Music of the words – Music as words

Coordination: Katerina Fotinaki - Evi Filippou

25 - 31 August

Duration: 30 Hours
Timeline: 11.00 – 14.00 & 17.00 – 20.00
Language: English, Greek

Katerina Fotinaki and Evi Filippou have been on stage together since 2015. Their workshop is addressed to singers / actors / musicians.
Using their common experience and work with Rhythm, Katerina's experience with singing poetry- based music as well as her academic research in Metrics, and Evi's specialization in percussion as un instrument of musical-theater, they will be concentrating in the connection of voice with speech ; it's rhythm and musicality.

Participants will be encouraged to:

  1. Discover the sound within the vowels and consonants in songs of their repertory.
  2. Experiment with the counterpoint between a poem's rhythm and accents of the words as well as discovering the poetical and dramaturgical aspect of the musicality of the words themselves, despite any meaning or music composed afterwards.
  3. Work on incorporating rhythms and memorizing them, using also the indian konnakol techniques.
  4. Replace the lyrics of songs with only musical-vocal expression.

The workshop will end with the participants presenting some of this material individually and as a group. The repertory will be decided after the first meeting with them.

Level: some experience with voice (theater or song) professionally or not. Participants will be asked to memorize some texts as well as some rhythmic patterns.

cv photos fotinaki filippou 2020

Katerina Fotinaki

She studied Classical Language and Literature at the University of Athens, voice at the Research Institute of Vocal Arts of Spyros Sakkas ( 2000 – 2006 ), music at the Edgar Varèse Conservatory (Analysis, Composition, Classical singing) and Musicology (Master) at Paris 8 University..
While still in Greece, she has had several distinctions for her music or for her shows, such as in 2004 the Orchestra of Colors (composition for children).
Since 2006 she lives in Paris, initially invited by french-based composer Angélique Ionatos, with whom she has produces 2 records and has a big tour for 11 years all over Europe, North Africa and Canada.
In 2011 she wins the National Songwriting Contest in Greece
(Onassis Fondation). Her first personal album, TZITZIKIA, is being considered by french LeMonde as one of the 5 best albums of the year and Télérama magazine gives the “fff” mention.
She has been presenting her own music in some of the biggest theaters in Paris (Théâtre du Chatêlet, Alhambra, Européen), in the french provence as well as abroad (Morocco, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Greece).

Evi Filippou

Evi Filippou is a Berlin-based classical percussionist. Introduced to percussion with a young age she has graduated with honors the Volos Conservatory (with a scholarship of Friends of Music Society) and the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eis ler Berlin (Bachelor and Master degree).
In addition to performing with various orchestras and contemporary music ensembles all around Europe (a.o. the Bolshoi Ballet Orchestra, the Orchestra of Konzerthaus Berlin), Evi performs solo improvising and classical concerts and in duo with singer Katerina Fotinaki(ff duet) and Hayden Chisholm (Duo Blowslap). She also cooperates with important people of the european jazz scene, bass player Chris Dahlgren (DAHLGREN, the band) and pianist Stefan Schultze(Stefan Schultze Large Ensemble).
Together with harpist Andrea Voets, she created the project “Xenitia – a documentary concert about migration” which has been performed in various european festivals.
Music Theater is also an important part of her artistic life. She is a founding member of the Opera Lab Berlin, an independent ensemble that specializes in contemporary music theater and performs regularly and cooperates with numerous music theatre groups and directors.
She is based in Berlin, works in different projects and teaches percussion group lessons as an instructor of Vincentino e.V.