CEAIT Festival

CEAIT Festival: Iannis Xenakis: Now and Tomorrow


“A romantic revolutionary who comes as close to being an avant-garde superhero as we are ever likely to get.” —Los Angeles Times 

Los Angeles Premieres

Co-presented with the Center for Experiments in Art, Information and Technology

Three scintillating concerts mix electronic and high-tech sound events with extraordinary instrumental pieces by Iannis Xenakis, the legendary pioneer of music and architecture. Celebrating the way Xenakis forged new paths of hearing and seeing, these three different programs feature new pieces by composers inspired by Xenakis along with the artist’s own multi-channel electronic works, game strategy pieces, landmark instrumental compositions, and his arresting Pour la Paix, a gripping statement about war for actors with choir and electronic sounds. Guest artists include renowned cellist Rohan de Saram, composer Curtis Roads, and remix and sound artist Takuro Mizuta Lippit (aka dj sniff).

Friday, January 28  (Not in final program order)

Dmaathen (1976): Claire Chenette, oboe; Matthew Cook, percussion

Linaia-Agon (1972): Trio Kobayashi, brass trio game piece

Takuro Mizuta Lippit (dj sniff): New Work

Orient-Occident (1991): Electroacoustic, mixed by Maggi Payne

Diamorphoses (1957): Electroacoustic, mixed by Maggi Payne


Saturday, January 29  (Not in final program order)

Achorripsis (1957): Chamber orchestra 

Nomos Alpha (1966): Rohan de Saram, cello

Charisma (1971): Rohan de Saram, cello 

Kottos (1977): Rohan de Saram, cello

Analogique A + B (1958/9); Violins, celli, basses and tape (Analogique B)

Pour la Paix (1981): Speakers, chorus, and electroacoustics


Sunday, January 30  (Not in final program order)

Curtis Roads: New Work, with Brian O’Reilly, video

Akanthos (1977); Maurita Thornburgh, soprano and chamber ensemble

Polytope de Cluny (1972); Electroacoustic; mixed by Curtis Roads

Dikhthas (1979); Mark Menzies, violin; Dzovig Markarian, piano 

Epicycles (1989); Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick, solo cello and ensemble 



In addition to the performances, A Forum: Hearing and Seeing Xenakis features guest speakers interspersed with world-premiere videos of Xenakis’ own commentary and demonstrations. These pre-concert presentations take place Saturday, Jan. 29 (3:00pm; featured guests: Rohan de Saram, James Harley, Curtis Roads, Wolfgang v. Schweinitz) and Sunday, Jan. 30 (1:00pm; featured guests: Sharon Kanach, Carey Lovelace, Robert Wannamaker). Ahmanson Auditorium, MOCA Grand Avenue. Mention this Forum at the entrance to receive admission to MOCA-Grand Ave. at no charge.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Iannis Xenakis: Composer, Architect, Visionary at MOCA Pacific Design Center. For more information visit moca.org.

Funded in part with generous support by the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Consulate General of Greece in Los Angeles. 

Associated Images: 

FRI 1/28
8:30 pm
SAT 1/29
8:30 pm
SUN 1/30
7:00 pm

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff