6.Nov.2017 – Marianthi Papalexandri-Alexandri: Rethinking Composing

By | October 31, 2017

WHEN: Monday, November 6th, 12:30pm ////  WHERE: NYU Music Dept. Rm 220 (24/32 Waverly Place, NY 10003) /// This event is free and open to the public.


Marianthi_Tupes2Papalexandri has created a series of works centered upon mechanical constructions that allow her to acoustically activate musical instruments, objects, architectural elements, and space presented in the context of composition, performance, sound installation, and sculpture. Her solo for sound sculptural instrument Untitled II is taken as a point of departure to address —through a lecture, and open discussion — how materials become part of and shape artistic practices, and how this makes us rethink the very notion of the musical instrument. 


Marianthi Papalexandri-Alexandri (b. 1974) is a Greek-born composer and sound artist based in Ithaca, NY and Zurich, Switzerland. Papalexandri graduated as a composer from Goldsmith’s College in London, continuing her studies at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna and completing a doctorate in composition at the University of California, San Diego. In August 2016 Papalexandri joined the Cornell University Department of Music as Assistant Professor of Composition.

speaking_of_memabransPapalexandri’s works interweave the borderlines of sound art, composition, visual objects and performance and explore the factors that link these art forms. Papalexandri’s work have been exhibited internationally, including the Asmolean Museum, Oxford; Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin; Museum of Musical Instruments Berlin; Tokyo Art Fair; Japan Art Media; ISEA Hong Kong; Art Taipei; Center d’Art Monica, Barcelona; San Francisco Art Institute; Biennale Disegno Rimini, Italy; Transmediale, Berlin, Museum Art Plus and Venice Biennale of Architecture. Papalexandri’s kinetic sound sculpture Speaking of Membranes, created in collaboration with Swiss artist Pe Lang is part of the Saastamoinen permanent collection of EMMA, Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Finland.

Papalexandri has been honored by numerous awards and residencies including the Berlin Senate Sound Art Award, Humboldt-University of Berlin International Fellowship, the Ernst Von Siemens Foundation Commission, the Dan David Prize for Contemporary Music and the International IMPULS Composition Award. She has been a sound artist in residence at the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, the Electronic Music Studios, Stockholm, the International House of Artists Villa Corcodia Bamberg, Germany and the St. John’s College, University of Oxford.

3_Untitled_II_tubesPapalexandri’s music has been commissioned and premiered all over the world by ensembles, such as Neue Vocalsolisten, Klangforum Wien, Ensemble SurPlus, Ensemble Mosaik, Yarn / Wire, Ensemble Dal Niente, Ensemble Scenatet, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, the Wet Ink Ensemble, Quartet New Generation, Orkest de Volharding, the London Improvisers Orchestra, the Hellenic Ensemble of Contemporary Music, Ensemble dissonArt, Hidden Mother, Ensemble This/Ensemble That, amongst others, and featured in festivals such as MaerzMusik Festival, Berlin; the ISCM World Music Days, Stuttgart; Ultrashall, Berlin; ZKM, Karlsruhe; impuls, Graz; De Bijloke, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; Dialogue Festival, Salzburg; Carlsbad Music Festival, Los Angeles; ECLAT Festival, Stuttgart; SPOR Festival, Aarhus; Audiograft Festival, Oxford; Concertgebouw Brugge; Athens Concert Hall; Tzlil Meudcan Festival, Tel Avil; Darmstadt; Gaudeamus Festival, Amsterdam; Issue Project Room, New York; Wien Modern, MATA New York and Donaueschingen Musiktage 2017.

The recipient of the Humboldt-University of Berlin: Cluster of Excellence International Fellowship (2015), Papalexandri has been honored by numerous awards, residencies and grants, including the Ernst Von Siemens Foundation Commission (2016), the Berlin Senate Sound Art Grant (2016), the Swedish Arts Council Composition Grant (2016 & 2015), the Berlin Senate Composition Grant (2011), the International IMPULS Composition Award (2009), a residency at the Electronic Music Studios, Sweden (2008), the Dan David Prize for Contemporary Music (2007), the Darmstadt Stipendienpreis (2006), the Erickson Composition Fellowship (2004), the Kurt Weill Composition Fellowship, the Gluck Art Fellowship (2004) and a residency at the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart (2011-2012). In 2017 Papalexandri was a sound artist in residence at the International House of Artists Villa Corcodia Bamberg Germany and at St John’s College, University of Oxford.

Current commissions include a sound installations and compositions for ensemble Klangforum Wien, Chamber Curious Players, Quiet Music Ensemble and cellist Séverine Ballon as well as a solo CD album to be released in 2018 by Japanese record label Matter.