Festival celebrates what is new in music

More live music is coming to Nicosia in November as the countdown gets underway to welcome the Cyprus New Music Festival on November 19 to 22. An initiative by the Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education, the Centre for Cypriot Composers and the Cyprus Music Information Centre, the festival dedicated to contemporary music will be held at the medieval Kasteliotissa Hall in Nicosia.

The festival kicks off on Thursday, November 19 with a piano recital by Christos Fountos, presenting works by M Andronikou, E Karageorgis, G Papageorgiou, S Savva, G Stavrou and T Stylianou.

On Friday, November 20, the festival will continue with the Music Landscapes for Voice, a concert for voice, violin, clarinet and electronics. Christia Michael (vocalist), Alexis Theophylactou (violin) and Panagiotis Sioras (clarinet) will perform, among others, works by A Skordis, A Moustoukis, G Stavrou and T Stylianou.

The following evening is dedicated to the Composers’ Electroacoustic Ensemble. The composers – members of the Centre of Cypriot Composers – Savvas Savva (piano), Andreas Moustoukis (percussion, electronics), George Stavrou (electric guitar), Tassos Stylianou (theremin, electronics) and Haris Sophocleous (electronics) will explore the limits of their own compositions through improv!

On its final evening, Sunday, November 22, the festival will close with the Chronos Contemporary Music Ensemble. The ensemble consisting of Sorin Alexandru Horlea (violin), Miranda Papaneokleous (cello), Nikos Ioannou (double bass), Virginie Bove (flute), George Georgiou (clarinet), Drosostalida Moraitis (piano) and Marios Nicolaou (percussion) will perform works from the international contemporary repertoire, as well as compositions by E Karageorgis, G Papageorgiou, A Skordis, and N Vichas.

What’s more is that admission to all festival concerts is free upon online or telephone booking though only 50 spectators per concert will be allowed in. For those not attending but who wish to enjoy the music can do so online as all concerts will be broadcast live via Cyprus Music Information Centre’s YouTube channel.


9th Cyprus New Music Festival

Live music performances with multiple musicians. November 19-22. Kasteliotissa Hall, Nicosia. 8pm. Free with a pre-reserved ticket. Phone reservations: 99-404723. Online reservations: [email protected]