About

Artist Statement

If a composer wants to create pieces which encourage collaboration, collective decision-making, the growth of group creativity and a group state of mind, then it would make sense for decisions concerning the structure of form to be taken collectively. Collaboration between members of a group can lead to group creativity and to a kind of collective consciousness. 

In my case the decision to let the performers use the material provided to construct collectively their performance relies on social and political reasons. I am trying to make a statement of collaboration and collective responsibility between the performers of my scores. If a group decides to perform one of my open form pieces, it is not only responsible for collectively structuring its performance but it should also be responsible for all practical issues like planning of the rehearsals, finding the necessary time and places. The best-case scenario is when all these tasks are completed without any third person’s intervention.

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Alexis Porfiriadis is a composer, pianist and improviser. Since 2008 he composes mainly verbal and graphic open form scores that encourage collaboration and collective decisions between the performers. His PhD research was also investigating the mechanisms of decision making in music groups. His music has been played in numerous festivals, including Just Fest Volume 1.5 Russia, ISCM 2013 Slovakia, SITE Festival UK, Dimitria Festival Thessaloniki/Greece, Festival Molina el Segura/Spain. Alexis has worked as a composer with 6daEXIt Improvisation Ensemble, WHI ensemble, InEnsemble, Ghost Ensemble, Ensemble x.y, Vault of Blossomed Ropes, Molinari Quartet Montreal, Ensemble Dissonart, Ensemble Wiener Collage, ARS MUSICANDUM Sax-Quartet, Vocalsolisten Graz, Ensemble Ensuite Graz. As a performer he plays in 6daEXIt Improvisation Ensemble, WHI ensemble and has performed together with a large number of improvisers in Greece, Serbia and Austria.

Alexis studied Composition in Bath Spa University/UK (PhD, 2016), supervised by James Saunders. He also studied Composition with Gerd Kühr (MA, 2002), Beat Furrer (Postgraduate, 2004) and Mathias Spahlinger (Klangwege 2003) in University for Music and Performing Arts Graz/Austria. Selected prizes and awards including Music Promotion Prize of Graz, the Austrian State grand for Composition 2003/04, the Scholarship for special academic achievements of the Austrian Ministry of Science and Culture, the Carl Michael Ziehrer Trust Scholarship, the Third Prize at the Second International competition for Composition for String Quartet by Molinari Quartet 2005.

He has taught Improvisation, Music Theory Schedules, Instrumentation, Orchestration and Musical Analysis in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, in State Conservatory of Thessaloniki, in Municipal Conservatory of Amarousion, in State School of Dance Athens. Since 2007 he has convened improvisation and graphic/verbal notation workshops in several other academic and non-academic contexts.

Academic Qualifications 

- Piano Performance Diploma, State Conservatory Thessaloniki
- Master in Composition and Music Theory, University for Music and Performing Arts Graz/Austria (
- Postgraduate in Composition, University for Music and Performing Arts Graz/Austria
- PhD in Composition, Bath-Spa University

Professional Memberships

- Member of Andere Saite Composers group in Graz/Austria
- Member of Greek Composers Union
- Member of Music Is Network, a network for new music in Athens

Teaching Specialism

- Composition
- Experimental Music
- Improvisation for ensembles
- Music Theory (Harmony, Counterpoint, Fugue, Analysis, Orchestration)
- Music after 1950

Research Outputs

Articles

Porfiriadis, A (2011) Drops for ensemble (2008/09) in Leonardo Music Journal, Vol.21, Collection of scores Beyond Notation/ Notation Beyond curate by Andrew Raffo Dewar.
Porfiriadis, A (2008) “The political music and the italian composer Luigi Nono”, Polytonon Music Magazin, Issues 29/30. 

Conference Items 

Porfiriadis, A. (2016) "Structuring the unknown: decision-­‐making in open-­‐form compositions for groups”, Music and/as Process Symposium, Bath-­‐Spa University, UK.

Porfiriadis, A. (2015) “A Preliminary Music Improvisation Study with Fifth Grade Children”, 4th International Scientific Conference, Creative Arts Interconnection-­Paideia-­Therapy, Department of Music Studies, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (joint poster with Dr. Despina Klonari).

Porfiriadis, A. (2013) “The composer as facilitator. Composition as an invitation for improvisation and collective processes by the performers”, Music and/as Process Symposium, University of Huddersfield, UK.

Porfiriadis, A. (2012) “An Aria with Words of Nothing: Exploring verbal and graphic notation for voice and piano”, INTIME Symposium University of Coventry, U.K. (joint paper together with Sapfo Pantzaki and Andreas Papapetrou.

Porfiriadis, A. (2012) “Something out of Nothing”, Perspectives on Musical Improvisation Conference, University of Oxford, U.K., (joint practical session together with Dr.P.Kanelopoulos and Dr.D.Stefanou).

