“Music of Changes” Contemporary Music Festival attempts to captivate the audience from the very first moments it enters the Klaipėda Concert Hall. The sound installation From Sand, Water and Iron will welcome everyone attending the festival’s events on 20, 22, 28, 30 September, 4, 6, 7 October at 6 p. m. It was conceived and realized by Yiorgis Sakellariou, a Greek-born composer currently residing in London, using sound material that has been collected during field recording sessions in Klaipėda where he had lived a few years ago. In composer’s words, “Klaipėda’s soundscape is the basis and inspiration for an auditory experience of an expanded reality. From Sand, Water and Iron forms a reconfiguring and intangible cosmos, a place where three elements are transformed into sound, independent in time and connected in space.”
Yiorgis Sakellariou is a composer of electroacoustic and experimental music. Having a background in classical and Mediterranean folk music, he came to develop his personal language during the early '00s. Since then he has been active internationally being responsible for solo and collaboration albums, having composed music for short films and theatrical performances, leading workshops and ceaselessly performing his music around the globe. His academic research focuses on the ritual of electroacoustic music.
Yiorgis Sakellariou is a member of the Athenian Contemporary Music Research Centre and the Hellenic Electroacoustic Music Composers Association. Since 2004 he has curated the label Echomusic.
How does Klaipeda sound? According to Yiorgis, “there is more than one answer to this question as sound’s ethereal and transitory nature opens up myriads of possibilities. The sonic exploration of Klaipeda reveals an atmosphere of the city inaccessible in other ways. This is a process of discovering the extraordinary within the mundane, thus transforming Klaipeda into a place of sensation.
While living in Klaipeda my relationship and connection with the city was based on my auditory experiences. For this reason, and despite residing elsewhere now, Klaipeda is still accessible through sound, memory and imagination.”
Listen to the sounds of Klaipėda!