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Issue 26

(Spring 2015)




biographical notes


Rachel Beckles Willson


Rachel Beckles Willson is a writer and musician whose research has explored the intersections of history, politics and performance. She joined Royal Holloway in 2004, having taught at the University of Bristol for four years. She is currently Professor of Music at Royal Holloway and Director of the Humanities and Arts Research Centre. She studied as a pianist at the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest, before reading for a Ph.D. at King’s College, London. Between 2008 and 2010 she was based at the Humboldt University in Berlin, supported by a Fellowship for Experienced Researchers from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. She has taught a wide range of courses, including Music and Orientalism, Communism and Music, and Intercultural Performance. Rachel’s two most recent books tackle ways in which the politics of historiography affect musical practices including composition, performance and consumption. Rachel’s publications in progress are particularly concerned with listening and memory, and grow out of a Study Abroad Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust (2013) and a Fellowship from the Humanities and Arts Research Centre (2013-2014). In January 2015 she began a three-year Major Research Fellowship provided by the Leverhulme Trust, in which she will develop these and related themes through a study of the oud entitled “Reorientations: Migrations of a Musical Instrument”. Alongside her scholarly pursuits, she is an active musician, performing as a pianist, saxophonist and oud player.



Eva Fourlanou


Eva Fourlanou was born in 1987 on Rhodes, Greece. She was a member of local choirs from the age of four and member of the Youth Band of the Municipality of Ialysos (Rhodes) from the age of six, playing the flute and, subsequently, alto saxophone. Moreover, she received awards at local piano competitions in 1998 and 1999. In 2011 she graduated from Music Faculty of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She is a graduate student of the interdisciplinary Graduate Programme “Music Culture and Communication: Anthropological and Communicational Approaches of Music” of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Currently, she is preparing for the exams of the piano diploma at the Hellenic Conservatory, studying with professor George Aravidis.



Anastasios Hapsoulas


Anastasios Hapsoulas is Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology at the Department of Music Studies of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He holds a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology – Systematic Musicology from the Georg-August University of Göttingen (Germany). He studied Musicology and Philosophy at the corresponding Departments of the same University. His doctoral thesis, titled Information on the traditional Greek musical life in travellers’ chronicles of the 18th and the 19th century, was published by Orbis Musicarum (Edition Re) in 1997 in Göttingen. His work was partly funded by the Onassis Foundation. He also received a scholarship by the State Scholarships’ Foundation in order to carry out postdoctoral research on the topic Music transcriptions of melodies from Xeropotamos of Drama, which was published in June 2003 by Papagregoriou Nakas editions. His research interests include issues of methodology, the history of the Greek music tradition, as well as the secular music traditions of the Middle Ages. He teaches undergraduate courses on “Historical-ethnomusicological approaches to the Greek music tradition”, “Introduction to the Arab-Persian music”, “Introduction to Indian Music” as well as seminars on special ethnomusicological topics, such as “Music transcription and analysis in ethnomusicology” and “Music and cultures” for the interdepartmental Graduate Programme “Music Culture and Communication: Anthropological and Communicational Approaches of Music” of the Faculty of Music Studies and the Faculty of Communication and Mass Media at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.



Alexia Kallergi-Panopoulou


Alexia Kallergi-Panopoulou graduated from Department of Traditional Music of the Technological Educational Institute of Epirus having specialised in the Greek santouri. She is currently a student of the Graduate Programme “Music Culture and Communication: Anthropological and Communicational Approaches of Music” at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She conducted ethnomusicological research and collection of source material during her internship at the Hellenic Folklore Research Centre of the Academy of Athens. She was also assistant for exhibition applications of the Permanent Exhibition of Mementos from the fifty-year period (1962-2012) of the International Folklore Festival of Lefkas titled “The Gifts of the Festival”. She has worked as a music teacher at Music Schools in Drama and Ilion.



