Conference Program                

International Musicological Conference

Beyond the Centres: Musical Avant-Gardes Since 1950 –
In Memoriam Yannis Andreou Papaioannou (1910-1989)

Thessaloniki, 1-3 July 2010

Conference Program

Thursday 1 July


All A Sessions take place in HALL 1

All B Sessions take place in HALL 2


Session 1A  (10:00 – 11:30)
[Greek Avant Gardes I]
chair: Kostas Chardas

Session 1B (10:00 – 11:30)
[Beyond Pop]
chair: William Price

10:00- 10:30

Panos Vlagopoulos
(Ionian University, Greece)

“Avant-Garde from the South: Nietzschean themes in modern Greek culture”

Stephen Graham
(Goldsmiths University of London, U.K.)

“(Un)Popular avant gardes: underground popular music and the avant garde”

10:30- 11:00

Konstantinos D. Kakavelakis
(Free University, Athens, Greece)

“Ancient Wisdom in Modern Music: Yannis A.Papaioannou’s  4 Orphic Hymns as challenge of renewal and revision in postwar conception for the sound interpretation of the Greek ancient orphic sacred hymnology“

Dahlia Borsche
(Alpes-Adria-University, Klagenfurt, Austria)

“Advanced popular music: Defining avant-garde”

11:00- 11:30

Valia Christopoulou
(Musicologist, Greece)

“Yorgos Sicilianos and the musical avant garde in Greece”

Mark Walters
(University of California San Diego, U.S.A.)

“Fencing music: did John Oswald’s Plunderphonic Signal a New Paradigm for Commercial Music in the Digital Age?”

11:30-12:00 Coffee Break


Session 2Α (12:00 – 13:30)
[Russian Avant Gardes]
chair: Katy Romanou

Session 2Β (12:00 – 13:30)
[Performing the Everyday]
chair: Sabine Feisst

12:00- 12:30

Svetlana Savenko
(State Moscow P.I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Russia)
“The Russian Avant-Garde of 1950s and 1960s: Aesthetics and Technical Problems”

Alexandra Vinzenz
(Philipps-Universität, Marburg / Johannes Gutenberg- Universität, Mainz, Germany)
“Towards the transgression of the arts: John Cage’s influence on performance art after 1945”

12:30- 13:00

Lidia Ader
(Rimsky-Korsakov museum / European University at St. Petersburg, Russia)
“Art of Forgetting: Some Mechanisms of Resistance to Microtonal Memory in Russia’s 1960s Avant-Garde”

Lola San Martin
(Universidad de Salamanca, Spain)

“Furniture music for airports: Erik Satie and Brian Eno reflect on the music that best suits everyday life”

13:00- 13:30

Philip Ewell
(Hunter College, City University of New York, U.S.A.)

“Nikolai Roslavets, Yuri Kholopov and the (Post-) Soviet Conception of a Musical Avant-Garde”

Andrew Raffo Dewar
(University of Alabama, U.S.A.)

“Hitting Culture on the head: Movimiento Música Más, intermedia performance and resistance in Buenos Aires, 1969-73”

13:30-15:00: Lunch Break


Session 3Α (15:00 – 17:00)
[Alternative Geographies]
chair: Philip Ewell

Session 3Β  (15:00 – 16:30)
[Avant gardes on the edge]
chair: Danae Stefanou

15:00- 15:30

Anna Pelekanou
(University of Nottingham, U.K.)

“The second Russian avant-garde: cultural and religious afterimages”

Patrick Glen
(University of Sheffield, U.K.)

“’The Sky Above the Port was the Colour of Television, Tuned to a Dead Channel’: Music Press Discourses on Post-Punk Industrial Music and the Construction of a Dystopian Urban Space

15:30- 16:00

Christopher Cary
(University of Florida, U.S.A.)

“Musical Postmodernism in Contemporary Poland (1989-2009)”

Sabine Feisst
(Arizona State University, U.S.A.)

“John Luther Adams – an avant-garde composer in Alaska”

16:00- 16:30

Clara Petrozzi
(University of Helsinki, Finland)

“Musical Avant-Garde in Peru since 1950”

Ursula-Helen Kassaveti
(University of Athens, Greece)

“J.G. Thirlwell: Educating the ear”

16:30-17:00: Coffee Break


Session 4A  (17:00 – 18:30)
[Identity & Self]
chair: Andrew Raffo Dewar

Session 4B (17:30 – 18:30)
PANEL: “Transformational Spaces and the Avant-Garde”
chair: Costas Tsougras

17:00- 17:30

João Paulo Guimarães
(University of Coimbra, Portugal)

“Captain Beefheart and the Monstrous Rhythms of the Modern Musical Self”

Rob Schultz
(University of Massachusetts, U.S.A.)

