08 Sep 2021

Ask Ada

Ask Ada at GNO The online version of Ask Ada will be shown on Greek National Opera (GNO) TV from the 11th September to the end of the year. Ask Ada is a music theatre work for singer, 6 instruments (violin, viola, cello, harp, piano, percussion), electonics and video. The work revolves around Ada Lovelace, daughter of Lord Byron and famously credited as having written the first computer algorithm in 1843. Commissioned by The Greek National Opera.

Link to watch Ask Ada online

Credits: Yannis Kyriakides (Composition), Theodora Delavault (Libretto), Darien Brito (Visuals), Brian De Carvalho (Costume designer), Melina Mascha (Lighting designer), Gregory Charette (Conductor), Michaela Riener (Vocalist), Costas Seremetis (Percussion), Evangelia Kiosoglou (Harp), Apostolos Palios (Piano), Dionisis Vervitsiotis (Violin), Yannis Athanasopoulos (Viola), Alexandros Botinis (Cello), Alexandros Mouzas (Ensemble coordinator), Konstantinos Arvanitakis (Video director, post-production)

01 Aug 2021

Isles and Rivers

photo by Gerhard Kuhne Premiere of ‘Knowing Nothing’ in 3 venues this Autumn: August 7 & 8, 2021, Chios Music Festival, Greece September 12, 2021, Radialsystem, Berlin November 18, 2021 | Rainy Days Festival, Luxemburg »Isles&Rivers« is a program in flux, along consolidating and dissolving borders. Persian and European baroque flows into improvisations to live electronics, sometimes foaming, sometimes deep, sometimes quiet... A new composition by Yannis Kyriakides for the entire instrumentation from Greek lyre to theorbo is dedicated to the philosopher Metrodorus of the island of Chios: »None of us knows anything, not even whether we know or do not know, nor do we know whether not knowing and knowing exist, nor in general whether there is anything or not.« From the Mediterranean as a space of sound and thought we come to the island as a former utopia.

The concert will be accompanied by a »Outernational Listening Session« with Kübra Gümüşay.

Sokratis Sinopoulos (Lyre), Keyvan Chemirani (Percussion), Bijan Chemirani (Percussion), Yannis Kyriakides (Electronics), David-Maria Gramse (Violin), Rebecca Beyer (Violin), Liam Byrne (Gamba), Kit Scotney (Violone), Andreas Arend (Theorbo) Josep Maria Martí Duran (Theorbo-Chios), Elisa Erkelens (Dramaturgy), , Outernational

01 Dec 2020

Release of Face LP

face Release of the LP Face, a collaboration between Ensemble Electra, Johannes Schwartz and Maria Barnas. The vinyl release of Face is a co-production between Unsounds and Roma Publications. It is designed by the studio Experimental Jetset, Amsterdam. Face is a multimedia composition for voice, violin, piano, recorders, live electronics and video, based around the use of facial and emotion recognition software. Face plays with how we see ourselves and each other by changing the familiar surface of the face with other representations, alternative portraits in image and sound. Face is the result of a search for poetry and beauty that, as so often, hides behind a questionable development. The piece navigates between the problematic practice of anthropometry in the early 20th century to the current use of emotional face recognition software, an ever-present aspect of our lives where the reading of the face is completely automated - stripped of ambiguity and removed from human intuitive perception.

Unsounds & Bandcamp

15 Oct 2020

Postponed Premieres

Due to Covid a number of premieres have been postponed to 2021. These include Knowing Nothing for the Rivers and Isles project moved to 2nd March, Radiaalsystem Berlin. Order of Thoughts and Things for Rewire, moved to Rewire 2021, April 2nd, and Orbital for Consord, Münster, moved to the 9th May 2021.

19 Sep 2020

Premiere of One Hundred Years

Zaterdag Matinee Really happy that under all these circumstances the premiere of One Hundred Years did go ahead on 19th September 2020. Commissioned by Gaudeamus to celebrate its 75th anniversary, it was performed by the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and Silbersee conducted by Karina Canellakis, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam as part of Zaterdag Matinee. The concert took place with limited audience, full enough that the concert had some atmosphere and performed twice in the afternoon with Stravinsky’s Agon and Ravel Piano Concerto in G.

01 Jun 2020

Pavilion Release

Release on Unsounds of Pavilion, duo with Andy Moor recorded at Xavier Veilhan’s ‘Studio Venezia’ at the French pavilion for the 57th Venice Art Biennale in 2017.

Pavilion CD.png Unsounds - Bandcamp

VPRO/Le Guess Who? Live Session

08 Mar 2020

The Order of Thoughts and Things

Upcoming premiére of two sound installations at the Rewire Festival

spinoza_small.jpg The two sound works created for Music for a Busy City project at the Rewire Festival are connected to places in Den Haag associated with the philosopher Baruch Spinoza: De Nieuwe Kerk, next to his tombstone, and the Spinozahuis, Pavilioensgracht 72, his last abode. Both works are titled: ‘ The Order of Thoughts and Things’, at De Nieuwe Kerk: The Order of Thoughts and Things (Tombstone), and the Pavilioensgracht: The Order of Thoughts and Things (House). Both works juxtapose processed voice with materials such as stone and glass. In (Tombstone) the voices are made to resonate like glass, and are morphed with the sound of the many seagulls that flock around the church. In (House) an intimate female voice is stretched around the 4 corners of the square, triggering sequences of intense noise, and percussive sounds. The title of the work is based on a Proposition from Book 2 of the Ethics: The order and connection of ideas is the same as the order and connection of things.

30 Jan 2020

Johan Wagenaar Prize

Press release about the receiving of the Johan Wagenaar 'oeuvre' prize.

Kyriakides durft zichzelf te bevragen in ieder werk dat hij schrijft. Zijn oeuvre getuigt van een onderzoekende geest die het spelen en het speelse nooit is kwijtgeraakt. Methodisch en gestaag werkt hij aan een groot oeuvre van hoge kwaliteit, dat gekenmerkt wordt door ideeënrijkdom en de onnadrukkelijke toepassing van elektronica en buitenmuzikale elementen.

Kyriakides dares to question himself in every work that he writes. His oeuvre bears witness to an inquisitive mind that has never lost playfulness. Methodically and steadily, he works on a large, high-quality oeuvre, which is characterized by a wealth of ideas and the understated application of electronics and extra-musical elements.

Johan Wagenaar Prize Jury report

The prize will be officially awarded December 12th at the Dag in de Branding Festival in Den Haag.

16 Aug 2019

Three Premieres Autumn 2019

Three new works will be premiered in Autumn 2019:

Val, a musictheatre piece in collaboration with Schweigman& and Calefax reed quintet about the sensation of falling. It will be first shown in Stadsschouwburg Utrecht 21 Sep, and then tour in the Autumn.

Unmute is a music and dance piece made with Keren Levi, and Slagwerk Den Haag. The dancers and musicians channel a field of computer generated voices and layers of sounds through the mediation of sensors. Premiere at the Nederlandse Dansdagen in Maastricht, 3 Oct and then touring.

Manual of Forgetting is a audiovisual installation created for the large scale outdoor event Abstractiepark 7090. It will first be shown in Cultura Nova, Heerlen.

All tour dates are listed in the agenda.

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