Project Description

New Greek Music in Munich

Konstantia Gourzi started this series to raise awareness of Greek contemporary music beyond a folkloric perspective.

The Project

From 2007 – 2011 she presented the series New Greek Music in Munich, a less well-known side of Greek music. Instead of traditional folklore, works by older and young, famous and less famous Greek composers were performed.

The concerts took place once to twice a year, and were supported by the Greek Consulate Munich, the ensemble opus21musikplus, and the Akademie der Schönen Künste.

Since 2011, works by Greek composers have also been performed in other concert series, led by Konstantia Gourzi with the ensemble opus21musikplus.

Performances (selection)

New Greek Music in Munich, I
14 November 2007, Bayerische Akademie der Schönen Künste, Munich
National Music Cultures: New Greek Music in Munich „Hommage à Sappho und Kaváfis – Vertonte Gedichte“
The ensemble oktopus performs works by Dimitris Terzakis, Dimitris Mitropoulos, Antiochos Evangelatos, Jannis Christou, Anestis Logothetis, Konstantia Gourzi
Conductor: Konstantia Gourzi

New Greek Music in Munich, II
1 April 2008, Hochschule für Musik und Theater München
Commemorating event with concert on the occasion of the Greek National Day
The ensemble opus21musikplus performs works by Nikos Skalkottas, Stefanos Gazouleas (WP), Antiochos Evangelatos, Dimitrios Nezeritis, Dimitrios Lialios (WP), Konstantia Gourzi
Conductor: Konstantia Gourzi

New Greek Music in Munich, III
22 January 2009, Black Box im Gasteig, Munich
The ensemble oktopus performs works by Anastasio Mitropoulos, Aristides Strongylis, Minas Borboudakis, Georgia Spiropoulos, Dimitris Terzakis (WP)
Conductor: Konstantia Gourzi

New Greek Music in Munich, IV
25 March 2009, Hochschule für Musik und Theater München
Commemorating event with concert on the occasion of the Greek National Day
Soloists of the ensemble opus21musikplus perform works by Yannis Constantinidis, Nikos Skalkottas, Anastassis Philippakopoulos, George Couroupos, Minas I Alexiadis (WP), Dimitris Maragopoulos (WP)
Piano: Lorenda Ramou, clarinet: Yannis Sabrovalakis
Conductor: Konstantia Gourzi

Press reviews

“(Es war) schließlich eine noch fremdere Welt zu erkunden: in der Uraufführung von Konstantia Gourzis ‘Ieratiki Poiisi’, drei Liedern nach mönchischen Texten für einen byzantinischen Psalmisten (Panagiotis Andriopoulos), Klarinette, Klavier und Streichquartett. Wie da das Holzblasinstrument (Veaceslav Cernavca) mit der Stimme verschmolz oder in einen engen Dialog eintrat, war von ganz eigenem, faszinierenden Reiz.” Süddeutsche Zeitung, 20 November 2007