Lykourgos A. Angelopoulos was born in Pyrgos, Peloponnesus in 1941. He studied Byzantine Music at the School of National Music, under the tutelage of the great musician and musicologist, Simon Karas, and Law at the University of Athens. Since 1982, he has been the "Protopsaltis" (first chanter) at the Church of Saint Irene in Athens (first Cathedral). Since 1977, he is the founder and director of the Greek Byzantine Choir and professor of Byzantine Music at the Nikos Skalkotas Conservatory and at the Philippos Nakas Conservatory in Athens. He is the director of the Children's Byzantine Choir of the Archdiocese of Athens since its foundation and the director of the School of Byzantine Music at the Dioceses of Ilia, Rethymnon and Fthiotidos. He is a member of the artistic committee reponsible for the music schools of the Ministry of Education since 1998 and from 2005 he is the president of KSYME and founding member of the "Charta of Regas".
He has collaborated with the Athens Radio Broadcast on programs related to Byzantine Music and has performed contemporary music composed by Michalis Adamis, John Tavener, Dimitrios Terzakis, Georgios Kyriakakis, Theodoros Antoniou and Kyriakos Sfetsas. He is a member of the research team headed by Marcel Peres in France, which studies the old western chants and their relationship to the byzantine ones. He has performed byzantine, old roman, ambrosian and other old western chants in recordings with the Ensemble Organum in France. He has recorded 8 CDs with them.
In 1994, he was honoured by his All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I with the Patriarchal Offikion and was named Archon Protopsaltis (First Chanter) of the Holy Archdiocese of Constantinople. He has also been honoured by his Beautitude the Patriarch of Jerusalem Diodoros, by the Orthodox Church of Finland and by the Diocese of Patras in Greece. The Holy Synod of Greece awarded him with the Golden Cross of the Apostle Paul in 2006. The president of the Hellenic Republic awarded him in 2004 with the honorary distiction of the Silver Cross of the order of the Phoenix.
NICKOS HARIZANOS was born in Athens. He studied Composition, Orchestration, Harmony and Counterpoint in Athens under the supervision of composers Christos Lambrianidis and Spiros Klapsis from 1992 to 1999. He then continued his studies in Composition at Manchester University (2000-2001) with Professor John Casken and Professor Geoffrey Poole, graduating with a research Master’s degree (MMus) in Composition. He has received an open – offer place for PhD studies in Composition at University of Cardiff (U.K.). His music has been performed at U.S.A., Russia, Japan, U.K., Mexico, Korea, Colombia, Ukraine, Germany, Bulgaria, Spain, Italy, France, Portugal, Latvia, Poland, Lithuania, Albania, Hungary, Serbia, Cyprus, Greece. He has also received numerous of first prizes and distinctions in International and National Composers Competitions. His music has been broadcasted by Greek National TV and Radio Stations along with International TV stations (Spain) and Radio stations (USA – Portugal – Colombia - Bulgaria). He is member of the Greek Composers Union (GCU), the Hellenic Electroacoustic Music Composers Association (HELMCA) (Greece), Research Centre of Contemporary Music (founded by Iannis Xenakis) (KSYME) (Greece). His name is included in Who Is Who Encyclopaedia (2006 edition onwards). His works are published by Da Capo Music Ltd (U.K.), Gold Branch Music Inc. (U.S.A.), Contemporary Music Research Centre (KSYME – CMRC) (Greece). Web site : www.nickosharizanos.com
Born in 1976, in Athens, Greece. He studied classical guitar and oud. In 2001 he got his degree in traditional music with a specialization in oud, under the tutorship of Nikos Grapsas. Concurrently, along with the group Oberon# -for which he wrote the music and the lyrics- he toured around various parts of Greece and released the CD "Oberon# -Miden Ena" (Virgin, Nov. 2000). The CD comprises of a combination of electronic beats, ethnological components and guitar passages. After the break up of the group, in 2001, his interest took a turn towards computer electronic music. Under the guise of "mecha/orga", YS records and performs his pieces. Frequencies, noises, field recordings, silence, minimalism are words that have