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Iannis Xenakis (1922-2001) was a musical master, and as a composer he was good at getting musicians to make a lot of noise – naturally, deeply organized noise! At Lincoln Center’s TullyScope festival in New York while playing,  Les Percussions de Strasbourg were stationed around the hall, so that the audience was surrounded.

“The score, in four movements, probes specific kinds of sound (mixed timbres, metals, keyboards and skins) in a blend of complexity and directness, with persistently repetitive sections offset by unpredictable bursts and sudden changes of direction.” (Listen toperformed “Persephassa” on  Music Online)

Iannis Xenakis was an ethnic Greek, naturalized French composer, music theorist, and architect-engineer. He is commonly recognized as one of the most important post-war avant-garde composers. Xenakis pioneered the use of mathematical models such as applications of set theory, varied use of stochastic processes, game theory, etc., in music, and was also an important influence on the development of electronic music.


New York Times


From 7 to 17 April, the 2011 ISCM World New Music Days are taking place within the 26th Music Biennale Zagreb 2011 in Croatia. Theme of the festival is Mirabilia Memorabilia.

The 26th Biennale, while celebrating 50 anniversary, will host the Inernational Society for Contemporary Music ISCM–World New Music Days 2011 Festival, which is once again returning to Zagreb, one of the few metropolises in the world the ISCM has chosen to host this festival. As much as 259 compositions by 51 sections entered into the open competition, along with 140 individual entries from all over the world.

The compositions are carefully selected by a panel of distinguished artists who met in Zagreb October 15th-17th: Luc Brewaeys (Belgium), Benet Casablancas (Spain), Lojze Lebic (Slovenia), as well as Marko Ruždjak and Nikša Gligo (Croatia). The panel’s work is overseen by the artistic director of the Music Biennale Zagreb Mr. Berislav Šipuš, and the selected compositions will be performed by orchestras coming from all over the world which are participating in the Biennale programme http://www.mbz.hr/eng/mbz_2011/program .





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