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Philippakopoulos, Anastassis / Jurg Frey: Wind And Light (elsewhere)

Wandelweiser composer and pianist Anastassis Philippakopoulos presents four solo clarinet pieces performed by fellow Wandelweiser member, Swiss composer and clarinetist Jürg Frey, and three solo piano pieces performed by himself, in a beautiful album of delicately minimal and fragile music inspired by and reflecting the natural landscape of Greece.
 

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Anastassis Philippakopoulos-piano, composer

Jurg Frey-clarinet


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Label: elsewhere
Catalog ID: elsewhere 015
Squidco Product Code: 30529

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2021
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Kyriazis Studios, in Athens, Greece, on September 24th and 25th, 2016, and on February 6th, and 13th, 2019, by Thanos Kaleas.

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"Greek composer Anastassis Philippakopoulos has been a member of the Wandelweiser composers collective since 2003. He pursues his own compositional style to create a new kind of tonal music, deeply associated with his individuality and the surroundings of his life in Athens, a unique blend of stoic minimalism, the warm colors of modern romanticism, and the introspective depth of Zen.

"For many years I have concentrated my attention on modal monophonic melodies. In my pieces I want to bring a balance between western and eastern musical traditions, but also between remote past and present. This balance is subjective. I care a lot to find a connectedness between the tones of the melodies. The deeper the connectedness I gradually find, the more simple and plain seems the melody."-Anastassis Philippakopoulos

wind and light consists of four solo clarinet pieces and three solo piano pieces written by Philippakopoulos, inspired by nature in Greece. The clarinet pieces were performed by Swiss composer/clarinetist Jürg Frey, recorded in Athens in 2016, and the piano pieces were performed by Philippakopoulos himself, recorded in Athens in 2019 to complete this album."-Elsewhere Records

"When I Was Listening To The Seven Pieces Together, I Experienced This Feeling Of 'Landscape/Bell In A Distance'. I Hear The Clarinet As The Breath Of A Human Being, And The Piano As The Sounds In The Landscape I Hear From A Distance. This Duality Opens A Wide Space, And I Was Really Surprised When I Listened To This For The First Time, Because I Didn't Expect Something Like That In The Context Of An Album, A Poetic Relationship Between The Human And The Landscape."-JÜRg Frey


Artist Biographies

"Composer Anastassis Philippakopoulos was born in 1969 in France. Between 1989 and 1994 he studied composition at the University of Arts (Universitaet der Kuenste) in Berlin with W. Szalonek and F.M. Olbrisch. Since 2003 he is a member of the Wandelweiser composers collective. In 2005 his first CD "solo pieces" was released on Edition Wandelweiser Records (EWR).

His music has been performed in Europe and the US by musicians including conductors Mark Menzies with the Calarts String Orchestra, Alexandre Myrat with the TSSO and the Camerata Athens, flutists Antoine Beuger, Manuel Zurria, Wilfrido Terrazas, Katrin Zenz, Ruth Molins, Natalia Gerakis and Christine Tavolacci, oboists Kathy Pisaro and Kostas Tiliakos, clarinetists Juerg Frey, William Powell, Germaine Sijstermans and Yannis Samprovalakis, guitarist Denis Sorokin, pianists John McAlpine, Dante Boon, Melaine Dalibert, Guy Vandromme, Teodora Stepancic, Erato Alakiozidou, R. Andrew Lee, Panagiotis Krabis, Mark So and Manfred Werder, organist Eva-Maria Houben, singer Irene Kurka and others.

In 2012 he visited California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles as an invited artist. He presented his music in lectures and concerts together with composers Michael Pisaro and Michael Jon Fink. In 2014 his CD "songs and piano pieces" was released on EWR. In 2019 he participated in Dante Boon's solo piano CD "hannesson . boon . philippakopoulos" released on EWR."

-Elsewhere Music (http://www.elsewheremusic.net/anastassis-philippakopoulos.html)
5/23/2024

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"Jürg Frey was born in 1953 in Aarau, Switzerland. Following his musical education at the Concervatoire de Musique de Genève, he turned to a career as a clarinetist, but his activities as composer soon came to the foreground. Frey developed his own language as a composer and sound artist with the creation of wide, quiet sound spaces. His work is marked by an elementary non-extravagence of sound, a sensibilty for the qualities of the material, and precision of compositional approach. His compositions sometimes bypass instrumentation and duration altogether and touch on aspects of sound art. He has worked with compositional series, as well as with language and text. Some of these activities appear in small editions or as artist's books as individual items and small editions (Edition Howeg, Zurich; weiss kunstbewegung, Berlin; complice, Berlin). His music and recordings are published by Edition Wandelweiser. Frey has been invited to workshops as visiting composer and for composer portraits at the Universität der Künste Berlin, the Universität Dortmund and several times at Northwestern University and CalArts. Some of the other places his work has developed are the concerts at the Kunstraum Düsseldorf, the Wandelweiser-in-Residence-Veranstaltungen in Vienna, the Ny music concerts in Boras (Sweden), the cooperation with Cologne pianist John McAlpine, the Bozzini Quartet (Montréal), QO-2 (Bruxelles), Die Maulwerker, incidental music, as well as the regular stays in Berlin (where during the last years many of his compositions were premiered). Frey is a member of the Wandelweiser Komponisten Ensemble which has presented concerts for more than 15 years in Europe, North America and Japan. Frey also organizes the concert series moments musicaux aarau as a forum for contemporary music."

-Other Minds (http://www.otherminds.org/shtml/Frey.shtml)
5/23/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Song 4 For Clarinet 6:41

2. Piano Piece (2013) 3:33

3. Song 7 For Clarinet 6:32

4. Piano Piece (2017) 4:02

5. Song 8 For Clarinet 8:33

6. Piano Piece (2018b) 4:09

7. Song 10 For Clarinet 6:17

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Compositional Forms
European Improvisation, Composition and Experimental Forms
Piano & Keyboards
Recordings by or featuring Reed & Wind Players
Solo Artist Recordings
Ambient & Minimal Music
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