YANNIS KYRIAKIDES

YANNIS KYRIAKIDES
Subvoice
2CD/DL Unsounds 57U
Perfomers on this double-CD include: MAZE, Hezarfen Ensemble, The Electronic Hammer, Philharmonie Zuidnederland, Francesco Dillon, Elisabeth Smalt, Dario Calderone, Barbara Lüneburg, Michel Marang, and Reinier van Houdt.
 
SUBVOICE is a collection of nine recent works by composer Yannis Kyriakides for various ensembles ranging from single instrument to large orchestra, that represent an investigation into ideas of voice and language. The music is built on traces of voices and texts that seem to speak or sing in an intimate form of dialogue, either as text that is directly encoded into music, or in traces of voice that are embedded and dissolved into the musical fabric.
In Words and Song Without Words, the encoded words of Felix Mendelssohn argue that music is far less ambiguous than language. In the orchestral work Der Komponist, the words of Helmut Lachenmann state that: “The composer has nothing to say.” Paramyth uses the spoken voice of a traditional Cypriot storyteller, time-stretched and magni ed until it seems to sing. Toponymy takes the politically contentious subject of the renaming of towns and villages in Northern Cyprus, by encoding the place names in both Greek and Turkish. Circadian Surveillance uses a time-condensed 24-hour recording made near the buffer zone in Nicosia to re ect on the temporal scale of human activity. In an excerpt from another large scale temporal work, the 12 hour Politicus, made for the Venice Biennale in 2011, the dawn chorus seems to be participating in the dialogues of Plato’s ‘Politicus’, soni ed on a prepared disklavier piano. Testudo encodes a fragment of a text by Sophocles in a duet between a contrabass player and synthesized tortoise sounds. Oneiricon, an open-form composition for interactive score on tablet and laptops, algorithmically encodes words from a Byzantine dream interpretation book into constantly evolving musical phrases. Two of the works in the collection have received prizes, Words and Song Without Words won the International Rostrum of Composers (IRC) Prize in 2014, and Paramyth won the BUMA Toonzetters Prize in 2011.
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