Porfiriadis, A (2011) “The eventfulness of unheard thoughts: Words of Nothing for piano player(s) [2010]”, Word Event: a verbal notation symposium, Bath Spa University, Bath/UK, (joint paper together with Dr. Danae Stefanou).

Porfiriadis, A (2010) “From work to workshop: extending the social basis of compositional and performance processes towards collectivity”, International Conference Beyond the Centres: Musical Avant-­gardes since 1950, Thessaloniki/Greece.

Porfiriadis, A (2009) “Frameworks for Free Improvisation: Shared Practice as Research” (panel & workshop with Dr. P. Kanellopoulos and Dr. D.Stefanou), 1st Biennial Euro-­Mediterranean Music Conference, Cyprus Music Institute, University of Nicosia, Cyprus.

Porfiriadis, A (2009) “On approaching the Music Theatre of George Aperghis”, Hellenic Musical Creation of the 20th century on the Lyrical theatre and Performance Arts Congress, Concert House of Athens, Athens/Greece.

Porfiriadis, A (2009) “On approaching the Music Theatre of Beat Furrer”, 2nd International Conference for PhD Music Students, A.U.TH. School of Fine Arts, Department of Music Studies, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki/Greece.

Porfiriadis, A (2006) “An example of new music in Austria. The composer Gerd Kuehr and a analysis of ‘Idea 94 – Musikalische Szenen für Sopran, Violoncello und Klavier’ “, Theory of Music and Analysis-­ Methodology and Practice, A.U.TH. School of Fine Arts, Department of Music Studies, Thessaloniki/Greece.

Compositions 1998-2018

The scores provided in this catalog are available for download, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. A summary of this license is available here. If you would like to perform any of the pieces, please get in touch.

Verbal and Graphic Scores for solo and groups of people

Ping Pong Piece (2018) for two people using any sound sources 
Verbal Score - Indeterminate Instrumentation and Duration

Four Phrases for Flute and Violoncello (2018)
Conventional and Graphic Notation - Indeterminate Duration
[Commissioned by the Ensemble x.y (London)]

Between the We and the I (2018) for a group of people
Verbal Score - Indeterminate Instrumentation and Duration
Score

Love Song (2016) for a group of people
Verbal Notation - Indeterminate Instrumentation and Duration
Score
Premiere
[Commission by the Ensemble Wiener Collage (Vienna)] 

The L duo (2016) for two persons using laptops
Verbal Notation - Indeterminate Duration
Score
Premiere 

TONES, NOISES, MELODIES and RHYTHMS (2015/16) for a group of people
Verbal Notation - Indeterminate Instrumentation and Duration
Score
Premiere 

The C duo (2014) for two people in an intimate relationship
Verbal Notation - Indeterminate Instrumentation and Duration
Score
Premiere 

Collective Thoughts (2014) for a group of people
Verbal Notation - Indeterminate Instrumentation and Duration
Score
Premiere 

Sound World (2014)
Verbal Notation - Indeterminate Instrumentation and Duration
Score  

Piano for People (2013)
for piano and audience
Verbal Notation - Indeterminate Duration
Score 

Radschlag (2013) for a group of people
Verbal Notation - Indeterminate Instrumentation and Duration
Score  

Environmental Pieces (2012)
Verbal Notation - Indeterminate Instrumentation and Duration
Score
Premiere

One minute is more than one minute (2012) for a group of people
Verbal Notation - Indeterminate Instrumentation and Duration
Score
Premiere - Performance II - Performance III 

STC (2012) for a group of people
Verbal Notation - Indeterminate Instrumentation and Duration
Score
Premiere 

KEYS (2012) for Keyboard Instrument and players
Verbal Notation - Indeterminate Duration
Score
Premiere 

Guess Who (2012) [joined work together with Vassiliki Spyroy]
Graphic Notation - Indeterminate Instrumentation and Duration
Score
Premiere

Happy Notes/Sad Notes (2012) for a group of people
Graphic Notation - Indeterminate Instrumentation and Duration
Score  

Complicity (2011) for voice(s) string instrument(s), piano and percussion/objects player(s) 
Verbal and Graphic Notation – Duration: 10 to 14 minutes
Score
PremierePerformance II 

Aria for voice(s) (2011)
Verbal and Graphic Notation - Indeterminate Duration
Score
PremierePerformance IIPerformance IIIPerformance IV 

Blocked Piano (2011) for piano player(s)
Verbal Notation - Indeterminate Duration
Score
Premiere

The F duo (2011) for 2 good friends, laptop(s), mp3 recorder and an instrument
Verbal Notation - Indeterminate Instrumentation and Duration
Score
PremierePerformance II 

Spotting Nowhere (2010) for 4 people using string instruments
Verbal / Graphic Notation - Indeterminate Duration
Score
Premiere 

Words of Nothing (2010) for piano player(s)
Verbal Notation - Indeterminate Duration
Score
PremierePerformance IIPerformance III

