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Published on Sep 8, 2009
CHARISMA X - IANNIS XENAKIS by Efi Xirou. Documentary, 64 min. - 2008.
This is a documentary film on the life and work of the composer Iannis Xenakis, the architect of sound, whose visionary work reconciles art with science. The film develops in such a way to show how Xenakis's philosophy, architectural experience, mathematics and political background morph into music and how physical phenomena are transformed into musical expression. Iannis Xenakis' multidimensional work is presented through excerpts of his musical compositions, his architectural work, his interviews and archive material from Oresteia and Polytopes, the grand spectacles of sound and light.
The camera follows the musicians Francis-Marie Uitti, Lori Freedman, Elisabeth Chojnacka, Christophe Roy and Benny Sluchin. They are performing, specifically for this film, such works as Charisma, Naama Nomos Alpha and Keren. The venues they are performing are: Delphoi, La Tourette Convent and Xenakis' house in Paris. The film includes interviews of Françoise Xenakis, Mâkhi Xenakis, Georges Aperghis, Curtis Roads, François-Bernard Mâche, Sharon Kanach, Makis Solomos, Gérard Pape, Elisabeth Chojnacka, Giorgos Koumendakis and Roviros Manthoulis, Spyros Tsouvelis, Mosha Theologitou.