Yannis Kyriakides (1969) is a highly prolific composer and sound artist, based in Amsterdam, by way of Cyprus and England. His music explores new forms and hybrids of media. Prizes included the Gaudeamus prize in 2000 for ‘a conSPIracy cantata’, and an honorary mention at the Prix Ars Electronica 2006 for the CD ‘Wordless’. He was featured composer at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in 2007; his opera ‘Ocean of Rain’ opened the Aldeburgh Festival in 2008. He co-founded UNSOUNDS, a CD label for new electronic music, and is artistic director of MAE. Kyriakides currently teaches composition at the Royal Conservatory in Den Haag.
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Composition: Yannis Kyriakides
Images: Isabelle Vigier
Text: Thomas Platter, Travels in England (1599), English translation by Clare Williams, Cape (London: 1937)
Commissioned by Sound and Music, March 2009
First publication The Ear reader, November 2010