Iannis Xenakis (1922-2001) is globally known as the avant-garde composer and original thinker who alloyed musical composition with higher mathematics and theoretical physics. His production counts about 150 instrumental, vocal, scenic, electroacoustic and mixed technique works, in addition with a respectable number of influential theoretical articles on music, collected together in books.
Through extended interviews, pictures, videos and autobiographical data presented by a narrator with Xenakis’ own words, the performance offers a closer view to the composer’s way of thinking and a more intimate approach to his idiosyncratic personality. The narration in first person, in particular, gives to the audience an opportunity to get acquainted with Xenakis, both as an individual and as an author.
The texts as well as the projected material have been selected with strict musicological criteria for maximal narration flow consistence, historical accuracy, data density and informational diversity.
This version of the program was presented during the Athens Festival on June 8th 2011
Duration: 1h 30min (with intermission)
Narrator: Giorgos Karamichos
Conductor: Nikos Tsouchlos
during audience entrance
Diamorphoses (1957) electroacoustic
Dhipli Zyia (1952) for violin and cello
Anaktoria (1969) for 8 musicians
Xenakis Electro-Acoustic Sonorities - excerpts from: Concret PH (1958), Orient-Occident (1960), Hibiki Hana Ma (1969-70),Polytope de Cluny (1972), Voyage absolu des Unari vers Andromède (1989)
Charisma (1971) for clarinet and cello
Persepolis (1971) electroacoustic
Palimpsest (1979) for 11 musicians
Rebonds (2nd mov) (1987-89) for solo percussion
Keren (1986) for solo trombone
O-Mega (1997) for solo percussion and 13 musicians