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Big Bang Festival 2

Adventurous music festival for young audiences

21-23 MAY 2016
Concerts and activities all day long.
Outside the OCC & Upper Stage
Children until 12 years old and their parents
The explosive European music festival for youth and adventurous listeners returns once again at the Onassis Cultural Centre.
Free entrance events and events with tickets (see below the ticket prices for each event).
You can purchase the Family Tickets at the OCC's Box Office or with debit/credit card (Visa-Mastercard) at T. 213 017 8036.
Big Bang is an exciting festival of music for a young audience; as hosts of the event, major cultural centres in Europe will transform their venues into adventurous musical labyrinths. The young music-lovers who embark on the journey will experience a colourful musical programme featuring concerts, sound installations and workshops. At Big Bang, musicians working in different genres and styles search for the best way to present their music to children.
 
Big Bang isn’t just a festival aimed at children; it couldn’t exist without their participation. At every event, professional musicians set a dialogue in motion with young singers and instrumentalists and share the stage with them.
 
The Big Bang European network is the brainchild of the Zonzo Compagnie from Belgium. The support of the European Union made it possible for cultural centres around the Europe to collaborate and to undertake and support a joint mission: to present the wonders of music in an imaginative and adventurous way which is accessible to children.

Curated by:
Myrto Lavda: Head of Educational Programmes, Onassis Cultural Centre
Christos Carras: General Manager - Artistic Director of Music, Onassis Cultural Centre
Wouter Van Looy: Artistic Director, Zonzo Compagnie

FESTIVAL’S PROGRAMME

Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 May 2016

AT THE OCC
Future Band |
Detta Danford, Natasha Zielazinski, Maria Christina Papadopoulou, Evi Nakou
Saturday & Sunday 13:00 and 17:00
Age guidance: 4+ | Duration: 20 min | Free admission

Scratch Bam | Gnous Company
Saturday 11:00, 13:00 and 15:00
Age guidance: 6+ | Duration: 50 min | Full price 7 € | Children 6 € | Family 12 € (1 adult + 1 child)

Mam Mam, a magic dinner | Panagiota Kallimani, Stavros Gasparatos
Saturday & Sunday 11:00, 12:00, 16:00 and 17:00
Age guidance: 10 months – 2,5 years old | Duration: 15 min | Full price 5 € | Children 3 € | Family 6 € (1 adult + 1 child)

MUSICOSMOS | Yolanda Markopoulou, Spyros Pan, Leonora Gaitanou, Bessy Papadopoulou
Saturday & Sunday 12:30, 14:00, 16:30 and 18:00
Age guidance: 4-7 years old | Duration: 30 min | Full price 5 € | Children 3 € | Family 6 € (1 adult + 1 child)

My landscape in sounds | Gnous Company and Vasilis Gerodimos
Saturday & Sunday 10:00-21:00
Age guidance: 6+ | Free admission

Voices of the universe | Anna Linardou, Giorgos Varoutas
Saturday & Sunday 11:30, 14:00, 16:30 and 18:30
Age guidance: 5+ | Duration: 25 min | Full price 5 € | Children 3 € | Family 6 € (1 adult + 1 child)

Toy-Rock | Tasos Stamou
Saturday & Sunday 13:30, 17:30 and 18:30
Age guidance: 5+ | Duration: 30 min | Full price 5 € | Children 3 € | Family 6 € (1 adult + 1 child)

INsono | Sonoscopia
Saturday & Sunday 12:00, 16:00 18:00 and 19:00
Age guidance: 5+ | Duration: 30 min | Free admission with entrance tickets

Sound House | The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments
Sunday  11:00, 13:00 and 17:30
Age guidance: 7+ | Duration: 45 min | Full price 7 € | Children 6 € | Family 12 € (1 adult + 1 child)
 

OUTSIDE THE OCC

100th Primary School of Athens (15 Pyrras str. | Click here to see the map)
MILE(S)TONES | ZONZO COMPAGNIE
Saturday & Sunday 12:30 and  16:30
Age guidance: 6+ | Duration: 50 min | Free admission with entrance tickets

