"music puts us in touch with the vibrations of the universe"
I am willing to organize and give a meaningful existence to those vibrations to serve the music as my life's purpose.
Kemal Oksal embraces various styles and genres (movie score, world music, pop, rock, jazz, opera, and orchestral) and has taken part in several concerts and recordings as a conductor, arranger, and producer. Mr. Oksal has served Assistant Conductor & Arranger of Cinema Symphony Orchestra in Istanbul and Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra in Boston, MA, and Founder of the Mulm records.
Succeeding as a principal tubist for more than ten years at Istanbul State Opera & Ballet Orchestra, he comprehends his desire for orchestral conducting. His first private conducting studies were with Turkish orchestral conductor Orhan Salliel, Sibelius Academy alumni, followed by Francisco Noya, the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra resident conductor and Music Director - Conductor of the Boston Civic Symphony. Oksal's conducting debut was with Cinema Symphony Orchestra in 2013, a soundtrack orchestra based in Istanbul.
After earning his diploma degree in contemporary writing-production and conducting from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mr. Oksal returned to his hometown Istanbul in 2014 and founded Istanbul Pops Orchestra. He recorded the Bill Conti's famous tune "Gonna Fly Now" from the "Rocky" movie with the Istanbul Pops Orchestra. He invited the well-known clarinet virtuoso and Julliard alumni Ismail Lumanovski as a guest soloist for this recording.
In 2016, he studied with Svetoslav Borisov, principal conductor and deputy music director of Magdeburg Opera, and assisted him on Istanbul State Opera, the ballet Le Corsaire by Adolphe Adam, and the operetta Gypsy Baron by Johann Strauss II.
At his return to the United States, he founded his record label, Mulm Records, to help talented classical, opera, and jazz musicians produce and publish their recordings.
Mr. Oksal is currently widening his conducting approach by studying with Internationally-acclaimed conductor Dr. Mark Powell.
" a n d t h e w h o l e i s
g r e a t e r t h a n t h e p a r t "