Posts Tagged: Thanasis Deligiannis


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Jan 14

Miller Theatre Pop-Up Concert

Ekmeles sings works for 1-6 voices on the Miller Theatre stage, including the New York Premiere of a work by Sciarrino. Doors at 5:30, show at 6, enjoy a free beer while sitting onstage with the ensemble!

  • Peter Ablinger – Studien nach der Natur (1995, 2002)
  • Kaija Saariaho – From the Grammar of Dreams (1988)
  • Salvatore Sciarrino – L’alibi della Parola (1994) New York Premiere
  • Evan Johnson – a general interrupter to ongoing activity (2011)
  • Thanasis Deligiannis – Ignored Manuals (2013)

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Dec 13

NYU Residency

Ekmeles finishes out their residency at NYU with a concert, including a premiere by director Jeffrey Gavett, commissioned by NYU

  • Louis Karchin – To the Stars (2003)
  • Taylor Brook – Motorman Sextet (2013)
  • Peter Ablinger – Studien Nach der Natur (1997, 2002)
  • Thanasis Deligiannis – Ignored Manuals (2013) World premiere of revised version
  • Jeffrey Gavett – Quomodo Musica (2013) World Premiere

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Oct 12

Workshopping: Week 2

We’re coming to the end of our individual workshops with composer Thanasis Deligiannis, who is writing a new work for us for our October 13th performance at Issue Project Room.

After working with Thanasis one-on-one, we’re now starting to join up into duos and trios to see how our parts will fit together. The soundworld of the piece is very dynamic, and we’re working with Thanasis to bring out every little filigree and detail of our parts. As a former classical singer, he has a vocal ability that most composers do not. However, having not studied for years, he now simply adapts his technique fully to whatever project is at hand, rather than maintaing a stable classical core sound like we full-time classical singers must. We’re working on adapting our sounds to fit this very specific aesthetic which he’s devised, shouting and crooning, sounding like reversed tape or doppler effects. The alignment of our parts is often totally visual in its representation, leaving us to shape the specific rhythms and interactions of our lines in these workshops, and develop the piece far beyond the page, with Thanasis’s guidance. It’s an interesting mixture of rote teaching and notation, with most of the timbre and articulation details being communicated verbally, and the pitches left to the page. We’re looking forward to joining all together to work tutti soon!


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Sep 12

Workshopping: Week 1

We’re just getting started workshopping a new piece for our October 13th performance at Issue Project Room (at Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral). Composer Thanasis Deligiannis is meeting with the 5 singers for the project individually, to get to know our voices and personalities as he assembles the new work, Ignored Manuals.

Our first few meetings have involved the standard “what’s your range” discussions, but quickly moved into a more exciting creative process, with Thanasis singing to us fragments of the piece for us to imitate. Though we are moving towards a written score in the end, starting off with this kind of rote process affords us a kind of musical communication more focused on timbre and other subtle sonic details of vocal sound. In a way it reminds me of learning a language from tapes in the car; we’re beginning with pure sonic mimicry, and eventually getting to analysis and written communication.

Oh, and Thanasis’s isn’t the only voice that might be imitated…


18
Sep 12

New York/Netherlands Exchange

Under the auspices of a NYFA/Stichting RIO New York/Netherlands composer exchange, Ekmeles performs a new work by Thanasis Deligiannis, a world premiere by Michael Edward Edgerton, and music by Eve Beglarian.

Concert at Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral at the intersection of Henry and Remsen Streets in Brooklyn Heights – temporary home of Issue Project Room.

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