Learn everything there is to know about Iannis Xenakis in a day of free talks and performances marking 100 years since the birth of the pioneering composer.
The events celebrate and shed light on the life, works and legacy of a 20th-century composer who was a pioneer in electronic classical music.
From 11am: Documentaries on Xenakis and artworks Soundscapes by Haris Kittos run continuously on screens around the Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer.
11.30am: Cellist Julie-Anne Manning and Professor Marcus du Sautoy perform Xenakis' Nomos Alpha with a specially developed animation to visualise the mathematical process behind the composition.
12.15pm: A tour through the composer's life and personality with his biographer Nouritza Matossian in conversation with the Southbank Centre Artistic Associate Gillian Moore CBE.
3pm: Hear electro-acoustic works Concret PH and Bohor.
3.30pm: London Sinfonietta Players perform more works by Xenakis.
4pm: Hear Xenakis’ Orient-Occident.
4.30pm: A panel discussion on the composer's works and legacy, chaired by The Telegraph's Ivan Hewett.
5.30pm: A performance of The Torus of Revolution, a new sonic sound sculpture by turntablist Shiva Feshareki which demonstrates Xenakis' influence on today's generation of composers.
- Tim Gill cello
- Julie-Anne Manning cello
- Oliver Lowe percussion
- Ivan Hewett speaker
- Haris Kittos speaker
- Nouritza Matossian speaker
- Gillian Moore speaker
- Marcus du Sautoy speaker
- Makis Solomos speaker
- Xenakis: Nomos alpha for cello; Concret PH for electroacoustic tape; Bohor for electroacoustic tape; Kottos for cello; Rebonds for percussion; Orient-Occident for electroacoustic tape
- Shiva Feshareki: The Torus of Revolution (World premiere of installation version)
Need to know
In addition to these free events, Xenakis’ centenary is celebrated with ticketed performances by Colin Currie and Jack Quartet, and the London Sinfonietta.
Dates & times
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