Pavlos Kavouras


Pavlos Kavouras is Professor of the Faculty of Music Studies at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. His areas of academic expertise are cultural anthropology and ethnomusicology. He is Head of the Department of Ethnomusicology and Cultural Anthropology and Director of the University Laboratory bearing the same name. He is also the Director and co-founder of the Graduate Programme “Music Culture and Communication: Anthropological and Communicational Approaches of Music”, run jointly by the Faculty of Music Studies and the Faculty of Communication and Mass Media of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He holds a first degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, a MA degree in Applied Urban Anthropology from City University of New York and a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from The New School for Social Research of New York (1990). His entire work revolves around the notion of dialogue, witnessed and investigated in and across people, artistic genres, cultures and academic disciplines. Moreover, he uses the concept of dialogue in order to move between the spheres of culture and methodology, aiming at the implementation of specific principles, perceptions and practices of life, of various cultures and civilisations towards an ecumenical expression of cultural dialogue. He has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in various areas in Greece (Karpathos, Thrace, Lesvos, Eastern Macedonia) in the U.S.A. (New York – the Greek migrant community) and in Southwest India. He has participated in a number of research programmes: “Performigrations: People are the territory” (2014-2016, funded by the European Union – Canada Programme for Cooperation in Higher Education and Vocational Training), “Video life stories of migrants” (2012-2013, funded by the Ministry of Interior – EIF), “Music and minorities: An ethnomusicological approach of Indian minority in Greece” (funded by the Ministry of Education, Lifelong Learning and Religious Affairs – Operational Programme “Education and Lifelong Learning” – “Heraclites II”), “Cooperation of cultural and academic operators for the network of education and development initiative and other internet educational services” (2006-2010, e-paideia.netfunded by the Lambrakis Foundation), “CEMMENTI – Canada exchanges with the Mediterranean: Migration experiences and their impact on nationalism, trans-nationalism and identity” (2006-2008, funded by the European Union – Canada Programme for Cooperation in Higher Education and Vocational Training). His publications include ethnographic and theoretical essays in Greek and English that have appeared in academic journals and collections of essays, while he is the “Ethnomusicology and Anthropology” series editor (Nissos Publications).



Katerina Levidou


Katerina Levidou studied musicology, the piano and music theory at undergraduate level in Greece (University of Athens and National Conservatory). She received a MMus from King’s College London (funded by the A. S. Onassis Benefit Foundation) and a doctorate from the University of Oxford (funded by the Ismene Fitch Foundation and a Vice-Chancellor’s Fund Award). Between 2007 and 2011 she was Junior Research Fellow at Christ Church, University of Oxford. In 2011-2012 she held a Swiss Federal Scholarship for research at the University of Lausanne, where in 2012-2013 she was External Scientific Collaborator (supported by a grant from the Igor Stravinsky Foundation). Currently she works as a postdoctoral researcher for the research project Western Art Music at the Time of Crisis: An Interdisciplinary Study of Contemporary Greek Culture and European Integration (ARISTEIA II – University of Athens), in the context of which she researches festivals of Western art music in contemporary Greece. Her research interests include Russian and Greek music, modernism, nationalism, emigration, politics, spirituality, identity, aesthetics and festivals. She has published widely on Stravinskian neoclassicism and Eurasianism, on Nikos Skalkottas’s 36 Greek Dances for Orchestra, the reception of Greek antiquity in music since the nineteenth century, while she is also contributor of Grove Music Online. Since 2008 she has been co-convenor of the Study Group for Russian and Eastern European Music of the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies, in which capacity she has co-organised numerous international conferences.



Dionyssis Mallouhos


Over the last thirty years Dionyssis Mallouhos has been active as a pianist, TV and Radio producer, pedagogue, and author of articles on music. He is a graduate of the Athens Conservatory (class of Georges Arvanitakis). He completed his studies at the Ferenc Liszt Academy in Budapest with István and Márta Gulyás funded by scholarships by the “Alexander S. Onassis” and Bakala Foundations. He has given recitals and performed at chamber music concerts in major concert halls all over Greece and abroad. As a soloist he has performed – among others – with the Athens State Orchestra, the Athens Camerata, the City of Athens Symphony Orchestra, the City of Thessaloniki Symphony Orchestra, and the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra. He has recorded solo piano and chamber music works for EMI, SONY, Subways Music, IRIDA Classical, and UTOPIA – Mikri Arktos. Since 2003 he is the producer and presenter of a programme on the Third Public Radio Station of Greece (the “Third Programme”). In addition, he teaches music at the Drama School of the National Theatre of Greece and piano at the Attikon Conservatory in Athens. He has been Director of the Kalamata Municipal Conservatory since 2009.



