The trio of Thanos Chrysakis on synth, radio, gongs & laptop; Wade Matthews on synth & field recordings; and Javier Pedreira on guitar, in studio recordings of edgy electroacoustic improvisation using a wide sound palette of indescribable sources.
Chrysakis, Thanos / Wade Matthews / Javier Pedreira
Label: Aural Terrains
Released in: Greece/UK
"Thanos Chrysakis' output consists of composition, performance, and installation. He was born in Athens in 1971, residing in the UK since 1998. With several albums to his name his work has also appeared in festivals and events in several countries; to name but a few : CYNETart Festival, Festspielhaus Hellerau - Dresden, Academy of Arts / M:AI (Museum für Architektur und Ingenieurkunst NRW)- Berlin, Diapason Gallery - New York, ohrenhoch - der Geräuschladen Gallery - Berlin Neukölln, XXII "Sound Ways" International New Music Festival - St Petersburg, Artus Contemporary Arts Studio - Budapest, CRUCE Gallery - Madrid, Fylkingen - Stockholm, Relative (Cross) Hearings festival - Budapest, ZEPPELIN festival - Barcelona, Futura 2013 - Drôme, Festival de Música Contemporanea "Ramiro Guerra" - Monterrey, Störung festival - Barcelona, BMIC Cutting Edge concert series - The Warehouse - London . It has also received airplay -among others- by RAI radio 3, BBC radio 3, Radio Portugal Antenna 2, Radio Nacional de España, FM Brussel, Polskie Radio (Warsaw), Elektramusic (Strasbourg), Undae! Radio and Onda Sonora - Radio Circulo de Bellas Artes (CBA) (Madrid). He composes for electronics, acoustic instruments and environmental sounds, focusing on the structural, aesthetic and tranfigured capacity of sonic matter. His work was amongst the selected works at the International Competition de Musique et d'Art Sonore Electroacoustiques de Bourges 2005, in the category œuvre d'art sonore électroacoustique, while received an honorary mention in 2006 at the 7th International Electroacoustic Competition Musica Viva in Lisbon. Recent compositions include: ΕΚΝΗΨΙΣ (Aural Terrains 2012), ΜΑΓΜΑ (Monochrome Vision 2011), Milieu Interieur I/II (for Chris Cundy [solo bass and contra-bass clarinet] 2012), EIRMOS I / II (for Wilfrido Terrazas [solo flute/bass flute] 2011), ERRINA (for Alexander Bruck [solo viola] 2011). He has recorded/performed with a number of improvisers, among others : Wade Matthews, Dario Bernal-Villegas, Jerry Wigens, James O'Sullivan, Chris Cundy, Zsolt Sőrés, Artur Vidal.
Current and upcoming projects for 2013-14 include a residency at Visby centre for composers in Sweden, a series of compositions for the Stockholm Saxophone Quartet, Wilfrido Terrazas (flutes), Natalia Pérez Turner (cello), Tzenka Dianova (piano), Michael Pelzel (church organ), Ángel Soria (saxophones), and Dana Jessen (bassoon).
Advanced academic studies in composition helped French-born American musician Wade Matthews realize he was not interested in telling other people what or how to play. In 1989, he moved from New York to Madrid and became part of the international improv community. Drawing on his knowledge of electronic music, he approached the bass clarinet and alto flute as "acoustic synthesizers", rethinking their sonic possibilities, phrasing, and relation to breath in a musical language based on real-time creation. When faster processors made laptop synthesis viable, Matthews returned to his first love, tweaking a virtual synthesizer to allow very rapid control of sound parameters for solo playing and dialog with others. In 2007, he founded INTERMEDIA 28 with photographer Adam Lubroth and guitarist Julio Camarena. There, he began to combine field recordings with electronic synthesis in a 2-computer setup that has since become his main instrument.
A professional musician since 1989, Javier Pedreira has spent the last two decades combining studio work (over 100 recordings) with live performances, accompanying innumerable artists from the worlds of pop and alternative music. This constant activity has never stopped him from carrying out his own projects as well, including Latino Diablo and Extraños en el Paraíso. Moreover, his performing experience has served him well as producer, musical director and session musician for TV series, and as a composer of soundtracks.
As a free improviser, his conception of the guitar's technique and language has revolutionized an instrument that has been a veritable icon of Iberian identity, accompanying the evolution of Spanish music since the time of the vihuela. In this process, he has collaborated with outstanding musicians from the international scene, including William Parker, Abdul Moimême, John Bisset, Seijiro Murayama, Miguel A. García (ERRA FAGUS), Paloma Carrasco (MOONDOS) and Wade Matthews (GENMAICHA)."-Aural Terrains
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Recorded in August 2013 at Smiling Cow Studios, Madrid by Wade matthews.
Thanos Chrysakis-laptop computer, synthesizer, radio gongs
Wade Matthews-digital synthesis, field recordings
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1. I 6:12
2. II 6:32
3. III 12:27
4. IV 5:35
5. V 8:19
6. VI 10:19