Music on stage

Periklis Liakakis, Nikos Kypourgos

26 August - 1 September

Duration: 33 Hours

Timeline: 10.00 – 14.00 (seminar’s team)

17.00 – 19.30 (collective sessions, rehearsals)

Language: English, Greek

In this seminar, we will discuss Dramaturgy and how it manifests itself in cinema, opera and music-theatre. This will be done by analysing scenes out of the tabloid universe according to their musical, dramaturgical and visual nature. When does music cue in on a scene? When does it cue out; What is the role of music in a movie and why some of the strongest scenes in the history of cinema do not contain music at all? What is the relationship between music and sound design? How does a composer “marks” his musical characters in the opera and how in the cinema? Scenes from Hollywood films, European cinema as well as scenes from opera and music theatre will help us to observe the aspects of this subject. Particular weight will be added on the visual aspect of the scenes, as, in our opinion, this should be the springboard for the composer dealing with this genre.
Especially for new creators there will be an opportunity to discuss their own creations or create a scene from scratch in a private lesson. Short material (movie and animation films) will be uploaded so interested parties can download them and add music on. This will be done before Music Village starts, so that you will be able to have already worked on some material.
The seminar is addressed not only to composers but also to all those interested in music / theatre / cinema in general wishing to understand this wonderful world of music on stage.

Liakakis 2019Periklis Liakakis

Periklis Liakakis was born in Athens, Greece. He is a many prizes winner and scholarships awardee for his work by the City of Vienna, the City of Graz, the University of Music and the Performing Arts in Vienna, the Austrian Office of the Federal Chancellor, the Greek Friends of Classical Music Society, the Thüringen Philharmonie etc. The growing interest for his “very unusual music language” (Thomas Daniel Schlee) that “has a very musical and distinctive sound” (Rodion Shchedrin) is revealed in his collaborations with renowned ensembles such as Ensemble modern, Ensemble „die reihe“, the greek National Orchestra, the greek radio symphony orchestra, Ensemble PHACE, Ensemble „Oktoplus“, dramagraz etc. He has been commissioned to compose works by, among others, the city of Trossingen in Germany, the Ensemble Modern International Academy, the Wiener Saxophonquartett, Sirene Operntheater etc. In 2017 his opera “Chodorkowski” was nominated as the best new production for music theatre in the Austrian Musiktheater awards.
Along with composition, his interest in photography is an important part of his artistic creation. His photographs have been posted in group exhibitions as well as in two solo exhibitions in Athens (Depot gallery 2017) and Larissa (Μύλος 2018).
He holds a teaching position at the University of Music and the Performing Arts in Vienna since 2002 and is a Senior Lecturer since 2010.

Kypourgos 2019 Nikos Kypourgos

Born in Athens in 1952, Nikos Kypourgos pursued studies in music theory and contemporary music techniques under Yannis Papaioannou while simultaneously studying Law and Political Science at the University of Athens. He continued his studies at the Conservatoire de Paris on a scholarship granted by the Onassis Foundation, where he attended the classes of Max Deutsch, Iannis Xenakis, and other renowned composers. His studies also included Ethnomusicology and Music Education.
He has composed operas, vocal music, (Knots, a choral ‘game’ for 16 voices, was awarded the first prize at the International Rostrum of Composers organized by UNESCO in 1979), orchestral music, chamber music, ballet music, musicals and songs.
For the past twenty-five years, he has been occupied with incidental music for the theatre, (having composed music for many different theatrical genres ranging from ancient Greek drama to contemporary theatre) as well as music for films (more than 60 films in Greece, United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, Germany, Poland, Turkey, USA, Canada) for which he has received 15 awards in Greece and abroad.
Most of Kypourgos’ work is available on CD. Many of his works were first performed in France, Italy, England, Spain, the United States, China and Belarus.
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