11th International Pharos Contemporary Music Festival

The Shoe Factory By Pharos Arts Foundation Ermou Street Nicosia - Nicosia
04/10/2019 - 13/10/2019

The first festival of new music to have been inaugurated in Cyprus, in 2009, the International Pharos Contemporary Music Festival is rooted in the Pharos Arts Foundation’s deep commitment to music creativity and innovation. Providing a platform for composers to collaborate with some of the most important soloists and ensembles in the world so that they develop new projects and explore new sound worlds, the Pharos Contemporary Music Festival has been decisive in acquainting the general audience of Cyprus with the music of our times. The Festival is recognised as one of the most innovative annual events in Europe...

Event Schedule

04/10/2019

https://www.facebook.com/events/1205239203016433/ The Festival will open with the C Barré Plucked Trio performing the The (plucked) Strings Theory Project – a truly exciting programme for the unusual combination of harp, mandolin and guitar, that offers numerous timbral and technical possibilities.

06/10/2019

The second concert will feature one of the Festival’s closest collaborators, Grammy-nominated violinist Peter Sheppard Skaerved in an extraordinary programme for solo violin, entitled Time Traveller – The Nicosia Etudes. Inspired by the sounds, textures, architecture and poetry of various medieval cities, predominantly Nicosia, Peter assembled a programme of newly composed works by a number of leading composers, who have incorporated in their music material from the past.

08/10/2019

https://www.facebook.com/events/1275627772618351/ The Festival will conclude with the multimedia musical performance FACE, by Cypriot composer Yannis Kyriakides, photographer Johannes Schwartz and writer Maria Barnas, performed by the ELECTRA Ensemble for New Music. The performance delves into the infinite expressiveness of the face, which has fascinated man for centuries. In the past, scientists assigned all kinds of character traits to people’s faces and the shape of their heads.