Granny Records is an independent music label based in Thessaloniki, Greece. It is a creative space that aims to promote and publish sound documents, which are often intertwined with images and other visual media. On 20 and 21 October, the label will present artists from its catalogue in a two-day festival at KET, celebrating 15 years of operation.
Friday 20 October
- Savvas Metaxas – Eleni Ikoniadou – Viki Steri
- Eventless plot
- Fabio Perletta
Saturday 21 October
- Spyros Emmanouilidis
- Giovanni di Domenico
- Free Piece of Tape
Free Piece of Tape (George Axiotis aka Turbo Teeth & Efthimis Theodosis aka Bill Anagnos) were created in Athens in 2001 initiating a sound process, through which they developed a common conscious towards sound. Their primary interest lies in exploring the boundaries of real-time audio performance and at the same time articulating a musical language ranging from freeform drone compositions to dense multi-layered cut-ups while simultaneously projecting their own take on to a psych-dub context.
Spyros Emmanouilidis is a sound artist based in Thessaloniki, Greece. He is interested in modern compositional methods of electronic music, aiming to create multi-layered soundscapes that vary in tension, rhythm and texture. He experiments with a variety of different sound sources such as field recordings, piano, samples and analogue sources. Since 2008, he is co-running Granny Records
Viki Steiri is a composer, cellist and pianist. Born in Greece, she moved to London in 2005 and is based in Athens since 2021. She has written music for installations, performance, video art and film. She is also a member of the improvised music/art group Ectopia, and has recently collaborated with Eleni Ikoniadou on a number of projects including the LP Future Chorus. Her debut LP Balm will be released in 2024.
Giovanni Di Domenico, pianist, was born in Rome on the 20th July 1977. Following his father’s consecutive assignments as a civil engineer he actually lived out his first decade in Africa – until he was five in Libya, from then until his eight anniversary in the Cameroons and until ten in Algeria. Musically self-taught until the age of 24, when he finally enrolled in Royal Conservatory in Den Haag, Holland (Koninklijke Conservatorium, 2001-2006) – majoring in ‘jazz piano’. He aspired to develop an an encyclopedic technique, with rhythm, harmony and tone informed by non-western traditions yet equally sensitive to Debussy’s “Préludes”, Luciano Berio’s “Sequenzas”, to the ‘ambi-ideation’ heard in Borah Bergman’s Soul Note recordings, Cecil Taylor’s polissemic density, Paul Bley’s bruised transparency and of course, the most radical manifestations stemming from the underworld of pop music, invariably tied together by his own original praxis. He currently lives in Brussels.
Eventless Plot were formed in 2002, in Thessaloniki. Borrowing elements from different genres and aesthetics to build their own hybrid of sound, while exhibiting great attention to sonic details in different forms of experimentalism. From free impro and noise, to new electronica, electroacoustic composition and jazz, their music remains always unconventional and contemporary. They use a variety of instruments, analog sources, field recordings and Max/MSP patches, while incorporating musical segments through collaborations with various musicians to realize their compositions.
Fabio Perletta is a sound artist, professor and curator living and working inItaly. In his work, he explores the tensions and equilibriums thatcoexist between presence and space, silence and noise, focus and timeperception. He seeks to create expanded experiences in which he unveilsthe complexity, multiplicity, and transient nature of auditory realities, fosteringtheir entanglement and divergence within the same vocabulary. His work encompasses recorded compositions, performances, site-specific installations, text scores, online projects and participative actions, appearing worldwide at festivals and art galleries
Savvas Metaxas is a musician and sound artist who works in the fields ofexperimental music, field recordings, modular synthesis. Counting more that 15 releases among vinyls, Cd’s and cassettes, his music hasbeen released in multiple labels such as LINE, Suerpang, Granny Records, Orila,Glistening Examples, More Mars, Cronica, Phinery, Flaming Pines, Coherent States, Falt and has performed in numerous concerts hosted in experimental art spaces,museums, galleries and venues. In 2008 he co-founded the Granny Records label, focusing in publishing works by contemporary electronic musicians, moving in the range of free improvisation, noise, electroacoustic composition and contemporary electronica. Along with the operation of the label, he co-organized and co-curated events in various spaces in Thessaloniki inviting numerous European and Greek artists. His other works contain the creation and composition of sound for installations and site- specific performances as well as music for short movies and contemporary dance.
Eleni Ikoniadou is a media artist, writer and educator specialising in digital and sonic arts. She runs Fugitive Voices, a series of conversations with guest artists and theorists for the Royal College of Art and is resident host on stegi.radio. She is founder and co-editor of the Media Philosophy Series (Rowman & Littlefield), co- editor of Unsound: Undead (Urbanomic, 2019), and author of The Rhythmic Event: Art, Media and the Sonic (MIT Press, 2014). Eleni has exhibited, performed, and presented work at, among others, the Institute of Contemporary Arts London, CTM Berlin, Barbican Centre, TATE Britain and Modern, Nottingham Contemporary, Arebyte gallery, Spike Island Bristol, MUTEK Montreal, Loop Berlin, Unsound Krakow, and MIRA Barcelona.