INTERNATIONAL IMPROVISED MUSIC ARCHIVE - ALEXIS PORFIRIADIS (GR, b.1971)

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A) Players select collectively from the instruction material, unless in the case of solo.
Actions are freely combinable and selectable in any order unless otherwise stated.


NAME

MATERIAL

REMARKS

DURATION

PERFORMERS

Air for movement (2011)

10 pages of verbal instructions.

"The aim of “Air for dance” is to observe dance as music"

min. 5 minutes

Min. 2 persons

Aria for voice(s) (2010-11)

12 pages.

1) graphics (collages of newspaper text cuts) to be used together with a list of "moods" which are again performed according to three different modes.

2) verbally described actions some of which involve contacting audience members

Aria for voice(s)’ may be performed simultaneously with ’Blocked Piano’ or with ’Words of Nothing’.

min. 5 minutes.

Voices - solo or ensemble ad libitum

Blocked Piano (2011)

6 pages. Verbally described actions towards the piano, some also towards the audience and inviting participation

Blocked Piano’ may be performed simultaneously with’Aria for voice(s)’.

min. 5 minutes

Ad libitum number of piano players on a grand or baby grand piano.

Collective Thoughts (2011/14)

60 pages with verbal instructions and graphics.

1) 49 verbal instructions, all of them beginning with "Build collectively..."

2) 49 graphic pictures


Actions are to be synchronised in case up to 4 people are performing.If there are more than 4 performers, then sub-groups are to be formed. The musical "translation" of the graphics should be to some degree agreed on.

Min. 5 minutes

Three or more people

Complicity (2011)

28 pages - some graphic (minimal style using text), some with a list of actions. Versions exist for "instruments", "voice(s)", "piano player(s)", "wind instrument(s)", "string instruments", "percussion player(s).


10-14 minutes

Voice(s) and instrumental ensemble. Min: voice, 1 wind, 1 string, one perc. Max: 3 voices 3 wind 3 string, 2 piano, 3 perc.

Drops (2009)

26 pages with graphics and verbal action descriptions, with and without specific instructions of various kinds, ranging from spatially notated scores to free graphics with approx. overall durations given.

Individual decisions are possible during performance.

min. 5 minutes

Minimum: piano, 1 wind instrument, 1 string instrument, 1 percussion player

Maximum: Ad libitum

Guess Who (2012) by Alexis Porfiriadis and Vassiliki Spyrou

27 collages

The performers should create collectively a written script prior to the performance, using the images, the colours and the texts presented on the collages, as well as their own impressions of the material in any creative way.


Min. 12 minutes

At least two persons

Happy notes - Sad Notes (2012)

5 pages with graphics and questions for each one concerning whether to play it and how.

No generel introduction given. The questions asked suggest, however, that a collective decision process should take place beforehand.

Indeterminate

Indeterminate

Keys (2012)

69 pages with 552 short verbal instructions. 100-552 of these to be chosen collectively before performance. Players turn alternately a card. Then all play according to the instruction in their own time. The deck of cards is shuffeled for each session or performance.


Min. 6 minutes

2-4 keyboard players, one instrument

Love Song (2016)

12 pages with verbal instructions

Three categories of actions to choose from and durations of either max. one minute or indeterminate. Some of the actions refer to Christmas and New Year, some are readings of texts from the Bible dealing with hospitality.

Min. 6 minutes

A group of people

Moving Sound (2016)

44 pages with verbal introduction and 42 graphic images in black and red.


Indeterminate

Min. one musician and one performer making movement.

One minute is more than one minute> (2011/12)

7 pages with verbal instructions of actions. Players perform one action per minute.


1-60 minutes

Min. 5 persons.

Piano for People (2013)

5 pages with verbal instructions. These may be carried out in any selection by the individual performer (minimum one, no maximum) and in any order.

The only thing to be decided collectively before the performance is the total duration

not determined

A group of people with a grand piano. Non-participants should leave the room.


Radschlag (2013)


2 pages with verbal descriptions of

elements. Chosen elements circulate with performers placed in a circle, maximum 2 at a time.




Min. 7 minutes



Min. 5 persons

Spotting Nowhere (2010)

39 pages with graphics and verbal instructions. Graphics comprise symbols which are explained in a list.


Min. 6 minutes

Min. 4 players using string instruments

STC for ensemble (2012)

62 pages with graphics

Performers have to construct their own instructions with the material given.

Min. 6 minutes

At least 4 persons

The C duo (2014)

13 pages with verbal instructions


Min. 6 minutes

For two people in an intimate relationship

The F duo (2010/11)

10 pages with verbal instructions

Instructions involve visiting each others' homes, recording and editing together and social activities.

Min. 6 minutes

For two good friends

The L duo (2016)

11 pages with verbal instructions and 66 sound producing actions

Actions to be combined in any manner, provided collectively chosen

Min. 12 minutes

For two persons using laptops

Tones, noises, melodies and rhythms (2015/16)

37 pages with introduction and verbally described musical elements


Min. approx. 2 minutes

Min. 4 musicians

Words of Nothing (2010)

10 pages with verbal instructions


Min. 5 minutes

At least two persons



B) STRAIGHT ENSEMBLE PIECES

Pieces for ensemble ad lib. No agreements beforehand needed.


Environmental Pieces (2012)

Collection of 9 verbally notated pieces.


Not determined

Ensemble

People's Music (2008-09)

Collection of 17 verbally notated improvisation exercises

May be used for performance, too

Not determined

Ensemble

Sound World (2014)

Two postcards


Not determined

Not determined


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