Dourgouti Park
Fairy Musical Tails
| REVOLUTIONARY STREET BAND
Saturday & Sunday 11:30, 13:30, 16:00 and 17:30
Age guidance: 3+ | Duration: 40 min | Free admission | The school is not accessible to people with mobility impairments


Monday 23 May 2016
 
Big Bang 2 Seminar | For educators of primary and secondary education, music teachers and artists
18:00-20:00 | Upper Stage
 
 
Performances for schools
A concert for children Travelling the music of different cultures and eras in the context of Big Bang Festival 2 by Sokratis Sinopoulos and the Traditional instruments ensemble "Isimeria" on Thursday 19 and Friday 20 May 2016, at 11:00. For students from 4th  to 8th Grade. Click here for more information.


Read more about each event:

Future Band | Detta Danford, Natasha Zielazinski, Maria Christina Papadopoulou, Evi Nakou | Saturday & Sunday 13:00 and 17:00 | Age guidance: 4+ | Duration: 20 min
Young people from the Future Band of London and from Athens interact as they jam together!
Kids from all over the Greek capital got together at the Onassis Cultural Centre to form a group that would compose and perform their own music. An opportunity to create, share and collaborate through the fun of musical improvisation.
We invited children aged 9 to 13, and representing every level of musical proficiency from beginners to experts, to come along with their sense of fun, their ideas and their musical instruments and join our new band. An open and eclectic ensemble for children in which everyone could express themselves with their own ‘voice’. We experimented, we improvized, we wrote down our music and we are going to perform it for an audience at BIG BANG.
The inspiration for the workshop came from a creative learning model developed over the last six years by London’s Future Band. Future Band is an open and participatory musical ensemble which puts dialogue, reflection and equality at the heart of its creative process.
Working with others! The group from Greece and the Future Band from England swapped ideas and compositions. Their collaboration took the form of an exchange of musical postcards, sound recordings and sheet music.

The young musicians of the OCC Future Band along with
Detta Danford: flute
Natasha Zielazinski: cello
Maria Christina Papadopoulou: harp
Evi Nakou: Flute

In association with: Future Band, Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning (UK)
 
Scratch Bam | Gnous Company | Saturday  11:00, 13:00 and 15:00 | Age guidance: 6+ | Duration: 50 min
What sound does a pitchfork make? How can a hot water bottle and a metal sheet create sound effects for a film? “Scratch Bam” and other sounds that objects can make. An interactive audio-visual performance which transports children into the magical world of foley—the art of adding sounds to the cinematic image using everyday objects. In the pioneering sound workshop, which looks more like a domestic kitchen or store room than a studio, children encounter a range of utility objects rather than musical instruments: pots and pans, whistles, staplers, horns, fruit, vegetables, balloons, ball bearings, packs of cards, springs, bicycle bells, hosepipes, typewriters, roller-skates and a whole lot more... Using these, the tools of their trade, two musicians create sounds to accompany a compilation of scenes from animations and old movies. Fast-paced and comic, the images stimulate the children’s imagination and powers of observation.
The children follow the rhythmic lead provided by the two ‘maestros of sound’ and actively participate in a game of knowledge, discovering in the process how sound can embellish a moving line or how an image can answer a pan that goes BANG!

Michalis Moschoutis: musician, educator
Vasilis Tzavaras: musician, educator
Erato Tzavara: video artist
Marios Sergios Iliakis: design-construction of the projection screens

Mam Mam, a magic dinner | Panagiota Kallimani, Stavros Gasparatos | Saturday & Sunday 11:00, 12:00, 16:00 and 17:00 | Age guidance: 10 months – 2,5 years old | Duration: 15 min
In a little house of distorted perspective, two dancers—a man and a woman whose movements are compressed and grotesque, rapid and distorted—conjure up a cartoon world in which gravity doesn’t work quite like it usually does. The wired stage set turns dancers and props into performers of a musical score and the audience into guests at a Buster Keaton-style last/secret supper. In this playful game of the imagination created out of the dialogue between music, dancers, set and props, everything acquires dual aspects: one rooted in reality, the other in the dream.
 