George Manouselis


George Manouselis holds a ÂA degree in Economics from the Department of Social Sciences of the Faculty of Economics, University of Crete. He is currently a graduate student at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens for the Graduate Programme “Music culture and communication: Anthropological and communicational approaches of music”. At the same time, he is a professional folk musician. He has worked as corporate executive for the project of excavation of Ancient Messina under the sponsorship of the Ministry of Culture and the “Stavros Niarchos” Foundation.



Nick Poulakis


Nick Poulakis studied musical performance, music theory, composition and musicology. He holds a PhD in ethnomusicology and cultural anthropology from the Faculty of Music Studies at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens with a thesis on Greek cinema of the ’60s. He has worked as a music teacher at state and private schools, and as a music editor for major music publishing houses and cultural / educational institutions. He teaches courses on ethnographic film and documentary, as well as on film music theory at the Faculty of Music Studies at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He has taught ethnomusicology, music technology and multimedia, ethnographic cinema and film music at the Department of Popular and Traditional Music at the Technical Educational Institute of Epirus (Arta) and he has participated in more than 20 research programs. He has published articles and chapters in books, edited volumes and journals on music, cinema, (ethno)musicology, anthropology, media and education. He has received scholarships by the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, the “Propontis” Foundation and the “Sasakawa” Foundation. His compositions have been performed in Greece and abroad with great success. He is a member of the advisory board of the Greek musicological journal Polyphonia and the International Music and Media Research Group. Recently he was elected member of the Special Technical Laboratory Staff of the Ethnomusicology and Cultural Anthropology Laboratory at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, where he currently works as a postdoctoral researcher.



Jim Samson


Jim Samson is Emeritus Professor of Music at Royal Holloway, University of London. He joined the staff at Royal Holloway in 2002 as Professor of Music, having previously been Professor at the Universities of Exeter and Bristol. He has published widely (including seven single-authored books and seven edited or co-edited books) on the music of Chopin and on analytical and aesthetic topics on nineteenth- and twentieth-century music. His books have been translated into German, Polish, Spanish, Korean and Japanese. He is one of three Series Editors of The Complete Chopin: A New Critical Edition (Peters Edition, in progress). In 1989 he was awarded the Order of Merit from the Polish Ministry of Culture for his contribution to Chopin scholarship, and in 2000 he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy. His edition of the Chopin Ballades (Peters Edition) was named “2009 Edition of the Year” in the International Piano Awards. He recently edited a textbook with J. P. E. Harper-Scott, An Introduction to Music Studies (2009), while in 2013 his monograph Music in the Balkans was published. He is currently co-editing a collection of essays on music in Cyprus, a monograph provisionally entitled Black Sea Sketches: Music, Place and People, and a novel set during the Greek War of Independence.  



Georgia Vavva


Georgia Vavva is a graduate of the Music Faculty of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and the National Conservatory (classical guitar and music theory). She completed her Master in Social Anthropology and Ethnomusicology at Queen’s University Belfast in 2010, where she was awarded the title of “MA in Social Anthropology with Distinction”. As part of her Master’s dissertation, she conducted research at classical guitar festivals in Slovenia, Ireland and Greece. She is postgraduate student at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, studying for the interdepartmental Graduate Programme of the Faculties of Music Studies and Communication and Mass Media titled “Music Culture and Communication: Anthropological and Communicational Approaches of Music”. Her research interests include urban ethnomusicology with a focus on the relationship between music, crisis and globalisation. She has worked in primary education and vocational training institutes (IEK Kifissias: Department of Sound Engineering and Music Technology).


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