Iannis Xenakis – in Memoriam International Conference

Iannis Xenakis is one of the most celebrated composers and iconic figures of the twentieth century. He was one of the most influential thinkers of the past century not only in the field of music but also in various scientific pursuits. His music and philosophy have inspired a whole generation of composers and performers, and this conference, which coincides with the ten-year anniversary of his death, aims to shed light on lesser-known aspects of his life and work.

The Department of Arts of the European University Cyprus is proud to announce a Call for papers, performances and site specific musical installations for The Iannis Xenakis – in Memoriam International Conference to take place at European University Cyprus on 3, 4 & 5 November 2011. We invite composers, performers and musicologists to Cyprus, an island that has been a geographical and cultural cross point throughout its history, to pay tribute to this great thinker.

The presentations should not exceed 20 minutes. 10 minutes will be allocated for further discussion and questions following each presentation.
Proposed performances of Xenakis’ works should last no longer than 40 minutes, and details about the scale of installations are available upon request (see below for contact details).

Those interested should send a 300 word abstract (or performance samples for performers) as well as a short biography (250 words maximum) by 15 June 2011 to Dr Evis Sammoutis at E.Sammoutis@euc.ac.cy with the subject line Iannis Xenakis – in Memoriam International Conference. For additional information, please contact Dr Georgia Petroudi at G.Petroudi@euc.ac.cy with the subject line Iannis Xenakis – in Memoriam International Conference.

Subject Areas:

We invite proposals by composers, performers and musicologists encompassing a wide spectrum of subjects and ranging from practical to theoretical approaches to Xenakis’ work and life. Nevertheless, preference will be given to the following subject areas (listed in no specific order):

Category 1 – Xenakis and the evolution of music composition
Xenakis and Algorithmic composition / Computer aided composition
Xenakis and Electronic music
Music and architecture, mathematics and sciences
Xenakis’ approach to musical form
Interdisciplinary approaches to music composition
Xenakis’ revolutionary approach to orchestration / use of instrumental and vocal techniques
Analytical approaches to Xenakis’ compositions
Xenakis and the study of music perception

Category 2 – Biographical, philosophical and other approaches to Xenakis
Xenakis, The man: little known aspects of the composer’s life
Xenakis and Ancient Greece / Xenakis and Contemporary Greece
Xenakis’ legacy and philosophical impact

Category 3 – Performing Xenakis
Performing Xenakis: practicalities and impracticalities, possibilities and impossibilities
“Authentic” interpretations of Xenakis’ works
Live lecture performances of Xenakis’ works

Category 4 – “Frozen Music”:
Music and architecture, a palindromic relationship

For composers, the University is also extending a call for site-specific installations in some of Nicosia’s architectural marvels. The installations should demonstrate the relationship between sound and space / architecture. Nicosia is still the only divided European capital with a fascinating mixture of architectural spaces that offer a wealth of inspiration. Interested composers can contact Dr Evis Sammoutis for additional info.

Date and Venue
Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 3, 4 & 5 November 2011
Cultural Centre, European University Cyprus
6 Diogenous Street,
Engomi, P.O. Box: 22006,
1516, Nicosia

Full audiovisual equipment and adequate technical support is available for all presentations. A grand piano is also available in the conference room.

All participants must register for the conference, even those presenting or performing at the conference.

Participation Fee:
Full price: €50 for both days (€30 for one day)
Students and concession: €25 for both days (€15 for one day)

Official presentation language: English

Conference Program:
The program will be announced beginning of July. Further information and updates will be posted on


Conference Co-ordinators:
Dr Georgia Petroudi
Dr Evis Sammoutis

Keynote Speakers
Sharon Kanach, Vice-President, Centre Iannis Xenakis
Nouritza Matossian, Writer and BBC broadcaster
Rohan de Saram, Cellist, close Xenakis collaborator
Makis Solomos, Université Paris 8
Ermis Theodorakis, Pianist, expert on Xenakis’ works

Conference Scientific Committee
Professor Ekaterini Romanou, Associate Professor of Music, European University Cyprus
Dr Evis Sammoutis, Assistant Professor of Music, European University Cyprus
Professor Makis Solomos
Ms Nouritza Matossian
Dr Rohan de Saram
Mr Ermis Theodorakis

Conference Organizing Committee
Dr Georgia Petroudi, Chair, Department of Arts, European University Cyprus
Professor Ekaterini Romanou, Associate Professor of Music, European University Cyprus
Dr Evis Sammoutis, Assistant Professor of Music, European University Cyprus
Mr Fotis Mousoulides

This post was submitted by Georgia Petroudi.

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