Category Archives: Lectures | Talks

Lecture on Xenakis Solo Piano Works


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Tuesday October 25th 16:00 Room 7 – A.U.Th – Music Department (Thermi)

Contemporary Music Lab is presenting an open lecture by the world-wide renowned pianist Stephanos Thomopoulos on the works for solo piano by Iannis Xenakis. The lecture is preceeding a concert , scheduled for Saturday October 29th at AVGO in which Stephanos Thomopoulos is going to present a Triptych, focused around the piano works of Iannis Xenakis

Stéphanos is the first pianist in France to have completed a Doctorate in performance at the Paris Conservatoire. The title of his thesis was Performance Issues regarding the xenakian piano : from concept to instrumental language. His doctoral work has brought him to participate in concerts and conferences about Xenakis in New York, Montreal, Paris, London, Belgrade, Leipzig, Athens, Monaco, as well as to publish an article in the volume Performing Xenakis, next to personalities such as Milan Kundera, Michel Tabachnik and Irvine Arditti (Pendragon Press 2010).
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Rehearsing Jani Christou – An open Rehearsal with dissonArt ensemble


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CML A.U.Th. in colaboration with dissonArt ensemble presents an open rehearsal of Jani Christou’s works Anaparastasis III (The Pianist) and The Strychnine Lady.

Friday June 17th 14:30 – 17:30 Foyer – A.U.Th – Music Department (Thermi)

Jani Christou composed his legendary works Anaparastasis III and The Strychnine Lady between 1967 and 1968. In these works, new and innovative forms of expression are explored. The pieces, scored for ensemble and soloists, transform the roles and functionality of musicians and soloists. Using his own pioneering notation, Christou is extending and at the same time blurring the borders between music and theater.

The event will start with a short talk by the conductor Vladimiros Symeonidis and dissonArt member Theodoros Patsalidis introduced by the composer Zesses Seglias.

After the end of the rehearsal there will be an open discussion.

Anaparastasis III along with The Strychnine Lady will be staged at the GNO Alternative Stage of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in 25 June, under the direction of Alexandros Efklidis. [read more here] Continue reading

Talk by Raphael Staubli on the music of Helmut Lachenmann

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CML A.U.Th. presents a Talk by Raphael Staubli on the music of Helmut Lachenmann

May 26th 12:00-13.30 AM Room 7 – A.U.Th – Music Department (Thermi)

The lecture is examining the compositional thinking of Lachenmann as it is presented in his works Pression for solo Violoncello and Ein Kinderspiel for solo piano. Dr Staubli will perform Ein Kinderspiel as part of his presentation.

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Lecture on Digital Recording of Classical Music by Dr. Steve Savage


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CML A.U.Th. presents a Talk by Steve Savage on “Recording Classical Music”

May 23rd 10:00-11.30 AM Room 7 – A.U.Th – Music Department (Thermi)

This workshop discusses the intersection of classical music recordings with digital audio recording techniques and contemporary studio practices.

Topics will include:
– The “it could have happened” approach to editing
– Creating hyperreal recordings
– Capturing the unintentional performance

Steve Savage is an active record producer and recording engineer. He has had 7 Grammy nomintiCons for CD’s on which he was the primary engineer. These include CD’s for Robert Cray, John Hammond, OCs Rush, Elvin Bishop and The Gospel Hummingbirds.

Steve holds his PhD in musicology from the University of London where he studied with the eminent musicologist Nicholas Cook. Recent books include The Art of Digital Audio Recording and Mixing and Mastering in the Box for Oxford University Press, and Bytes & Backbeats: Repurposing Music in the Digital Age for the University of Michigan Press.

Steve Savage is a visiting scholar of the Fulbright foundation.
Mr. Savage will be introduced by Dimitris Maronidis, PhD

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Lecture on Baltic Music by Gundega Smite

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CML A.U.Th. presents a Talk by Gundega Smite on Baltic Contemporary Music

May 29th 17:00 2014 AM Room 7 – A.U.Th – Music Department (Thermi)

This lecture will focus on contemporary music of Baltic states. Composer and musicologist Gundega Smite (post-doc researcher at A.U.Th.) will present the most representative composers of the 20th century  along with the youngest generation of creators in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. Continue reading

Σωματικότητα και Πολυπλοκότητα

1660297_614032101998742_563738287_nΟ πιανίστας και μουσικολόγος Παύλος Αντωνιάδης (MA από το UC San Diego, συνεργάτης στο IRCAM, υποψήφιος διδάκτορας στη HfM Dresden) παρουσιάζει τη διάλεξη “Σωματικότητα και Πολυπλοκότητα στη μουσική για πιάνο μετά το 1950”, καθώς κι ένα ρεσιτάλ πιάνου με έργα Ιάννη Ξενάκη, Brian Ferneyhough και Morton Feldman.

Η αναζήτηση ερμηνευτικών λύσεων για μουσικές εγκεφαλικές και δυσπρόσιτες ανοίγει το δρόμο προς μία ριζικά διαφορετική θεώρηση του ρόλου του σώματος του εκτελεστή. Αποτέλεσμα αυτής της αναζήτησης είναι ένα μοντέλο “σωματικής πλοήγησης” της παρτιτούρας που ξεκλειδώνει τις μυθικές δυσκολίες των έργων και αναδεικνύει τη δυνατότητα πολλαπλών ερμηνειών και ακροάσεων. Στο ρεσιτάλ που ακολουθεί κυριαρχεί η σταδιακή αφαίρεση, από το εκρηκτικό μουσικό θέατρο του Ferneyhough (Opus Contra Naturam για ομιλώντα πιανίστα από την όπερα Shadowtime), στo μαθηματικά υπολογισμένο, πλην όμως ούτε ασώματο ούτε ψυχρό, πρώτο έργο του Ξενάκη για σόλο πιάνο (Herma), κι ως το τελευταίο πιανιστικό έργο του Feldman (Palais de Mari), ένα λαβύρινθο φευγαλέων αναμνήσεων και θραυσμάτων.


7:30 μ.μ.
Σωματικότητα και πολυπλοκότητα στη μουσική για πιάνο μετά το 1950.
9:00 μ.μ.