Thursday 4 May 2017, 7pm, OTO Project Space
Tasos Stamou / prepared zither & electronics
Stephanos Chytiris / drums, percussion
Thodoris Ziarkas / double bass
Double bassist and composer from Rhodes, Greece. Growing up with the sounds of Greek folk music mainly playing regional instruments such as the Lyra and tsabouna, he evolved through experimentation to discover the double bass. Currently based in London he is the co-founder of the group Valia Calda, as well as appearing regularly with the London Improvisers Orchestra, Michalis Kouloumis, Esquivo, Tasos Stamou and Bonnendis. Thodoris is also part of the movement & music improvisation series ‘’Metafora’’ with dancer/improviser Georgia Paizi.
Other collaborations include: Roman Gomez, Blam, No Clear Mind, Circuit, James Allsopp, Beibei Wang, Takatsuna Mukai, Dave Pattman, Tim Giles, Mimika Ensemble, Julie Kjær, Sue Lynch, Andreas Polyzogopoulos, Adrian Northover, Duncan Eagels, Daimonia Nymphe, Gareth Lockrane, Orphy Robinson, Alex Bonney, Adam Bohman, Manos Achalinotopoulos, Electric Litany.
Electroacoustic music composer and performer, alternative electronic music instrument maker, tutor and sound technologist.
During a decade of sound performances and recordings, Tasos Stamou has developed a unique style of live electroacoustic composition. Long and continuous pieces are created on stage or in the studio using a “portable electroacoustic music studio”. His gear consists of acoustic (prepared zither, reeds, recorders, objects) and electronic instruments (handmade electronics, modular synthesizer systems and live processed feedback loops). Based on sustained tonal textures and free improvised instrumental solos, his live compositions create a particular and unique atmosphere of ritual noise.
Although mainly a solo performer and recording artist, he frequently collaborates with other sound artists, improvisers and experimentalists (such as Adam Bohman, Alan Wilkinson, London Improvisers Orchestra, Mike Cooper, Andrea Parkins, Kuupuu & Lau Nau, Terry Day, Adachi Tomomi, Ilan Manouach, Ignaz Schick, Magda Mayas, Arma Agharta, Thodoris Ziarkas, etc.) at various venues and festivals for innovative music.
He is currently leading a workshop series exploring circuit bending & hardware hacking for experimental sound production.
Stephanos Chytiris works aim to explore new sonic ways of improvisation.
Through drum kit, minimal percussive objects and bows on cymbals, his practice concentrates on experimentation and has a warm, conversational approach, open to all.
Has studied and worked with drummer Michael Carvin, who produced his personal debut album, The Flux Project- PYR|N, released in September 2014, featuring pianist Bram De Looze, bassist Luca Rosenfeld, saxophonist Daniel Carter, guitarist Todd Neufeld and actress Callirroe Myriagou. He recorded and directed Egata ensemble, featuring pianist Rema Hasumi, saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock, trumpeter Joe Moffett, cellist Lester Saint-Louis, guitarist Todd Neufeld and bassist Pascal Niggenkemper. Latest project is Antelope, with drummer Billy Mintz and saxophonist Bryan Qu.
He has studied Sound Art in Dartington College of Arts [Devon, Uk]. He was born in Athens, Greece in 1985.