2014: Thanos Chrysakis

2014: Thanos Chrysakis

Thanos Chrysakis.

2014: Thanos Chrysakis

Publicerad: tors, 2014-12-11 12:50

I have been invited to write about some of my musical and artistic activities in 2014. “The tree is known by its fruit” and this not to be confused with mere compulsive and frantic busyness at all costs as it usually happens.
So, I will step into mentioning some of those fruits of mine in 2014. Perhaps, they could help quench someone’s thirst for sometime and not just merely their curiosity.

I had the privilege to write a couple of compositions for some wonderful musicians out there. “Arché” for baritone saxophone was written for the close collaborator of mine Chris Cundy as well a duo for trumpet and baritone saxophone written for him and Peter Evans entitled “Doe of Stars” and another duo written for Chris Cundy on the bass clarinet and Julie Kjær on the alto saxophone/alto flute entitled “Grus Grus”.

While I was composer in residence at the Visby Centre for Composers in Gotland last April, I wrote the piece “Arch of Basalt and Ivy Pulse I” for flugelhorn and for the marvellous trumpet-player Philippe Brunet. He performed the piece in June at The Center for Advanced Musical Studies, at Chosen Vale. You can listen to this piece and his performance here. While in Stockholm in the beginning of May I rehearsed also my composition “Ἀστραία/Astraea” with the Stockholm Saxophone Quartet.

Other compositions written in 2014 include a work written for Ondes Martenot and for Nadia Ratsimandresy entitled “Nocturnal Flight” as well “Curved Effulgence” for piano written for Tzenka Dianova.

The composition “Μήτε το Κύμα/Né da’ll onde” that I have written for Wilfrido Terrazas (bass flute) and Natalia Pérez Turner (cello) was performed on the 29th of August at the Palacio de Bellas Artes among pieces by Kaija Saariaho, Omar Hernández Lazo, and Andiana Romero and on the 27th of November at the Festival del Bosque – Germinal among pieces by Antony Braxton, Alan Courtis and Erik Griswold both in Mexico City.

I have been involved in two performances of improvised music through out 2014. One as part of a sextet on the 31st of May at the Café Oto Project Space in London and the other as part of a quartet on the 17th of November in Műcsarnok – Kunsthalle in Budapest.

I was also invited and participated in the exhibition "Sound Art - On the Edge of Perceptibility" at the Mücsarnok - Kunsthalle Budapest from 17th October – 23rd of November 2014. Also, performing at the opening 17th of October together with Christian COBI, Christian SKJØDT, and Zsolt SÖRRÉS. It was a pleasure to have the opportunity to make work in Budapest again and in this very interesting site. It was fascinating as well to see and hear what others are doing and have to say not only about sound. I have realised that Budapest is one of my favourite cities in Europe. A city that looks —to my eyes— not swallowed that much by nasty commercialism.

I’m very delighted to have contributed a text in the book "The Idea of the Avant Garde and What it Means Today" that was published by the Manchester University Press in September. Among the other contributors are: Bruce LaBruce, Andrea Fraser, Alexander Kluge, Marjorie Perloff, David Tomas, Krzysztof Wodiczko, Chris Cutler, Kim Cascone, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Jonas Mekas and many others. It is a really great collection of texts that do not hide behind the words.

And finally, I will mention a new release by Aural Terrains entitled “Asphodels Abide” that has just been released. This release recorded in November 2013 at the OneCat Studio by Jonathan Clayton in London.

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