Stavros Apostolatos – Dancer / Choreographer
He was born in April 1975 in Chania of Crete where in 91 ‘ he began his relation with dance. He is alumnus of The Ministry of Culture Proffesional Section Of Dance. He has attended several circles of courses and seminars of Classic Dance, Modern Techniques, Realise Techiques, Contact Improvisation, Improvisation, Buto, with schoolteachers from Greece, America and Europe. He has taken workshops with:William Forsythe – Frankfurt opera Studio, UnderwegsTeatre-Germany, Pina Bausch Dance Cie, Helge Musial-Tanzfabrik Dance Cie-Berlin, Jean Francois Lefort-France, Masaki Iwana-Japan, and many more. As a teacher of modern dance he has been teaching since 2003 both in Athens and Germany.
Padelis Frantzis – Script Writer / Video Artist
Born in 1982. He studied European Economics in Athens and Film Theory in Edinburgh. He then taught himself to be a video maker, a graphic designer and a writer. His visual projects have been presented in Greece, Cyprus, Turkey and Italy. He is currently working on a series of projects based on archetypes, myths and modern storytelling. He loves traveling, listening to other people’s stories and learning about their personal gods.
Knot Arts is a non-profit organization founded in 2008 by Themelis Glynatsis (director), Yiannis Kotsonis (composer/musician) and Vaggelis Mousikas (interior designer). The two main fields that Knot works with is theatre and music. The fundamental aim of the organization is the production and promotion of experimental theatrical and music events in Athens. Through constant research into the artistic output of Greece, Knot tries to assemble artists from the fields of theatre and music and offer them a platform to present their work. In parallel, Knot firmly believes in collaborative projects and the bring together of artists who have not worked before in the part. The main aspects of our work are • consistent experimentation in the arts • the preparation and presentation of open, in-progress events alongside the organization’s complete endeavors • creative collaborations between Knot’s members, as well as between our artistic partners is the basis of all our work • the low cost of production for all our events • the low cost of tickets.
Aspasia Koulira was born in Athens Greece in 1984. She has a BA in Photography. She has exhibited her work in Athens at Guru Upstairs Gallery, Benaki Museum of Contemporary Art, Cheap Art, Taf Gallery. She has also collaborated with major magazines and newspapers like, Soul, LiFo, Epsilon, Vimagazino, Athens Voice etc. She is currently involved in a project with Medea Electronique ‘Identity’. She is also working with the known journalist Kostas Vaxevanis on a magazine project.
Anastasia Chrysanthakopoulou (natryx or Anastasia X.)
Anastasia Chrysanthakopoulou (natryx or Anastasia X.) lives and works in Athens Greece . She has specialized skills in jewelry design, micro sculpture and wax modeling for which she has received high grants and awards. Though her background has to do with jewelry and work crafts in general, she has always been interested in using her art to create custom sound objects and sound installations. Meanwhile she participated in workshops and annual courses on sound creation and sound design with emerging Greek composers ( D. Kamarotos , M. Alexiades, Xanthoudakis and others), sonic artists (Milos Vŏstechovsky, Douglas Henderson, Nicolas Collins) choreographers (Snježana Premuš) filmmakers(Yannis Economides), multimedia artists (Pascal Silonde). Her interests also include workshops on project and curatorial management as well as fundraising research.
Past and ongoing collaborations & projects (a selection) :
Since 2010 she has been invited to work with Medea Electronique as an artist and project coordinator.
Was born in 1981 in Greece. Supported by musical parents in Thessaloniki, Maria-Margarita Kourtparasidou began playing the piano at the age of six, before later taking up percussion. She studied at the Thessaloniki State Conservatoire under Prof. Vassiliadis till 2000. In January 2005, she completed her Performance Diploma at the Hochschule für Musik Detmold (Germany) under Prof. Peter Prommel and in February 2006 she finished the Chamber Music Diploma at the same school. In May 2007 she completed the Master Degree at the Conservatorium of Amsterdam with specialisation in chamber music.
In 1999 she wins the Panhellenic Percussion Competition and also she was offered a grant to study at the Berklee School of Music in Boston. In Germany she studies with a “Gesellschaft der Freunde und Foerderer of the Hochschule für Musik Detmold E.V.” Scholarship and in Amsterdam she wins a subsidy from the Dutch Ministry of Culture. Recently she managed to come through the semi-finals of the Gaudeamus Competition for Interpreters. Maria-Margarita Kourtparasidou has gained work experience at the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie (Germany), Dutch Radio Chamber Orchestra, New Music Ensemble, Asko Ensemble and many others.
