Cyprus Mail

New music to enchant Nicosia

The New Music Festival will charm audiences this week with five days of concerts organized by the Ministry of Education and Culture, the Centre of Cypriot Composers and the Cyprus Music Information Centre.

The 7th New Music Festival will present contemporary works by Cypriot and other composers, most in their first world premiere. These works are also the local expression of first-line sound, as it is expressed in the streams of contemporary music today. The festival programme also includes a talks session focusing on today’s international new music sound, as well as a music workshop focusing on contemporary techniques in vocal performance.

DissonArt Ensemble (Greece), the famous Thessaloniki-based new music ensemble and old friends of the festival, will return to Cyprus for the closing concert of the festival on November 9. Faos Ensemble (Greece), hosted this year for the first time in Cyprus, will open the festival concert series on November 5.

Internationally acclaimed vocal artist Natalia Pschenitschnikova (Russia / Germany), will give a concert on November 7, while also offering a workshop on contemporary techniques in vocal performance on Thursday, November 8. The festival concert series completes the Composers’ Electroacoustic Ensemble on November 8.

The series of events of the festival rounds off with an open discussion between two important composers and advocates of new music, Frank J. Oteri (New Music USA) and Athanasios Trikoupis (Greece), on new trends in the international contemporary music field, with particular reference given to the work of ISCM – International Society of Contemporary Music, an international network dedicated to promoting and presenting contemporary music.

7th New Music Festival
Music festival with concerts, talks and workshops. November 5-9. Castelliotissa Hall, Nicosia. 8.30pm-10pm. Tel: 22-809804

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