been used to describe his music. He has performed in several concerts and festivals of electronic music in Greece, the Netherlands, the UK, France, Belgium and Germany and has released 5 CDs. He has composed music for short films. His music has been broadcasted in the Netherlands, the UK, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Norway and Spain. In October 2004 he launched the label “Echo Music”. So far 10 CD-Rs of contemporary and experimental music have been released. He’s a member of the Centre Of Contemporary Music Research. Since May, 2007 he’s been publishing articles about experimental and underground music. Discography: - 56:24 (laptop, 2007) - Holder (tape-laptop, 2006) - From A Piner (laptop, 2005) - A Man Behind The Door (piano, 2005) - Float (laptop, 2004)
C o s t i s, Athens, 1950. Visual artist and poet • Costis studied in Athens and Paris • He stopped his studies at the level of Doctorat d’ Etat, under J.F. Lyotard • In 1969 his first collage is published and he has his first solo exhibition, showcasing lead sculptures • He is the editor of two literary and art magazines published in Athens, Lotus (Λωτός, 1968-1972) and Praxis (Πράξη 1972) • His first book of poetry is published in Athens in February 1974 • Since 1970, he has been a regular contributor of essays, articles, poems, and drawings to many magazines • In 1975 his first Performance takes place at an art gallery in Athens • In 1976, using synthi100, he creates the music score of his film Saga of a city • The same year he starts creating mixed works of visual poetry • From 1986 onward, the lightning phenomenon is at the core of his research • A prolific artist, Costis has had 24 solo shows in galleries and museums in Europe and has participated in more than 100 international group shows • He has also engaged in a variety of projects and conferences / symposia on art, New Technologies, and poetry • Work by the artist is held in public museums and private collections, most notably in Greece, France, Belgium, and Germany • For more detailed information: http://www.costis.eu •
Studies: National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Faculty of Philology (Degree: Very Good, 1970), and PhD at the same University / Faculty of Philology (Degree: Excellent Unanimously, 1996) Job experience: She has served for 35 years at the Greek Ministry of Culture (1973-2008) •1973-1980: Senior officer at the (then) Department of Cultural Relations (and currently Department of International Relations), responsible for Bilateral Relations, relations with International Organizations (UNESCO, Council of Europe), and relations with Foreign Cultural Institutions in Greece. •1980-1987: Head of Section at the Department of Letters, responsible for the Book Policy. •1987-1990: Director at the Department of Letters, responsible for Literary Books and Awards, Cultural and Scientific Books, Writers Associations, Literary and Scientific Reviews, programmes for the promotion of the Greek Literature abroad. •1990-1998: Director at the (then) Department of Cultural Action (which does no longer exist, and the framework of action of which was transferred to the current Department of Letters), responsible for Congresses and Conferences, Scientific Associations, Cultural Institutions and Centres. •1998-2008: Director at the Department of International Relations, responsible for Bilateral Relations, International Organizations and International Networks, Greek Studies at Foreign Universities, Greeks Abroad (Greek Diaspora), Communication and Information in the cultural field and in the framework of International Relations for the promotion of the Greek Culture abroad. Lectures at the National School of Public Administration on Cultural Administration and Foreign Cultural Policy (1988-2007). Lectures at the Greek Diplomatic Academy (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) on Foreign Cultural Policy (1999-2008). Lectures at the Moscow University of International Relations (Diplomatic Academy / Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs) on Foreign Cultural Policy of Greece (2006.2007) Lectures on Modern Greek Literature at the University La Sapienza in Rome, Lomonosov University in Moscow, Moscow University of International Relations, Moscow Pedagogical University, Saint Petersburg University, La Trobe University in Melbourne, Cincinnati University in Ohio - USA, Boston College - USA, as well as at the School of Architecture (Course in Morphology) of the National Technical University in Athens. Foreign languages: •English, French: Very Good •German, Italian: Good •Russian, Spanish: Basic knowledge
