Alexis Porfiriadis

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Alexis Porfiriadis

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Alexis Porfiriadis is a composer, pianist and improviser. Since 2008 he composes mainly open form scores using verbal and/or graphic notation or combinations of conventional, graphic and verbal notation, that encourage collaboration and collective decisions between the performers. His PhD research was also investigating the mechanisms of decision making in music groups.
His music has been played in numerous festivals, including Just Fest Volume 1.5 Russia, ISCM 2013 Slovakia, SITE Festival 2012 UK, Dimitria Festival Thessaloniki/Greece 2006/2017, Festival Molina el Segura/Spain 2006, a minimum festival 'The Wolf' Los Angeles/USA 2010, The extradition series Portland/U.S.A. 2019.  He has worked as a composer with 6daEXIt Improvisation Ensemble, WHI ensemble, InEnsemble, Ghost Ensemble, Ensemble x.y, Vault of Blossomed Ropes, Molinari Quartet Montreal, Ensemble Dissonart, Ensemble Wiener Collage, ARS MUSICANDUM Sax-Quartet, Vocalsolisten Graz, Ensemble Ensuite Graz. As a performer Alexis performs regularly with 6daEXIt Improvisation Ensemble and WHI ensemble. He has also performed together with a large number of improvisers in Greece, Serbia and Austria.

Alexis studied Composition in Bath Spa University/UK (PhD, 2016, supervised by James Saunders). He also studied Composition with Gerd Kühr (MA, 2002), Beat Furrer (Postgraduate, 2004) and Mathias Spahlinger (Klangwege 2003) in University for Music and Performing Arts Graz/Austria. Selected prizes and awards including Music Promotion Prize of Graz 2002, the annual Austrian State grand for Composition 2003/04, the Scholarship for special academic achievements of the Austrian Ministry of Science and Culture, the Carl Michael Ziehrer Trust Scholarship and the Third Prize at the Second International competition for Composition for String Quartet by Molinari Quartet 2005.
 
 He has taught Improvisation, Music Theory Schedules, Instrumentation, Orchestration and Musical Analysis in the Departments for Music Studies of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, in State Conservatory of Thessaloniki, in Municipal Conservatory of Amarousion, in State School of Dance Athens. Since 2007 he has convened improvisation and graphic/verbal notation workshops in several other academic and non-academic contexts.  He has presented papers on improvisation, notation, aesthetics, composition techniques in conferences and symposiums in Greece, UK and Cyprus. In 2007 he co-founded the 6daEXIt Improvisation Ensemble which is been considered the longest-living improvisation group in Greece. He also co-founded the WHI ensemble Athens and the art group Music Is Network.
Ordered by year. Most recent works appears first

Improvised


The most delicate flower for three to eleven performers (2020)
For Four People - (2018)
Between the We and the I for a group of people (at least three performers) (2018)
Tones, Noises, Melodies and Rhythms for a group of people (at least four performers) (2016)
Collective Thoughts for a group of people (at least three performers) (2014)
One Minute is more than One Minute for a group of people (at least five performers) (2012)
Aria for voice(s) (2011)
Spotting Nowhere for four players using string instruments (2010)

Sound Installation


Frameless Instructions for a sound installation (for 4 to 6 performers) (2019)

Music and Dance


Blossom Trio for three people making movement and sound (2017)
Moving Sound for at least two performers (2016)
Air for movement (one or more performers) (2011)

Saxophone Quartet


Quatre pour Six Music for four Saxophone players (2006)

String Quartet


Dromena for String Quartet (2002)
Air for movement (one or more performers) (2011)
Aria for voice(s) (2011)
Between the We and the I for a group of people (at least three performers) (2018)
Blossom Trio for three people making movement and sound (2017)
Collective Thoughts for a group of people (at least three performers) (2014)
Dromena for String Quartet (2002)
For Four People - (2018)
Frameless Instructions for a sound installation (for 4 to 6 performers) (2019)
Moving Sound for at least two performers (2016)
One Minute is more than One Minute for a group of people (at least five performers) (2012)
Quatre pour Six Music for four Saxophone players (2006)
Spotting Nowhere for four players using string instruments (2010)
The most delicate flower for three to eleven performers (2020)
Tones, Noises, Melodies and Rhythms for a group of people (at least four performers) (2016)