Hong Kong University, Black Box Theatre
05.05, 4 pm
Embodiment and gesture capture as a performer-specific perspectival point to Iannis Xenakis’ solo piano work
06.05, 8 pm
Iannis Xenakis Project:
ALFIA NAKIPBEKOVA (UK) : NOMOS ALPHA – cello
PAVLOS ANTONIADIS (GR) : MISTS / HERMA – piano
JONATHAN ZORN (US) : GENDYN – electronics
YING-HSUEH CHEN (DK) : REBONDS – percussion
Pavlos Antoniadis will be performing two seminal works from Xenakis’ output for solo piano, Mists (1980) and Herma (1961). His workshop will revolve around the issue of physicality in Xenakis’ music and the investigation of concepts and tools for coping with the music’s challenges. Pavlos introduces a model of embodied interaction with piano notation and a prototype system for it, turning complex scores into a meta-instrument. Post-cartesian concepts from embodied cognition are applied to Xenakis’ notation. Performance is conceptualised as embodied navigation in a non-linear space of notational affordances. Furthermore, the recently developed prototype GesTCom implements tools such as INScore and motionfollower for the gestural control of scores.The presentation affirms the centrality of gesture as an interface between physical energy and symbolic representations.
Pavlos Antoniadis is a Berlin-based pianist for contemporary and experimental music and a doctoral researcher at Ircam and LabEx GREAM, Université de Strasbourg. He has performed in Europe, the Americas and Asia with the new music ensembles Work in Progress-Berlin, KNM, Phorminx, ERGON and as a soloist. He has recorded for Mode (2015 Deutscheschallplattenkritikspreis) and Wergo records. He has published on embodied cognition and piano performance and has been invited for lecture-performances at several institutions (HfM Dresden, INMM Darmstadt, Ircam Paris, Orcim Gent, Goldsmiths London, Trinity Dublin, Aristoteleio Thessaloniki, Cité de la Musique et de la Danse Strasbourg, Hong Kong University). He was a Musical Research Residency fellow at Ircam in 2014. Pavlos holds degrees in piano performance (MA, UC San Diego) and musicology (Athens National University). He has studied on LabEx GREAM, Fulbright, UC San Diego, Nakas conservatory, International Ensemble Modern Akademie and Impuls Academy Gratz scholarships.