Tim Ward – Electroacoustic Composer
Electroacoustic Composition from England/ Greece Primary interest is in music and new technology, with a principle focus on the use of computer technology in composition and performance.His compositional activities center around three areas: electroacoustic music, the useof live electronics alongside acoustic instruments and computer controlled sonic installations. His performance activities concentrate on advanced sound diffusion techniques for the performance of electroacoustic music.
He is a member of the Sonic Arts Network, and also a founder member of the electroacoustic performance group Nerve8.
Christos Carras -Χρήστος Καρράς – Sound Artist
Christos Carras was born in London (UK) in 1962. He completed his B.A. at Cambridge University in 1983 before going on to write his PhD at the Sorbonne (Paris I) in 1989. The title of his thesis was “Philosophy of Music and Composition since 1945: Reflections on the Conditions of Criticism”. During his time in Paris, in parallel to his research activities he was active as a music teacher and performer, mainly in the field of contemporary jazz and improvisation.
In 1989 he moved to Greece and was active in a variety of projects related to wine and organic and specialty food production and distribution. From 2002 onwards he re-established contact with his musical activities, initially as the project manager for a EU funded network entitled Medimuses and from 2006 to 2009 as the General Manager of the B & M Theocharakis Foundation for the Fine Arts and Music. From 2009 onwards he has been the Executive Director of the Onassis Cultural Centre, a division of the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation, as well as the head of the music program of the Centre.
In parallel to his professional activities Christos has been involved in electroacoustic composition and writes as regularly as he can on topics related to contemporary critical theory of music.
LoKey [Yanni Lolis and Kleopatra Korai] Directors – Animators
LoKey is a creative studio established in Athens, Greece in 2005. Their work focuses on video, motion design and stop-motion animation. They have directed and produced music videos for numerous artists for record labels such as Warner Music, Sony Music and Minos EMI. They have also animated short pieces for television, film and advertising. They have been recognized for their work in 2009 and 2010 by the Greek Graphic Design Society (EVGE). Although they collaborate with numerous freelancers depending on the project at hand, LoKey was founded by Yanni Lolis and Kleopatra Korai.
Yanni is a graphic designer at heart. He has studied at Tufts University, the School of The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the Vancouver Film School. Prior to founding LoKey he has worked as designer and art director for advertising agency The Leap Partnership in Chicago and for clients such as MSNBC, Walmart, Hilton and Accor. He was a partner in design agency 212degrees based in Chicago, responsible for the creative direction of travel website Orbitz.com. He is currently acting as Creative Director for social music network Akoo
Kleopatra is an animator at heart. Although she animates 2D objects on screen, she would rather infuse life to real objects, whether they are found or made of clay, fabric and wood. She studied photography at Blow Up in Athens with Andreas Smaragdis, film studies at the European Film School in Denmark and animation at the University of Bristol. Among other positions she has held over the years, she has worked as a casting associate for an advertising agency, as an on-site photographer for the Pantelis Voulgaris feature fim “Acropol” and as a production assistant for “Aardman Animations” in Bristol, England. She was the director and animator for all claymation title sequences for the very successful
greek tv variety show “AMAN”.
They are both founding members of Medea Electronique.
Studio19st Athens /sound & multimedia team
(Costas I. Bokos – Vassilis K. Koundouris)
The sound & multimedia team of Studio 19 is a creative group mainly concerned with composing, recording, designing, processing and producing music, sound and audiovisual material for performances, movies, the music industry, multimedia and plastic art installations. In their work, the recording-multimedia studio is used as one of the main instruments for sound, music and visual synthesis. They have collaborated with musicians, composers, directors and plastic artists using different kinds of technologies in order to contribute to the creational process.
They have cooperated with various agencies and institutes within the framework of research projects and sound applications: “The Sound Map of Greece” – GSRT, International Conference of Music Technology (I.C.M.C ’97 Thessalonica 1997), exhibition “BYZANTINE HOURS” (Athens, Byzantine and Christian Museum, “The Grand Promenade” International Exhibition of Contemporary Art (National Museum of Contemporary Art – Athens), “Ancient Agora of Athens” (“Tholos” dome-shaped Virtual Reality “Theatre” – Foundation of the Hellenic World etc.
Furthermore, they have cooperated for the production of sound material with various theatre and dancing companies such as: The National Theatre of Greece, The National Theatre of Northern Greece, Edafos Dance Company, Theseum Enseble, Analysis Dance Company, Octana etc.
They have carried out sound design for cinema movies, many theatre & dance performances. Also they have created sound & music compositions for multi-media and plastic art installations and many performances: the team is currently in development for Robert Wilson’s Odyssey project, slated to open in Athens in 2012 – National Theatre.
