DELIAN ACADEMY

Summer Program for Composers & Sound Artists
18 - 27 June 2021

 
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WHO WE ARE

The Delian Academy is a music institute based in Greece that curates educational and artistic programs for composers and sound artists. It was founded in 2017 by Alexandros Spyrou who serves as artistic director, under the guidance of Georges Aperghis who serves as honorary president. The Academy derives its name from the island of Delos, the birthplace of Apollo, and a UNESCO world heritage site. 

 

Unlike top-down organizations, our Academy curates participant-driven projects in which attendees co-decide and create the agenda for a series of courses, symposia, workshops, and concerts with the guidance of faculty and staff. 

 

The 2021 summer academy will take place from 18 to 27 June online. Participating composers will have the chance to take part in masterclasses, presentations, workshops and have their music performed by our ensembles in residence. The main language of the Academy will be English. Additional languages may be used in private masterclasses. 

FACULTY AND STAFF

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GEORGES APERGHIS

Honorary President

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FRANCK

BEDROSSIAN

 Composition

CHRISTOPHE 

HAVEL

Music with (live) electronics

JOSH

LEVINE

 Composition

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ALEXANDROS

SPYROU

Composition, Artistic Director

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DIMITRI

PAPAGEORGIOU

 Composition

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ANNA

GRYPARI

Assistant

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BERA

ROMAIRONE

Assistant

 

ENSEMBLES IN RESIDENCE

Proxima Centauri

Proxima Centauri is a music ensemble that rewrites the codes of chamber music namely by integrating electro-acoustic as a full-fledged member of the formation. For over twenty years, Proxima Centauri has been cooperating with many artists, other musicians, interpreters or improvisers as well as dancers or visual artists. The ensemble thus has a multidisciplinary artistic approach combining musical creation and visual arts.

Under the artistic direction of Marie-Bernadette Charrier, the ensemble follows an active commissioning policy and creates many works by composers of this century, alternating with the interpretation of the great masters of the 20th century.

Proxima Centauri invests all the dimensions of creation, from research in contemporary instrument-making down to the transmission of know-how to young interpreters. The ensemble was created and resides in Bordeaux but its scope of action goes beyond the Nouvelle-Aquitaine and the French border. Of international renown, the ensemble is invited to many festivals and tours regularly in Europe, America, Asia and Oceania.

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Marie-Bernadette Charrier 

Saxophone

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Benoît Poly

Percussion

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Sylvain Millepied 

Flute

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Hilomi Sakaguchi

Piano

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Christophe Havel

Electroacoustics

AWKAS

AWKAS is an ensemble based between France and Switzerland. It specializes in contemporary chamber music and promotes the creation of new work through concerts, masterclasses, workshops, residencies, and interdisciplinary collaborations. Coming mainly from Latin America, Awkas’s members share a common diasporic identity that has shaped their artistic trajectory. Awkas proposes a reflective approach to working with composers and artists from other fields aiming at an enriching creative experience. 

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Tatiana Timonina

Flute

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Román Bayani

Percussion

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Bera Romairone

Saxophone

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Emmanuel Acurero

Violoncello

 
 

GUEST ARTIST

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Voice

VENUE

GRYPARIO CULTURAL CENTER

The Grypario Cultural Center was donated to the municipality of Mykonos by Nikos and Sophia Grypari in 2006. It is a building complex of 1600 m2 featuring a 350-seat concert hall with a 80 m2 stage, a delicate foyer, and a number of smaller educational rooms. There is also a free parking space and a playground. The building is located in Argyraina, just 1 km from the center of Mykonos.

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FEES AND FUNDING

 

All participants are encouraged to seek funding through state grants, foundations, institutes of higher education or other institutions. The Academy will provide you with all necessary documentation that will help your application. You can find a guide to cultural mobility funding at www.on-the-move.org/funding/

 

 

Scholarship in memoriam Iannis Xenakis

 

One (1) merit/need-based scholarship will be awarded in the memory of Iannis Xenakis, covering the full amount of participation fees. The scholarship holder must still cover their travel and accommodation expenses. If you would like to be considered for the scholarship, please include a short letter in your application, explaining the circumstances. If you have sufficient funds or a source of funding (e.g., through your school, foundations, state grants), we kindly ask that you refrain from requesting funding so that others in real financial need can be assisted.

COMPOSITION FOR ENSEMBLE AND MEDIA

€325

  • Masterclasses with faculty members.

  • Give a presentation at the composers' conference (optional, but recommended).

  • Write a new piece for ensemble and media (live or fixed).

  • Rehearsals of your piece with the ensembles in residence.

  • Live performance and recording of your piece.

 

COMPOSING WITH

(LIVE) ELECTRONICS

€150

  • Masterclasses with faculty members.

  • Give a presentation at the composers' conference (optional, but recommended).

  • Collaborate with soloists and faculty on your compositional sketches for instruments and electronics (live or fixed).

