Odes to the prince @ KATO theater

Odes to the prince @ KATO theater

At the 7th and 8th of April, the “Kato” theater of DiaRtiriteo, Theotokopoulou 14, Heraklion Crete, will host the musical performance “Odes to the prince”. The performance was realised by Odysseas Grammatikakis as a part of his frantic aerostat project, with the collaboration of visual artist Danae Syrrou. The work is based on poetry by Nikos Alexis Aslanoglou (1931 – 1996).

The poems, characterised by subtle irony, loneliness, longing and desperation in mostly urban landscapes, are the motive as well as the main structural element of the work, in which the musician blends the poet’s words with the sounds of musical instruments, noise generators and everyday objects, creating repetitive patterns that sometimes remain uncertain and sometimes evolve to create full melodic structures. Danae Syrrou’s abstract video works are not simply images that accompany the sound, but essential elements so that the audience can transform the poet’s words into sentimental and spiritual journeys.

Info

Friday 7 and Saturday 8 of Apil 2017

“KATO” theater, diaRtiriteo space, Theotokopoulou 14, tel. 2815 109 406

Starting time: 21.00

Duration: 50-70 minutes

Entrance: free, with donations

 

music: frantic aerostat
video: Danae Syrrou
introductory text: George Vailakis
recitation of introductory text: Antonis Arkoulakis

All poems by Nikos Alexis Aslanoglou, from “Odes to the prince”, written from 1971 to 1975

free the soprano player – free improvisation group

free the soprano player – free improvisation group

Some folks are put off by what they assume will be the impenetrable complexity of improvised music. It can be complex, no question. But it’s not complexity like watching someone work a calculus problem. It’s more like watching a flock of birds swoop and dip and soar, wondering how they know to turn without crashing into one another, which one is signaling to the others and by what means, and how they all land together.

– John Corbett, A listener’s guide to free improvisation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Every Sunday, at 8 pm, the free improvisation group “Free the soprano player” has its meetings / concerts at diARTiriteo, Theotokopoulou 12, Heraklion, Crete.

Entrance is free, there are drinks available but you can also bring your own. Donations from the donation guitar will be used to invite musicians that do not live in Heraklion to participate.

somatographie/σωματογραφη

somatographie/σωματογραφη

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With Danae, we have collaborated in many many of things: she is, among others, responsible for many of aerostat’s videos, for the cover artwork of the first album, for the posters and the other half of the show “odes to the prince”. On Friday, her solo show with painting works will open in Heraklion, Crete, in the space of the old “Mesogios” newspaper in Handakos street. If you are nearby don’t miss it!

Her website can be found here!

Odes to the prince @ blow up – afterthoughts

Odes to the prince @ blow up – afterthoughts

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It always feel special to present your work in a place that you have anyway frequented for many years. And even more special when this place is in the city you were born in and chose (??) to live in, and around you, everywhere, you see loved, friendly faces. It doesn’t matter that you have a high fever. It doesn’t matter that you chose the only faulty cable from the batch.  When the lights go down, all that matters is the communion of the different worlds: yours, Danae’s, the poet’s. And when the show is over, you know, or hope, that the people will talk to you with love about the result, warmth for the virtues of your work, but also sincerity for its flaws and misfires. These conversations, much more valuable than the usual, generic, PR style flattering words that seem to be so popular in Heraklion nowadays, I always treasure. Perhaps one day they will help me become better.

Thank you all who shared this night with me, and special thanks to:

  • Vaggelis and the rest of the blow up team for the amazing hospitality
  • Marietta Grammatikakis for the sound, the conversations and the company
  • Antonis Arkoulakis who worked hard so that we could have the intro recording on time
  • Michael Loukakis who saved my guitar from certain death a few days before the show

Till the next time, farewell!

Odes to the prince @ blow up, Heraklion Crete

Odes to the prince @ blow up, Heraklion Crete

A musical performance by musician Odysseas Grammatikakis as a part of his ongoing project “frantic aerostat”. In collaboration with artist Danae Syrrou, this is a work on poems by Nikos Alexis Aslanoglou (1931 – 1996), from his poetry collection “Odes to the prince”.

The poems, characterised by subtle irony, loneliness, longing and desperation in mostly urban landscapes, are the motive as well as the main structural element of the work, in which the musician blends the poet’s words with the sounds of musical instruments, noise generators and everyday objects, creating repetitive patterns that sometimes remain uncertain and sometimes evolve to create full melodic structures. Danae Syrrou’s abstract video works are not simply images that accompany the sound, but essential elements so that the audience can transform the poet’s words into sentimental and spiritual journeys.

music: frantic aerostat
video: Danae Syrrou
introductory text: George Vailakis
recitation of introductory text: Antonis Arkoulakis

All poems by Nikos Alexis Aslanoglou, from “Odes to the prince”, written from 1971 to 1975

Duration: 50′ – 65′ (depending on the evolvement of improvisational parts)

odes to the prince @ European music day, Chania, 21/06/2015

odes to the prince @ European music day, Chania, 21/06/2015

 

I first came to know the poetry of Nikos Alexis Aslanoglou during my student years, when together with my good friend Nikos, bored of overanalyzing the “classic” modern greek poets – Kavafis, Elytis, Seferis, we spent a lot of our evenings looking for undergorund, hidden poetic gems.

The years passed, and Aslanoglou’s poetry had remained in my memory as an abstract, melancholic image. Until, sometime during the past summer, while organising my thoughts for still life with improvisation, I took his book “odes to the prince” from the library and began re-reading it obsessively. The first fruit of this renewed relationship with the poet was “for them“, a piece that was created and recorded almost instantly, as if it had been in my mind for years.

The second fruit was the presentation of five poems from the book in the soundacts festival in Athens. A unique experience, in which my on-stage loneliness, despite how nervous it made me feel, also brought me closer to the poet’s own loneliness. So, I decided that my relationship with “odes to the prince” was not meant to end there.

In June 21, in Chania, in the underground turkish well in Splantzia square, I will present the third fruit, the next stage of this work in progress. With more poems, more soundcrafting experimentations, and amazing video works by Danae Syrrou.

Can’t wait.

 

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