Improviser and musical instrument designer Joris Beets, sound artist and electroacoustic music composer Tim Ward, composer Dora Panagopoulou and mandolinist Panos Kanellopoulos share a series of acoustic and electronic improvisations inspired by the poem “A flower, deserted” by Nikos Karouzos:
Βαθύτερο ἀπ᾿ τὴν ἀγάπη καὶ τὴν ταραχὴ
ποὺ φέρνει μέσ᾿ στὸ στῆθος ἡ ἐπιθυμία
ζεῖ στὸ θαλάσσιο βράχο ἕν᾿ ἄνθος ὁλομόναχο.
Ποιὰ φωνὴ τὸ κυρίεψε καὶ μοιάζει σὰν νὰ δείχνει
τὴν ἄγνωστη γαλήνη μὲ μικρὰ χρώματα…
Εἶναι βγαλμένο στοὺς κινδύνους τῆς χαρᾶς
ἀμέριμνο σὰν ἰδέα.
Joris Beets – delta harp
Tim Ward – live electronics
Δώρα Παναγοπούλου – piano
Πάνος Κανελλόπουλος – mandolin
Joris Beets, is an improvising musician, designer and inventor of Delta harp (www.delta-harp.com/delta), an instrument that seeks to redefine the way we think about harp. He is a member of “Orchestra Elastique”. He spends most of his summer time in Serifos, improvising together with Panos Kanellopoulos.
Tim Ward is a sound artist with a background in electroacoustic music composition and live electronics. He is involved with a wide range of projects, most recently focusing on soundscapes, mapping and their relationship to electroacoustic composition. He is a member of the “Medea Electronique” collective as well as “Spiza” and teaches music at Deree College, Athens.
Dora Panagopoulou is a composer of acoustic music who has increasingly incorporated electronic elements in her music. Much of her recent compositional activity has been linked to “Spiza”, an artistic society bringing together diverse artists to work on common larger-scale projects. She has a keen interest in the intersection between compositional and educational work and teaches music at Pierce College.
Panos Kanellopoulos, studied the mandolin with Alison Stephens (London) and Vivi Geka (Athens). When he is not practicing (and when he is not in Serifos playing with Joris Beets) he is researching and teaching creative music education focusing on the possible conjectures between education, philosophy, political philosophy and creative music making.
* The drawing accompanying this Press Release is the work of a young child, in conversation with an engraving by Vasso Katraki and a song by Mikis Theodorakis.