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Kyriakides, Yannis: Antichamber [2 CDs] (Unsounds)

Composer and electronic artist Yannis Kyriakides combines conventional instruments with technology in ten pieces for small groupings that span over thirteen years of his work in this 2 CD set.

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UPC: 88450223783

Label: Unsounds
Catalog ID: 21u
Squidco Product Code: 17246

Format: 2 CDs
Condition: New
Released: 2012
Country: Netherlands
Packaging: 2 CDs in a digipak
Recorded on various dates and at various locations.


Anna McMichael-violin

Michel Marang-clarinet

Reinier van Houdt-synth

Koen Kaptijn-trombone

Aslaug Holgersen-contrabass

Wiek Wijmans-electric guitar

Jacob Plooij-violin

Elisabeth Smalt-viola

Martijn Vink-cello

Mary Oliver-viola

Rozemarie Heggen-contrabass

Nora Mulder-piano

Barbara Luneberg-violin

Burkhard Friedrich-alto saxophone

Stefan Kohmann-vibraphone

The Exmoor Singers

Duo Palmos-bassoon

Stefanie Liedtke-piano

Lorenda Ramou-piano

Marco Blaauw-double bell trumpet

Anne La Berge-alto flute

Tatiana Koleva-vibraphone

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Artist Biographies:

"Reinier van Houdt is a composer and pianist from Rotterdam, Netherlands, member of both the Ensemble MAE and the Ives Ensemble. Reinier van Houdt studied piano at the Liszt-Akademie in Budapest & the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. He premiered music by ao Robert Ashley, Alvin Curran, Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji, Francisco López, Charlemagne Palestine, Yannis Kyriakides, Maria de Alvear, Jerry Hunt; he has collaborated with John Cage, Alvin Lucier, Luc Ferrari, Olivier Messiaen and with theatrecompanies like Hotel Modern, Andcompany&Co, Veenfabriek, Leine&Roebana and ZOOGDIER, a musictheatregroup of which he is co-founder. He also one of the driving forces behind ensemble MAE." (

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"Koen Kaptijn, born 1976, is not only a trombonist but also a composer and theater maker. He graduated from the Rotterdam Conservatory in 2000 and played with De Volharding and the Maarten Altena Ensemble.

At the moment Koen plays as a regular member in Trio 7090, De Koene Ridders, New Trombone Collective, Asko / Schönberg Ensemble, New Ensemble, Rosa Ensemble, Splendor Amsterdam, David Kweksilber Big Band, Clazz Ensemble, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Veenfabriek and Orkater.

On a freelance basis Koen Kaptijn also works on a colorful procession of exciting projects."

-New Trombone Collective (Translated by Google) (

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track listing:

CD 1

1. Telegraphic 16:27

2. Zeimbekiko 1918 13:05

3. Antichamber 15:41

4. As They Step Into the Same Rivers 12:27

5. Hydatorizon 17:43

CD 2

1. Chaoids 16:28

2. U 7:22

3. PNEuma 12:55

4. Dog Song 14:35

5. Atopia (hyperamplified) 22:52
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"Previously I knew the music of Amsterdam based composer Yannis Kyriakides from his live electronic improvisations with guitarist Andy Moor and from "The Buffer Zone" (2004), an incisive audio drama addressing the geopolitical separation of his native Cyprus. "Antichamber", ten pieces for small groupings written since the mid-1990s, confirms that he is a musician working with serious and stimulating ideas, and with attractive sounds that can carry that weight. His musical education in the Netherlands has left its mark. Kyriakides' own compositions resonate with the Spartan minimallsm of Louis llndriessen and the off-the-wall resourcefulness of electroacoustic maverick Dick Raaijmakers. both acknowledged as his teachers in the notes to this release, yet his own voice is exhilaratingly different.

The pieces on "Antichamber" combine conventional instruments with technology that amends, enhances, obstructs or complements their sound. On the opening track the sound of an acoustic sextet is gated by means of telegraph keys. "Zeimbe lriko" presents a gradual dialogue between violin and electric guitar, interspersed with crackling echoes of Turkish traditional music, excavated from an old recording. "As They Step Into The Same Rivers" is scored for viola, contrabass and iPod shuffle.

The title "Antichamber" may suggest that Kyriakides is turning his back on chamber music conventions, but the pieces on this excellent release are not a negative reaction. Rather they engage with the changing technologies and conditions of our reception of music in space. The title track - tellingly scored for string quartet and computer - is acutely responsive, like the rest of this fine music, to the modified sensitivities that come with new forms of attentiveness, other ways of listening and different things noticed."-Julian Cowley, The Wire

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