Nicolas Tzortzis – Ways of doing things

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Ways of doing things – Lecture by composer Nicolas Tzortzis

“Robert Fripp, guitarist and basic member of the progressive rock band King Crismon, once said that his band was not that much a band than “a way of doing things”, meaning that, even if the musicians have changed over the years, what makes King Crimson what it is, is a specific approach to music making, that has remained unchanged throughout the decades.
In my lecture, I will talk about some of my latest works, who almost all of them combine music with other media (theatre, electronics, video), and about the different approach that every work needs, with all the constraints and the liberties that come with it. These works are very different from each other, with diverse starting points and considerations, that demand each time another approach and that the composer reinvents himself, broadens his aesthetics and tries to find the necessary tools that will better serve the realisation of his idea.”
―N. Tzortzis

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Pavlos Antoniadis – Interactive systems for the embodied navigation of complex piano notation

“I will explore the relation between complexity and embodiment in contemporary piano music along three axes: intrinsic textual complexity, complexity as interaction with the electronic medium and finally complexity as generative of a sort of physical theatre. Tzortzis’ Incompatible(s) V will be highlighted as the juncture of those three axes. Continue reading

Verwandlung. A Lecture by Gordon Williamson

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Contemporary Music Lab presents a lecture by the Canadian composer Gordon Williamson on Verwandlung: inspiration vs. influence in the creative process. Gordon Williamson is a composer and professor at the Hochschule für Musik, Medien und Theater at Hannover, Germany and he is visiting Aristotle University of Thessaloniki under the Learning Mobility Erasmus+ educational program.

November 1st 16.00  Room 10 – A.U.Th – Music Department (Thermi)
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fontanaMIXensemble Concert

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Demetria Festival 2017 and Contemporary Music Lab present a contemporary music concert by the italian ensemble, based in Bologna, fontanaMIXensemble

fontanaMIXensemble expertises in 20th and 21st century music, emphasizing in the most progressive musical tendencies

In the upcoming concert, which is part of the Demetria Festival 2017, fontanaMIXensemble are going to perform works by contemporary Italian composers.

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6daExit Improvisation Ensemble Concert

Tα Δημήτρια 2017 σε συνεργασία με το Εργαστήριο Σύγχρονης Μουσικής Α.Π.Θ. διοργανώνουν συναυλία του αυτοσχεδιαστικού συνόλου 6daExit

Οι 6daEXIt είναι ένα από τα μακροβιότερα στην Ελλάδα αυτοσχεδιαστικά σύνολα που δημιουργήθηκε στην Θεσσαλονίκη το 2007 και από τότε ειδικεύεται τόσο στον (ελεύθερο) αυτοσχεδιασμό όσο και στις πλέον πειραματικές μουσικές τάσεις της εποχής μας.

Σάββατο 14 Οκτωβρίου 2017, 21:00
Αίθουσα δοκιμών Κ.Ο.Θ. “Σόλων Μιχαηλίδης” Λ. Νίκης 73,

Who is writing — “it” or “me”? / Madnesses and Methods by Joachim Heintz

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Contemporary Music Lab presents two lectures by Joachim Heintz.

Lecture A
Who is writing — “it” or “me”?
Decisions and Developments in Composition

Composition can be described as an “active passivity”: to listen to the (sounding) material, to discover what is inside it, to develop its potentials. This will be shown on examples of my music, and continued by a discussion about the reasons and consequences of certain decisions in the process of composing.

Tuesday June 6th 15:00  Room 7 – A.U.Th – Music Department (Thermi)

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Composing Sound! Lecture by Panayiotis Kokoras

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CML presents a lecture by Panayiotis Kokoras. Panayiotis will present his recent works and will explain his compositional approach. The audience will have the opportunity to listen to some of the composer’s works.

May 31th 12:00-13.30  Room 7 – A.U.Th – Music Department (Thermi)

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Composition Masterclass & Lecture by Christian Benvenuti

CML presents a lecture and a composition masterclass by Christian Benvenuti.

Composition Masterclass May 30th 15:00-18.00  Room 7 – A.U.Th – Music Department.
In his masterclass, composer and multimedia artist Christian Benvenuti will introduce the main techniques and methods he used in his works, along with a reflection on his pluralist approach to style. In the second half, Benvenuti will lead an interactive session where the works submitted by participants, in the form  of scores, live performances or recordings, will be discussed.

(Please find below an application form for your participation in the composition masterclass)

Lecture May 30th 18:00-20.00  Room 9 – A.U.Th – Music Department.
In the so-called Zettabyte Era in which we currently live, there is a need for new aesthetic responses and approaches from composers, performers and listeners. In this context, it is essential to understand how we communicate through music by looking into the dynamics of music information. In this talk, the phenomenon of expectation will be discussed along methods derived from information theory to measure and describe cognitive aspects of the musical mind. These methods will be presented in light of their contribution to music cognition, music psychology, music composition, theory, and analysis. Continue reading

Electronic Music Concerts – Xenakis Festival

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We are glad to announce our 2017 Xenakis Festival!

