Subset Festival • New music festival

Trigger Happy • In Medias Res
The Athens Epidaurus Festival at the Athens Conservatoire

Curated by Stavros Gasparatos

A four-member experimental music ensemble, Trigger Happy were formed in Corfu in 2016. In their concerts, noted for their intense energy, they use a blend of cracked media, conventional instruments, electronic and electroacoustic equipment, toys and objects. Each one of their performances is built upon a combination of verbal instructions, improvisations and pre-planned musical happenings.

Specially designed for the New Stage of the Athens Conservatoire, the hybrid In Media Res (running time: 60΄) is an original sound work presented at the Subset Festival, a collection of analogue and digital sound recording and reproduction media. A study on the reuse and transformation of sound technological means from the past, it is reminiscent of an audio ritual for embodying forgotten and “fallen” media, an exploration of traces of sound via their recording, storage and broadcasting, as well as the very ontology of objects. Opening up a rupture in the linearity of technological development, briefly suspending time, it gives us the opportunity to listen closely to the significance of technological media in both art and life.

The two performances are complemented by an artistic workshop exploring the methodology behind the creation of this work.


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.