|Yannis Kyriakides + Andy Moor|
|A LIFE IS A BILLION HEARTBEATS|
Yannis Kyriakides + Andy Moor — A LIFE IS A BILLION HEARTBEATS |
Location: Limassol, Cyprus ~ UK ~ Hague Conservatory ~ Amsterdam, Netherlands
Notable instruments: Fender guitar, Apple notebook, electronics...
Album release: November 1, 2014/ Vinyl February 2015
Record Label: Unsounds/Discrepant
01 Today Is the Same as Yesterday 6:25
02 Wasting Away 5:16
03 Underground Migration 4:48
04 Everyone Should Think About Their Final Breath 6:49
05 Day Two 3:35
06 Doorways Make You Forget 5:09
07 Slanging Match 3:51
08 A Life Is a Billion Heartbeats 4:54
09 This Summer 4:43
10 Psyche 7:44
11 Light Sleep 4:26
12 Hell Breaks Loose 4:47
|♠ 'A life is A Billion Heartbeats', continues Yannis Kyriakides & Andy Moor's exploration and mining of the rich and mysterious terrain of Greek rebetika music from early 20th century. Their first release of this project (simply entitled 'Rebetika') was for the most part taken from a live recording at the CCA, Glasgow in 2006. For that, Yannis had created processed versions of Andy's favourite rebetika tunes which served as a matrix or palette onto which both musicians then improvised using electric guitar, live sampling and electronics. In this new set of songs they have revisited similar elements but with a new approach in the combination and juxtaposition of rebetika elements with their own distinct sonic explorations.
|♠ Since they have been performing this set for several years now, the songs and improvisations on this CD have grown and expanded in repertoire and range of expression, giving more space for rhythmic and hypnotic elements to come to the fore. |♠ The music travels from more composed and arranged renditions of the old tunes, to completely improvised pieces that try to capture a sense of the gesture and tonalities of the source music, albeit with a contemporary edge.
|♠ The material derives again from the golden period of rebetika music, the late 20's and early 30's, including voices such as Rita Abatzi, Markos Vamvakaris, Giorgos Batis and the great guitarist and singer Kostas Bezos. The title of the CD 'A life is a Billion Heartbeats' alludes to the transient sense of life found in their songs, and of the many of the musicians in the underground of Greek life in those turbulent times.
Yannis Kyriakides (Greek: Γιάννης Κυριακίδης, born 1 August 1969)
is a composer of contemporary classical music, and sound art. His music explores new forms and hybrids of media, synthesizing disparate sound sources and highlighting the sensorial space of music. He has focused in the majority of his work on ways of combining traditional performance practices with digital media, particularly in the use of live electronics. The relation between music and narrative has been explored in many pieces that utilize text films as a multimedia element.
|♠ Yannis Kyriakides was born in Limassol, Cyprus in 1969 and in 1975 emigrated with his family to Britain. After travelling for a year with his violin in the near east, learning traditional music, he returned to England to study musicology at York University, later being drawn by the music of Louis Andriessen to move to The Netherlands, with whom he studied under at the Hague Conservatory. At that time he also had the inspiring opportunity to collaborate as composer on three projects with the maverick conceptual sound artist Dick Raaijmaakers.
|♠ As a composer and sound artist he strives to create new forms and hybrids of media, synthesizing disparate sound sources and exploring spatial and temporal experience. He has focused in the majority of his work on ways of combining traditional performance practices with digital media. The sensory space where music happens is a particular preoccupation, and for this end a way of bypassing the conventional structures of how music is presented is sought. The question as to what music is actually communicating is also a recurring theme in his work and he is often drawn to the relation between music and language. This has resulted in many pieces that utilize video text with music.
|♠ He has written over ninety compositions, of which recent large scale works include: memoryscape (35′) for video and ensemble (musikFabrik, WDR) ; satellites (50′) for ensemble and electronics (Seattle Chamber Players); disco debris (interactieve installatie, Amiens Maison de la Culture). An ocean of rain (80′) opened the Aldeburgh Music Festival in 2008. Two sound installations will be shown at the Dutch pavillion of the Venice Bienalle 2011.
|♠ He has been featured composer at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2007 and will be in November Music Festival 2011. He has released about 10 CDs of his music of which the most recent is “Antichamber”, a double CD collection of electroacoustic chamber music, which won a French Qwartz electronic music award.
