Celebrating the Music and Legacy
of Iannis Xenakis
May 24–25, 2013

The Fields Institute, together with the Perimeter Institute and the Institute for Quantum Computing in Waterloo present a two-day festival of contemporary string quartet, percussion, and electroacoustic music, together with lectures and discussion on the impact of Xenakis's work

Sharon Kanach — "The era of scientific and philosophical arts has begun."— Iannis Xenakis

Iannis Xenakis (1922–2001) is one of the most protean creators of the past century: trained as a civil engineer, turned architect under Le Corbusier, composer of music that deliberately turned its back on tradition, pioneer in electronic and computer-generated music, and trailblazer for the philosophy and realization of trans-disciplinary art. In addition, his past as an active Resistance fighter and leader during the Greek Civil war and World War II left indelible traces not only on his handsome face but also on his psyche, shifting his personal battle into the field of ideas. This talk aims to show how this “ancient Greek born in the XXth century” has transformed/influenced the evolution of music through his integration of subjects generally considered outside of composition (including mathematics) into his works. An ulterior motive of this talk is to bring a human face to the author of titles such Formalized Music and Arts/Sciences: Alloys by one of his closest collaborators during the last twenty years of his life.