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5 Movements performed by Jana Luksts at DiMenna Center | New York

A new video just released! An amazing performance of 5 Movements for solo piano by the Canadian pianist Jana Luksts at The DiMenna Center for Classical Music in New York! This piece was composed back in 2017, in a period when my young son was obsessed with the music of George Gershwin. Listening to the music of Gershwin on a daily basis has influenced my own composition one way or another. Isn’t a composer supposed to be a filter on reality?

Dedicated to my son Iason Maronidis, for being a startling light of hope.

Jana Luksts, piano
Mariano Wainsztein, director
Daniel Baruch, sound
George Katehis, editing, production

Muted Blast (.2) Concert of meta.ξ | New York

Transient Beauty for tape and Orbits for piano and tape are going to be performed at New York on 15th of November 2019 by the Canadian pianist Jana Luksts!

-meta.ξ, a collective of Greek composer/artist/design-curators, is presenting a concert of cutting-edge works featuring piano, electronics, double bass, interspersed with electro-acousmatic music. meta.ξ is bi-laterally based between the United States and Greece, with members living and working everywhere in between. The collective aims to strengthen the voice of the post-crisis generation of Greek composers, while embracing subversive and under-represented artists internationally.

With performances in prestigious venues across the globe, this is the first time meta.ξ will bring a concert to New York City. Jana Luksts (piano) and Evan Runyon (double bass), will navigate and experiment with scores involving electronics, robotics, and light design.

Programm, Muted Blast 2, metaξ (meta-ksi.com)
Benzaquen Hall, Dimenna Center for Classical Music
Jana Luksts, piano (www.janaluksts.com)
Evan Runyon, bass (http://evanruyon.com)
November 15, 2019 at 8PM

4 (Hommage) Études published by Universal Edition | Vienna

Four (Hommage) Études for solo piano is now published by Universal Edition. The piece consists of 4 short pieces for solo piano of which, each one makes a tribute to the following composers, Lachenmann, Ligeti, Reich, Smite. The purpose of the work is to introduce young students to the aesthetics of modern music in an enjoyable way.

You can buy your copy here

You can listen to the piece being performed by Tobias Weiss here

Interactive Music Systems | Exhibition 2019 AUTh

Please find here a short video with excerpts from the works of my students created during our easter semester course “Interactive Music Systems” at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. All projects are based on Arduino programming, interfacing with various hardware sensors (photodiodes, distance sensors, switches, potentiometer, etc) and communicating with various software platforms like Live Ableton, PureData, etc.

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 disintegration of the wire mesh that surrounds the building 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 act 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 Experimental Center for the Arts | Thessaloniki

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

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

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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 the 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”). 

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

Froura epi Frouras at OffBorders Festival | Thessaloniki

After many years, Froura epi Frouras, my first tape piece, composed at the studios of IPSA (AHEPA Hospital) is getting a performance at Thessaloniki in the festival of electroacoustic music and performing arts OffBorders. The piece was composed after the poem by the Greek surrealist poet Andreas Empeirikos.

Η τρομερή ιστορία δεν τελείωσε. Ακόμη πέφτουν σταλαγματιά-σταλαγματιά (κάθε λεπτό και ένας ερυθρόδερμος που πίπτει) τα διαμάντια των παγκοσμίων λουτροπόλεων μέσα στον όλεθρο του φορέματος της νεαρής  ψυχοπαραδαρμενοπούλας κ’ έτσι την εντολή της πρωραίας ψυχής του καταρτιού δεν θα την μαλάξη κανείς άλλος παρά ο μαλακός μάγιστρος της μεροβηγκιανής κλεψύδρας. Τα γυναικόπαιδα που θα παρίστανται μεσ’ στην ψυχή μου θα λυπηθούν που δεν κατάγονται σαφώς από την προχθεσινή μεταπώλησι του δικέφαλου βάζου στην ερημιά των πλαγιαύλων

Place — A4M Centre for Performing Arts Thessaloniki.
Date — Saturday 21 April 2018 20:00

OFF BORDERS
FESTIVAL OF ELECTROACOUSTIC MUSIC, VIDEO & PERFORMING ARTS
21 & 22 April 2018, Thessaloniki