DeFence at Τhessaloniki Concert Hall

On the occasion of the celebration of the European Music Day on 21st of June, a large scale happening is going to take place at Megaron Concert Hall of Thessaloniki at 23:00.

DeFence is an open performance for 4 orchestra conductors, 88 performers with: hammers, hand wrenches, motors, sheet metal, cables and other hardware tools used as sound actuators. The ultimate target of the performance is the desintegration of the wire mesh that surrounds the buiding M2.

The visual borderline, the boundaries of an image, the physical barriers, are not able to set also a sound limit. Although the conversation with any kind of restriction or borderline is in many cases challenging, in this case, for artistic reasons, such an artistic debate can be initiated only if by the end of the event the physical barrier will disintegrate. The border will be deconstructed and abolished through and within the artistic action itself.

D. Maronidis | Concept | Composition | Electronics | Sound Design | SuperConducting
M. Sionas | Direction
C. Gousios | Audio Engineering
D. Fotiadis, P. Metaxas, T.Sourgounis, Z. Seglias | Conductors

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Multiplexing at MOMus | Center for Experimental Arts | Thessaloniki

Multiplexing, my last kinetic sculpture will be presented at MOMus Center for Experimental Arts at the port of Thessaloniki between 14-26 May 2019. (www.cact.gr).

In telecommunications and computer networks, multiplexing (MUX) is a method by which multiple analog or digital signals are combined into one signal over a shared medium. The aim is to share a scarce resource. For example, in telecommunications, several telephone calls may be carried using one wire. Multiplexing originated in telegraphy in the 1870s, and is now widely applied in communications. In this particular work, the idea of MUX is transferred into the sound domain. A series of logically performed processes are channeled and distributed through a transistor array, activating a matrix of micro-sound sources and building a larger, mechanically generated, soundcloud. 

Premiere of Mise en abîme by Altera-Shock in Riga | Latvia

Mise en abîme for ensemble and electronics is going to get its premiere, on 30th of  October at Riga | Latvia. The performance is based on the  collaboration of two modern music ensembles, Art-i-shock and Altera Veritas.

Mise en abîme, is a term used in visual arts to describe a formal technique of placing a copy of an image within itself, often in a way that suggests an infinitely recurring sequence. A common way of experiencing this effect is by standing between two mirrors, seeing as a result an infinite reproduction of one’s image. In this piece I try to imitate this phenomenon in the field of sound. Fragments of music are repeated many times, each time slightly distorted, in order to create perceptually the same effect.

Premiere of 5 Movements for piano by Jana Luksts

Contemporary Music Lab presents a piano recital by Jana Luksts performing works by Katehis, Seglias, Maronidis and Spyrou. The presented works cover a wide range of styles and trends in the field of modern musical creation. An extremely high-level virtuosity is required from the pianist to perform them, as a huge amount of audio data should be streamed to the audience in a relatively short time. The concert takes place with the support of the Fulbright Foundation and the Delian Academy of New Music.

Jana Luksts is a pianist fiercely dedicated to the performance of contemporary classical music. A proponent of esoteric idioms for piano, Jana finds purpose in realizing new works for the instrument. Jana’s 2017-18 season has featured a series of solo concerts, presenting the works of Aperghis, Spyrou, Erber and Finnissy, with venues including Ypsilon (Thessaloniki, presented by Ypsilon) and St. Andrew’s Church (Toronto, presented by TO.U Collective for New Music). In June of 2018, she will be the guest artist at the Delian Academy for New Music in Mykonos, Greece. Jana will be featured as a solo and chamber artist at the Sound Symposium in Newfoundland in July of 2018. Other upcoming engagements include a series of concerts in collaboration with the Contemporary Music Lab at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AuTh.) featuring works of past and current students, and alumni of the Greek Fulbright Program.

Thursday 17 May 2018, 21:00, Palas
(State Orchestra Rehearsing Space, “Solon Michailidis”). 

Graffiti | Interactive Sound Installation at TSC

Graffiti is an interactive sound installation. You are invited to use your smart devices to trigger sound events in real-time acting as composers, conductors and performers. The system will respond to your commands and create sounds. New soundscapes can arise on the fly in a playful way – giving the opportunity for each participant to feel the excitement of music creation even without any pre-developed musical skill. Download the special app and start making sounds with a virtual symphonic orchestra!

Come an enjoy playing with it at the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki. 
Dates 2-15 May 2018

Accordion Concertino Premiere by P. Andreoglou and BGSU New Music Ensemble | USA

Accordion Concertino is getting its world premiere at Bowling Green University (Ohio, USA) this February featuring Andreoglou Panagiotis (acc) as a solois performing it along with the Ensemble of New Music of BGSU under the direction of Christopher Dietz.

The piece was commissioned by BGSU New Music Ensemble and was composed a few weeks after Jean Claude Risset’s death. The fundamental structural idea is focused on using Shepard Tones, an auditory illusion first devised by Risset in the field of electronic music. The effect gives the auditory illusion of infinite upward or downward motion which can find a visual equivalent in M.C Escher’s painting “Ascending and Descending”.

2.2.2017. Ohio, USA

7 COnsecutive INVENTions performed by Fani Karagianni

7 Consecutive Inventions is getting a performance by Fani Karagianni at the Macedonian Museum of Modern Art in Thesslaoniki. The piece is scored for solo piano and  was composed after the traditional folk song “Eicha mian agapē” (I had a love) from Island Paros (Greece). It was commissioned by the COINVENT team at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

19 October 2016

Original Song below
www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Ps88zktYRg

More information on the project below
ccm.web.auth.gr/chameleonmain.html

Illumination Electronique II at MusLab | Mexico

Illumination Electronique II for tape gets its performance at Mexico!  This piece was composed by using Frequency Modulation techniques. The pitch material is based on the triad A – F# – F. Various formal and time distortions let the piece unfold over the time and creat new, unpredictable forms.

