Campus Hoogpoort, Hoogpoort 64, 9000 Ghent
This year the Contemporary Music Week of the Royal Conservatory of Ghent revolves around the Greek composer Jani Christou (°Heliopolis 1926, + Athens 1970). Curator Nikos Ioakeim is following Christou’s lead in two different directions. The quest for the ritual, the dramatic and the primeval instincts, which is related to the oeuvre of Christou’s good friend Giacinto Scelsi, will take a central position. Aside from that, his use of graphic notation, proportional notation and chance is the motive for a concert series which focuses on the New York School of the fifties and sixties, and its influence on the European field of music of that time.
The Greek overtones of this week are reaffirmed by 4 visiting young composers – Nikos Ioakeim, Michalis Paraskakis, Costis Zouliatis and Nikos Karydis.
The Contemporary Music Week contains the screening of a documentary, lectures, a panel discussion, an exhibition and six concerts, among which 2 world premieres, music theatre by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and works by Boulez, Brown, Cage, Feldman, Scelsi, Stockhausen and Christou.
Anaparastasis: Life & Work of Jani Christou is a documentary about the short mysterious life and the great personality of one of the most important figures in avantgarde music of the twentieth century. The screening will be followed by a discussion with the film director.
An anthology of composers from the New York School, an example of intuitive music of Stockhausen, the creation of a related piece by Hans Roels and Pranam I, a tribute in memory of the early death of Christou by Giacinto Scelsi.
Piano recital in which composers of the New York School are confronted with their European counterparts: among others the Klavierstück XI by Stockhausen and a suite by Giacinto Scelsi. Pianist: Andreas Bral.
Piano recital in which composers of the New York School are confronted with their European counterparts. This time with Boulez’s Troisième Sonate and another suite by Giacinto Scelsi. Pianist: Bert De Rycke.
Anaparastasis: Life &Work of Jani Christou is a documentary about the short mysterious life and the great personality of one of the most important figures in avantgarde music of the twentieth century. The screening will be followed by a discussion with the film director.
Panel discussion with Nikos Ioakeim, Costis Zouliatis and Sharon Kanach about Scelsi and Christou, followed by an evaluation of the Christou workshop.
Celebration of the 500th birthday of Andreas Vesalius and the 80th birthday of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, music theatre from the sixties and the premiere of the latest work of Nikos Ioakeim. Ensemble: GAME led by Daan Janssens. Dance: Alexis Kotsopoulos.
Nikos Ioakeim presents his lecture Christou, the ‘60s and our suspended animation. After that music and drama students together with Alexis Kotsopoulos will perform Jani Christou’s Anaparastasis III “The pianist”, which will be the result of an intense workshop. In this work the composer uses unconventional instructions to relive, and to return to the atmosphere of a primeval ritual, without reducing the content to a religious or pagan experience.
A program with two performances of Anaparastasis I The Baritone. In the first one we will hear Michalis Paraskakis as the protagonist. After that there is a debate with the audience (there will be enough reasons for discussion) and a second performance, with Thibaud Lécluse in the leading part. As in Anaparastasis III, which is performed earlier that day, this piece is about reliving an ancient ritual. The text of the baritone are the verses 1 to 7 of Aeschylus’ tragedy Agamemnon, recited in Ancient Greek: the tragedy opens with an exhausted guard on the roof of the palace in Argos who, for more than a year, awaited the signal fire that signifies the Achaeans taking over Troy.