Thodoris Zioutos – Sound Artist/Audio Technician
Born in Volos, Greece. He studied music (theory, accordion, music technology) and information technology. He has been teaching music technology (Municipal Conservatory of Volos, Musical praxis conservatory – Athens). He has composed music for theater plays (more than 30) and films. He was a member of the rock groups (Lost bodies, postblue etc). He has participated in contemporary music concerts. As an improviser he has cooperated in concerts and recorded with musicians from Greece and other European countries. He is a member of the Greek Electroacoustic composer association (ESSIM). He has performed his electroacoustic works at concerts and festivals using multichannel sound systems. He is member of “medea electronique” since 2007. He has worked as production manager (municipality of volos, Small music theatre, Iamvos) Parallel to his teaching and artistic activity since 1995 he has been working as audiovisual and lighting engineer in theater plays, live events, exhibitions and other.
Manolis Manousakis – Composer / Sound Artist
Manousakis gained his footing in live theater while at Columbia College in Chicago, where he studied composition with Gustavo Leone before returning to study with Tim Ward and Andreas Mniestris at the Ionian University in Corfu, Greece. Prior to his sojourn in Chicago, Manousakis had already composed the music for several projects and was deeply engaged in both independent avant-garde theater and in the popular theater of his native country. Since that time, he has rarely been without a film or stage project and as a result has embraced a wide variety of stylistic influences. He notes, “I found that, through composing for music for the theater, I could explore different paths of writing–from baroque music when composing for Shakespearean plays to hard core electronica when composing for independent shows.”
Ioanna Kampylafka – Ιωάννα Καμπυλαυκά – Performance Artist
Performer from Greece Graduated from the Laban Centre (Bachelor of Arts in Dance Theatre) and from the Middlesex University (Diploma in Interior Design). During the academic year 2003- 2004 she got a scholarship from The Fulbright Foundation and studied in various dance schools in New York (Movement Research, Trisha Brown, Dance Space, Susan Klein and Barbara Mahler). She has also attended seminars of improvisation, dance techniques and dance theatre in Greece as well as abroad by: Jeremy Nelson, Paul Douglas, Akram Khan, Vicky Shick, David Zamprano, Yvonne Maier, Juliette Mapp, Barbara Mahler etc. She is a key member of the dance company ‘Kinitiras Dance Spectacle’ since 1998 when at the same time she cooperated as a dancer with the following groups: Seimio Theatre, Egos Dance Company, Pocket theatre etc. As a choreographer she worked with The Arts Theatre, Seimio Theatre, Kalouta Theatre etc She has taught movement, improvisation and dance at various drama schools and actors. She is also a certified yoga teacher from the International Samvit Sagar Yoga School. She was selected and granted by UNESCO’s program “Aschberg Bursaries for Artists” as ‘artist in residence’ for the “Dance Centre School of Performing Arts” in Bangkok, Thailand. During the 6 months of her residency in Bangkok, she taught movement composition, improvisation, dance technique and Yoga. During the ‘International Dance Day Festival 2007’ in Bangkok she also presented excerpts from the dance theatre piece of the Kinitiras’ production “Clytemnestra Invisible”, in collaboration with the “The Company of Performing Artists” Thailand and with the opera singer Sophie Tanapura.
Marinos Koutsomichalis (b. Athens, Greece 1981).
Active internationally in both academic and non academic milieus, Marinos Koutsomichalis is being working as an artist since the mid ’00s using a variety of mediums. He is primary interested in sound. Hitherto, he has performed and exhibited works internationally in acclaimed galleries, academias, festivals, churches, independent venues, etc and has released albums in a variety of labels. He has lectured at the Technical University of Crete and at the Centre of Contemporary Music Research (KSYME). He is pursuing his PhD in the University of York under the supervision of Dr Tony Myatt.
Michal Larsson – Video Artist
Born in Poland in 1980, Michael now lives and works in Brighton, UK. Michael’s work is characterised by the exploration of connecting points between the human perception of the world and the experience of reality through static and moving images. He is in constant pursuit of how people, places, shapes and colours contribute to the production of space and how this can be extended and translated into creative communication.
His process is based on the deconstruction of human perception and relation to space and time. The objective is to generate alternative viewpoints by shifting spatiotemporal experiences and their significance, translating these into elements and triggers outside of their representation and providing the audience with new possible concepts.
With a background in still image photography Michael’s journey has taken him from moving images to forms such as video art, three-dimensional installations and audiovisual performances. This multi-disciplinary experimentation using a combination of a set of artistic and technical tools has been his method of exploration, allowing him to present his creative process with diversity.
Michael is a co-founder of the visual label and VJ collective Deadpixel and a member of the Medea Electronique synergy of Artist.