“Contour Vector Space”

17:30- 18:00

Cesar Leal
(University of Kentucky, U.S.A.)

“Staging who we are: reflections on myth, intertextuality, and construction of identity in Gabriela Ortiz’ electroacoustic opera ‘Unicamente la Verdad’”

Lawrence Shuster
(University of Massachusetts, U.S.A.)

“Parsimonious Voice-Leading Spaces for Trichordal, Tetrachordal, Pentachordal, and Hexachordal K-net graph configurations”

18:00- 18:30

Julijana Zhabeva-Papazova
(Institute of Art Studies-BAS, Sofia, Bulgaria)

“The avant-garde context in Laibach works”


19:00-20:00  Keynote Lecture I:
Prof. Demetre Yannou (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece):
"Yannis Andreou Papaioannou: The Conference's Commemorated Composer"

20:00-21:00  Concert I: dissonART Ensemble — World Avant-Gardes

Friday 2 July


Session 1A  (10:00 – 11:30)
[Greek Avant Gardes II]
chair: Evi Nika-Sampson

Session 1B (10:00 – 11:30)
[Electronics and Multimedia]
chair: Emilios Cambouropoulos

10:00- 10:30

Athanasia D. Kyriakidou & Anna Papagiannaki
(Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)

“Kostas Nikitas: A missing puzzle piece from 20th century Greek music”

Mandy-Suzanne Wong
(University of California, Los Angeles, U.S.A.)

“Sound Object Analysis”

10:30- 11:00

Magdalini Kalopana
(University of Athens, Greece)

“The influence of musical avant-garde in the works of Dimitris Dragatakis of the late ‘50s and the’60s”

Thomas W. Patteson
(University of Pennsylvania, U.S.A.)

“The cybernetic music of Roland Kayn”


11:00- 11:30

Giorgos Sakallieros
(Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)

“Aspects of neo-classicism within post-war Greek musical avant-garde: the violin concertos by Dimitris Dragatakis (1969), Yannis A. Papaioannou (1971) and Yorgos Sicilianos (1987)

Theodore Lotis
(Ionian University, Greece)

“The meta-language in Francis Dhomont’s Novars

11:30-12:00: Coffee Break


Session 2A  (12:00 – 13:30)
chair: Michalis Lapidakis

Session 2B (12:00 – 13:30)
PANEL: Re-contextualising Experimental and Improvised Music / Creating contexts for musical freedom

12:00- 12:30

Justyna Humiecka-Jakubowska
(Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland)

“Music perception of avant garde: musical structure and time”

Danae Stefanou
(Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)

“Unguarded spaces: collective free improvisation and the locus of innovation”

12:30- 13:00

Nicola Davico
(Conservatorio Statale di Musica “G. Verdi”, Torino, Italy)
“Gérard Grisey: time and process”

Panagiotis Kanellopoulos
(University of Thessaly, Greece)

“Experimental Music in Music Education: Promises and Conflicts”

13:00- 13:30

William Price
(University of Alabama at Birmingham, U.S.A.)

“Temporal Disruption and Formal Coherence in John Zorn’s Cat O’Nine Tails

Alexis Porfiriadis
(Composer / Improviser, Greece)
“From work to workshop: extending the social basis of compositional and performance processes towards collectivity”

13:30-15:00: Lunch Break


Session 3A  (15:00 – 16:30)
[Iannis Xenakis]
chair: Dimitris Exarchos

Session 3B (15:00 – 16:00)
[Voices of Tradition and Innovation]
chair: Anastasia Siopsi

15:00- 15:30

Katy Romanou
(University of Athens, Greece)

“Xenakis’ 1975 return to Greece: Politics, aesthetics and ideology in the reception of his work”

Demosthenes Fistouris
(University of Athens, Greece)

“The vocal line in the Italian Opera since 1950”

15:30- 16:00

Kinga Krzymowska
(The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland)
“Constructivism in the works of Iannis Xenakis as a new link between avant-garde art and music”

Kalin Kirilov
(Towson University, U.S.A.)

