Prosopon: 61° North

How can a neighbourhood-archive be turned into music?

And how can this music reflect the history and essence of the neighborhood in its turn?

Neos Kosmos, the unique Athens neighbourhood, served as the starting point for an unpredictable musical journey from Ochi Paizoume and the ARTéfacts ensemble. A field of intense research and artistic activity on the part of Ochi Paizoume and the UrbanDig Project, this New World (Neos Kosmos) has been subject to an aesthetic, historical and sensory mapping leading to the creation of a rich and vibrant cultural archive. For this project, the groups which formed to carry out the mapping, and which collaborated in doing so, reworked the archive material to create six dramatized routes through Dourgouti (the old name for Neos Kosmos) and its archive.

These routes were the ‘libretti’ given to the composers Dimitris Andrikopoulos, Panayiotis Kokoras, Giannis Kyriakidis, Esthir Lemi, Nicolas Tzortzis, who created five musical works commissioned by the Onassis Cultural Center.

The project was performed at the Onassis Cultural Centre Athens in 26 & 27 of May 2017.

The Musicians of Dourgouti ARTefacts ensemble:

Louizos Aslanidis, videos /Laertis Kokolanis, violin /Ilias Sdoukos, viola /Guido De Flaviis, saxophones /Spyros Tzekos, clarinet /Costas Seremetis, percussion /Theo Vazakas, percussion /Marios Xiradakis, percussion /Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, narration / Valentina Tamiolaki, lights/ Zena Papadopoulou, animations

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