Communicating personas

A workshop on artistic personas with the harp as a starting point!

Sissi Makropoulou (aka Sissi Rada)
(Germany / Greece)

19 - 25 August

Duration: 33 hours +
Working time:
10.30 - 11.30: interactive / group sessions
12.00 - 14.00: workshop sessions
17.00 - 19.00: interactivity among workshops

For all the artistic personas we invent, there is one carrier. This carrier inspires them, regenerates them, sometimes marries them with each other and often renounces them. Is this procedure productive?
The masterclass aims to find the one personality, upon which the various masks will be put on. Till the end of the week each one of the participants will create a symbolic piece of music that represents all the different aspects of their self.

Open to all performers, creators and producers of all musical genres that love music, books, cinema and believe that their own solid self lies somewhere there!
All workshops will be interacting with one another during some time of the day.

sissi cvSissi Makropoulou / Sissi Rada

Sissi was born in Athens, lives and works in Berlin.
She began studying the harp at the age of 11 and completed her post-graduate studies in Europe (Bachelor in Music/ Conservatorium van Amsterdam, Master in Solo music/ Hochschule für Musik Detmold, Master in Orchestra/ Universität der Künste Berlin). Since 2012 she collaborates as a freelancer with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Deutsche Oper and the Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt. She has played under the baton of Daniel Barenboim, Andris Nelsons, Matthias Pintscher, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Tugan Sokhiev.
In 2007 she won the second prize at the 5th international Harp Competition in Holland and in 2010 she was awarded at the Young Soloists competition in Athens.
Sissi Makropoulou is also active as a composer. Her works for harp have been performed in Berlin (Sophiensæle), Munich (Kammerspiele), Vienna (Brut), Zurich (Gessnerallee), Frankfurt (Mousonturm) and Stockholm (Dansmuseet).
In the alternative scene and under the pseudonym Sissi Rada, she makes her debut in 2013 with her self-released ΕΡ album Personae. Collaborations with various artists such as David August, Deerhoof, Lena Platonos and Kadebostany follow up. In 2016 her album Pragma is released via Inner Ear records. In September 2018 her new EP Head will be presented.
Sissi Rada has performed in festivals such as the Berliner Festspiele (2017), Electronic Beats Festival in Cologne (2016) and Xjazz Festival in Berlin (2015).