Greek

Ensemble Exposé

Roger Redgate

 

Dimitris Bakas

Dimitris Exarchos

Panos Ghikas

Harris Kittos

Yannis Kyriakides

Vassos Nicolaou

Nicolas Tzortzis

Warehouse

 

Ensemble Exposé

Ensemble Exposé was formed in 1984 by the composers Richard Barrett, Roger Redgate and Michael Finnissy and has become known for its commitment to presenting the most challenging of contemporary music. The ensemble has assembled an international membership of virtuoso musicians and a repertoire whose power and directness is matched by its lack of intellectual compromise.
The group has given extensive concerts and broadcasts throughout Europe and has appeared at many of the major festivals on new music in France, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Italy and Sweden as well as appearing at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. The ensemble records regularly for the BBC and has broadcast on Radio France, Dutch Radio, Hessische Rundfunks, RAI (Italy) and Swedish Radio. It has been featured on BBC TV’s Omnibus and was a resident ensemble at the Darmstädter Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in 1986, 1988, 1990 (when on each occasion prizes for both performance and composition were awarded to several of its members) and the International Bartok Festival and Seminar in Szombathely, Hungary. In 1995 the ensemble received a project grant from the London Arts Board for a series of concerts featuring the music of the American composer and improviser Anthony Braxton.

Roger Redgate artistic director
Isabelle Carré flute
Christopher Redgate oboe
Andrew Sparling clarinet
Caroline Balding violin
Corrado Canonici bass
Julian Warburton percussion
Mark Knoop piano

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Roger Redgate
Roger Redgate was born in Bolton, Lancashire. He graduated at the Royal College of Music, where he won prizes for composition, violin performance, harmony and counterpoint. A DAAD scholarship enabled him to study with Brian Ferneyhough and Klaus Huber in Freiburg. He was invited as guest composer and conductor at the Darmstädter Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992 and 1994 where he received the Kranichsteiner Musikpreis for composition.
He is conductor and artistic director of Ensemble Exposé, with whom he performs regularly at European festivals and on BBC Radio 3, and has recently recorded a CD of late works by Brian Ferneyhough.
He has worked in the fields of jazz, improvised music, film and television (including programmes for the BBC and Channel 4), and performance art. His compositions have been performed extensively throughout Europe, Australia and the USA and he has received commissions from the BBC, the French Ministry of Culture, the Darmstädter Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, the Venice Biennale and Ensemble 21 New York. He has published articles on music and culture, the music of Brian Ferneyhough and Michael Finnissy, including a chapter in the book Uncommon Ground: The Music of Michael Finnissy. He has given lectures at UC Berkeley and Stanford University and is currently Head of Composition at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Recent projects include a BBC commission for the Arditti String Quartet and a new work for Nicholas Hodges.
CD recordings of his works are available on the NMC and Edition Zeitklang labels and further recordings are in preparation due for release on the Metier and NMC labels. His compositions are published by Editions Henry Lemoine, Paris, United Music Publishers, London and the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music

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Dimitris Bakas
Dimitris Bakas was born in Katerini, Greece in 1975. After acquiring degrees in Piano, Harmony, Counterpoint and Fugue, he studied composition at the Makedoniko Conservatory in Thessalonica with Professor Theodore Antoniou. Afterwards, he went to London (Goldsmiths, University of London) for further education where he was awarded a Master degree in Contemporary Music Composition (2005).
Immediately after his graduation he was accepted for a PhD (since September 2008, he is in Completion status) in the same field, under the supervision of Roger Redgate. During his PhD he was invited to participate in several workshops and concerts in Athens, Thessalonica, Patras (European Capital of Culture, 2007), London and Boston, while several of his works have been awarded in Composition Competitions such as: a) Prize in National Composition Competition Synthermia 2007, Greece and b) International League of Artists, Tokyo (Japan), finalist.
Recent commissioned works include: ALEA III (ensemble-in-residence at Boston University) and Greek Composers Union. Dimitris Bakas’ portfolio of works also includes several projects/ and collaborations with other artists such as: The Valley of Eordea, a documentary about pollution in Europe by Apostolos Gaitanos broadcasted on Al Jazeera tv channel (December 2008); …in between…, a sound installation presented in 176 Gallery in London (a collaboration with artist Xinyi Liu and curator Dan Wang, January 2009) and The Well, an experimental short film (a collaboration with architecture student Eleni Boufeti).