She is Solo-Timpanist at the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra, member of the Nederlands Wind Ensemble and the DissonART Ensemble and has founded the Red Chicken Soup Duo with Guido De Flaviis (saxophone). She has toured in Europe, America and Asia.
She is teaching at the Thessaloniki New Conservatory and at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
Maria Goula (Actress)
Maria Goula has been working as an actress since 1998. She has worked with Medea Electronique since 2007 by participating at Project_1 at Benaki Museum.
Lorenda Ramou’s piano repertoire includes pieces from Bach and Mozart up to Fluxus happenings and pieces with electronics, with special emphasis given to works by Greek composers. In her recitals she often combines classical with contemporary repertoire and music theatre works. She has recorded for BIS, NAXOS, Spektral and Athens Music Society. Reviews praised her “great creativity” and “very substantial” contribution in the Greek music scene, as well as her playing: “full of verve (Gramophone)”, “admirable” (International Record Review), “with straightforward energy and authority (American Record Guide)”. She has appeared in Holland, Greece, France, Britain, Sweden, Portugal, Germany, USA and Chile.
Studied acting in arts educational school in England, worked as a professional actress for over 20 years in Greece. Currently she is working as an events coordinator.
was born in Athens in 1976. He studied Politics in Essex University and Marketing in Strathclyde. He attended the MSc in Sonic Arts and Technologies at the Ionian University and is currently working in the department’s Public Relations office. He has worked as a sound engineer and a musician in bars and clubs, as a computer tutor, a college teacher and radio sound engineer among other things. He currently composes tape music as well as pop with electroacoustic hints. He is a member of HELMCA, the HEllenic Electroacoustic Music Composers Association, a founding member of the Hellenic Acoustic Ecology Association and from time to time a member/collaborator of the Medea Electronique Collective.
Composer Born in Athens, Greece, 1971. He took his first degree in Electronic and Biomedical Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens. Master of Arts in Digital Music Technology at the University of Keele with Mike Vaughan and Rajmil Fishman. Ph.D. in Electroacoustic Composition at the University of Wales Bangor with Andrew Lewis. Interests include composition with recorded and synthesized sound, real time controlled sound diffusion, tools for creative sonic manipulation, improvisation, pop culture, instrument construction, education. He composes for concert, theatre, video, dance, installations and multimedia and has presented work at international festivals and conferences, as well as on the radio. He teaches and writes about music and technology in Athens, works with MedeaElectronique collective, for MusicPro magazine and also plays with bands such as Elektrobalkana and Headquake. Past projects include: Macbeth, Protoporia Group, Athens (2006);CanYouHearMe? installation, Futuresonic (2006); Urban Fractals (2006) – Open 24/7 (2005) dance productions, 14th Day, Athens; Music and sound design for The Making of Balkan Wars: The Game, Personal Cinema (2003). Commissions for the composition of electroacoustic pieces (Studio Césaré ‘Lieu de passage’, France 2002; BBC Platform 2000; Bangor New Music Festival). Awards: CEC Jeu de Temp (2003); Society for Promotion of New Music (2001, 2002); Bourges International Electroacoustic Competition (1999, 2001). www.myspace.com/sinusexplorer
Interactive Systems Applications He studied Audio Technology and Acoustics at the University of Salford, UK. He worked as an Environmental Health Officer at the department of Noise Pollution (London Borough Of Newham) and as Acoustics Engineer at the Nokia Mobile Phones R&D Center (Finland). When he returned to Greece, he collaborated with the Centre of Contemporary Musical Research for the composition and production of electroacustic musical pieces. In June 2006 it completed the Postgraduate title “Arts and Technologies of Sound” in the Ionian University (Corfu, Greece), with specialisation in the field of Interactive Environments. Founding member of Medea Electronique team, which presented first mix media performance “Project 1″ staged in the Benaki Museum of Modern Art in Athens, Greece, the Ionian Academy in Corfu, Greece and the NWEAMO festival in San Diego, USA, during Spring, Summer and Fall 2007 respectively. Worked as video technology consultant in the performance “?O”, Palace theater 2008. As member of Medea Electronique worked in the organization and implementation of the EMW festival, Athens 2008. Developed and implemented the video platform for multimedia dance performance “lights on you”, Hellenic Kosmos 2007. Designed and implemented the interactive and multimedia platform for the project “Interactive Environments in the New Fortress of Corfu”, Corfu 2008. Designed and implemented the interactive and multimedia platform for the project “Life Beneath”, Kinitiras 2009.