STILVON PROJECT / Contemporary musical compositions in the poetry of Andreas Empeirikos


State Conservatory of Thessaloniki - Orpheus Grammatikopoulos


Friday 10 May
20:30 - 21:30


Odeion, Ancient Agora of Thessaloniki (The Roman Forum)

STILVON PROJECT / Contemporary musical compositions in the poetry of Andreas Empeirikos

State Conservatory of Thessaloniki

The Stilvon Project arose in September 2016, when the book of Andreas Empeirikos Ypsikaminos fell into my hands. The project combines original music with dramatized reciting, creating a mixed media performance. 22 poems, chosen from to different poetry collections by the surrealist poet (Endohora and Ypsikaminos), were the main inspiration for the project. To this main body of 22 compositions, two orchestral parts are added. Those are based on poetic aphorisms, taken from the Plokamos of Altamira chapter of the book Endohora. I insist that the poems themselves created both the music and the personalities of the narrators. So, from our point of view and with respect to A. Empeirikos’ work, we try to shed light on different aspects, different layers of meaning of the poems.

Orpheus Grammatikopoulos

Composer’s Note

Orpheus Grammatikopoulos was born in Thessaloniki in the Spring of ’99, he graduated from the Music School of Thessaloniki in 2017. He studies Saxophone and Counterpoint at the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki and Composition at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He plays and writes music and is also a member of various musical ensembles of the city. He has experimented with music for cinema and theater as well as with “absolute” music. The Stilvon Project is his first work and has been keeping him company for the past years. It was first performed at the Amphitheatre of the Music School in April 2017. He is currently composing pieces of chamber and orchestral music. His interests include multimedia performances, always having in mind the combination of more than one art forms.

Conductor’s Note

Michalis Trachalios was born in 1994 in Chortiatis, Thessaloniki. He studied flute, piano and theory at the Conservatory of Northern Greece and at the Music School of Thessaloniki. He then continued his studies at the Department of Music Studies, at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, with specialization in Composition (class of Christos Samaras). In the last five years he has been taking courses of choir conducting with Athanasia Kyriakidou and Michalis Economou. He has participated in conducting seminars in Greece and abroad and has been voted as a finalist at six of the orchestra conducting Master Class, organized by Michalis Economou in collaboration with the City of Athens. He was recently admitted for a Master in orchestra conducting at the Peck School of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.