Bio

Thanos Chrysakis’ output consists of composition, performance, and installation. He was born in Athens in 1971. After residing in the UK between 1998-2014 he moved in 2015 to Belarus. With several albums to his name his work has appeared in festivals and events in several countries, including CYNETart Festival, Festspielhaus Hellerau - Dresden, M:AI (Museum für Architektur und Ingenieurkunst NRW)– Berlin, TU – Berlin,  Diapason Gallery – New York, ohrenhoch - der Geräuschladen Gallery – Berlin Neukölln, Spazioersetti Gallery - Udine, XXII “Sound Ways” International New Music Festival – St. Petersburg, Artus Contemporary Arts Studio – Budapest, CRUCE Gallery – Madrid, Fylkingen – Stockholm, Relative (Cross) Hearings festival – Budapest, ZEPPELIN festival – Barcelona, IVM (Institut Valencià de la Música) – Valencia, Festival Futura 2013 / 21 édition – Crest-Vallée de la Drôme-Diois, Xposed Club – Cheltenham, Festival de Música Contemporanea “Ramiro Guerra” – Monterrey, FACT Centre  – Liverpool, Association Ryoanji – Salle Des Fêtes - Ahun, The Center for Advanced Musical Studies at Chosen Vale/International Chosen Vale Trumpet Seminar 2014 — Hanover-New Hampshire, Frost School of Music - Clarke Recital Hall — Coral Gables/Florida, IBeam — Brooklyn - New York, UC San Diego - Conrad Prebys Concert Hall, California/San Diego, XIII Festival Internacional de Música Nueva – Monterrey, Berner Münster – Bern, Splendor – Amsterdam, VI European Clarinet Festival – Camerino - Italy, Logos Foundation – Ghent, Palacio de Bellas Artes - Mexico City, On the Edge of Perceptibility - Sound Art Műcsarnok Kunsthalle – Budapest, Spektrum – Berlin, Susikirtimai X – Vilnius, Festival del Bosque GERMINAL – Mexico City, Noise & Fury Festival – Moscow, Festival Futura 2017 / 25 édition – Crest -Drôme, Oosterkerk – Amsterdam, Center for New Music – San Francisco, Västerås Konstmuseum – Västerås, Störung festival - Barcelona, BMIC Cutting Edge concert series - The Warehouse - London.

His music has been frequently aired by RAI Radio 3, BBC Radio 3, Radio Portugal Antenna 2, Radio Nacional de España Radio 3, Ireland's RTÉ Lyric FM, Polskie Radio (Warsaw), RTS — Radio Belgrade 3 (Serbia), Swedish Radio — Elektroniskt i P2 programme,  FM Brussel, Elektramusic (Strasbourg), CKCU FM - (Ottawa), Undae! Radio and Onda Sonora - Radio Circulo de Bellas Artes (CBA) (Madrid), Radio Horizon (Johannesburg), Motus/Radio Saint Ferréol —Les Territoires Du Son (la radio du Val de Drôme), Radio Nova (Oslo) among others. The "Music for Bass Clarinets" concert that he organized on the 10th of December 2017 at café Oto was recorded by the BBC Radio 3 for the radio-programme Hear and Now. 

In addition, his texts have been also appeared in the Leonardo Music Journal (MIT Press), the Vague Terrain Journal, and in the volumes The Book of Guilty Pleasures and The Idea of the Avant Garde - And What It Means Today (Manchester University Press) edited by Marc James Léger. He composes for electronic and acoustic  instruments, as well environmental sounds, focusing on the structural, aesthetic and transfigured capacity of sonic matter.

His formal training encompasses percussion (Dimitris Tzafestas), Sonic Arts (Hugh Davies) at the Lansdown Centre for Electronic Arts and a PhD in composition from Goldsmiths, University of London (EMS/Michael Young) as well as private studies in orchestration with Dmitri Smirnov. However it is the yearning of the creative praxis itself that transmitted the crucial aspect of artistic practice: that something has to be staked, that something must be ventured.

His work was amongst the selected works at the 32nd International Competition de Musique et d'Art Sonore Electroacoustiques de Bourges 2005, in the category œuvre d'art sonore électroacoustique, while received an honorary mention in 2006 at the 7th International Electroacoustic Composition Competition Musica Viva in Lisbon (the jury was constituted by Morton Subotnick (USA), François Bayle (France), and Miguel Azguime (Portugal).

He has written music for distinguished musicians such as Philippe Brunet (flugelhorn, trumpet), Tim Hodgkinson (bass clarinet), Wilfrido Terrazas (flutes), Chris Cundy (baritone saxophone, bass clarinet), the Stockholm Saxophone Quartet, Jason Alder (bass clarinet), Alexander Bruck (viola), Yoni Silver (bass clarinet), Natalia Pérez Turner (cello), Nadia Ratsimandresy (Onde), William Lang (alto trombone), Matias Karlsen Bjornstad (soprano saxophone), Liam Hockley (clarinets), Michael Pelzel (church organ), Kate Ryder (piano, prepared piano), Heather Roche (bass clarinet) Julie Kjaer (alto saxophone/alto flute).

Recent compositions amongst others, include: Equinox (2017), Γνώμων/Gnomon (for Tim Hodgkinson, Chris Cundy, Yoni Silver, Jason Alder [four bass clarinets] 2016), Egress I ( for Liam Hockley [four pre-recorded and one live basset-horns] 2017), Umbrae (for the Konus Quartett, 2016), Μαύρο Φως/Dark Light (for Jason Alder [contra bass clarinet] 2017), Entwined Equinox (for the Shadanga Duo, 2016), Axis Mundi (for Elena Kakaliagou [horn] 2016, Terra Firma (for William Lang [alto trombone] 2015), Astraea (for the Stockholm Saxophone Quartet, 2013), Undercurrent (for Liam Hockley [clarinet in A] 2014), Arché (for Chris Cundy [baritone saxophone] 2014), Nocturnal Flight (for Nadia Ratsimandresy [onde] 2014), Ingress (for Yoni Silver [bass clarinet] 2015), Canto Intrare (for Philippe Brunet [duo trumpets] 2015), Μήτε το Κύμα / Νé da'll onde (for Wilfrido Terrazas & Natalia Pérez Turner [bass flute / cello] 2014].

He has recorded/performed with a number of improvisers including among others Wade Matthews, Dario Bernal-Villegas, Jerry Wigens, James O'Sullivan, Philip Somervell, Jamie Coleman, Chris Cundy, Zsolt Sőrés, Sebastian Lexer, Javier Pedreira, Julie Kjaer, Artur Vidal, Christian Kobi, Christian Skjødt, Yoni Silver, Nuno Torres, Kurt Liedwart, Ernesto Rodrigues, Abdul Moimême, Ove Volquartz, Steve Noble, Joe Wright, Caroline Kraabel. Furthermore, he has also closely collaborated with the visual artists Pascal Dombis, and Villő Turcsány. Since 2007 he operates the record-label 'Aural Terrains' focusing in electroacoustics, composed and improvised music.

He has held residencies at the Visby Centre for Composers (twice) and at the Artus Contemporary Arts Studio in Budapest. His work has been supported by PRS for Music Foundation and the Swedish Art Council.

Current and upcoming projects for 2018-20 a series of compositions for the Hyperion Ensemble, Tim Hodgkinson (bass clarinet), Yoni Silver (bass clarinet), Ben Gernstein & Seshen (trombone, voice & movement), Benedict Taylor (viola), Stephanie Bell & Liam Hockley (alto flute and basset horn), Vincent Royer (viola), Heather Roche (bass clarinet), Jen Baker & William Lang (duo tenor trombones), Philippe Brunet (trumpet), Carla Rees (flutes), Zach Rowden (double bass), Alexander Bruck (viola), Natalia Pérez Turner (cello),  Antonio Politano (recorders), Chris Cundy (bass clarinets), Katalin Szanyi (alto flute), Jason Alder (contra bass clarinet), Peer Schlechta (church organ), Wilfrido Terrazas (flutes), William Lang (euphonium / bass trumpet).