EchoSynkyria 2001
[CONTEMPORARY CHAMBER MUSIC / WORKS BY GREEK COMPOSERS]
MUSEUM OF BYZANTINE CULTURE / FOYER
SATURDAY, 24 FEBRUARY , 19:00

IN CHARGE OF PROGRAMME AND ORGANIZATION:
HARRY LEFAKIS

In contrast to Photography, Music, whose nature is the fantastic, has long struggled to prove itself equally capable of representation! Success at that turned out to be a relative issue, ranging the gamut between extremes and thus fueling dissension among those who ministered the Art (of Music) as to its true nature: Was Music to be programmatic or absolute? The question posed was, alas, not merely existential as it had also come to serve as litmus test of artistic merit! Those days thankfully gone, save for those still unaware of it, Music may be ensconced with its roles: It may be the ultimate communicator of the loftiest and the intangible; or, it may be the greatest supporter, of the Visual, the Word, the Movement, the Rite, the Performance.

Having long excelled in both roles, it was then a matter of time before Photosynkyria would seek its partnership! And, it took but a concurrence of events and acquaintances and the like-mindedness of Photosynkyria's organizers, before Echosynkyria was born: To assist, showcase, celebrate! What then more appropriate and fitting to such a vibrant, cosmopolitan and ever-so-modern twelve-year-old Thessalonian institution as Photosynkyria, than an album of contemporary, multilingual, yet all Greek and mostly Thessalonian voices to mark the occasion?

The program was selected based on some previous knowledge of the young composers' oeuvre, while using as a guide that intangible quality that verges on originality, meaningfulness and freshness; making each work a must addition to this limited, by nature, companion event!

Limited though Echosynkyria may be, by both nature and resources, we believe that the works it showcases, as well as their performances, are nonetheless worthy of the quality and level that have long become the earmarks of Photosykyria.

H. Lefakis

PROGRAMME

Leontios Hadjileontiadis (1966)
Landscape (1998)
for voice, clarinet in Bb (+ percussion), piano and cello
on poetry by M. Anagnostakis.
voice: Dora Baka,
clarinet (+ percussion): Odysseus Karydis,
piano: Erieta Alakiozidou,
cello: Christos Grimbas
Abbreviations (1998)
for piano, on a theme by Nikos Astrinidis
piano: Erieta Alakiozidou

Michael Lapidakis (1960)
Ein Andrer Hauch-I (Another breath-) (1992)
for solo flute
flute: Yannis Anissegos
Expectation (1998)
for violin and guitar
violin: Maria Spanou,
guitar: Aggelos Botsis

Panayotis Leftheris (1966)
Pagana (1999)
for clarinet in Bb and percussion
clarinet: Odysseus Karydis
percussion: Anastassis Vassiliadis

Antonis Anissegos (1970)
Three Etudes (1998)
for solo piano
piano: Antonis Anissegos

Anastassis Vassiliadis (1955)
Cyclorythmia (1993)
for marimba and piano
marimba: Anastassis Vassiliadis
piano: Dimitris Demopoulos

Theo Abazis (1967)
Pas de Deux (1997)
for alto saxophone and guitar
alto saxophone: Theophilos Sotiriadis
guitar: Aggelos Botsis

Spiros Mouchagier (1970)
Verzweiflung (Despair) (1996)
for solo violin
violin: Maria Spanou