Subset Festival • New music festival

Sébastien Roux • Musiques d’ ordinateur
The Athens Epidaurus Festival at the Athens Conservatoire

Curated by Stavros Gasparatos

Sébastien Roux, one of the most acclaimed contemporary electroacoustic music artists, experiments with listening conditions, while also investigating the concept of soundscape and formal restraints in composition. In 2011, he began to develop an approach focusing on the principles of translation, “transposing” visual musical and literary works of art into musical scores. His work on musical translation defines his electroacoustic style. In addition to his solo works, Roux has several major collaborations in theatre and dance under his belt. With Musiques d’ordinateur (French for computer music), he brings forth a listening session of algorithmic music, with the palpable simplicity of the composition directly reflected on the power of its acoustic impact.


24 June Athens Conservatoire - Arts Lounge 15.00

The Subset Festival borrows a mathematical term (“subset” ) for the name of an avant-garde new music festival held as part of the Athens Epidaurus Festival at the brand-new stages of the Athens Conservatoire. This five-day event will incorporate a wide range of artistic works, in the hopes of bringing diverse versions of contemporary musical creation and presentation into contact with each other. Within these five days, the three Athens Conservatoire stages will host by turns musical ensembles, sound and visual installations as well as musical performances in a multifaceted and particularly extroverted musical platform.

Drawing on a series of works chosen by the Athens Epidaurus Festival open call, artists from around the world, established and up-and-coming alike, will present their works in Athens and converse with one another, involving every one of us in this dialogue. With that in mind, participating artists will share their modus operandi with the audience in the form of special workshops and discussions. At the same time, directors and curators of similar events from across the globe will have the opportunity to be familiarized with the diverse contemporary Greek music scene.

The Subset Festival includes two commissions to contemporary Greek ensembles, TETTTIX and Trigger Happy, both of which are creating new works/installations for the Festival at the new stage of the Athens Conversatoire. Furthermore, established contemporary music artists, Greek and international, are participating (Ergon EnsembleVinyl -terror & -horrorMMMΔ & ALEM) as are avant-garde electronic musicians from Europe, Greece (Saber Rider) and foreigners (Robert HenkeKali MaloneHeklaSébastien Roux), some of whom are making their Greek debut. Special emphasis will be placed on the outreach of the programme through laboratories by Triger HappyTETTTIXSébastien Roux AND Robert Henke in collaboration with Goethe-Institut Athen