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

The seminar / workshop is aiming to explore what our attitude (as performers or listeners) towards a mixed artistic language might be and not to define what is polystylistics today. However, it is suggesting a way to perceive this language, and - above all - to avoid theoretical traps in the field of musicology and art-theory in general, which denigrate or deify these aesthetics. It is also aiming to identify the artistic event as result of mixed-aesthetics and to draw a line where this understanding could be overpowered by the theoretical approach. In other words the power of theory over act is unacceptable!

The seminar / workshop evolves in three stages:

Theory: Getting to know what polystylistics in music is. History, appearances, levels of understanding and interpretation of its concept. The problematics bound with the polystylistics and the idea of “postmodernism” as opposed to the idea of "pure aesthetics”.

Analysis: Presentation of works easily be described as polystilistic “face to face” with works that one could not immediately tell them as such. Confrontation with other works that clearly do not indulge in the aesthetics of polystylistics and compare to each other. When do borderlines disappear and a work can be interpreted regardless its stylistic language?

Creation: Composition-seminar with works of students and presentation of works by Liakakis. (Way of thinking, approach, composer's concerns, sketches compared to the final results).
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).