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Dimitris Exarchos
Dimitris Exarchos is a theorist and musicologist specialising in contemporary music. He holds a PhD from Goldsmiths, University of London. He has participated in international conferences and has been invited to deliver talks and lectures in the UK and abroad. He has organised symposia (Xenakis International Symposium, London; Notation in Contemporary Music, London; Compositional Aesthetics & the Political, London; CIM14, Berlin) and has curated various concerts and events (Southbank Centre, Goldsmiths, Migrant Sound / Migro Records). For a number of years he also taught Music Analysis and History at the University of Surrey. Recently he was a Research Fellow at the State Institute for Music Research in Berlin, Germany. His research explores the intersections between post-structuralist philosophy and contemporary composition, including computational and mathematical approaches.

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Panos Ghikas
Panos Ghikas, born 1972 in Athens, Greece is a visiting composition lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he has also completed his PhD in Composition under the supervision of Roger Redgate. 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. He writes music for a variety of arts and media, is a member of surrealist post-pop band The Chap and plays the violin in free-improvisation group Rest.
In May 2002 he organised the event Many Times in the Night, as part of the cycle of events celebrating the centenary of Greek surrealist poet A. Embiricos. For this event, he successfully sought funding from the Greek Cultural Consulate, within the context of Greece in Britain, in order to commission Kreutzer Quartet to perform the première of his string quartet Many Times in the Night, as well as the UK première of Xenakis’s Tetras.
He has been awarded the First Prize at the Young Composers’ Competition at the Athens Concert Hall in March 2006 and the Prize for Original Soundtrack for the film Truth by Yannis Sakarides at the Drama International Short Film Festival (Greece). His current compositional focus is on applying structures that derive from extra-musical art forms (poetry/metrics, film/montage) upon a "self-referential" musical material. His works have received performances in the UK, Germany, Belgium, Greece and Mexico.

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Harris Kittos

Haris Kittos came to London in 1998 after concluding his studies in music and fine art in his home town, Thessaloniki, Greece. From 1998 to 2000 he studied composition at Trinity College of Music at postgraduate level with Daryl Runswick and Andrew Lovett. Further study with Diana Burrell and full scholarship at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama led to MMus in 2001. Haris was also mentored by Susan Bradshaw, Alexander Goehr and Nye Parry. In 2008, fully funded by the AHRC and under the supervision of Julian Anderson, Dr Darla Crispin and Edwin Roxburgh, he concluded the DMus in composition at the Royal College of Music, where he has been lecturing since 2007. He also teaches composition at Purcell School since January 2009.

Haris is a participant of the Blue Touch Paper scheme of the London Sinfonietta, under the mentorship of Georges Aperghis. He is also on the Composers Shortlist of the SAM - SPNM. His music is available through the SAM - BMIC (New Voices scheme) and has been performed by the Arditti Quartet, Clariphonics, COMA, Gareth Davis, Ensemble In Extremis, Glendower Duo, London Sinfonietta, Jane Manning OBE, Sarah Nicolls, Smith Quartet, Solaris Quartet, Aleksander Szram, Nick Veliotis and others.

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Yannis Kyriakides
Yannis Kyriakides was born in Limassol, Cyprus in 1969. He studied musicology at York University, later being drawn by the music of Louis Andriessen to move to The Netherlands, with whom he studied under at the Hague Conservatory. At that time he also had the inspiring opportunity to collaborate as composer on three projects with the maverick conceptual sound artist Dick Raaijmaakers and the director Paul Koek. He currently lives in Amsterdam.
He regularly composes works for ensembles such as ASKO (NL), Icebreaker (UK), Ensemble Integrales (D), and MAE (NL), of which he is the artistic director. Other collaborations include MusikFabrik (D), Orkest de Volharding (NL), Nozferatu (UK), Palmos (GR), London Sinfonietta (UK), LOOS (NL), Percussion Group Den Haag (NL), Zephyr Quartet (NL), Esprit Ensemble (CA), Nsemble (RU), Ensemble Cantus (CR), and others.
He has written over fifty compositions, of which recent large scale works include: Strobo (30') for six percussionists, glass and stroboscopes; Scape (80') for video and ensemble; Spinoza (or I am not where I think myself to be) (90') music theatre; Subliminal: the Lucretian Picnic (45’) ensemble, video, live electronics; Lab Fly Dreams (25’) BBC commission for ensemble and electronics, the Buffer Zone (60’) music theatre, Escamotage (70’) music theatre (FNM Staatsoper Stuutgart) and Wordless (50’) 12 electronic portraits for headphones and PA.
In September 2000 he won the Gaudeamus composition prize for his composition a conSPIracy cantata – which was regarded by The Wire magazine as ‘a modern classic in the making’. Wordless was awarded an Honorary Mention in the Prix Ars Electronica 2006. He is artistic director of Ensemble MAE, and is a member of the composition faculty at the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague.

