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Improvising made perfect

By Maria Gregoriou

Students and faculty members of the department of music at the European University are getting ready to present the Cyprus premiere of Terry Riley’s In C on Tuesday.

The work to be performed was written in 1964 by the American composer and performing musician. It is considered a key work of the 20th century repertory in regard to the minimalism movement. This work, as well as other pieces by the composer, is based on improvising through a series of modal (type of scale) figures of different lengths.

The hour-long composition will be performed in the framework of the Parcours Concert, a series which had its first run last year at the university.

Maria Avraam, a student who will be playing the flute, believes the Parcours Concert is “a very special idea, because it encourages the new generation of musicians based in Cyprus to be involved in a project that promotes and supports 20th and 21st century music.

This year we are performing the Cyprus Premiere of “In C” by Terry Riley which is a piece that encourages musicians to explore its particular structure and to become more sensitive to sound.”

Saxophonist Evrydiki Chyti, who is also part of the concert, also praises Riley’s work for teaching her to listen more carefully and take the initiative in choosing techniques.

Students also praise the project and its outcome by saying that it is a pioneering experience where “classical performance methods mingle with jazz approaches,” according to guitarist Mikael Charalambous. Meanwhile, accordion player Michael Metaxas focuses on the power of music to create connections by saying “projects like these bring people together and friends even closer.”

The students to perform on Tuesday are taught by Christina Athinodorou, Collaborative Scientist in Composition, and on the night they will be accompanied on stage by Annini Tsiouti, a Collaborative Scientist in Piano performance.

Ligeti’s Ballad and Dance will also be performed.

Parcours Concert 2015
The School of Arts and Education Sciences at the European University Cyprus present works by Terry Riley. May 26. European University, Nicosia. 7.30pm. Free. Tel:22-713000

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