Choreography: Panagiota Kallimani
Dancers: Panagiota Kallimani, Eric Fessenmeyer
Music: Stavros Gasparatos
Set design: Maria Tavlariou
Costume design: Panagiota Kallimani, Maria Tavlariou, Nella Ioannou
Lighting design: Sakis Birbilis
Video: Studio 123
Scenography: Hara Adamopoulou
 
MUSICOSMOS | Yolanda Markopoulou, Spyros Pan, Leonora Gaitanou, Bessy Papadopoulou | Saturday & Sunday 12:30, 14:00, 16:30 and 18:00 | Age guidance: 4-7 years old | Duration: 30 min
What might a musical instrument that looks like a space ship sound like? How many different sounds can a single human body produce via its vocal chords? How could the two interact? How many instruments are there that I’ve never laid eyes on? What images does this conjure up in my imagination? What worlds could an unprecedented musical journey like this one transport me to?
Musicosmos is a musical exploration of the world of sounds. Its goal is to broaden our audio horizons to include new sounds and to take us to distant, magical worlds -perhaps even to a place beyond Earthly sounds. With the help of music and our imaginations, we could find ourselves audio-tele-ported anywhere in the universe.
A miniature world with which parents and children can interact and experience the performance in a way that makes every journey unique.
 
Yolanda Markopoulou: Direction
Spyros Pan: Incidental music & on-stage Hang performance
Leonora Gaitanou: Performer
Bessy Papadopoulou: Music & movement preparation
Line production: POLYPLANITY Productions

Special thanks for the help to Alekos Anastasiou for the light design and to Alexandra Siafkou and Aristotelis Karatanos for the design and the construction of the set.

My landscape in sounds | Gnous Company and Vasilis Gerodimos | Saturday & Sunday 10:00-21:00 | Age guidance: 6+ | Free admission
Come tune in your ears and your imaginations and travel with us around Greece aboard the audio-visual presentation created by the My landscape in sounds programme for schools.
The programme participants recorded, processed and illustrated sounds with a view to sharpening their acoustic observation of the soundscapes that surround us and to cultivating creativity through their synthesis.
The primary and secondary school children started out learning to listen closely. They went on to make their own sound recordings using digital recorders, then processed these sounds using specialized software. In parallel, they created visual representations of their sound compositions, grasping the fundamental properties of sound in the process.
The sound installation maps the different landscapes we encountered in the course of the programme in an original way. We will hear sounds from Koulas’ Hill in Serres, from the Old Olive Mill in Eleusina, from Kallithea’s street market, from the Roman Odeon on Kos, all turned into sound compositions by the children. At the same time, their graphic scores and collages reveal the shapes and textures our young artists bestowed on the sounds of a playground, a typewriter, the sea, footsteps...The material was designed to be accessible to the partially sighted and to the blind.

The participating schools were:
Serres’ 12th Primary School, the Kallithea Special Primary School for the Blind, Eleusina’s 5th Primary School and the 2nd High School of Kos.

Gnous Company
Michalis Moschoutis: musician, educator
Vasilis Tzavaras: musician, educator
Erato Tzavara: video artist
 
Exhibition curator: Vassilis Gerodimos 

Voices of the universe | Anna Linardou, Giorgos Varoutas | Saturday & Sunday 11:30, 14:00, 16:30 and 18:30 | Age guidance: 5+ | Duration: 25 min
How many different songs can fit in just one room? Can the songs of the Mongolian steppe share the same space with Eskimo throat singing, Appalachian bluegrass, Pygmy yodelling, Lebanese lullabies, Thessalian folk songs and the extended techniques of free improvisation? Yes they can, because they all reside in the human voice; all they need is to be ‘woken up’!
In a musical room, a maiden lies in enchanted sleep—only the children’s music can awaken her! Alongside her sleeping body, a host of acoustic and electronic instruments; every child is invited to choose one and create their own sound with it. The children’s sounds are recorded and synthesized using live sampling. By the time the music rouses the sleeping maid, the room will be reverberating with a breath-taking vocal collage—a journey through the multiple worlds of the human voice!
 