Drops (2008/09) for a group of people
Verbal / Graphic Notation
Minimum instrumentation: piano, wind instrument, string instrument, percussion – Indeterminate Duration
Score
Premiere 

People's Music (2008/09)
Verbal Notation - Indeterminate Instrumentation and Duration
Score
PremierePerformance IIPerformance IIIPerformance IV

Verbal/Graphic Scores for movement and sound

Blossom Trio for three people making sound and movement (2017)
Verbal/Graphic Notation-Indeterminate Duration
Score
Premiere

Moving Sound for sound and movement (2016)
Graphic Notation - Indeterminate Instrumentation and Duration
Score 

Air for movement (2011)
Verbal Notation – Indeterminate Duration
Score  

Incidental Music

Prayer (2004)
Incidental Music for Akropoditi Dance Company (no score)
[Made for the Music and Poetry Festival 2015, Music Is Network Athens]

Installations 

Smile (2004) Installation together with Aldo Giannoti
(no score)
Details

Please come back to visit us (2003) Soundinstallation. Work together with Aldo Giannotti
(no score)
Details

Scores with conventional notation

Four Phrases for Flute and Violoncello (2018)
Conventional and Graphic Notation - Indeterminate Duration
[Commissioned by the Ensemble x.y (London)]

Let's be serious now! (2010) for voice, flute and trumpet (Text: C.S.)
Duration: ca. 16 min.
Score 
Premiere

For 54 (2009) for Orchestra
Duration: ca. 12 min.

Before (2008) for voice and piano
Duration: ca. 11 min.
Premiere 

Onuoha for large ensemble (2007)
Indeterminate Duration

S-Lieder (2007) for voice and String Trio
Duration: ca. 7 min.
Score
Premiere 
[Commissioned by the Andere Saite Composers Union Graz/Austria]

Zerrinnende Zeit (2007) for flute, violoncello, two guitars
Duration: ca. 15 min.
Score 

Momente (2007) for flute and guitar
Indeterminate Duration
Score
Premiere 

Undurchdringlich-Musik für Daniel (2006) for Orchestra
Duration: ca. 12 min.
Score

Requiem (2006) Video work
(no score)
Work made together with the artist Aldo Giannotti
Details

Aiolon (2006) for flute, oboe and bassoon
Duration: ca. 7 min.
Score

Quatre pour Six-Music pour quatre Saxophones (2006) for Sax Quartet
Duration: ca. 8 min.
Score
Premiere
[Commissioned by ARS MUSICANDUM Sax Quartet, Spain]

Nacht in der Stadt (2005)
for piano, violin and violoncello
Duration: ca. 15 min.
Score
Premiere 

Musik für zwei Klaviere (2005) for two pianos
Duration: ca. 12 min

Resonanzen (2004) for piano, flute and clarinet
Duration: ca. 19 min.
Score
Premiere
[Commissioned by the Andere Saite Composers Union Graz/Austria]

Fehlen (2004) for piano and viola
Duration: ca. 10 min.
Score
[Commissioned by Vassiliki Wiedenmayer] 

J' avoue (2004) for choir and piano
Duration: ca. 10 min.
Score
Premiere
[Commissioned by the conductor Elfriede Moschitz, Graz/Austria]

Klangbilder (2004) Live painting-music performance together with Manfred Url
(no score)
Performance in Belgrad

Es ist was es ist (2003) for ensemble
[Score written for the 'Klangwege' Project of 'Graz Cultural State of Europe 2003' under the guidance of Mathias Spahlinger]

Die Würde des Menschen... (2003) for piano, violin and violoncello
Duration: ca.15 min.
Score

Dromena (2002) for String Quartet
Indeterminate Duration
Third Prize in Molinari String Quartet Competition 2004/5
Score 
Premiere

Ich schreie dir mein Schweigen mitten ins Gesicht (2002) for orchestra
Duration: ca. 20 min.
Score

F.U.S.A.–Etüde über den Krieg (2002) [Electronic, no score]
Duration: ca. 27 min 
Premiere

Die Verkörperung der Sinnlosigkeit des Körpers (2001) for 4 voices, male and female actor and a speaking director
Verbal and Conventional Notation - Indeterminate Duration
[Commisioned by the 'Gruene Akademie Graz']

Und dann kam die Dunkelheit.. (2000) for prepared piano, percussion, 3 voices, speaker and dance
Indeterminate Duration
Premiere
[Commissioned by Conductor Elfriede Moschitz]

SCHEDI (1999) for violin solo
Duration: ca. 19 min 

Le Hasard (1999) for piano, flute and clarinet
Duration: ca 12 min 

Κ.199 – Ω.3,4,5 – Θ.6,7 (1998) for 2 violins
Duration: ca. 8 min
Score 

Figuren einer Illusion (1998) for 2 mezzo Soprani 
Score

Les Autres-Musikalische Bilder von „Geschlossene Gesellschaft“ von J.P.Sartre (1998) for ensemble
Duration: ca. 12 min