Subset Festival • New music festival

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The Athens Epidaurus Festival at the Athens Conservatoire

Curated by Stavros Gasparatos

An immersive experience combining contemporary music and lighting. The audience “sneaks” into a scenery with perspective and is encouraged to interpret the abstract stimuli of sound and light in their own way. By turns one can discern outlines of humans and objects or sources of light, movement or stasis, or the light may obscure everything completely. Musicians switch positions and sides, get closer or further away; the sound constantly changes our perception of the space.

The programme includes two works in their Greek premiere and three Greek works commissioned by the Athens Epidaurus Festival: Stirrings Still ΙΙ (2008) by Rebecca Saunders, Standing (1973) by Jo Kondo, Translucencies by Michalis Paraskakis, And Then She Saw Him by Nikos Ioakeim and Hide Behind the Curtain by Eleni Ralli.

TETTTIX (with three Ts), an initiative of Michalis Paraskakis, was founded in 2017 by a group of young musicians united in their love for contemporary music. They are noted for their eclectic combination of instruments, deviating from established formations. They aim to create a new repertoire through collaborations with Greek and international composers as well as showcasing 20th-century works.


22 June Athens Conservatoire - New Stage 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.