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Organised by The Centre for Contemporary Music Cultures in association with the South Bank Centre and The Wire, as part of the Ether Festival presents the Xenakis International Symposium.
Following several international conferences worldwide in over a decade, the study of Xenakis’ work has seen a number of new dissertations, numerous performances and recordings, but also the cataloguing of his pre-compositional sketches, unpublished texts and notes, which became available as the Xenakis Archives at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris. Material from the Archives was recently published in Music and Architecture, the first volume of the Iannis Xenakis Series by Pendragon Press.
The Xenakis International Symposium took place on 1-3 April at Southbank Centre, as part of Ether Festival.
The symposium accommodated this interest further, with speakers from eight countries, who presented recent findings and celebrated Xenakis’ artistic legacy on the tenth anniversary of his death. Over the three days, there were twenty-eight talks: sixteen talks were selected through a call for papers (out of twenty-seven proposals); nine talks were delivered by invited speakers (Scientific Committee members); and there were three keynote talks, one each day (see programme for details). Additionally, there was a round table on the theme of the Xenakis Archives.
The talks programme was complemented by concerts by the London Sinfonietta and Ensemble Exposé (see review for both concerts by the Guardian here), a free foyer concert by students from Royal College of Music, an educational event with pupils from Purcell School, titled "Young Xenarchitects", workshops and presentations on UPIC, and a film screening of "Charisma X - Iannis Xenakis".
We aim to have all twenty-eight full-length papers published on our website in the early summer.
Many thanks to all participants, speakers, performers and organisers for making this symposium more lively and stimulating than we could have hoped for.
From the organising committee
Dr Dimitris Exarchos
Visiting Tutor, Department of Music, Goldsmiths, University of London
Associate Tutor, Department of Music and Sound Recording, University of Surrey
Dr Haris Kittos
Academic Professor, Royal College of Music
Composition Tutor, Purcell School
Mr Roger Redgate
Senior Lecturer, Department of Music, Goldsmiths, University of London
Co-director, Centre for Contemporary Music Cultures