Opernfestspiele 2019 | Munich | Germany
Twelve sold-out performances, an enthusiastic audience and brilliant reviews have contributed to the success of the music theater >Z<, which premiered 2018 at the Greek National Opera- Alternative Stage under the baton of Minas Borboudakis. The second staging of >Z< will be within the Opernfestspiele of the Bavarian State Opera on July 1st in German language, after the translation of Michaela Prinzinger. >Z< was commissioned by the Greek National Opera.
Members of the Bavarian State Orchestra
Conductor: Minas Borboudakis
Libretto: Vangelis Hatziyiannidis
based on the homonymous novel by
Translation into German: Dr. Michaela Prinzinger
Director: Kevin Barz
Sets-Costume: Anika Wieners
Further performances & tickets here
Historical background and photo gallery of >Z< here
Minas' interview on the Blog of the Bavarian State Opera
The presentation article of >Z< on the Süddeutsche Zeitung
Festspielhaus | Baden-Baden | Germany
Christoph Sietzen, winner of Opus Klassik 2019 and one of the most talented multi percussionists of his generation, will be performing >evlogitária< for multi percussion in the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden. On his side, the well known Wave Quartet will bring on stage several famous works arranged for marimba quartet.
Kuhlenwallkarree | Duisburg | Germany
Altes Kino | Ebersberg | Germany
Twenty six micro patterns compose the work >modular loops< for one or multiple pianos. The Russian pianist and professor Lisa Smirnova will bring two different versions of the work in the same program, juxtaposed with brilliant baroque masterworks by J.S. Bach, F. Händel and D. Scarlatti.
Heimathafen Neukölln | Berlin | Germany
>Choróchronos I< (spacetime) for two percussion and two piano players belongs to the standart repertoire of this chamber music formation and was played by famous instrumentalists around the globe. In this concert, members of the Deutsches Symphonieorchester Berlin will perform Borboudakis' work composed in the late '90s and based on the idea of an expanding universe, developed by Stephen Hawkin.
Beside >choróchronos I< the musicians will perform the first work for this instrumentation, written in the late ´30s of the last century: the Sonata for 2 pianos and percussion by Béla Bartók, as well as compositions by Ruud Wiener and Toru Takemitsu.
Zionskirche | Bielefeld | Germany
Composed in 2011 >Palimpsest [Hommage á A.D.]< was first performed one year later at the
ION festival in Nürnberg in southern Germany. The work, a palipsest of chords and sound mixtures waving over and over, is inspired by the painting process of renaissance master Albrecht
Dürer, who was born and lived in Nürnberg. The young organ virtuoso Angela Metzger, is focusing in this program on contemporary music for organ. She will perform >Palimpsest< at the
Zionskirche in Bielefeld among works by Strauch, Gardner, Susteck and Andre.
Philharmonie | Luxembourg | Luxembourg
Percussion Duo Drumartica [Simon Klavzar and Joze Bogolin] together with Duo Dendrocopos [Jan Cibej and Luka Poljanec] are
performing >requiem für einen felsen< [requiem for a rock] for percussion quartet. The work was written in memoriam of Minas Borboudakis‘ close friend and
collaborator Peter Sadlo, after his sudden death in 2016.
Museum Tinguely Basel | Switzerland
Healesville | Australia
International performer and keyboard virtuoso Moritz Ernst brings >Hommage á
Picasso< for amplified harpsichord in two recitals to the Swiss and Australian audience. The work written in 2003 is reflecting the cubistic method of Pablo Picasso
in sharp melodic and harmonic processes.
The Swiss concert, located in the famous Museum Tinguely in Basel will be complemented with further contemporary works by Henry Cowell, Kent Olofsson, Miklos Maros und Iannis Xenakis.
For the Australian premiere of >Hommage á Picasso< Moritz Ernst focuses on Beethoven's Op. 110 and builds around this Sonata several related works by contemporary European composers, such as Sandeep Bhagwati and Norbert von Hannenheim, played on harpsichord and piano.
Hochschule für Musik Hannover | Germany
Young Greek emerging pianist Konstantina Vidalaki performs >Kátharsis<,
>sechs Gedanken< and >palindromia< for piano solo in a recital within the marathonian concert dedicated to contemporary music
titled "It's a new timing". The concert is a cooperation with the institute of contemporary music Incontri of the Music Academy of Hannover with modern music for piano from Asia,
Europe and America.
