Spring in Berlin / 06.04 KNM Berlin@ Free! Music, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, 14.05 Panos Ghikas @ Kontraklang, Heimathafen, 09.06 Erik Drescher @ Festival Encounterpoints

free HKW

06.04, 18h

Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin

Haus der Kulturen der Welt

Patrick Frank Theorieoper Freiheit – Die eutopische Gesellschaft, Version IV 

Martin Schüttler Absolut return + ALPHA for ensemble and live electronics


14.05, 20h 

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Toxic Gum

Panos Ghikas and Pavlos Antoniadis will give a 40 min performance designed around fixed compositions and free improvisations for (un)prepared piano, amplified strings, objects, inertial sensors, e-drums and electronics. A solo piano piece, Gum, serves as the springboard for a series of transactions that contain various degrees of risk. The fragile navigation of timelines and gestures is shaped through customised computer tools and toxic derivative concepts.

The project started in 2016 as «  Open Cycles: Embodied Navigation of Unreal-time improv » and is manifested in a variety of outputs, such as : scores, performances, fixed media compositions and academic presentations. Other collaborators include composer / saxophonist Nick Roth, programmer Tom Mudd and composer / percussionist Luis Tabuenca, with the scope towards larger ensemble applications.

Panos Ghikas is a composer, improviser and producer. His output encompasses concert music, live improvisation, interdisciplinary collaborations in digital media, film music and pop production. He is a member of surrealist post-pop band The Chap, runs the Migro Records label. Panos performs and releases collaborative multi-channel work with composer/improviser Jennifer Walshe in ‘unreal-time’ improv duo Ghikas and Walshe and performs violin and viola in free-improvisation groups ‘Friendo’ and ‘Bohman Bohman, Ghikas and Thomas’. Panos completed his PhD in Composition at Goldsmiths, University of London. He has a Masters in Composition for Film from the London College of Music and Media and a degree in Physics from the University of Patras, Greece. Panos Ghikas is now a Senior Lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Pavlos Antoniadis is a Berlin-based pianist for contemporary and experimental music and a PhD researcher at IRCAM and LabEx GREAM, Université de Strasbourg, where he also teaches computer music and contemporary performance. He has performed in Europe, the Americas and Asia with the new music ensembles Work in Progress-Berlin, Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin, Phorminx, ERGON and as a soloist. He has recorded for Mode (2015 Deutscheschallplattenkritikspreis) and Wergo records. He has worked with composers such as Mark Andre, Helmut Lachenmann, Brian Ferneyhough, Wolfgang Rihm, Pascal Dusapin, Tristan Murail and has premiered solo piano works by James Erber, Nicolas Tzortzis, Luis Antunes Pena, Dominik Karski and others. He has published on embodied cognition, gesture capture and contemporary piano performance and has been invited for lecture-performances (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, Yamanashi Gakuin University Kofu, Wocmat Taiwan). He was a Musical Research Residency fellow at IRCAM in 2014, where he developed GesTCom, an interface for the gestural control of complex notation, in collaboration with F. Bevilacqua and D. Fober. 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, IEMA Frankfurt and Impuls Academy Gratz scholarships.



09.06, 20h

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Encounterpoints poster

Festival Encounterpoints

Works by Andreas Staffel, Klaus Lang, Salvatore Sciarrino (fl), Wieland Hoban (pno)

Erik Drescher, flute

Pavlos Antoniadis, piano