The Music-Village – Composition Workshop/Commission of Music Theatre
arTree – Music-Village, Thessaloniki, Greece
arTree, a society for musical expression in collaboration with EKPOL, the Municipality of Artemida and the people of Agios Lavrentios, will be organizing Music-Village for a 5th year in a row. This event aims at pre-scheduled and spontaneous performances of musical ideas and the productive exchange of ideas and projects among artists of diverse nationalities. At the same time, it offers sixteen workshops/master classes for group activities which will be coordinated by artists/musicians of international standing in the area of contemporary or historical performance and creation. The themed sections of each workshop will function integrally and will intend to approach musical art broadly yet effectively, whilst putting particular emphasis on original and unconventional areas not yet integrated into the Greek educational system. The aforementioned activities will take place in a centuries-old venue of historical importance where high aesthetics are not only reflected in the local architectural style of Pilio but are also apparent in its special natural surroundings. During their sojourn the “temporary” residents of “Music Village”, as well as acquiring the desirable knowledge, will also have the opportunity to participate actively or passively in numerous music performances held in houses and courtyards of the village, in piazzas and forest clearings. Along with their instructors they will also have the chance to take part in walking tours / excursions and take appropriate musical instruments along. Finally, they will enjoy accommodation in traditional hostels in the village and will taste the cuisine of Pilio and the celebrated “ritual tsipouro drinking sessions” at the central village piazza.
The Music-Village intends to establish a creative symbiosis among artists, music lovers, locals and the natural environment rather than falling into the typical traditions of a closed circle festival or a tourist fete and aims to create an institution that will reinforce both creativity and human relations.
As part of arTree – The Music-Village the EvS Music Foundation will be funding the composition commission issued to Panagiotis Kokoras for musical theater to be premiered by the dissonArt ensemble in addition to the composition workshop held by Beat Furrer.
Agios Lavrentios, Mount Pelion, Greece