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Issue 28

(Spring 2016)




biographical notes


Evangelia Chaldaiaki


She was born at Athens in 1991. She acquired her bachelor degree from the Department of Turkish and Modern Asian Studies of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in 2014, with the grade “Very Well”. Since November 2014 she studies at the Programme of Post-Graduate Studies, Department of Philology, National and Kapodistrian University, specializing in “Folklore Studies”. She is a fellow of the SYLFF Fellowship Program (Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Found) for the academic year 2015-2016. In 2014 she gained the degree of Byzantine music from the Orpheum Conservatory with the grate “Excellent”. She teaches Greek traditional singing in group courses at the Museum of Greek Folk Musical Instruments since 2013. She knows English (Certificate of Proficiency in English, University of Michigan) and Turkish (intermediate).



Anastasia Georgaki


Anastasia Georgaki is Associate Professor in Music Technology at the Music Department of the University of Athens and head of the Laboratory of Music Acoustics and Technology of the same Department. She studied Physics (University of Athens, 1986) and Music (accordion, piano, harmony, counterpoint / Hellenic Conservatory of Athens, 1981-1990) and continued her studies at IRCAM (Paris, 1990-1995) in computer music and music technology (DEA / 1991 and PhD / 1995 in Music and Musicology of the XXth century, IRCAM / EHESS). During the period 1995-2002 she has been teaching as a lecturer in Music Acoustics and music technology at the Music Department of the Ionian University at Corfu. Since 2002, she is teaching matters in Music Technology at the Music Department of the University of Athens. Since 2008 she is teaching in three different Master programs at the University of Athens and the School of the Fine Arts (Music and New Media, Sound Ways of Knowledge, Digital Visual Music). She is also supervisor of PhD candidates on the area of singing voice analysis and interactive systems.

She has participated in many international computer music and musicological conferences in Europe, Canada, and Latin America, and has published around 65 articles concerning the synthesis of the singing voice, the interactive music systems, Greek electroacoustic music composers (Xenakis, Adamis, Logothetis), physical modelling of instruments, music technology in education and acoustic ecology matters. She has chaired and co-chaired seven symposia and conferences as: Music and Computers (Ionian University, 1998), First Greek Symposium on Music Informatics (Ionian University, 2000), International Symposium Iannis Xenakis (University of Athens, 2005), 4th Sound and Music Computing Conference 2007 (Lefkada, 2007), Pythagorean Views on Music and Mathematics (Pythagorion, 2009), Anestis Logothetis Tribute (Athens 2012) and the Joint Conference ICMC/SMC2014 in Athens (14-20 September 2014: www.icmc14-smc14.net), under the special theme: “Music technology meets philosophy (from digital Echos to virtual ethos)”. She has collaborated with the Greek research institute ILSP in music information retrieval European projects (Wedelmusic), with IEMA, with the Voice Lab of the Department of Informatics and Telecommunication, with the Onassis Foundation Cultural Center, with IRCAM, with the University of Paris VIII, etc. Her research projects focus on the analysis and acoustics / psychoacoustics of the Greek singing voice, controlling synthetic voices through a MIDI-accordion, the development of tools for the application of new technologies in music creation and education, musicological aspects on the impact of technology in contemporary music creation, methodological issues of music technology in interdisciplinary education, acoustic ecology and soundscapes. She is a member of numerous committees in Greece and abroad (member of the SMC Steering Committee and ICMA). She is also a professional accordion player (www.novitango.gr) and an active musician.



Vasileios Kalagkias


Vasileios Kalagkias was born in 1975. In 2015 he graduated with “Great honors” from the Faculty of Music Studies / School of Philosophy of the University of Athens. In 1998 he graduated from the Faculty of Mathematics of University of Patras and in 2011 he got “Harmony Certification” from A. Mavrouli’s Conservatory of Nafplion. He is competent in playing folk and traditional instruments (bouzouki, oud, lute), as he attended music lessons from teachers-musicians such as Themis Papavasileiou and Antonis Apergis. In the summer of 2015 he released his first album that includes ten of his own songs, three of which have been awarded in the 2013 music competition of Foudouli’s Conservatory of Volos. Since 2010 is active in musical education, teaching bouzouki at the Music School of Argolis. Since 1998, he teaches mathematics to High School students (in private education). He is also an active musician, as he plays folk / traditional stringed instruments and he sings in music groups of Nafplion. From 2014 he is a founding member of the art group “Celesta”, concerning the music education for children and puppet theatre.



