Plastics in rhythm

Tutors: Alexandros Rizopoulos, Marina Liontou Mochamed

19 - 25 August

Duration: 33 Hours
Timeline: 10.00 – 14.00 (seminar’s team)
17.00 – 19.30 (collective sessions, rehearsals)
Language: Greek, English

Having as a starting point a non-teaching mode, this workshop aims at introducing, re-placing, taming and discovering, through vocal and body/manual practice, notions relevant to Rhythm, the Science of Rhythm and eventually the general Morphology of Rhythm, in other words, notions negotiated by Rhythm Plastic Art.

The methodology of the workshop will be based on a broad spectrum of activities relevant to Rhythm. Continuous action (starting with the body and extendıng to the instrument) will allow the participants to form an intimacy with their sound on a personal and group level. Activities will be given by visual means (notation, sketches and abstract forms) or sound means (periodic phenomena, metronomes) while at the same time many of them will be formed on-the-spot by the group. This procedure will eventually facilitate the negotiation-through-action of a variety of meanings and notions, such as:

- Ontological notions: Rules, Models, metric systems, pulse, beat, riff, schema, metre, periodicity

- Material notions: Sound, sound masses as well as ways of ‘controlling’ them

- Perception related notions: memory and repetition, embodied knowledge

- Technical notions: Analogies, polyrhythm, rhythm over layering/superposition, model co-existence, use and reception

- Linear notions: Visualization of music, optic analogue and counterparts, arbitrary interpretation and free association

- Non-linear notions: Group co-ordınation and ritual as a process and as a tool

- Structural notions: The development of a rhythmic form, neighbouring and remote harmonies, the homogeneity/heterogeneity dipole, continuity, boundaries, connections, links and finally rhythmic structures

- Language notions: expression, imitation, the act of giving meaning, downbeat/upbeat dipole

- Intuitive notions: Time and Duration

- Poetic notions: creative and productive composing / improvising (comprovising) with focus on the Rhythm-maker and on the Architecture of the Body Rhythm.

Open call for all instrument players, singers, dancers, composers and poets.

Alexandros Rizopoulosrizopoulos 2019

Alexandros Rizopoulos is a multidisciplinary artist, born in 1982, in Yannena, Greece. He graduated in Music Art and Science (BSc, UOM, 2016) and Architecture (MSc, AUTH, 2006). He is former member of the music groups: “Alenti Quintet”, “People of the Wind”. “Aourekios, the Postman” (2016) was the first performance, originally formalized by him. He performs with various projects and gives workshops, internationally.

MarinaMarina Liontou-Mochament

She was born in Athens (1984).
She studied Computer Science in the Economic University of Athens and Folk and Traditional Music in the Technological University of Ipirus, Greece (BA with Honours).
She holds a Master’s Degree on Ud and Music Performance from CODARTS, University for the Arts (Rotterdam, Holland) under the guidance of the famous ney player and teacher, Kudsi Erguner (graduating with honours under a scholarship from Onassis Foundation).
Currently, she is a PhD candidate in Leiden University, Academy of Performing Arts, focusing on rhythmic modal improvisation and composition in contemporary modal music.
She has participated in many workshops in Ross Daly’ s Labyrinth Musical and Music Village under the guidance of famous teachers and instrumentalists (Yurdal Tokcan, Evgenios Voulgaris, Harris Labrakis, Mercan Erzincan, Sokratis Sinopoulos).
In 2013 she moved to Istanbul and currently she is living between Athens and Istanbul, where she has been an active musician for the last five years.
She is one of the founding members of Sinafi Trio, with whom they recorded for the renowned Turkish recording company ZKALAN their debut album named ‘Iho’ (to be published in June 2019). The album is a compilation of songs of Anatolia and for this they collaborated with many well known Turkish and Greek musicians. They have performed in various festivals in Turkey, Cyprus, Greece and Italy and they have conducted workshops in Greece (Music Village) and Cyprus.
She is a member of ‘Fulya Ozlem ve Akustik Kabare’, a trio that performs original compositions that follow the Turkish Cabaret style. They recorded an album in 2017 with the renowned Turkish recording company ZKALAN, part of which was included in the fRoots magazine playlist.
She has presented her original music works in Turkey in various places.
In October 2019, she was invited from CODARTS, University for the Arts (Rotterdam) to conduct a workshop on rhythmic modal improvisation and modal composition, as part of her research.
She is currently a member of the Intercultural Orchestra of Stavros Niarchos Foundation (Athens) under the guidance of Harris Labrakis.