On 1st of April 2017 a series of events will take place at TSSO Concert Hall “Solon Michailides” at Nikis Avenue 73, Paralia Thessaloniki.

Please find below the flow of events

The day starts with a lunchtime concert at 12:00PM. Electronic works by Iannis Xenakis and the Jury of the first international electronic music competition Iannis Xenakis will be diffused.

Iannis XenakisDiamorphoses
Panayiotis KokorasMagic
Ambrose FieldFrozen Voyage
Denis SmalleySomeil de Rameau
German Toro PerezInventario I
Elaine Lillios –  Listening Beyond
Iannis XenakisOrient-Occident

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Xenakis Competition Results 2017

On behalf of the jury I am very pleased to announce the results of the first Iannis Xenakis International Electronic Music Competition. The competition raised worldwide interest, attracting 270 submissions, of which 106 were in multi-channel formats. Selecting from as many as 270 pieces proved a challenging but rewarding task, and inevitably many good pieces could not make it into the final five. The selection process was anonymised: our judgements were based solely on our responses to the music. We did not know who the composers are, nor did we have access to titles or programme notes. Please find the selected pieces below.

1st Prize: Nikos Stavropoulos (Greece) for his work Topophilia
2nd Prize: Oliver Carman (United Kingdom) for his work Electric Strings
3rd Prize: Marie-Hélène Breault and Martin Bédard (Canada) for their work Replica

Honorable mentions to

Daniel Blinkhorn (Australia) for his work Cradle Caldera
François Buffet (France) for his work Anabasis

Denis Smalley (Chair)
Jury members: Ambrose Field, Panayiotis Kokoras, Elainie Lillios, Germán Toro-Pérez
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Two Lectures on Serbian Contemporary Music by Svetlana Savic


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Contemporary Music Lab presents two lectures by Svetlana Savic on Contemporary Serbian  music. Prof. Savic is visiting Aristotle University of Thessaloniki under the Learning Mobility Erasmus+ educational program and  will be introduced by the composer Dimitri Papageorgiou

Lecture A – Contemporary Serbian Music
In her first lecture, scheduled for 31.10.2016 18:00, professor Savic is going to present  works by prominent Serbian composers: Entr’acte for orchestra, by Zoran Erić, full time professor at Department for Composition at Faculty of Music, Rector of the University of Arts in Belgrade, Orbits for orchestra, by Aleksandra Vrebalov, currently living in USA, gesualdo dub/raum mit gelöschter figur, for piano and ensemble, by Marko Nikodijevic, living in Germany, and Mirror for mezzo-soprano, violoncello, piano and chamber orchestra, by Srdjan Hofman, professor emeritus at Department for Composition, Faculty of Music in Belgrade. Entr’acte and Orbits are exceptionally interesting in their musical form – employing principles of symmetry and spiral organization of the musical material, and Nikodijevic’s concert for piano and Hofman’s Mirror present intriguing and innovative approach to the role of soloists and ensemble, treatment of musical heritage and poetical text, followed with incredible instrumentation.
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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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Συναυλία Ηλεκτροακουστικής Μουσικής (έργα για πιάνο & tape | bayan & tape)


Το Εργαστήρι Σύγχρονης Μουσικής του ΑΠΘ σε συνεργασία με τη Στέγη Γραμμάτων και Τεχνών, παρουσιάζει μια συναυλία με έργα του πρωτοπόρου στην μιξη ηλεκτρονικούκαι ακουστικού ήχου συνθέτη Mario Davidovsky (γενν. 1934), αλλάκαι των πολύνεώτερων Παναγιώτη Κόκορα και Δημήτρη Μαρωνίδη, που αφουγκράζονται με τον τρόπο τους το εσωτερικότης γης και τα ουρανια σωματα.

Ο ανατρεπτικος συνθετης Jacob Ter Veldhuis αντλεί τη θεματολογια του απόμια διαφήμιση οργάνου γυμναστικής στο χιουμοριστικό έργο του The Body of Your Dreams.

Ο Henrik Hellstenius με το έργο Søkk, έχοντας εμφανείς επιρροές απότη φασματικήμουσικη, παίζει με τη φαντασία του ακροατη, δημιουργώντας κινηματογραφικές εικόνες.

Στο τέλος της συναυλίας ο ακορντεονίστας Παναγιωτης Ανδρέογλου, η Λεττονή πιανιστα και συνθέτρια Gundega Šmite και ο συνθέτης Δημητρης Μαρωνιδης στα live electronics, θα δοκιμάσουν μια κοινήαυτοσχεδιαστική εξερεύνηση, εγκαταλείποντας την ασφαλεια που τους προσφέρουν οι παρτιτούρες και τα μελετημένα εργα του προγράμματος.

Η συναυλία παρουσιάστηκε για πρώτη φορά στο Πάντειο Πανεπιστήμιο στις 16.3.2016 στα πλαίσια του πρότζεκτ Στέγης – Παντείου “Μια γέφυρα μουσικής πάνω από τη Συγγρού”.