|♠ In September 2000 he won the Gaudeamus composition prize for his composition a conSPIracy cantata — regarded by The Wire magazine as “a modern classic in the making”. The CD “Wordless” recieved an honorary mention in the Prix Ars Electronica 2006. Together with Andy Moor and Isabelle Vigier he founded and runs the CD label for innovative new electronic music, Unsounds. He is artistic director of Ensemble MAE, and teaches composition at the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague.
|♠ Memoryscape (2010) ensemble, soundtrack, text video [32'] for musikFabrik
|♠ Disco Debris (2010) interactive sound installation
|♠ Satellites (2009) ensemble and soundtrack [50'] for Seattle Chamber Players
|♠ An Ocean of Rain (2008) opera [85'] with Theatre Cryptic for the Aldeburgh Festival
|♠ The Queen Is the Supreme Power in the Realm (2007) ensemble, live electronics, video [45'] with hc Gilje for musikFabrik/Koln Triennale
|♠ Dreams of the Blind (2005) ensemble, soundtrack, text video [33'] for Ensemble MAE
|♠ Escamotage (2005) music theatre [60'] for FNM Staatsoper Stuttgart
|♠ Wordless (2005) sound installation [50'] for Argos Festival
|♠ Slow Wave Sleep (2004) string quartet, trombone quartet and electronics [45'] for Doelen Quartet and New Trombone Collective/ Gaudeamus Festival
|♠ The Buffer Zone (2004) music theatre [60'] for Festival aan de Werf
|♠ Subliminal: The Lucretian Picnic (2003) ensemble, soundtrack, video [35'] for ASKO ensemble / Festival in de Branding
|♠ Lab Fly Dreams (2003) ensemble, electronics, video [20'] with hc Gilje, Icebreaker Ensemble / Orkest de Volharding/ BBC commission
|♠ Spinoza (2002) music theatre [80'] with Paul Koek, ZT Hollandia
|♠ Scape (2001) ensemble, soundtrack, video [75'] with Isabelle Vigier, Joost Rekveld for Orkest de Volharding
|♠ Strobo (2001) 6 amplified glass panes, stroboscopes, electronics [30']
|♠ a conSPIracy cantata (2000) 2 voices, piano, electronics [45']
|♠ Four Maggots for viola and double bass (1992)
Andy Moor (born 1962) is an experimental musician, best known as the guitarist of the UK band Dog Faced Hermans and the Dutch punk collective The Ex. He was also a founding member of Kletka Red and along with Isabelle Vigier and Yannis Kyriakides created the experimental music label Unsounds.
|♠ Moor was born in London, England. He began his musical life in Edinburgh, Scotland, playing guitar with the band Dog Faced Hermans, a group that mixed post punk with traditional music and improvisations.
|♠ In 1990 he moved to the Netherlands after an invitation to join Dutch band The Ex. Moor is featured in the 2008 film "Roll Up Your Sleeves", directed by Dylan Haskins. He regularly collaborates with composer Yannis Kyriakides.
His latest projects include a quartet with Ken Vandermark, Terrie Hessels and Paal Nilssen–Love called Lean Left, and duos with Anne James Chaton and DJ /rupture and Colin Mclean and Christine Sehnaoui. Moor continues to be a full–time member of The Ex.
|♠ Locks (2001, CD, with Kaffe Matthews, Unsounds)
|♠ Thermal (2001, CD, with John Butcher/Thomas Lehn, Unsounds)
|♠ Red V Green (2004, CD, with Yannis Kyriakides, Unsounds)
|♠ Live in France (2007, CD–R, with DJ /rupture)
|♠ Marker (2007, CD, solo, Unsounds)
|♠ Patches (2008, CD, with DJ /rupture, Unsuitable Records)
|♠ Everything But the Beginning (2009, CD, with Colin McLean, Unsounds)
|♠ Le Journaliste (2009, CD, with Anne James Chaton, Unsounds)
|♠ Rebetika (2010, CD, with Yannis Kyriakides, Unsounds)
|♠ Folia (2010, CD, with Yannis Kyriakides, Unsounds)
|♠ Guitargument (2010, CD, with Mia Clarke, hellosQuare Recordings)
|♠ Anne–James Chaton With Alva Noto And Andy Moor — Décade (CD, Album, Ltd, Boo), Raster–Noton, R–N 135, 2012
|♠ Anne–James Chaton + Andy Moor — Transfer (CD, Comp), Unsounds, 36U, 2013
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|Yannis Kyriakides + Andy Moor|
|A LIFE IS A BILLION HEARTBEATS|