Born in Athens in 1960. Graduated from Athens College in 1979. Studied chemistry at the College of Wooster (Ohio, USA) and got his B.A. in 1983. Graduate studies at Ohio University (1984-1986). Parallel studies in electronic music and collaboration with the Center of Contemporary Music Research. His early works were presented in Bourges ’87 Festival(Distinction) and in World Music Days ’88. He has composed a variety of electro acoustic works and has scored the music for K. Giannaris’ films ‘From the edge of the city’(Greece's submission for the Oscar 2000 Academy Awards) and ‘One Day in August’(Nominated for the Golden Berlin Bear at Berlin International Film Festival-2002).Α
Panayiotis Kokoras (Greece, 1974) studied composition with I.Ioannidi, K. Varotsi, A. Kergomard and classical guitar with E. Asimakopoulo in Athens, Greece. In 1999 he moved to England, for postgraduate studies where he completed his MA and PhD in composition with T. Myatt at the University of York with funds from Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB) and Aleksandra Trianti Music Scholarships (Society Friends of Music) among others. His works have been commissioned by institutes and festivals such as FROMM (Harvard University) IRCAM, MATA (Music At The Anthology), Spring Festival (The University of York), Gaudeamus (Netherlands), and regularly performed in international festivals and concert series throughout Europe, Asia and America. His compositions have received 27 distinctions and prizes in international competitions among others Bourges 2008 and 2004 – France, Gianni Bergamo 2007 – Switzerland, Pierre Schaeffer 2005 - Italy, Musica Viva 2005 and 2002 - Portugal, Look and Listen Prize 2004 - New York, Gaudeamus 2004 and 2003 – The Netherlands, Insulae Electronicae 2003 - Italy, Jurgenson Competition 2003 - Russia, Seoul international competition 2003 - Korea, Takemitsu Composition Award 2002 - Japan, Noroit Prize 2002 - France, CIMESP 2002 - Brazil, Musica Nova 2001 – Check Republic, Métamorphoses 2000 - Belgium. He is concerned to see how he, the listener, maps the acoustic signal into a structural representation on a psychoacoustic basis of the perception of music. His compositions include significant influences of the electroacoustic studio upon acoustic instrumental compositions and vice versa. Panayiotis Kokoras’ creative output ranges from acoustic works to mixed media, improvisation and tape one. He is founding member and Vice President of the Hellenic Electroacoustic Music Composers Association (HELMCA). He taught at the Technological and Educational Institute of Crete - Department of Music Technology and Acoustics. Since October 2005 he has been lecturing at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki – Department of Music Studies, Greece. His music is published in 20 CD compilations by by Spectrum Press, NOR, Miso Musica, SAN / CEC, Independent Opposition Records, ICMC2004 and distributed in limited editions by LOSS, Host Artists Group, Musica Nova, Computer Music Journal (MIT Press) and others.
Born in Athens, 1965 He studied theory with Stephanos Vassiliadis and Michel Bichsel, and piano with M. Bichsel and K. Maragoudakis. Since 1987, he is an associate of the Centre of Contemporary Music Research, and since 1999, of the Hourmouzios-Papaioannou Foundation. He works, since 1995, with the Zouzou Nikoloudis’ Chorika Dance Company. He has taught at the ‘Eumusea’ Conservatory and the ACME Educational Centre. He has worked for the First Programme of the National Greek Radio, and is a member of the O.E.K. committees. He has composed works for tape: Dokimio (Evmaros Gallery, Thessaloniki, Demetria), For Spring, Kanissin (Herod Atticus Theatre 1994, in cooperation with Cypriot composers), Continually, music for a video by Pandora Mouriki (Ionian University, Bucharest). He was a participant in the ‘According to the Recipes of Ancient Greco-Syrian Magi’ event, devoted to C.P. Cavafy, (Alecton Gallerie, 2003).