Συναυλία Ακουσματικής Μουσικής

12238241_949214065133243_1602716008467977695_oΤο Εργαστήρι Σύγχρονης Μουσικής του Α.Π.Θ. διοργανώνει συναυλία Ηλεκτρονικής μουσικής, το Σάββατο 14 Νοεμβρίου 2015 και ώρα 21.00, στην αίθουσα δοκιμών της Κ.Ο.Θ., «Σόλων Μιχαηλίδης» (πρώην Παλλάς, Λεωφόρος Νίκης 73).

Στη συναυλία θα παρουσιαστούν τα έργα:
Iannis Xenakis Concrete Ph
Denis Smalley Vortex
John Chowing Stria
Paul Lansky Idle Chatter
Panagiotis Kokoras Sense

Επιμέλεια προγράμματος | Διάχυση: Δημήτρης Μαρωνίδης

Σύγχρονη Μουσική για Bayan


Το Εργαστήριο Σύγχρονης Μουσικής του Α.Π.Θ. διοργανώνει συναυλία με τίτλο: «Σύγχρονη Μουσική για Bayan», την Κυριακή 24 Μαΐου 2015 και ώρα 21.00, στην αίθουσα δοκιμών της Κ.Ο.Θ., «Σόλων Μιχαηλίδης» (πρώην Παλλάς, Λεωφόρος Νίκης 73).

Στη συναυλία ο νέος ταλαντούχος ακορντεονίστας Παναγιώτης Ανδρέογλου παρουσιάζει ένα πολυσχιδές πρόγραμμα με έργα για bayan συγχρόνων συνθετών του 20ού και 21ου αιώνα όπως της Sofia Gubaidulina (Ρωσία), του Luciano Berio (Ιταλία), της Gundega Šmite (Λετονία), του Toshio Hosokawa (Ιαπωνία), του Jacob Ter Veldhuis (Ολλανδία) και του Χρήστου Φαρμάκη.


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Όπερα & Ψυχανάλυση


Το Σάββατο 28 Μαρτίου 2015, 9 μ.μ. στην αίθουσα δοκιμών της Κ.Ο.Θ. “Σόλων Μιχαηλίδης”


που σχετίζονται άμεσα ή έμμεσα με την όπερα και την ψυχανάλυση

Συμμετέχει ο Λευτέρης Χασανίδης (βαρύτονος)


Η φρουδική θεωρια για τη διχοτομηση της ψυχης, τις ψυχικές παθογενειες οπως η παρανοια και η υστερια, τα μυθικά συμβολα και αρχετυπα ασκησαν καταλυτική επιρροή στη συγχρονη μουσική μυθοπλασια. Η δραματοποιηση του Ασυνειδητου στις οπερες που βασιστηκαν σε ψυχαναλυτικά κειμενα αναδεικνυει την παθογενεια του χαρακτηρα ως το επικεντρο της δρασης. Η ιδια η μουσική γινεται μια ψυχοτροπος δυναμη.
Σε μια συναυλια που δοκιμαζει με ακραιο τροπο τα ορια της ανθρωπινης φωνης, η σοπρανο Μαιρα Μηλολιδακη και ο συνθετης Ιωσηφ Βαλετ στο πιανο παρουσιαζουν ενα εντυπωσιακό προγραμμα με σκηνες και αριες από το “Καστρο του Κυανοπωγωνα” του Μπαρτοκ, τους “Ποθους του Εγώ” του Βαλετ, τις οπερες “Ο Νιξον στην Κινα” του Ανταμς και “Τα Μυστηρια του Μακαβριου” του Λιγκετι. Ιδιαιτερη στιγμή του προγράμματος η “Σεκουεντσα ΙΙΙ” για σολο φωνή του Μπεριο.

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Όταν η Ελλάδα συνομιλεί με τη Δύση Στιγμιότυπα ενός διαλόγου

Red Sun

Το Εργαστήριο Σύγχρονης Μουσικής του Α.Π.Θ. διοργανώνει συναυλία με θέμα τη μουσική σχέση Ελλάδας και Δύσης, μια σχέση που ορίζεται από τη μεταφορά «κεντρικών» ιδεών της Δύσης στην «περιφέρεια» μέσω μιας διαδικασίας περισσότερο διαλόγου παρά επιρροής.

Η συναυλία επιχειρεί να ρίξει φως σε (πραγματικές ή φανταστικές) μουσικές συνομιλίες Ελλήνων συνθετών με τη Δύση Θα ακουσθούν (πραγματικές ή φανταστικές) μουσικές συνομιλίες των L.A. Bourgault-Ducoudray – Γεώργιου Καζάσογλου, Γ.Α. Παπαϊωάννου – Arthur Honegger, John Cage – Μιχάλη Λαπιδάκη, Δημήτρη Τερζάκη – Arvo Part, Manuel de Falla – Γιάννη Κωνσταντινίδη.

Απόλλων Γραμματικόπουλος, βιολί,
Ήβη Παπαθανασίου, τσέλο,
Κώστας Χάρδας, πιάνο