Alexis Kakoulidis was born in Thessaloniki in 1981. He studied flute and music theory in Thessaloniki (Municipal & “Melodia” Conservatories) and Glasgow (Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama), and musicology and philosophy at the A.U.TH., where he is currently pursuing PhD research. His research interests revolve around the relationship between sound and word, and the connections between music and religion, particularly through the perspectives of pop culture, philosophy and aesthetics. He has taught flute and music theory in conservatoires and music workshops in Komotini, Thessaloniki and Yannitsa.
Born in Thessaloniki in 1987, he started playing the electric bass at the age of 18. Soon after, he dropped out of an Information Technology school to occupy himself solely with music, studying Harmony and Counterpoint under prof. G. Grampsas, taking vocational training in Music Technology and Sound Engineering and taking double bass lessons at the Thessaloniki State Conservatory under prof. G. Gralistas, of which he is still a student. At the moment he is also a student at the School of Music Studies, AUTH. His research interests include Cultural and Social Anthropology, Ethnomusicology, Early Music, cultural critique, intercultural issues, the political and ethical aspects of music. He enjoys other peoples’ music, Byzantine (religious Greek Orthodox) music, free improvisation, sound design for film, science fiction, roleplaying games and pondering philosophical questions in nature, preferably at high altitudes.
Alexandra Karamoutsiou was born in Thessaloniki in 1987. She has graduated from the Music Department of AUTH University and also she has recently finished her postgraduate studies at University of Athens on “Music, Culture and Communication”. At present she is a PhD Candidate of the Music Department of Auth University of Thessaloniki. Simultaneously she is playing the violin and singing while she is exploring the field of experimental music and Greek rebetika. She has worked as: violin teacher, music-teacher in primary education, educator at public IEΚ. Her research interests are focusing on the bilaterally formative relationship between music phenomenon society, politics and philosophy. At the moment she is researching on the DIY musical activity of Thessaloniki.
Panos Ladas was born in Korinthos in 1981. He graduated from the Geotechnology & Environmental engineering department of Kozani in 2005 and from the Composition section of the Music Studies School of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 2012. He has participated in a number of music groups, some of which are Postblue, Masine like Koma, Daτσουtsun and beaTol & the Eagol. Among other things, he likes to study the generative parameters of every kind of (artistic or not) creative process.
Georgia Pazarloglou was born in Thessaloniki in 1990. She has studied guitar, piano and classical and modern song. In 2008 she began her studies at the Department of Music Studies, A.U.TH., focusing mainly on historical musicology, aesthetics, and their coalescence with the social and political aspects of human life. Both her research and her practice center on the emergence and promotion of creativity, not within established dominant frameworks, but through unmediated everyday experiences in the context of human communities.
Anna Papoutsi graduated in 1998 from the Epanomi Technical School in Thessaloniki. In 2003 she took a degree in accounting from Kavala T.E.I and from 2004 to 2009 she studied music in the Department of Music Studies A.U.TH. In 2012 she completed a Master’s in Music Culture and Communication at the University of Athens. Along with her academic studies, she completed her music studies in the conservatory, in theory (harmony, counterpoint, fugue) and was awarded a diploma in flute. The past six years she has been working as a music teacher in elementary school and, since 2014, she is a PhD candidate in the A.U.TH. Music Department. Her research interests revolve around free improvisation in music, and oral – narrative modes for the investigation and recording of history.
Anastasia was born in Drama in 1988. She started her music studies when she was 11 years old. In the beginning “music-making” for her meant playing the piano, and after a while singing (or singing and playing at the same time). As years passed by, she realised she could also make music while dancing, painting, meeting new people, travelling, doing the housework, taking part in collective activities or just sitting silent. She is interested in the environment, experimental music, corporeality in performance, philosophy and aesthetics of music as well as piano teaching. Today she is [still] a music student in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, School of Fine Arts. And this is a story that holds some truth about her.
Born and raised in Edessa, Greece, Evdoxia Ragkou began studying music at an early age at the local municipal conservatory. She studied musicology at the Department of Music Studies, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. After graduation (2011), she enrolled in a postgraduate program at the Music Department, University of Huddersfield (UK) and graduated the following year (2012). During her undergraduate studies, she discovered Critical and New Musicology, which prompted her to extend her research and specialize on issues of historicity and further explore the notion of historical narratives in the 20th century. She is now a postgraduate student in Liberal Studies at the New School for Social Research in New York, where she intends to pursue PhD level research. While an undergraduate student, she also discovered experimental music, and later performed with the Edges ensemble in Huddersfield and Open Score Project in Athens. Since then, she focuses her interest in sound-making by participating in various experimental music ensembles, and experimenting with electronic sound synthesis, using object oriented programming language.
Danae Stefanou is Assistant Professor in Historical Musicology at A.U.TH. She studied Music in Nottingham (MA) and London (PhD) and worked as a Research Associate and Visiting Lecturer at Royal Holloway, University of London (2001-2007). She plays in the Athens-based electroacoustic duo acte vide, and enjoys collaborating as often as possible with composers, improvisers and intermedia artists from Greece and abroad. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals (JRMA, JIMS) and collective publications, including the forthcoming Cambridge Companion to Film Music and Routledge Global Popular Music series. She has contributed to the Eastern Europe update of Grove Music Online (2015) and translated the first Greek edition of Michael Nyman’s Experimental Music: Cage and Beyond (Editions 8, 2012). She is interested in combining micro-history, ethnography and critical epistemology, and favours any interdisciplinary approach that brings theory a little closer to practice, and music a little closer to everyday experiences.