He was born in Athens at 1980 and started making music at 1993. He has been part of many projects for sounds scapes , mastering and composing music. He is post graduate of physics and now working on his phd on acoustics (noise reduction / noise control) Cooperation’s : Alva Noto (Germany/Raster Noton) , Murcof (Mexico/the Leaf records) , Panacea (Germany/Ad Noiseam) , John Mourjopoulos (Greece/Ano Kato Records), Funckarma (Holland/Delicatessen records,On records) , Ollie Olsen (Australia/PsyHarmonics,Creative Space) , Floros Floridis (Greece/Ano Kato Records), B. Fleischmann (Germany/morr music) , Horchata (USA/ Ad Noiseam) , Traject (Iceland/ Special Material) , Hecq (Germany/Hymen Records,Metropolis) , Mad EP (USA/ Ad Noiseam) , Wilt (USA/Ad Noiseam) , Larvae (USA/Ad Noiseam) , Snog (Australia/ Metropolis Records) , Nam Shub Of Enki (Australia/Weird Music Society, Creative Space) , Metropol (Spain/Hymen, Creative Space) , ADJ (UK/Touchin bass ,AI recs , Pyramid Transmissions)albums (lp): Releases : 2008 Spyweirdos, John Mourjopoulos & Floros Floridis- epistrophy at Utopia <Ad Noiseam (Germany)> 2008 Spyweirdos- ten numbers <Creative Space (Greece)> 2006 Spyweirdos- wetsound orchestra <Poetanegra (Greece)> 2005 Spyweirdos–for children to play <Z.M.A. (Greece)> 2003 Spyweirdos–fairytale <Devic Craft Cordings (Greece)> 2000 Weird Alchemy–wired alchemy <Demon Tea records (Australia)> 1999 Weird Alchemy–turtle rocket <Online Label (Finland)> albums (ep): 2006 Spyweirdos - loftcase limited vinyl <Creative Space (Greece)> mastering by Bola (Skam records) 2007 Spyweirdos & Larvae 2 * 3inch cds <Creative Space (Greece)> mastering by Murcof (Leaf records) Tracks on compilations : 2007 Spyweirdos-the key(Funckarma rmx)<n5MD (USA)> 2006 Snog-king of hate (Spyweirdos remix) 2003 Weird Alchemy–f system 2003 Spyweirdos-lost in the woods 2003 Spyweirdos-everything 2002 Weird Alchemy-aftertouch 2002 Spyweirdos-soryps 2001 Weird Alchemy-digital love with <PsyHarmonics Records (Australia)> <Giwa Records (Australia)> <LoopSnoo Records (Greece)> <Freese magazine (Greece)> <Devic Craft Cordings (Greece)> <Devic Craft Cordings (Greece)> fine automation <Tempest (Australia)> 2000 Weird Alchemy–red is like green <Demon Tea records (Australia)> Coming soon : • October 2008 Spyweirdos – ten letters album (audio cd + video dvd) •Spyweirdos & Funckarma album •Spyweirdos & Floridis album contact: email@example.com / www.spyweirdos.com / http://www.myspace.com/spyweirdos /
He was born in Athens in 1959. His first contact with music was during his school-education,where he became a self-taught musician. He studied Mathematics at the Aristotelion University of Thessaloniki , Music theory under S.Alebisos, and Harmony under K.Patras and J.Mandakas at the “Neo Odio Thessalonikis”. From 1982 up to 1984 he takes classes in Counterpoint and Composition from M. Travlos at the “Odio Nikos Skalkotas” in Athens. In 1984 he commences his studies at the department of Composition of «Hochschule der Künste- Berlin» under Witold Szalonek while also attending seminars in conducting from Friedrich Goldmann. In 1988 he participates in “Gaudeamus International Music Days” in Amsterdam with his work “Strofes” for mixed choir. In 1989, “Strofes” is selected to represent Greece at the “Music Days” of ISCM . In 1989 he was given a scholarship by the “Mousigetis” society, whereas in 1990 the Department of Culture of the then West Berlin granted him a scholarship in the form of a request for a composition. Having an experiential contact to the traditional music, he compose his works using also elements like scales, rhythms or arithmetic-relations which come out of them, gestures and melodic fragments, mostly in a not evident way. Several works of him have been performed and broadcasted in Europe and in the Usa He lives in Athens since 1991. Recorded works : Dilemma - Vielklang – Berlin, 1987, LP Epithanation- Zensor – Berlin – 1991, CD The past strikes again - Lyra- Athens – 1996, CD Trio- Eteba – Athens – 1998, CD Peripato- Lyra – Athens – 2004, CD
He was born in Athens in 1960.He studied advanced music theory with Yannis Ioannidis, Haris Xanthoudakis and Stephanos Vassiliadis, and piano with Michel Bischel. He attended the Athenaeum Conservatory Electroacoustic Music courses. He has taught seminars at the Centre of Contemporary Music Research. He has worked as music producer for the National Greek Radio. He is an associate at the Centre of Contemporary Music Research. He has composed electroacoustic music and mixed media works. Compositions of his have been performed in Greek and international festivals.