8 December 2015 @ Conservatorio Nacional Mexico, MUSLAB Festival, Ciudad de México.

Transient Beauty released on CD by Luc Ferrari Competition

Transient Beauty for Tape is now released on a CD in limited edition by the organizers of the Interantional Electronic Music Competition “Luc Ferrari – Presque Rien”. 

Info about the CD Here

The work “Transient Beauty” was composed at ICST ZHdK Zurich during a two weeks residency in August of 2015 and it reflects all the dramatic conditions I was going through, in the previous month, during a very unstable (politically and economically) period in Greece. The form of the piece consists in reality a transition from a very dense, noisy, harsh and chaotic sound world to the beauty and tranquility of a calm woman’s voice reflecting the alteration between feelings of immense anxiety and hope.

[…]Turning shadow into transient beauty (T.S. Eliot)

Transient Beauty at CIME/ICEM Lisbon | Portugal

Transient Beauty for Tape is going to get a performance at CIME/ICEM in Lisbon-Portugal. The piece will be diffused by German-Toro Perez director of ISCT (Zurich) where the piece was composed. The piece was composed at ICST ZHdK Zurich during a two weeks residency in August of 2015 and it reflects all the dramatic conditions I was going through, in the previous month, during a very unstable (politically and economically) period in Greece. The form of the piece consists in reality a transition from a very dense, noisy, harsh and chaotic sound world to the beauty and tranquility of a calm woman’s voice reflecting the alteration between feelings of immense anxiety and hope. Some of the music material is based on recordings Luc Ferrari made during May ’68 in France.

Date of Concert 3 October 2015

X-Anthèmes Premiere at Belgrade by Construction Ensemble | Serbia

X-Anthèmes is presented at Belgrade as a part of the Compeser’s Review project organized by the Composer’s Accosiation of Serbia. X-Anthemes will be performed by Construction Ensemble on Friday, 25 September 2015, 8 PM, Foyer of the National Bank of Serbia.

X-Anthèmes is based on national anthems from various countries around the globe. National anthems are, with very few exceptions, heavily militaristic, “serious” music. In this piece they are processed, reformed and re-presented from a virtuosic, lighter and more translucent perspective. Although the selection of the Anthems was made solely with artistic criteria, the reformation itself can be considered as a political statement.

Official Website of International Review Project

Ganesh Paran performance by Ums’n’Jip

Ganesh Paran for extraordinary voice, tape, and computer generated RT score is going to be premiered on 23rd of February 2013 at Pallas Concert Hall, Thessaloniki by UMS ņ JIP

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Alter Ego Premiere by Athens State Orchestra at Megaron

Alter Ego for large orchestra was commissioned by the State Orchestra of Athens in Greece and was composed at Boston in 2011. The musical material is based on spectral analysis of recitation in a whispering mode of the poem Katedrāle by American – Latvian poet Gunars Salins. A second layer consisted of isorhythmic processed (talea) material functions as a point of reference. The physical material is under constant transformation through the use of digital filters and it is presented by the orchestra through new orchestrational perspectives each time.

In me – there is the Cathedral. In me – the whole kingdom of heaven. In me – the world’s beginning and end. And also you. (Gunars Salins)

Pleaase find the full programme of the concert below

Dimitris Maronidis
: “Alter ego” (commissioned by Κ.Ο.Α.)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto n. 4 in G major, op 58
Franz Liszt: “Preludes”, Symphonic poem
Richard Wagner: Ouverture from the opera “Rienzi”

Athens Concert Hall | 12 January 2012 | 20:30
Director  Michalis Economou

Parenthesis premiered by Lorraine Symphony Orchestra | France

Paragraph/Parenthesis for Orchestra got its premiere  at  Metz Arsenal Concert Hall by Orcheste National de Lorraine (ONL) under the direction of Jacques Mercier on 11-7-2011. The piece was performed as a part of the composition workshop Acanthes. This piece was composed after the poem “since feeling is first…” by e.e.cummings. A special set of software tools were developed in order to compute and organize the massive stream of data that constitute the core-structure of the piece. The fundamental idea of the piece is the construction of  multi-leveled isorhythmic talea that control and drive various melodic elements and harmonic aggregates in a set of spectral bands. Since such a parametric system is very unstable, a large amount of experiments were performed in order for the final material to be selected, formed and refined. 

Anamorphosis premiere by Nieuw Ensemble | UK

Anamorphosis for 11 musicians is premiered at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. Anamorphosis |ˌanəˈmôrfəsis| Anamorphosis is a distorted projection or drawing that appears normal when viewed from a particular point or with a suitable mirror or lens. This concept was transferred to the sound domain and a set of special software applications was developed in order to run experiments and then select and refine the material used for this piece. The anamorphic procedures consisted in warping a given music material by catoptric means. A large set of suitable mirrors were utilized. Various amounts of a two dimensional distortion were applied, depending on the angle and the exact position of the mirrors on the Cartesian plane.

Nieuw Ensemble | Direction Bas Wiegers
Produced by HCMF | Muziek Centrum Nederland | NFPK+

Monday 23 November | St. Pauls Hall | 7:30

Ignis Fatuus for Orchestra premiere by the State Orchestra of Thessaloniki

Ignis Fatuus for Orchestra is getting its world premiere by the Symphonic Orchestra of Thessaloniki under the direction of Vladimiros Symeonidis. The concert will take place on 10th of March 2007 at the Aristotle University Concert Hall. In this work, many different ways of expression are explored through the use of spectral processes for the organization of the musical material.