The music of Gregory Emfietzis explores the drama, psychology and ritualism of public performance. Reaching far beyond sound alone it embraces staging, lighting, dramaturgy, costume design and more. Some works, such as the miniature opera Mirror, mirror on the wall: the crucial moment, seem written as much for actors as musicians. Others, such as How to… corrupt someone, tend towards a more instrumental or sonic theatre. In his current project, Music Impossible, a ‘magnified’ shadow theatre piece chosen to be supported by the London Symphony Orchestra’s Soundhub scheme, a fairytale story is narrated by musicians themselves as acoustic and visual puppets. His music has been performed by leading ensembles across Europe and North America; the groups he has worked with include Asamisimasa (Norway), London Contemporary Orchestra (UK), Okeanos Ensemble (UK), Orkest de Ereprijs (Netherlands), Quasars Ensemble (Slovakia) and the Sonic Inertia Performance Group (USA). In 2013 his quintet Fear (not), winner of an international competition hosted by the Wiener Konzerthaus to mark its 100th season, will be performed by members of the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras. Also, his opera The Darkness of Mistico will be produced by the Greek National Opera House.
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Nao Maebayashi, piano
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