Iannis Xenakis

In collaboration with
The Drawing Center

Iannis Xenakis:
Composer, Architect, Visionary

From January 15 to April 8, 2010, Iannis Xenakis: Composer, Architect, Visionary, an exhibition of Xenakis' graphic works including architectural sketches, musical scores, and drawings, will take place at The Drawing Center in New York City. Curated by Sharon Kanach and Carey Lovelace, the exhibition will display the immense range and depth of Xenakis' work as architect and composer.

Several concerts, a colloquium, and other events, some of them produced by or produced in collaboration with Electronic Music Foundation, will take place from January through March 2010 as accompaniments to the exhibition.


Produced by
Electronic Music Foundation

Philips Pavilion, Brussels World's Fair, 1958

Friday, January 15
6—7pm, introductory talk
7—9:30pm, every half hour
Judson Church
Poème Electronique
A virtual reality simulation of the Philips Pavilion at the Brussels World's Fair in 1958, including Xenakis' Concrèt PH, Edgard Varèse's Poème Electronique, and images by Le Corbusier.

Saturday, January 16, 2—4pm
The Drawing Center
Exhibition Walk-Through
Curators Sharon Kanach and Carey Lovelace discuss, explain, and point.

Tuesday, January 19, 7:30pm
Elebash Hall at CUNY Graduate Center
Xenakis Triple Gala
The program includes Xenakis in America, a lecture-presentation by musicologist Charles Turner; the inauguration of The Xenakis Project of the Americas, the latest organizational member of the Barry S. Brook Center for Music Research and Documentation at CUNY, celebrated by the launch of Performing Xenakis, a new book published by Pendragon Press; and a concert performed by some of Xenakis' star performers whose essays appear in the book.

Thursday, January 28—Saturday, January30
Brooklyn Experimental Media Center
Xenakis: Past, Present, Future
A colloquium bringing together Xenakis scholars, experts in computer-generated arts, musicians, architects, and artists from around the Americas.

In collaboration with
Electronic Music Foundation

Friday, February 5, 6:45—8:30pm
Morgan Library and Museum
Complete String Quartets
The JACK Quartet performs Xenakis' complete string quartets following a pre-concert talk.

In collaboration with
Electronic Music Foundation

Saturday, February 6, 7pm
Saturdays, February 13, 20, and 27, 2—8pm
Diapason Sound Gallery
Daniel Teige & Xenakis' Electronic Music
On February 6, sound artist Daniel Teige will perform mixes and spatializations of several of Xenakis' electronic works, using the original materials and customizing the sound to the Diapason performance space. His performance will be captured and then recreated during the following Saturday afternoons.

In collaboration with
Electronic Music Foundation

Monday, February 15, 8pm
Frederick Loewe Theater
NYU Interactive Arts presents
Iannis Xenakis and Friends
Xenakis' Voyage absolu des Unari vers Andromède, and music by Robert Rowe, Joel Chadabe, Cort Lippe, and Morton Subotnick.

In collaboration with
Electronic Music Foundation

Sunday, February 21, 3—5:30pm
Frederick Loewe Theater
Iannis Xenakis: The Percussion Music
A panel moderated by Jan Williams, with panelists Jonathan Haas, Matthew Donello and Michael Lipsey, followed by performances of Rebonds A, Psappha, Okho, Persephassa, and Rebonds B by the NYU Percussion Ensemble, Jonathan Haas, conductor/director.

Produced by
Electronic Music Foundation

Ryoko Aoki

Sunday, February 28, 8pm
Judson Church
Xenakis and Japan
A dance and music event highlighting Xenakis’ lifelong interest in Japanese music and theater, conceived and with choreography, stage design, and costumes by Luca Veggetti, lighting by Roderick Murray, dance by the Purchase Dance Corps and Frances Chiaverini, and performances by bassist Robert Black and performance by Noh artist Ryoko Aoki. The music includes Orient-Occident, Theraps, and Hibiki Hana Ma.

Thursday, March 4, 6:30pm
The Drawing Center
Soho Night Exhibition Walk-Through
A guided walk through the exhibition. Carey Lovelace, co-curator, is the guide, telling the stories behind the displayed graphics.

Thursday, March 16, 7pm
Elebash Hall at the CUNY Graduate Center
French Transmission
The American debut of the Montreal-based ensemble Transmission. The program includes works by Iannis Xenakis, Philippe Leroux, Claude Vivier, Georges Aperghis, Tristan Murail, and Pierre Boulez. A lecture-presentation on "Xenakis in Canada" by James Harley, author of Xenakis: His Life in Music, will precede the concert. This evening is co-sponsored by the Xenakis Project of the Americas, EMF, and CALQ (Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec).

Wednesday, March 24, 7pm and 9pm
92nd Street Y, Tribeca
Film Screening
At 7pm, opening remarks by curator Carey Lovelace followed by a screening of Mark Kidel's Something Rich and Strange (1970), a documentary about Xenakis' life, followed by Enrico Fulchignoni's Orient-Occident (1960), a UNESCO commission. At 9pm, Efi Xirou's Charisma X—Iannis Xenakis (2009), a documentary with interviews, music, architecture, and archival material, followed by La Légende d'Eer (1977-78), a 7-channel electronic composition accompanied by a slideshow rendering of Xenakis’ Diatope, an architectural structure created for the opening of the Pompidou Center in Paris.


Friday, October 16, 2009, 7pm
Miller Theater
Interdisciplionary Connections
Panel with David Lang, Sharon Kanach, Mark Wigley, and Steven Schick.

Saturday, October 17, 7pm
Miller Theater
Composer Portrait
A concert of Xenakis' works performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE).