Iannis Xenakis centenary (1922 - 2022)

Iannis Xenakis centenary (1922 - 2022)

Iannis Xenakis centenary (1922 - 2022) 

On 10 February, the Philharmonie de Paris and its Music Museum will launch the Xenakis centenary with a grand inauguration of the Révolutions Xenakis exhibition.

The joint organisation of the exhibition by Mâkhi Xenakis and Thierry Maniguet will offer a unique opportunity to better understand the fundamental questions surrounding the composer-architect, who would have celebrated this year his 100th birthday: "How did Xenakis approach creation? What forms does this creativity take? How is the architect's vision linked to the composer’s work? How, from mathematical equations, does he develop graphic and then musical scores? How should his music be heard? How should this sound experience be shared?"

Conceived using the Xenakis family’s personal archives, the exhibition will invite visitors into the heart of the artist's studio and his research and immerse them in a veritable visual, light and sound experience.

A chronological journey, multimedia and interactive devices, and a radical experience of sound and light, all to better understand a fundamental milestone in the history of music!


Consult our brochure It's time for Xenakis:


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The Xenakis weekend at Radio France 

On 6, 7 and 8 May, Radio France will pay tribute to Iannis Xenakis, at the forefront of all concert programmes in this anniversary year. The Maison de la Radio et de la Musique, a venue dear to the the composer, stands out with a program that combines both commemorations (performances of Keqrops, Nekuia and even Psappha and Persephassa) and premieres. The vintage Studio 104 and the new age Auditorium: multiple ideal settings to allow Xenakis’s music to resonate in a new light. 

Iannis Xenakis 
Nekuia for choir & orchestra
Keqrops for piano & orchestra

May 6, 2022 - Auditorium de la Maison de la Radio et de la Musique
Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France
Chœur de Radio France
Nicolas Hodges, piano
Pascal Rophé, conductor
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Zythos for trombone & six percussionists
May 7, 2022 - Studio 104 de la Maison de la Radio et de la Musique
Paris Percussion Group
Antoine Ganaye, trombone
Julien Leroy, conductor
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Iannis Xenakis
Pu wijnuej we fyp for a cappella mastery
Komboï for harpsichord & percussion
Pléiades for six percussionists

May 7, 2022 - Auditorium de la Maison de la Radio et de la Musique
Musicians of theOrchestre National de France
Ninon Hannecart-Ségal, harpsichord
Florent Jodelet, percussion
Maîtrise de Radio France
Sofi Jeannin,conductor
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Rebonds A for solo percussion
Rebonds B for solo percussion
Psappha for solo percussion
Okho for percussion trio
Persephassa for percussion sextet

2022 - Auditorium de la Maison de la Radio et de la Musique
Trio Xenakis
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Find all the events related to the composer's centenary on his website

Xenakis révolution - Le bâtisseur du son

Here is the 52 mn documentary dedicated to Iannis Xenakis, available on Directed by Stéphane Ghez on the occasion of the centenary of the composer and architect, we find unpublished archives, interviews with his relatives and specialists, and recordings of musical performances. A retrospective work to better know the life, the work and the legacy of a unique creator.