venice electroacoustic rendez-vous


venice electroacoustic rendez-vous


by Panayiotis Kokoras

Rhino was composed for Brazilian saxophonist Pedro Bittencourt. Throughout the piece I used a special ultrathin synthetic reed which I developed over the past years first for the clarinet Bb and in this piece for the Baritone saxophone. This reed allows me to go beyond the standard saxophone sound and create new sonorities. The acoustic model of baby rhino cry has been resynthesized by the saxophone and used in the last section in the piece.

Baritone Sax: Samuele Molinari



Kokoras is an internationally award-winning composer and computer music innovator. He is Associate Pr. Born in Greece, he studied classical guitar and composition in Athens, Greece and York, England; he taught for many years at Aristotle University in Thessaloniki (among others). Kokoras’s sound compositions use timbre as the main element of form. His concept of “holophony” describes his goal that each independent sound (phonos), contributes equally into the synthesis of the total (holos). In both instrumental and electroacoustic writing, his music calls upon a “virtuosity of sound,” emphasizing the precise production of variable sound possibilities and the correct distinction between one timbre and another to convey the musical ideas and structure of the piece. His compositional output consists of 65 works ranging from solo, ensemble and orchestral works to mixed media, improvisation and tape. His works have been commissioned by institutes and festivals such as the Fromm Music Foundation (Harvard), IRCAM (France), MATA (New York), Gaudeamus (Netherlands), ZKM (Germany), IMEB (France), and have been performed in over 600 concerts around the world.


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Venice Electroacoustic Rendez-Vous