Anna Linardou: vocals
Giorgos Varoutas: sound design & treatment

Toy-Rock | Tasos Stamou | Saturday & Sunday 13:30, 17:30 and 18:30 | Age guidance: 5+ | Duration: 30 min
Tasos Stamou, the composer of electro-acoustic music and improviser, will be presenting a series of live compositions using children's musical instruments and sound-generating toys along with contemporary means of live electronic music playback. Visitors young and old will have the opportunity to interact with the music during his performances via the various instruments positioned on either side of the stage.
The production shows young audiences how they might put their toys new and old to creative use, as well as introducing them to contemporary electronic music.

Tasos Stamou: electroacoustic composer

INsono | Sonoscopia | Saturday & Sunday 12:00, 16:00 18:00 and 19:00 | Age guidance: 5+ | Duration: 30 min
For as long as I can remember, I have always wondered what it would be like to be inside a musical instrument! Instruments’ innermost, interior spaces are mysterious, inaccessible places. I remember peeking inside a cello and a piano when I was still a child and trying to understand their secrets; how I longed to go beyond what my eyes could see and my ears could hear! So I closed my eyes and entered this mysterious world, imagining how it would smell and feel, conjuring up its textures and its sounds… INsono is this memory brought to life.
An interactive sound installation as well as a sensory experience, INsono is a space inhabited by a set of objects-acoustic and electronic sound sculptures which invite participants to experience them from both the inside and the outside.
 
Direction & Concept: Henrique Fernandes
Sculpture: Henrique Fernandes, Gustavo Costa, Miguel Ferraz and Alberto Lopes
Electronics: Tiago Ângelo
Educational co-ordination & oversight: Ana Luísa Veloso
Workshop leaders: Alberto Lopes, Henrique Fernandes, Tiago Ângelo and Rodrigo Malvar
Costume Design: Hugo Bonjour
Executive production: Patrícia Caveiro
Production: Sonoscopia
Commissioned by CCB/ Fábrica das Artes 2015 – Big Bang
 
Sound House | The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments | Sunday  11:00, 13:00 and 17:30 | Age guidance: 7+ | Duration: 45 min
Although Francis Bacon, the 17th-century philosopher, statesman and visionary, is widely regarded as the father of modern science, few know anything about his investigations into the nature of sound. In Sound House, the Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments explore some of the musical and seemingly magical phenomena that Bacon sought to explain, playing unusual and historically appropriate instruments including the ghostly-sounding lirone and the little-known viola bastarda.
In collaboration with the sound designer/composer Jon Nicholls, the members of the Society draw on the unusual characteristics of their extraordinary instruments. Fresh interpretations of 17th-century music are linked together by newly-composed pieces, combining modern sound technology with ancient instruments and exploring the magical effects and illusions -such as echoes and sympathetic vibration- that so intrigued our 17th-century forebears.

Sound House was devised by Clare Salaman, who also directs.
With:
Jon Banks: santouri, gothic harp, renaissance guitar, percussion
Jean Kelly: gothic bray harp, triple harp
Alison McGillivray: violone, viola bastarda
Jon Nicholls: sound designer and composer
Liam Byrne: lirone, treble viol
Kostas Koronaios: narration

100th Primary School of Athens (15 Pyrras str. | Click here to see the map) | MILE(S)TONES | ZONZO COMPAGNIE | Saturday & Sunday 12:30 and  16:30 | Age guidance: 6+ | Duration: 50 min | The school is not accessible to people with mobility impairments
In Mile(S)Tones, a percussionist, a pianist and a trumpet player take you on a guided tour around the fascinating world of the legendary American jazz composer and trumpet player, Miles Davis. His adventurous, innovative approach to music is the starting point of the production, which leads you into a labyrinth of ever-changing spaces and moods. One moment, you might find yourself in the vibrant creativity of a recording studio or on stage as one of Miles Davis’ backing musicians, the next you could be creating a live soundtrack for a movie or experiencing the atelier where the celebrated musician withdrew to paint.
Mile(S)Tones will initiate you into the endless, fantastic possibilities of improvised music through the compositions of Miles Davis. Your guides—Fulco Ottervanger and Simon Segers from De Beren Gieren, the renowned Belgian jazz ensemble, joined on this occasion by the trumpet player Bert Bernaerts—couldn’t be bettered.
 
