Stephanos Vassiliadis ‎– En Piry / Bacchae

Stephanos Vassiliadis ‎– En Piry / Bacchae

ギリシャのエレクトロ・アコースティック音楽の先駆者の1人ステファノス・バシリアディス(b.1933 – 。D 2004)の未発表曲。彼はヤニス・クセナキスと一緒に、1979年に現代音楽研究センター(CMRC)を設立、2004年に亡くなるまで、その作品の多くは未完成または断片化された電気音響作品、および多数の子供の歌を含む文書化されていない演劇のための作品で構成されている。 Vassiliadisはまた重要な教授法とイニシアチブのいくつかはギリシャの音楽教育システムを改革した。

EN PYRI (1973)
Recorded in 1976 by Andreas Rodousakis on double-bass and the composer himself on the mixing desk of Radio Sweden Studio in Stockholm, En Pyri presents a previously unreleased version of Stephanos Vassiliadis’s composition for tape and double-bass written in the memory of Jani Christou. En Pyri was composed three years after a multi-fatal car crash that caused the untimely deaths of Anastasia Vassiliadi (first wife of Stephanos Vassiliadis), Jani Christou (acclaimed composer, close friend and collaborator of Stephanos Vassiliadis) and of Christous’s wife Theresia Christou Choremi. The title En Pyri, translating as In Fire, comes from the First Epistle of the Corinthians “..for the day will disclose it, because it is revealed in fire..”, referring to that what remains after death, or in the composer’s words: “man’s song-creation is the only thing that can withstand and overcome destruction”.

The fire is clearly pictured during a particularly long climax starting midway to the end of the piece. The dramatic aspect of this spectrally dense section is even stronger during live shows, with the performer centre-stage fiercely playing double-bass, but failing to be heard over the full-range audio of the 8-track tape. This staged element of En Pyri is inevitably lost with the reproduction of this recording, but the audio alone carries a heavy load. Sounds as if written out of total need and almost physical necessity to deal with death and loss. At the end of the composition, while the performer is still onstage, a quiet tone is “revealed” and held for a few minutes signifying that what remains; that what is “revealed in fire”.
In most performances of En Pyri, Vassiliadis was on the mixing desk. According to statements of his close friends and collaborators, he would gradually increase the level of the 8-track tape to the point he could physically feel the sound on his body. Needless to say, playback of this track in maximum volume is highly recommended.

Stephanos Vassiliadis – Bacchae
Bacchae was written for a production of Euripide’s tragedy The Bacchae directed [and choreographed] by the distinguished choreographer Zouzou Nikoloudi. This particular play was part of the University of California Intercampus Cultural Exchange Program and was never performed in Greece. From the 25th of September to the 3rd of October 1974, it was staged seven times in different campuses of the University of California (Santa
Barbara, Irvine, San Diego, Riverside, Davis, Santa Cruz, Berkeley) . These seven shows were to become the only occasions this composition was presented to the public.
Bacchae seems to be Vassiliadi’s first attempt in bringing together his background in electroacoustic music with the music he grew up to. He beautifully achieves this by juxtaposing modular synthesizer tones with samples of greek traditional music from his collection of archival recordings. These two elements ebb and flow throughout the composition, at times becoming indistinguishable from each other. The manner in which Vassiliadis mixes acoustic and synth drones together resembles electronic music of following decades. Developed gradually over a duration of 23 minutes of uninterrupted and texturally thick audio, Bacchae is a kind of proto-ambient, folk-drone electroacoustic piece, luckily rediscovered in the archipelago of recorded music.
Stephanos Vassiliadis – En Pyri

Stephanos Vassiliadis:
Greek contemporary music composer and teacher (b. 1933 – d. 2004).

Holotype Editions:
Experimental music label based in Athens.

Stephanos Vassiliadis ‎– En Piry / Bacchae
Holotype Editions ‎– HOLO6
Vinyl, LP
Aug 2017
Abstract, Experimental, Drone, Musique Concrète
A En Piry
Double Bass – Ανδρέας Ροδουσάκης
B Bacchae
Mastered by Νίκος Λάβδας
Mastered at Kiwi Sound Studio
Recorded at Sveriges Radios Studios
Artwork [Insert Artwork] – Stephanos Andreou
Design, Layout –
Photography by [Cover Photo] – S.K.
– En Pyri (1973)) –
Recorded in 1976 by Andreas Rodousakis on double-bass and the composer himself on the mixing desk of Radio Sweden Studio in Stockholm.
– Bacchae (1974) –
Bacchae was written for a production of Euripide’s tragedy “The Bacchae” directed (and choreographed) by the distinguished choreographer Zouzou Nikoloudi.
Mastering from the original tapes by Nikos Lavdas at Kiwi, Athens, 2017