“Krassimir Kyurkchiiski’s Choral Arrangements: The Avant-Garde Approach to Bulgarian Choral Obrabotki”

16:00- 16:30

Antonios Antonopoulos
(Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)

“Silence in time continuum as a stochastic process in Iannis Xenakis’s instrumental work”


16:30-17:00: Coffee Break


Session 4A  (17:00 – 18:30)
[Avant-garde aesthetics]
chair: Ivanka Stoianova

Session 4B (17:00 – 18:00)
[Migrations and Displacements]
chair: Panos Vlagopoulos

17:00- 17:30

Golan Gur
(Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany)

“Avant-garde and History: Reflections on the Historico-philosophical Foundations of Post-war Musical Aesthetics”

Florian Scheding
(University of Southampton, U.K.)

“Musical Displacement and Musicology’s Construction of the Post-war Avant-Garde”

17:30- 18:00

Leontios Hadjileontiadis
(Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)

“Aesthetic shifts from the avant-garde towards the ‘second modernity’: The swaddling of a new compositional thinking”

Pao-Hsiang Wang
(National Taiwan University, Taiwan)

“A Chinese Revolutionary Opera in America: Aesthetic and Political Avant-Garde”

18:00- 18:30

Lydia Rilling
(Freie Universität Berlin, Germany)

“Chi ama è ardito” (“He who loves is daring”) – Poetics of affect in Salvatore Sciarrino’s opera Luci mie traditrici

Christopher Miller
(Cornell University, U.S.A.)

“Indonesian Experimentalisms, the question of Western influence, and the cartography of aesthetic authority”

19:00-20:00  Keynote Lecture II: Prof. Lydia Goehr (Columbia University, U.S.A.):
“The Decoupling of Marsyas: Confusion And Clarity In The Avant-Garde”  

20:00-21:00  Concert II: Peripheral Piano - Y.A.Papaioannou in the International Garden

Saturday 3 July


Session 1A  (10:00 – 11:30)
[Greek Avant Gardes III]
chair: Giorgos Sakallieros

Session 1B (10:30 – 11:30)
[Belated Avant Gardes]
chair: Svetlana Savenko

10:00- 10:30

Petros Vouvaris
(Department of Music Science and Art, University of Macedonia, Greece)
“The semantics of Michalis Adamis’s music and the claim for abstraction”

Bogumila Mika
(University of Silesia, Poland)

“Poland: delayed reception of avant-garde”

10:30- 11:00

Costas Tsougras
(Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)

“Elements of international avant-gardism, European post-modernism and Greek-Byzantine individuality in “Three Idiomela” and “Five Cavafy Poems” by Arghyris Kounadis”

Mark Fitzgerald
(Dublin Institute of Technology, Conservatory of Music and Drama, Ireland)
“A belated arrival: Gerald Barry and the creation of an Irish musical avant-garde”

11:00- 11:30

Kostas Chardas
(Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)

“Greek musical modernism (1950s-1970s) and the archetypal perception of Hellenic past”


11:30-12:00: Lunch Break


Session 2A  (12:00 – 13:30)
[Process and Complexity]
chair: Leontios Hadjileontiadis

Session 2B (12:00 – 13:30)
[Receptions & Appropriations of the European Tradition]
chair: Florian Scheding

12:00- 12:30

Dimitris Exarchos
(Goldsmiths University of London, U.K.)

“Notation, Improvisation, Writing: the early music of Roger Redgate”

Anna Dalos
(Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary)

“Hungarian variations on Improvisation sur Mallarmé: Zoltán Jeney’s Early Reception of Pierre Boulez’ Music”

12:30- 13:00

Stuart Duncan
(Yale University, U.S.A.)

“The process of becoming: Roger Redgate’s Genoi Hoios Essi

Pablo Fessel
(University of Buenos Aires, CONICET, Argentina)

“’The imaginary sound museum’: the reinterpretation of European tradition in the music of Gerardo Gandini”

13:30- 14:00

Pavlos Antoniadis
(Hochschule fur Musik Carl Maria von Weber, Dresden, Germany)

“Learning Complex Piano Music: Environmentalist Applications”

Edgardo Rodriguez
(Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina)

“New paths in Argentine contemporary music: Aparecida (1986) by Carlos Mastropietro”

13:30-15:00: Lunch Break


Session 3A  (15:00 – 16:30)
[Improvising Avant Gardes]
chair: Panagiotis Kanellopoulos

Session 3B (15:00 – 16:30)
[Rethinking Form]
chair: Petros Vouvaris

15:00- 15:30

Jerry Wigens
(Goldsmiths University of London, U.K.)