Mile(S)Tones is a Zonzo Compagnie production in co-production with De Beren vzw, Centro Cultural de Belém, De Werf Arts Centre, Rataplan Arts Centre and Jeunesses Musicales Flanders. 

Music: Miles Davis
Direction & Set design: Wouter Van Looy
Trumpet & bass: Bert Bernaerts
Keyboards: Fulco Ottervanger
Drums: Simon Segers
Technical support: Pieter Nys
Video: Johan Cosijns
Costumes: Evelyn Demaertelaere
Set: Luc Cools 

Special thanks to teachers and the Principal of 100th Primary School of Athens for the cooperation.

Dourgouti Park
Fairy Musical Tails | Revolutionary Street Band | Saturday & Sunday 11:30, 13:30, 16:00 and 17:30 | Age guidance: 3+ | Duration: 40 min
An adventurous journey into the fairy’s magical world. With her ability to enchant and to charm with her dancing, she will captivate you while her musical tail -her wind ensemble accompaniment- performs exciting contemporary repertoire including works by Ligeti, Reich, Donatoni, Nyman, Bernstein, Zappa, Copland, Martland and Schnittke. The fairy and her musical tail will walk, dance and play in the streets around the OCC. Follow them and they will lead you into the very heart of 2016’s new and exciting BIG BANG musical festival.

Revolutionary Street Band's musicians:
Guido de Flaviis, Spyros Tzekos, Kostas Tzekos, Spyros Akoudis, Fanis Vernikos, Spyros Vergis, Manos Ventouras, Menelaos Moraitis
and Sania Strimbakou: choreographer, dancer

Big Bang 2 Seminar | For educators of primary and secondary education, music teachers and artists | 18:00-20:00 | Upper Stage
The Big Bang Seminar follows the experience of Big Bang – Adventurous Music Festival for a Young Audience, which has its origins in the artistic collaboration between seven European countries.
This seminar will focus on the analysis and debate of fundamental questions regarding creation in this area – attention mechanisms, engagement and development of a young audience.

Speakers:
A struggle on two fronts: Young persons' encounter with creative music practices in the midst of current irreconcilable dualities  
Panagiotis A. Kanellopoulos: Associate Professor of Music Education at the University of Thessaly, Greece

Noise, participation, (dis)engagement
Danae Stefanou: Assistant Professor at the School of Music Studies, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Bringing new music to life
Richard McNicol: Artistic leader of the education program of Klavier Festival Ruhr and presenter of education programs and concerts at the Orchestra de Paris and elsewhere, in France and German
 
and among other Big Bang partners:
Wouter Van Looy: Artistic Director, Zonzo Compagnie

Entrance to the seminar is free and on a first come, first served basis.
The distribution of entrance tickets begins one (1) hour before each event.
Simultaneous translation is provided in the case of speakers using a language other than Greek.

credits

The Big Bang network consists of the Onassis Cultural Centre-Athens, the Centro cultural de Belém (Portugal), the Nytt Konserthus I Stavanger IKS (Norway), the Opéra de Lille (France), the Centre for Fine Arts – Bozar (Belgium), Kinder Kinder (Germany), the Fundación para el Desarrollo Sostenible de Alcalá de Guadaira, Alcalá Innova (Spain) and MotorMusic bvba (Belgium).
 
The Big Band music festival for a young audience is an Onassis Cultural Centre-Athens and Zonzo Compagnie co-production and event of the European BIG BANG network.
Co-funded by the European Union /Creative Europe Culture programme.

                   

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