On Friday, May 24 in Toronto, the Fields Institute will present two concerts of the music of Iannis Xenakis, as well as a symposium on the work of Xenakis in music and architecture. The event is part of the celebrations of the Institute's Twentieth Anniversary Year. Xenakis was a pioneer of electronic and computer music. His work in music composition and architectural design integrates techniques from probability and game theory. Learn more about the music of Iannis Xenakis
Noon and evening concerts at Walter Hall will feature the complete Xenakis string quartets performed by the JACK Quartet, recently hailed for their "exceptional" and "beautifully harsh" performance of these works. The concerts also feature Xenakis's seminal percussion works, Rebonds, Psappha, the trio Okho, and the sextet Pleiades, played by the McGill and University of Toronto Percussion Ensembles, Aiyun Huang, Noam Bierstone, Greg Samek, and Alessandro Valiante. Learn more about the musicians
Morning and afternoon lectures at the Fields Institute, by Sharon Kanach, Curtis Roads, James Harley, and Daniel Hambleton, will explore the work of Xenakis and his use of ideas from mathematics, science, and the natural world. Learn more about the speakers
On Saturday, May 25, Waterloo will be the location of three concerts of algorhythmic music and accompanying discussion at the Institute for Quantum Computing and the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. A lunch-time concert at the Institute for Quantum Computing will feature electroacoustic and video works by Curtis Roads, Jim Harley, Jean Piché, as well as Arne Eigenfeldt's generatively-controlled Karmetik NotomotoN — an 18-armed robotic percussionist — and the North American premiere of octaphonic diffusions of Varese's Poeme Electronique. Learn more about the Waterloo program
Following the concert, a panel of artists and scientists will discuss the use of algorhythmic procedures at the Institute for Quantum Computing. Xenakis' outdoor percussion work Persephassa will be heard in a free afternoon concert at Waterloo Park, performed by TorQ percussion, Aiyun Huang, and Morris Palter. In the evening, the JACK Quartet will cap off the festival in a concert at the Perimeter Institute, in a program of compositions by Hans Abrahamsen, Rob Wannamaker, and John Cage.
Organizers: Edward Bierstone, Peter Hatch, Aiyun Huang, Sharon Kanach