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Vassos Nicolaou
Vassos Nicolaou was born in Cyprus in 1971. He graduated from the Department of Music of the Aristotle University of Thessalonica. He studied composition with Theodore Antoniou and continued his studies at the Musikhochschule of Köln and Frankfurt, at the Conservatoire National Supérieur of Paris and at IRCAM – Centre Pompidou.
He has also received scholarships: by the Cypriot Government, International Ensemble Modern Academy, “Franz Lizst” from the Musikhochschule of Weimar, Herrenhaus Edenkoben and Cité des Arts. He has won twice the first prize at the composition competition of the Cypriot Ministry for Education and Culture (2001 and 2005), the Bernd Alois Zimmermann prize of the city of Köln (2005) and the Giga Hertz Special Award (2007).
Recently he accepted commissions from the Klavier-Festival Ruhr for five piano studies and from the WDR for a work for Ensemble Dissonart. In 2008-9 he will be composer-in-residence at ZKM in Karlsruhe and at IRCAM in Paris, where he will compose two instrumental works for Ensemble Modern and Ensemble Intercontemporain.
His works have been performed in Europe and the USA by distinguished ensembles, conductors and soloists, including the London Sinfonietta, Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Intercontemporain, International Ensemble Modern Academy, Piandemonium, Ensemble Aleph, Ensemble Aventure, Ensemble Tara, e-mex, Greek Ensemble of Contemporary Music, International Contemporary Ensemble, Peter Eötvös, Theodore Antoniou, Diego Masson, Dimitris Vassilakis, Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Tamara Stefanovich.

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Nicolas Tzortzis
Born in Athens, Greece in 1978, Nicolas Tzortzis has been living in Paris, France, since 2002, where he is currently doing the CURSUS 1 of computer music at the IRCAM.

He studied instrumental and electronic composition with Philippe Leroux at the CRD de Blanc Mesnil, musical theatre composition with Georges Aperghis (Master’s degree from the Hochschule der Kunste) in Bern, Switzerland and Computer Aided Composition at the University of Paris 8 under the direction of Horacio Vaggione and José Manuel Lopez-Lopez (Master’s Degree, composition and research).

He has taken part in master classes with Karlheinz Stockhausen, Brian Ferneyhough, Beat Furrer and François Paris, as well as computer music seminars at the IRCAM.

His music has been performed in France, Greece, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Great Britain, the USA, Canada, Argentina, Peru, South Korea, and has been selected and awarded in competitions worldwide (USA, South Korea, Germany, France, Austria, Greece, Italy, Argentina).

Immediate future projects include a European tour of his piece “Amenable” by the Ensemble Aleph, a work for soprano and ensemble for the German Ensemble Phorminx, a piano piece, commissioned by the 2010 Val Tidone Competition for Young Pianists (Italy) and a quartet commissioned by the Ensemble Proxima Centauri (France). In addition, his work « Mnésique » will pe performed in May in the upcoming ISCM 2010 World Music Days in Sydney, Australia, and in the SoundON festival in San Diego, California.

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Warehouse
Situated in the heart of London's South Bank, The Warehouse offers perfect acoustics and an intimate atmosphere for concert performances and ambitious recording projects. It serves as a rehearsing venue for many of the finest London orchestras, international artists and theatre companies. It is also a much-loved location by independent producers and television companies and has proved ideal for photographic sessions Both Studio 1 and Studio 2 are fully sound proof and boast natural light.

 

Close proximity to Waterloo underground and international stations, easy bus routes, car parking (by arrangement) and facilities for disabled clientele make the Warehouse one of the most accessible venues in London.

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