“After avant-gardes – thoughts on the nature of improvisation and its place in contemporary music”

George Zervos
(University of Athens, Greece)

“Avant-garde and experimental music through the dissolution of the melodic-rhythmic-harmonic unity of the theme and the liberation of the musical components

15:30- 16:00

Alexandros Kleidonas
(National Technical University of Athens, Greece)

“Collective Improvisation and the controversy of the determined work; an interdisciplinary approach to the correlation of music and architecture”

Rafael Junchaya
(University of Helsinki, Finland)

“Musical form after the avant-garde revolution: a new approach to composition teaching”

16:00- 16:30

Marta Blazanovic
(Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany)

“Berlin Reductionism – An extreme approach to improvisation developed in the Berlin Echtzeitmusik-Scene”

Edward Jurkowski
(University of Lethbridge, Canada)

“Harmonic and Formal Coherence in Morton Feldman’s late music”

16:30-17:00: Coffee Break 


Session 4A  (17:00 – 18:30)
[Avant-Garde Histories, Theories and Institutions]
chair: Demetre Yannou

Session 4B (17:00 – 18:30)
[Post-1950 Theatre and Opera]
chair: George Zervos

17:00- 17:30

Tanja Uimonen
(University of Helsinki, Finland)

“Musical Experimentalism as the Avant-Garde: a Bürgerian approach”

Anastasia Siopsi
(Ionian University, Greece)

“Avant Garde and Postmodern Elements in Jani Christou’s music for Ancient Dramas and Comedy (1963-1969)

17:30- 18:00

Scott Currie
(University of Minnesota, U.S.A.)

“Don’t Deny My Name: The Resounding of a Black Avant-Garde in Post-War Music History”


Iosif Valette
(Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)

“Symmetries in post-war operas based on psychoanalytical texts – Penderecki’s Devils of Loudun and Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre

18:00- 18:30

David Walters
(Marmara University, Istanbul)

“Centre and absence: IRCAM and the idea of musical modernism today”

Yannis Erifillidis
(Faculty of Law, University of Athens, Greece)

“The concept of law and the idea of justice as presented in works of the European avant garde music”

20:00-22:00 Conference Banquet

Sunday 4 July: Excursion to Kavala, birthcity of Y.A. Papaioannou, and concert. The excursion will include a guided tour, attendance of an evening concert with works by Y.A. Papaioannou, and a cocktail reception, courtesy of Kavala City Council.


Both concerts will take place after the Conference's keynote lectures at the Entrance Hall of the Thessaloniki Archaeological Museum

CONCERT I - Thursday 1 July, 20:00-21:00


Yannis a. Papaioannou (1910-1989, Greece):

      "Dionyssiakon" for contrabass (AKI 189, 1978)
H.M. Pressl (1939-1994, Austria):
YLOP for violin (1992)
Alvin Lucier (b. 1931, USA):
Nothing is Real (Strawberry fields forever) for piano, amplified teapot, tape recorder and miniature sound system (1990)
Giacinto Scelsi (1905-1988, Italy):
Suite for flute and clarinet (1953)
Morton Feldman (1926-1987, USA):
Projection 4 for violin and piano (1952)
Anestis Logothetis (1921-1994):
Dynapolis for variable ensemble (1963)
Performers-members of dissonART: Yannis Anissegos - flute, Yannis Chatzis - contrabass, Eleni Liatsou - piano, Theodoros Patsalidis - violin, Alexandros Stavridis - clarinet

CONCERT II - Friday 2 July, 20:00-21:00

Y.A. Papaioannou in the International Garden

Ivo Lhotka-Kalinsky (1913-1987, Yugoslavia):

Microforms (1962)
Ilja Zeljenka (b. 1932, Slovakia):
From the Three Pieces for Piano: I (1966)
Yannis A. Papaioannou (1910-1989, Greece):
From the Piano Suite: I, II, IV, V, VIII (AKI 138, 1959)
Yannis A. Papaioannou (1910-1989, Greece):
Oraculum (AKI 159, 1965)
John Cage (1912-1992, U.S.A.):
TV Koln (1958)
Cornelius Cardew (1936-1981, England):
Memories of You (1967)
Jamary Oliveira (b. 1944, Brazil):
From the Four Pieces for Piano: I, IV (1966)
Finn Hoffding (1899-1997, Denmark):
From the Five Piano Pieces: I, II, IV (1966)
Yannis A. Papaioannou (1910-1989, Greece):
2 Pieces from the 14 Children's Portraits (AKI 145, 1960)
Yannis A. Papaioannou (1910-1989, Greece):
Erotic (AKI 217, 1986)
Larry Miller (b. 1953, U.S.A.):
Finger Exercise (1983)
Piano Performers: Kostas Chardas, Danae Stefanou, Nikos Zafranas