George Leotsakos


Music critic, music researcher and composer. Although he studied music privately with Konstantinos Kydoniatis and Yannis A. Papaioannou at the Hellenic Conservatory in Athens (graduating in 1964), he considers himself largely self-taught. As a student he began writing music criticism for the newspaper Kathimerini, succeeding Minos Dounias as its full-time critic in 1962. Subsequently he worked for several daily papers in Athens, including Messimvrini, Ta Nea, To Vima, Proini, Eleftheri Gnomi, I Proti, Epikairotita and Express, as well as for the periodicals Hellenika Themata, Anti, Diphono, Gnossi and Ekti Imera, the weekly cultural issue of Imerissia. He also served as music editor for the Greek encyclopaedia Papyros – Larousse – Britannica and the Ekpaideftiki Helliniki Encyclopedia, introducing to the latter new materials on dozens of Greek composers of the 19th and 20th centuries. Thanks to his collaboration with The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians in both 1980 and 2001 editions, these data were made partially available for a world-wide readership, too.

As a translator he has published books in Greek on Gustav Mahler’s and Jani Christou’s music, as well as Emile Vuillermoz’s Histoire de la musique. He was also a producer of Greek art music programmes for Hellenic Radio and in 1975 he was responsible for introducing programmes of traditional Asian music to the Greek public. However, in the early 1970s, he had already abandoned ethnomusicology, which occupied him from the late 1950s, devoting himself exclusively to research in the history of Greek art music, mostly inspired by his experience of Greek musical life as a critic. His main publication is the book Spyros Samaras (1861-1917). The Great Injustice in Greek Art Music: A Biographical Attempt (Athens 2013). He has also composed a small number of works in a free atonal style interspersed with modal structures.



Eirini Nikolaou


Eirini Nikolaou graduated as a musicologist from the Music Department of University of Athens (1998). She received the Msc degree in Dept. of Philosophy in University of Ioannina, under the title “Music Education in Aristotle’s Thought”. After that she received a PhD degree in Dept. of Philosophy in University of Ioannina, under the title “The Philosophical and Pedagogical Dimensions of Music According to Aristides Quintilianus”. Furthermore she has a diploma as a piano soloist and in composition, where she took the first and second awards as well. She has been involved with the conducting (chorus and orchestra) and she has done many concerts as a piano soloist and conductor as well. From 2002 she is a teaching staff member for the Primary Educational Department of Ioannina University, teaching music and conducting the chorus of the Department. From 1999 to 2004 she was a contract teacher in the Technological Institute of Epirus for the subject “Music Pedagogue”. She was a lecturer on high theory, piano and music for pre-school education at several conservatories. Her research interests are focused on Music Pedagogue, Philosophy and Ancient Greek Music as well.



Katy Romanou


Katy Romanou is a Greek musicologist, a researcher of Greek music in the C.E. She was a faculty member of the Music Department of the University of Athens and is at present a faculty member at the European University of Cyprus. Katy Romanou is also coordinator of the Greek team of RIPM.

She has published widely in Greek and foreign periodicals and collective editions, among which: “Exchanging Rings under dictatorships”, in Music and Dictatorship in Europe and Latin America (Brepols, 2009); “Music education in Nineteenth century Greece: Its institutions and their contribution to urban musical life”, Nineteenth Century Music Review (June 2011); “Verdi’s reception in Greece”, in Verdi Reception (Brepols 2013); “Serbian Music in Western Music Historiography”, in Serbian Music: Yugoslav Contents (Institute of Musicology of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, 2014). She is a contributor to Grove / Oxford music online (2015) for Greece and Cyprus.

Her recent books include: as editor and author, Serbian and Greek Art Music. A Patch to Western Music History (Bristol & Chicago, 2009); a translation of Chrysanthos of Madytos, Great Theory of Music (New York, 2010); co-editor and author, Musical Receptions of Greek Antiquity: From the Romantic Era to Modernism (Cambridge, 2015).


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