Anastasia Chrysanthakopoulou (natryx or Anastasia X.) lives and works in Athens Greece . She has specialized skills in jewelry design, micro sculpture and wax modeling for which she has received high grants and awards. Though her background has to do with jewelry and work crafts in general, she has always been interested in using her art to create custom sound objects and sound installations. Meanwhile she participated in workshops and annual courses on sound creation and sound design with composers, sound artists ( D. Kamarotos , M. Alexiades, Xanthoudakis, Milos Vŏstechovsky, Douglas Henderson, Nicolas Collins) choreographers (Snježana Premuš) filmmakers(Yannis Economides), multimedia artists (Pascal Silonde). Her interests also include workshops on project and curatorial management as well as fundraising research.
For more than fifteen years Anastasia has collaborated with various artists in music, theater and dance projects as a performer, improviser, and sound designer. Through her creative journey she was able to use her skills and talents challenging herself as well as her imagination by participating into various artistic practices, roles, art forms interacting with each other in a non linear way. As a trumpet player, Anastasia improvises using extended techniques, beyond the traditional idiomatic use of the instrument. As a vocalist, she uses her voice in an unconventional way earning her a one year’s voice training scholarship. She uses field recordings as source material in her sound pieces. Under the name natryx, she has performed in venues and festivals in Athens, around Greece and abroad. She has also worked as an artistic director/assistant in several galleries and alternative spaces. She has gained experience as backstage organizer, project coordinator and producer in festivals and gigs. Since 2010 she has been invited to work with Medea Electronique as an artist and project coordinator. Past and ongoing collaborations & projects (a selection) :
Nicoleta Chatzopoulou (Thessaloniki, 1976) She studied classical guitar from 1984 -1993. In 1994 she was admitted at Cardiff University of Wales to study Astrophysics (Bsc in Astrophysics, 1997). Upon returning to Greece she decided to continue studies in music (harmony, counterpoint, piano), started learning the viola da gamba and took her first lessons in composition . She moved to the Netherlands in 2003 to pursue a study in composition and viola da gamba at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in the Hague (Bachelor and Master of Music in composition). There, she also followed a course in Sonology in 2006. She was a singer and multi – instrumentalist in the group This Fluid (1997-2001) Discography : Spiral EP (Hitch-Hyke records, 1999), Lips like poppy (Hitch-Hyke records,2000). She has taken part in numerous early music concerts as a viola da gamba player and has collaborated with various ensembles in Greece and abroad. Her compositions include works for voice, chamber orchestra and for various instrument combinations. Upon commission by Korzo theater she composed 3 operas : The Scream (2005), direction : Olivier Provily, libretto : Ν. Χατζοπούλου, Clara S. (2007), text : Elfriede Jelinek, direction : Lotte de Beer, libretto : Joris van der Meer, Are you our daughter (2008), κείμενο : William Shakespeare (King Lear), direction: Lotte de Beer, libretto : Joris van der Meer. She has collaborated with ensembles as : the Nederlands Vocaal Laboratorium, Modelo 62, Nieuw Ensemble etc. as well as with the Leipzig Opera house for her work Clara S. and has participated in festivals such as : Bebersee festival, Dag in de Branding, Opera Dagen Rotterdam 2009 και Gaudeamus International Music week. Her music has been performed in Greece, Germany, the Netherlands and Lithuania.
