photo by Tomas Terekas
Yiorgis Sakellariou is a composer of experimental and electroacoustic music. Since 2003, he has been active internationally being responsible for solo and collaboration albums, having composed music for short films and theatrical performances, leading workshops and ceaselessly performing his music around the globe.
His practice is founded on the digital manipulation of environmental recordings. His palette of sounds is all encompassing; from vibrating rail-tracks to refrigerators’ static, and from noisy waterfalls to the humming of insects. He only performs in absolute darkness, fostering an all-inclusive and profoundly submerging sonic experience.
His current research as a PhD student at Coventry University explores the ritual of electroacoustic music.
Yiorgis Sakellariou is a member of the Athenian Contemporary Music Research Centre and the Hellenic Electroacoustic Music Composers Association. Since 2004 he has curated the label Echomusic
-The spectator is immersed in some sort of a place or state where his threshold of awareness becomes more sensible and acute: the listener’s hearing is induced to a very responsive level where both the universal and the particular can occur simultaneously
(John McEnroe, Sonic Field – July 2012)
– The sense of Tarr-like poetry is strong here, the abstract washes of sound, the blurred rumbles, the cold harshness-very strong, very evocative. […] Something rings true, valid and worth contemplating.
(Brian Olewnick, Just Outside – March 2015, France)
-Sounds like they have been recorded near the sea, but then it could have been as easily hiss from cassettes or TV static.
(Frans De Waard, Vital Weekly – issue 666, the Netherlands)
-You have the impression of being buried alive and not able to see anything, no air to breathe, only dull vibrations comes from the outside, indicating your perception is still working.
(Dmitry Vasilyev, IEM magazine – June 2009, Russia)
-It sucks you in, wraps you tight and nearly stifles you.
(Dan Warburton, Paristransatlantic – April 2007, France)
– After decades spent analyzing hundreds of releases supported by the intrinsic voices of our environment, the experience tells that Sakellariou is now one of the genre’s bosses.
(Massimo Ricci, Touching Extremes – May 2017, Italy)