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Ionian Festival Ensemble

Ionian Festival Ensemble



The musical evolution resembles a relay race: the baton is passed from inspiration to the vanguard, tracing the music that evolves. In the early 20th century, composers such as Varèse and, shortly afterwards, Messiaen began to consciously move away from the romanticism of the past, giving free rein to their imagination to create new harmonies and sound colours. It was from them that Iannis Xenakis took the baton, to leave his indelible mark on the world’s post-war music. And while his own journey began with a shift to Greek musical tradition, it was through the exploration of the relations between music, architecture and mathematics that he took off to unimaginable paths, both labyrinthine and fascinating. The restless spirit of the ground-breaking Greek composer finds its worthy successors in the French Pascal Duchapin, the Mexican Julio Estrada and many young contemporary creators.



Angelica Cathariou



Ionian Festival Ensemble



Anargyros Deniozos


artistic coordination

Anargyros Deniozos


Iannis Xenakis: Charisma (Gift), for clarinet and cello (1971)

Julio Estrada: Ensemble Yuunohui, for string trio (1990)

Iannis Xenakis: Paille in the wind (Straw in the wind), for cello and piano (1992)

Edgard Varèse: Un grand sommeil noir (A deep black sleep), for voice and piano (to a poem by Paul Verlaine) (1906)

Iannis Xenakis: Tripli zyia (Triple pair, for voice, flute and piano (1952)

Pascal Dusapin: Ohé, for clarinet and cello (1996)

Iannis Xenakis: Ikhoor (Ichor), for string trio (1978)

Olivier Messiaen: Hymne des passereaux au lever du jour (Hymn of the sparrows at sunrise), for solo clarinet (1944, unpublished)


Three award-winning works from the international competition “Rethinking: Xenakis Composition Competition (Re:X)” of the Greek Composer’s Union.





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