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WHO[‘S] IS WHO[ON]

Michalis Siganidis

12-14 OCT 2018
Doors Open: 20:30
Show Begins: 21:00
 
Exhibition Hall
Duration: 2 hours (the audience is free to walk in and out during the performance)
Michalis Siganidis meets the emblematic jazz sax player Evan Parker and his artistic fellow travellers. Beckett, Sachtouris, musicians in shop windows; the audience circulates freely among them influencing the sound and the aesthetic outcome. The OCC exhibition hall meets Amsterdam’s Red Light district.
OCC Friends presale: from 19 SEP 2018, 12:00
General presale: from 25 SEP 2018, 12:00

Full price: 7, 18 €
Reduced, Friend & Groups 5-9 people: 14 €
Groups 10+ people: 13 €
Νeighbourhood residents: 7 €
People with disabilities & Unemployed: 5 € | Companions: 10 €

Group ticket reservations at groupsales@sgt.gr

The audience will be moving among the performers. Only a limited number of seats is available.
Faces in shop windows: the OCC exhibition hall meets Amsterdam’s Red Light District. How does it all connect with what the group is about to play? Who is this mysterious Hamm? The connecting tissue is the poetry of Samuel Beckett and Miltos Sachtouris, which has been a staple in Michalis Siganidis’ work for years.

Siganidis, one of the most idiosyncratic musicians of the Greek scene, absolutely individual and consistent, comes to the OCC with an audio-visual installation, with the participation of friends and partners with whom he goes back a long way. Evan Parker, an emblematic sax player of contemporary jazz, joins them in a surprise guest appearance.

The audience will move freely among the musicians, impacting on the sound and aesthetics.

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WHO[‘S] IS WHO[ON] – (dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return)
since the cinema is not fond of death*

Michalis Siganidis iconic soundtrack
feat  Evan Parker

Concept – Original Score – Script: Michalis Siganidis
Stage Director: Giorgos Voudiklaris
Text Editing: Michalis Siganidis, Gavriil N. Pentzikis
Set Design: Natalia Manda
Video & Lighting Design: Tasos Palaioroutas
Video Editing - Visuals: COM.ODD.OR / Sofia Pappa
Production Design: Konstantinos Sakkas
Coordination and Line Producer: Danai Giannakopoulou
Production Management: Delta Pi

Produced by: Onassis Stegi

Characters/Installations:
Beckett: Evan Parker
Pentzikis: Gavriil N. Pentzikis
Hamm: Dimitris Hainis Apostolakis
Singer 1: Martha Mavroidi
Singer 2 “do not touch”: Savina Yannatou
Mandala widow: Natalia Manda

Musicians [the singing children]:
Harris Lambrakis: piano, hammond, ney, samples, voice
Michalis Siganidis: double bass, electric guitar, voice, samples
James Wylie: alto saxophone
Kostas Anastasiadis, Vasilis Mantzoukis: drums
Panayotis Manouilidis: electric bass guitar, electric guitar, voice
Jannis Anastasakis: electric guitar, special effects, sitar
Zoe Patini Keselopoulou: percussion, voice

*From Miltos Sachtouris’ poem "The Morning and the Evening"

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The composer’s engagement with Miltos Sachtouris goes back to 1989 and Siganidis’ second personal album, Morning and Night. This marks the beginning of his acquaintance with Sachtouris, whom he used to visit in his Kypseli home.
 
Among Siganidis’ musical and semantic references are jazz improvisations, and the work of Frank Zappa, not so much as a musical influence, but as an inspiration towards a satirical look at man, an oblique take on reality.
 
Evan Parker is an emblematic saxophone player of contemporary (and more specifically free) jazz. He has collaborated with so many musicians in this field and contemporary music in general that namedropping seems pointless. He has also been influential in forming an autonomous, characteristic jazz trend in Britain. His previous OCC appearance was in October 2012.
 
Michalis Siganidis (hailing from Bursa, Crete and Siatista) was born in Thessaloniki in 1958. He writes music and lyrics, and plays double bass and guitar. He belongs to the “deconstructive” song writing and musical collage school in Greece. He has worked extensively on Miltos Sachtouris poetry. He composes music for the theatre and the cinema. He is a founding member of the Winter Swimmers and Primavera En Saloniko. Since 1980 he has worked with musicians of contemporary improvisation, and the traditional and popular scene in Greece and abroad. Using the alias Michalis Giavasoglou he has published verse and prose in the journals: “Pheaderon”, “Mormo”, “Jazz”, “Plus and Minus”, “Jazz and Jazz”, “Naked Eye”, “Menology”.

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