Hochschule für Musik | Munich | Germany
After a plenty of performances of >diffracted thoughts< through several interprets in Europe, accordion virtuoso Giorgos Lolas is including the work in his
program. >Diffracted Thoughts< is about flashbacks that try to put the pieces of a
puzzle together, after the sad
news of a death. Stationary, vibrating sounds leading nowhere are justaxposed to musical splinters that disorientedly shoot through the room.
And yet sound becomes noise, noise becomes word and word becomes breath.Further compositions by Kalevi Aho, Luciano Berio,
Václav Trojan, Viera Janárčeková
1/7/2019 | Premiere of German
Version 3, 5 & 6/7/2019
| further performances
Bavarian State Opera/ Opera festival Munich | Germany
One year after the successful world premiere of music theater >Z< at the Alternative Stage of the Greek National Opera, who was the commissioner of the work, >Z< will have it's second staging in German language at the Opera Festival of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich. The translation of the poetical libretto by Vangelis Hatziyannidis into German, is signed by Michaela Prinzinger.
The politically motivated murder of doctor, pacifist and parliament member Grigoris Lambrakis took place in 1963 in the middle of a street in Thessaloniki and engraved a deep wound in modern
Greek history. Staging the story, which was made famous by Costa Gavras’ film of Vassilis Vassilikosʼ novel, in the form of an expressive music theater,
>Z<, focuses on the different facets of the human
15&30/6/2019 | Bavarian State Opera | Munich | Germany
>Z-4383< for large Ensemble and electronics is based on a poetic scene of Vassilis Vassilikosʼ novel >Z<, in which the soul of the murdered protagonist is traveling above the train wagon numbered 4383 from Thessaloniki to Athens, where the funeral of his dead body would take place. >Z-4383< is a monologue of his dead soul and a hymn to life, nature and to the great ideas of the humanity! The ensemble work is an amalgam and a metamorphosis of the most important musical material of the music theater >Z<.
Minas Borboudakis will conduct the Orchestra Academy of the Bavarian State Orchestra in two concerts just before the premiere of >Z< on July 1st
Hochschule für Musik und Theater | Munich | Germany
>ROAI V< for viola, bass calrinet & prepared piano will be performed at the opening concert of Jugend Komponiert Bayern, the annual competition for jung
composers, to which Minas Borboudakis is artistic director. Beside Borboudakis' work, the Munich based Ensemble Zeitsprung will perform works by G. Aperghis, G. Kampe, A. Korsun, E.
Poppe, M. Andre and G. Scelsi.
Schwere Reiter | Munich | Germany
The Munich based ensemble for contemporary music BlauerReiter features the first three parts of the chamber music series ROAI by Minas Borboudakis, which is based on the Heraclitean phrase πάντα ῥεῖ (panta rhei/everything flows). ROAI I for piano trio is developing the idea of the horizontal flow in the music, being followed by the second work of the series for Cello and piano, which is dealing with the vertical movement of the sound through time. ROAI III for piano, electroacoustic & synthetic sounds focuses on the inability of the instrument to produce a flowing sound (like wind and string instruments are able to do) and expands it's sound through the electronic environments.
Fabián Panisello's a5, Balthazar and Biltine choral reflections will complement the concert of Ensemble BlauerReiter, titled FACE2face #1.
Schwere Reiter | Munich | Germany
Pianist and harpsichord player Andreas Skouras will perform >six thoughts< for piano solo, written in 2002. The six miniatures describe moments and
atmospheres in a poetic and biographical manner. The recital consists works by composers such as Alexander Strauch, Volker Nickel, Michael Emanuel Bauer, Fredrik Schwenk, Anders Eliasson, who have collaborated with Andreas Skouras or
have written pieces for him, inspired by his virtuosity.
Schwere Reiter | Munich | Germany
>Kurzschluss< Hommage á Diogenes for viola solo was composed in 2005. The character of the work is oscillating between cynical microtonal passages and anarchic melodic lines which create the "sort circuit" in the music and further, just like the cynical philosopher did, in the society.
Einstein | Munich | Germany
>light and ashes< for clarinet and live electronics was commissioned by Oliver Klenk, the clarinetist of the Munich based contemporary music ensemble Ensemble Zeitsprung. The work was written in 2015 and was premiered by Oliver Klenk. >light and ashes< has a poetic approach to it ́s own title. Atmospheres of light and shades juxtapose to thick clouds of ashes symbolized by various graduations from sound to noise.