In this presentation I aim to discuss the tension and interplay of different musical styles coexisting in a single piece of composition, as well as the relationship between several pieces of my PhD portfolio. As a composer and musicologist I have always stumbled upon distinctive terms such as “concert”, “experimental”, “popular” music etc., in addition to the disparate musical ‘languages’ of tonality and atonality. The development of technology has added manipulation (deconstruction and reconstruction of sounds), noise, soundscaping, not to mention the electronically synthesized sounds. The term “music” itself has been redefined.
At the beginning of the 21st century, access to music, knowledge and means of composition have significantly changed. In this context, I find it inevitable for composers to combine their influences at some level. After all, fusion is nothing new to music, though now the distance to bridge might be longer. In my research I try to consciously weave elements from different musical idioms in what hopes to be a cohesive result. The basic element that interconnects the various pieces that form my PhD portfolio is the recurring reference to Greek traditional music.
Zoi Dachri is a PhD candidate in Composition supervised by Mark Bowden and Brian Lock, exploring polystylism in both acoustic and electroacoustic music. She has studied musicology, performance and composition in conservatories and universities in Greece and the UK. She has participated in ensembles of classical, popular and traditional music, and has composed for theatre and film.