“20,000 spectators enthusiastically celebrated the one-hour world premiere of the work”
December 12, 2016
December 8, 2016
DECEMBER 4, 2016
“HINTS OF LIFE”
This documentary film is a testament to the enigmatic world of fine-art photographer Rebecca Bathory, who is an urban explorer and documenter of strange and abandoned spaces that exist across Europe, hidden from the general public. Directed by Kostis Nikolas, with music by Nick Elia and additional music by Marios Joannou Elia. [Read More]
at Zarya Center for Contemporary Art, Vladivostok
Elia is invited as the first-ever Composer-in-Residence at the Zarya Center for Contemporary Art in Vladivostok. During March 2017 he will give lectures, master-classes, and collaborate with important music groups and art institutions of the city.
“ALGOS” PREMIERE IN VIENNA
Elia’s ALGOS will be premièred by pianist Luigi Manta on November 23, 2017 at the Viennese Palais Ehrbar, Ehrbar Saal.
December 1, 2016
November 10, 2016
NOVEMBER 4, 2016
PRIX RUSSOLO 2016
award ceremony in Annecy, France
As a past winner of Prix Russolo, together with Nick Elia, Marios belongs to the international jury of this competition, dedicated to all artistic forms with focus on electronic new media. The winners will be announced on December 17 in FabriC, Annecy. [Read More]
Elia’s MANEUVER and SOLILOQUY will have their Belgium premières by Yvonne Zehner at Antwerpen Gitaar Festival – at Cultuurcentrum Deurne, on November 20 (Future Hope concert).
with Mikis Theodorakis in Athens
Marios is the protagonist of a new Greek-German documentary film directed by Asteris Kutulas, together with Eleftherios Veniadis. It is dedicated to the symphonic and operatic work of Mikis Theodorakis, something that happens for the first time. Marios speaks about his work as a 21st-century composer and raises new insights and questions about Theodorakis’s work. The substance of the discussion held was in the framework Quo Vadis Greek classical music. The film is expected to be screened in 2017. [Read Article] [Read Interview 1] [Read Interview 2]
OCTOBER 20, 2016
October 5, 2016
october 1, 2016
PERSPECTIVES OF NEW MUSIC
book publication on sale
“Marios Joannou Elia is regarded as one of the most important and influential composers of the younger generation”. The American academic journal “Perspectives of New Music”, edited by Benjamin Boretz, Robert Morris and John Rahn, honours Marios with an article dedicated to his guitar music written by Vera Grund. [Buy Book]
Review of “Staubzucker” on Neuguitars (Italian guitar magazine)
“An album that, at the same time, doesn’t seems the ‘typical’ Darmstadt contemporary music and is far away from the classical guitar records’ clichés. Staubzucker is an eclectic disc with which Elias seems to explore the guitar’s infinite possibilities, in particular about chamber music.” … [Read Review in English] [Read Review in Italian]
HEARTS OF GOLD CYPRUS
Patron of the Awards
Marios is the Patron for the third year running of this special award which he said means a lot to him. “It is an honour to be the patron of this important philanthropic community-based award for the third year, which promotes courage and courageous behaviour, as well as ethical values. All these are indicators of our cultural status.” [Read More]
September 30, 2016
September 27, 2016
September 26, 2016
OFFICIAL AUTHOR OF SCHOTT MUSIC
two publications are in preparation until the end of 2016
Elia’s musicological research will be published by the leading German publisher Schott Music, Mainz. Two publications are currently in preparation: One book that concerns “The Concept of Polymediality”, which he has been developing since 2003, and an article entitled “Contemporary Music in the Context of Polymediality and Polyästhetics”.
INTERVIEW IN VENICE
Neuguitars, Settembre 2016
Andrea Aguzzi: Che cosa significa l’ improvvisazione nella tua ricerca musicale? Possiamo tornare a parlare di improvvisazione in un repertorio così codificato come quello classico o bisogna per forza uscire e rivolgersi ad altri repertori: jazz, contemporanea, ecc? [Read Interview in Italian]
“STAY COMMITTED TO A DECISION”
Elia’s interview on Neuguitars (Italian guitar magazine)
Neuguitars: What does improvisation mean in your music research? Can we go back to talking about improvisation in a repertoire so encoded as the classic or you’re forced to leave and turn to other repertoires, jazz, contemporary, etc.? [Read Interview]
July 13, 2016
June 26, 2016
June 15, 2016
… and a vice-rector’s speech about Elia
Elia’s ABSCHIED for soprano, tenor, mixed choir, violoncelli, guitar solo and guitar orchestra had its world premiere at Mozarteum’s Großes Studio on June 21. After the premiere, Vice-Rector Prof. Seidel, to whom the work is dedicated, gave a speech. [Watch Speech]
NATIONAL ACADEMY OF RECORDING ARTS AND SCIENCES
voting grammy awards 2017
Elia is now an Academy Member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the US. Upcoming tasks include nominating and voting albums/singles for the 2017 Grammy Awards.