Maria-Margarita Kourtparasidou was born in 1981 in Greece. Supported by musical parents in Thessaloniki, Margarita Kourtparasidou began playing the piano at the age of six, before later taking up percussion. She studied at the Thessaloniki State Conservatoire under Prof. Vassiliadis till 2000. In January 2005, she completed her Performance Diploma at the Hochschule für Musik Detmold (Germany) under Prof. Peter Prommel and in February 2006 she finished the Chamber Music Diploma at the same school. In May 2007 she completed the Master Degree at the Conservatorium of Amsterdam with cum laude in chamber music. In 1999 she wins the Panhellenic Percussion Competition and also she was offered a grant to study at the Berklee School of Music in Boston. In Germany she studies with a “Gesellschaft der Freunde und Foerderer of the Hochschule für Musik Detmold E.V.” Scholarship and in Amsterdam she wins a subsidy from the Dutch Ministry of Culture. Recently she managed to come through the semi-finals of the Gaudeamus Competition for Interpreters. Margarita Kourtparasidou has gained work experience at the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie (Germany), Dutch Radio Chamber Orchestra, New Music Ensemble, Asko Ensemble, dissonArt ensemble and many others. She is Solo-Timpanist at the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra and member of the Nederlands Wind Ensemble and has founded the Red Chicken Soup Duo with Guido De Flaviis (saxophone). She has toured in Europe, America and Asia. She was teaching at the Thessaloniki New Conservatory and at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. www.margaritapercussion.com
Born in Katerini in 1975, Dimitris Bakas studied composition with Theodore Antoniou. In 2004 he moved to London for further studies in composition at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he was awarded an MMus and recently completed succesfully his PhD, under the supervision of Roger Redgate. His music has been performed in the UK, Greece and USA and has successfully participated in competitions worldwide. In 2009 he was a shortlist composer at Sound and Music. For the academic year 2010 -- 2011 Bakas was a visiting scholar at Columbia University in New York (accepted by Tristan Murail) where he completed a Post Doctoral Research.
Born in 1978 in Rhodes, Greece, Leonidas Sakellarides studied violin in Rhodes Music School (Teaching Diploma in 1997) with K. Vatikiotis and later composition at Hull University with Dr. Alistair Borthwick, Dr. Bennett Zon and Dr. Thoma Simaku. He graduated in 1999 with a First Class Degree (BMus) and the Departmental prize and then completed a Masters Degree (MMus) in 2000. At the same period he studied the violin with Richard Quick and Fiona Love . In 2001 he settled in Athens Greece, where he completed the Hellenic Conservatory, school of Advanced Theoretical Studies (Harmony, Counterpoint and Fugue Degrees) with G. Arabidis. He is currently studying for a PhD (receiving a Faculty of Arts scholarship) in Composition at Hull University under the supervision of Alistair Borthwick and also classical singing (tenor) with Mechtild Stamataki. He is working as a freelance music teacher and performer, based in Athens.. Leo prefers to write music for acoustical instruments as well as voice and less frequently he writes electroacoustic music. He is interested in improvisation, the expansion of monophonic ideas into multi - layered textures, as well as the use of Ancient and Modern Greek literature in his music. Lately he has also written some pieces that could be described as minimalist pieces, making a turn towards mysticism and the exploration of rituals. He had pieces being performed by the BBC Philharmonic, the Allegri String Quartet, the University of Hull and Manchester University Symphony Orchestras as well as other ensembles.
Kórinna Latèlis is a classically trained musician, a performer and researcher.
Since 2006, she has focused on Street Performance and Public Art. In 2011 she founded AérEchO (from "air" and "echo"), a platform dedicated to the artistic creation and research on public space. She has participated in various festivals, in Greece and in Europe (Italy, Poland, Bulgaria). In 2012 she was awarded for her work at the 4th Athens International Street Festival-Istfest.
She holds a PhD in Byzantine History and Music Anthropology and currently collaborates as a researcher with the Ethnomusicology and Cultural Anthropology Laboratory (EthnoLab), at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She has been a collaborator of CMRC-KSYME (Contemporary Music Research Centre –Athens, Greece) since 2005.