy melodica at the age of 3.
  • Despite their musical talent, their family expected them to pursue a scientific career.
  • In school, the speaker excelled academically and was known for their perfectionism.

Extracurricular Activities and Passion for Mastery

  • The speaker participated in various extracurricular activities, including folk dancing, modern dance, sports, theater, chess, and more, but they didn't consider any of them as hobbies.
  • They found joy in mastering and winning, rather than simply participating in activities.

Musical Journey and Success with the Boğaziçi Jazz Choir

  • In high school, the speaker joined a music group and participated in festivals and competitions, winning awards.
  • They sang, played the keyboard and guitar, and made arrangements for the group.
  • Despite their musical talent, the speaker did not initially aspire to pursue music as a career.
  • They joined the music club and the jazz choir in university and became the assistant of the choir conductor.
  • After the choir conductor left for America, the speaker took over the choir and decided to hold new auditions to improve its quality.
  • The Boğaziçi Jazz Choir faced numerous challenges, including a reduced membership and limited resources, but they persevered and achieved significant success.
  • They participated in prestigious festivals in Turkey and Austria, earning recognition and awards.
  • Despite financial and logistical obstacles, the choir managed to travel to China and win second and third place in a world competition.
  • The choir's determination and persistence led them to overcome challenges and achieve success, including winning two world championships in Austria.
  • A viral video of the choir performing in a metro station helped them gain recognition and secure sponsorship for their trip to the world championship.
  • The choir continued to face challenges, such as a lack of a permanent rehearsal space, but they remained resilient and achieved even greater success.
  • They received invitations to perform at international festivals in Italy, the United States, and Hungary.
  • Despite a last-minute withdrawal of sponsorship, the choir remained determined and continued to strive for excellence.

Magma ve Boğaziçi Korosu: Promoting Turkish Culture and Music

  • The speaker is the founder of a 78-member choir called Magma ve Boğaziçi Korosu.
  • Despite financial difficulties and criticism, the choir achieved success and gained international recognition.
  • The choir's mission is to promote Turkish culture and music worldwide.
  • The speaker emphasizes the importance of unity, solidarity, and embracing diversity within the choir.
  • Choir members share their experiences of belonging to the choir, describing it as a family-like environment that fosters personal growth and a sense of purpose.

The Impact of Technology and the Power of Music

  • The video discusses the impact of technology, particularly the metaverse and artificial intelligence, on society and human lives.
  • The speaker emphasizes the importance of emotions and human connection in a world increasingly dominated by technology.
  • Music and shared experiences, such as singing together, are highlighted as powerful forces that bring people together and create a sense of community.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the adoption of technology and presented challenges, but it has also fostered a sense of togetherness and resilience among individuals.
  • The speaker's personal experiences during the pandemic, including health struggles, are shared as an example of how the support and camaraderie of others helped them persevere.
  • The video received the 2021 European Video Award and serves as a reflection on the current state of society and the potential impact of technology on various aspects of life.

Passing on Positive Values and Shaping a Better Society

  • The speaker stresses the importance of passing on positive values and knowledge to future generations, emphasizing the role of music and shared experiences in shaping a better society.
  • The ultimate goal is to create a world focused on love, peace, and unity, rather than conflict and division.

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