  • Develop the electronics, complete and rehearse your composition during the Academy.

  • Live performance and recording of your piece.

COMPOSITION FOR ENSEMBLE

€275

  • Masterclasses with faculty members.

  • Give a presentation at the composers' conference (optional, but recommended).

  • Write a new piece for ensemble.

  • Rehearsals of your piece with the ensembles in residence.

  • Live performance and recording of your piece.

VISITING COMPOSERS

€50

  • Masterclasses with faculty members.

  • Access to all presentations, workshops, concerts and events.

CULTURAL ACTIVITIES

HALF-DAY TRIP TO DELOS

                             €30                                                                

A half-day trip, to the sacred island of Apollo and Artemis, a famous religious and political center in Antiquity. The whole territory of the deserted Delos is one of the most important archaeological sites of the eastern Mediterranean protected by Unesco as one of the Unesco heritage sites of the world.

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FELLOWS 2021

Composition for Ensemble and Media

Jack Hamill (United States)

X. Lee* (United States)

Jacob Smith (United States)

Matteo Tundo (Italy)

Chonglian Yu (China)

* The 2021 Scholarship in memoriam Iannis Xenakis is awarded to X. Lee.

Composition for Ensemble

Xue Han (China)

Alfred Jimenez (Sweden)

Seokmin Mun (South Korea)

Yang Song (China)

Tsu-Yao Yang (Taiwan) 

Composing with (live) Electronics

Luis Fernando Amaya (Mexico)

Konstantinos Baras (Greece)

Jared Bennett (United Kingdom)

Caspar de Gelmini (Germany) 

Dzovinar Mikirditsian (Lebanon/France)

Visiting Composers

Cecilia Assalini (Argentina)

Andreas Bäuml (Germany)

Agustín Castellón (Chile)

David Nunn (United Kingdom)

Nicolas Roulive (Belgium)

Kseniya Vechar-Kavalevskaya (Belarus)

 
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IMPORTANT DATES

  • 20 April 2021: Deadline for Submission of New Works

  • 18 June 2021: Opening Day

  • 27 June 2021: Final Day

 

ACCOMMODATION

Participants are encouraged to make accommodation arrangements as soon as possible, as hotels in Mykonos can be quite expensive. The Academy will provide suggestions about local hotels and guest houses to selected fellows. 

 

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TRAVEL INFORMATION

Arriving to and departing from Mykonos

You can arrive to Mykonos by plane (best option), by ferry boat from Athens or by ferry boat from Crete.

BY PLANE

Mykonos Island National Airport (JMK)

BY FERRY FROM ATHENS

From Piraeus Port (PIR) or  
From Rafina Port (RAF)

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BY FERRY FROM CRETE

From Heraklion Port (HER)

From Athens airport (ATH) you can travel to Piraeus Port by metro or by bus.

Metro Schedule

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From Athens airport (ATH) you can travel to Rafina Port by bus only. 

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From Heraklion airport (HER) you can travel to Heraklion Port by bus.

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Here to Help

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

Q.  What does “honorary president” mean? Will Georges Aperghis be in Mykonos?

A.    This is an honorary position which means that Georges Aperghis serves as an advisor to the faculty and staff, and as a consultant for the artistic activities of the Academy. Due to other commitments he will not be able to teach at the Academy this year.

Q.  I’m not sure about which program I should apply for. What should I do?

A.   Just send us an email and we will explain to you the details. 

Q.  I don’t have a recording of the score I am submitting; can I send a midi realization?

A.   Unfortunately, we cannot accept midi realizations. 

Q.  I am applying as an electronic composer/sound artist. I have no scores for my work or my scores are unconventional. What should I send? 

A.   You can send whatever represents you best. This can be in the form of a score, text, image, video or other medium. 

Q.  Can I have my piece or part of my piece performed by the ensemble in residence if I participate in the composition in progress program?

A.   Unfortunately not. The ensembles will perform a limited number of pieces. If you would like to have a piece for instruments and electronics performed you should apply for the acoustic composition program.

Q.  When are the fees due? 

A.    You should pay the fees upon accepting your participation. 

Q.  I can’t attend the academy for the whole period. Can I take part in it if I arrive later or leave earlier? 

A.   Yes, you can arrive and depart whenever you like. 

Q.  I don’t speak any Greek; will I be able to communicate with locals on the island? 

A.   Yes, Mykonos is a very touristic destination and everyone speaks English.

Q.  If I am not accepted, should I take it personally?

A.   No, you should apply again next year. 

 
 

CONTACT

Please feel free to contact us for any additional information.

 

For general questions, please fill in the contact form or email us at info@delianacademy.com

 

For questions regarding the summer academy, please contact Bera Romairone, at romairone@delianacademy.com

 

For questions regarding artistic programming, please contact the artistic director, Alexandros Spyrou, at 

spyrou@delianacademy.com

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