Subset Festival ⊆ – New Music Festival

Raed Yassin • Phantom Orchestra
In co-production with the Athens Conservatoire

Curated by Stavros Gasparatos

The Phantom Orchestra by the Lebanese artist Raed Yassin, distinguished in both visual arts and music, is a collective project that captures and archives a special musical moment in recent history: the solitarily developed sounds of experimental improvisers in isolation due to the not long past pandemic restrictions.

The ‘outturns’ are performed, recorded, pressed onto vinyl records, and then played simultaneously, as if by some sort of a turntable orchestra –the disassociated sounds are heard together and rejoin. A project imitating the present; after having emerged from isolation, we are learning how to coexist anew.

The Subset Festival, the multifaceted music platform launched last year, held by the Athens Epidaurus Festival in co-production with the Athens Conservatoire, returns refreshed but always with a focus on the dialogue between contemporary music and new media.

Named after a mathematical term (subset ⊆), the Subset Festival together diverse versions of contemporary musical creation, incorporating a wide variety of artistic trends.

From 10 to 14 June, the renovated Conservatoire venues will host musical ensembles and soloists, established and up-and-coming alike, both from Greece and around the world, visual and sound installations and performances, as well as open call workshops.