“IM AUTO ÜBER LAND”
premiere excerpts by the Stuttgart State Opera – Children’s Chorus
IM AUTO ÜBER LAND (Overland by Car) was composed in 2010 and premiered in 2011 (commissioned by m:con Mannheim). The childlike perspective of the car is reflected in the children’s choir, which sings a poem by Erich Kästner. Excerpts of the premiere are now available online. [Watch Video]
May 24, 2016
May 20, 2016
May 19, 2016
commissioned by Miscelanea Guitar Quartet
Elia has been commissioned by the Miscelanea Guitar Quartet to compose a new work – PFEFFER (PEPPER) for guitar quartet and electric guitar. The premiere will take place in Autumn 2016. A European tour in several EU cities will then be announced.
commissioned by Mozarteum Salzburg
Elia has been commissioned by the Mozarteum University of Salzburg to compose a vocal instrumental work in honour of the University’s Vice Rector, Prof. Matthias Seidel – ABSCHIED (FAREWELL) for singers, choir, celli, guitar solo and guitar orchestra. The premiere/ceremony will take place on June 21, at University’s Großes Studio.
Elia promotes PhotoScore, AudioScore and NotateMe
Elia announces his endorsement with Neuratron Music Scanning and Notation Software. PhotoScore (sheet music and pdf scanning), AudioScore (transcription of mp3 and cd tracks) and NotateMe (music handwriting app for phones and tablets) are three powerful products for the 21st-century musician.
May 5, 2016
April 18, 2016
March 30, 2016
commissioned by Miscelanea Guitar Quartet
Elia has been commissioned by the Miscelanea Guitar Quartet to compose a new work – SALZ (SALT) for guitar quartet and electric guitar. The premiere will take place in Autumn 2016. A European tour in several EU cities will then be announced.
AUSTRIA’S ECoC 2024
“2024 is closer than we think…”
Launched by the Technical University of Vienna, Kulturhauptstadt2024.at is a platform for discussing proposals from various cities for the European Capital of Culture (ECoC) in Austria 2024. Elia, who is since 2010 involved in the ECoC initiative, is part of this platform that now operates throughout Austria. [Read More]
GLOBAL MUSIC AWARDS
3 gold medals in 3 categories
Staubzucker wins 3 Gold Medals at the Global Music Awards in California – in the categories Classical Contemporary, Album, Creativity and Originality.
February 26, 2016
January 29, 2016
January 21, 2016
ELECTRONIC MUSIC PROJECT
focused on analogue synthesizers
Marios is at Angelic Studios UK for a collaborative project with Nick Elia. It is focused on analogue synths and organised noise (generated from a modular system as well as by processing location recordings). It involves a lot of experimentation from a production and technical perspectve as well as a level of improvisation. Amongst the rare synths used for this project are Jupiter-8, ARP2600, Odyssey, OB-Xa, SH-7, EMS Synthi AKS, Prophet 6, Prophet T8, Memorymoog Plus, Voyager, Source, Korg MS-20, OSCar and TB303. More to come soon. [More about Project]
“ELPIS” IN SARAJEVO
at the Bosniak Institute
Elia is collaborating with the Sarajevo Music Academy (with, among others, the Kvintet Harmonika Klaster; Belma Šarančić Nahodović). “Elpis” (Hope), for accordion septet and percussion duet, will have its Bosnia and Herzegovina premiere at a gala concert on the occasion of the World Accordion Day on May 6, 2016. The performance will take place at the Bosniak Institute (image).
“CONTRIBUTION TO THE GUITAR REPERTOIRE”
album review by “this is classical guitar” (Canada)
“Staubzucker by composer Marios Joannou Elia is an album filled with fascinating soundscapes and a wealth of compositional ideas. It explores the sounds and the endless possibilities of the guitar in chamber music making it a very significant contribution to the guitar repertoire.” [Read Review]