“I will explore the relation between complexity and embodiment in contemporary piano music along three axes: intrinsic textual complexity, complexity as interaction with the electronic medium and finally complexity as generative of a sort of physical theatre. Tzortzis’ Incompatible(s) V will be highlighted as the juncture of those three axes.
I will present a performer-specific paradigm of embodied interaction with complex piano notation. This paradigm, which I term embodied navigation, extends and even confronts the traditional paradigm of textual interpretation. It incorporates ideas from the performative turn in composition and musicology, from embodied cognition and from Human-Computer Interaction.
At a second stage, the proposed paradigm serves as the basis for the development of methodologies and customized tools for a range of applications, including: performance analysis, embodied interactive learning, composition and improvisation. The tools in question include gesture capture, gesture analysis, gesture following and gesture interaction tools developed at Ircam (MuBu for MAX, motionfollower, augmented violin project), the system of capacitative sensing Touchkeys, as well as interactive notation platforms (INScore), combined in the customized system called GesTCom (Gesture Cutting through Textual Complexity).”
Pavlos Antoniadis is a Berlin-based pianist for contemporary and experimental music and a 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 recently started improvising on the occasion of his collaboration with the composer and improviser Panos Ghikas. Pavlos 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 with F. Bevilacqua and D. Fober GesTCom, an interface for the gestural control of complex notation. 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 Graz scholarships.