Kinisi Festival is an experiment in bridging gaps between cultures and genres. Musicians and artists from Greece, FYROM, Albania, Kosovo, Romania, Serbia and Bulgaria will gather to play concerts, and host workshops and jam sessions. Take a listen to our explorations and events.
“Kinisi is an opportunity to bring skilled musicians playing traditional improvisatory musical forms into close proximity with artists creating alternative spaces for listening. Music is a medium which connects us to our heritage and history while accentuating the spontaneous, alive and shared. Artists working with sound can explore the boundaries of the medium and initiate new discussions. Despite the borders drawn between countries and disciplines all of the musicians and artists invited to the festival share an enthusiasm for sonically activating social and physical space."
This is music of the folk, rather than folk music - the music that people are playing and listening to now, at celebrations and in their daily lives. Kinisi brings together musicians who regularly perform for tightly knit communities, and some who rarely play outside these communities, with artists who rearrange our expectations of the use and placement of environmental sounds. Each afternoon there will be musician and artist led workshops dedicated to the exchange of techniques and ideas. These events will culminate in genre-crossing collaborations during the daily jam session. Visitors to the festival are invited to attend as well as participate. Each evening Kinisi will present a series of concerts featuring musicians from Greece and the Balkans, starting at sunset and stretching into the night. Throughout the weekend, five sound artists will develop an installation – based on their experience of the festival and Santorini - that will be exhibited alongside the final performances and into the following weeks.
Santorini’s cultural life is heavily influenced by its seasonal tourist economy, which has reshaped the cultural life of the island for better – and for worse. Much of the island’s native culture has been lost to the industry, yet tourism has also diversified the permanent population, which now includes a high percentage of immigrants from the Balkans and around the world. Kinisi’s aim is to reflect the island as it is today, by opening up a musical dialogue between Balkan musicians and creating a space for residents and tourists to celebrate the unique culture of the island - together.
Ramona Stout and Alyssa Moxley have been working together for over ten years, from recording lutes in Kazakhstan to creating sonic landscapes in Toronto.
Ramona learned to walk, talk and swim on the island of Santorini. Ramona studied Central Asian history and ethnomusicology and has travelled extensively in the Russian Federation and Central Asia. She got distracted by vintage vinyl on Chicago's south and west sides for a good many years. In 2011 she returned to Santorini where she works as a photographer. Her interests in acoustic ecology and sound art emerged from her work in ethnomusicology. She has a particular interest in capturing environmental sounds to create alternative or unrecognised realities. She has always wanted to create a venue in which she could share her rare musical experiences with a bigger audience without altering their essential components, Kinisi Festival is that venue.
Alyssa Moxley performs and creates installations, curates, writes, and teaches sound techniques. Her solo and collaborative works have been heard and installed in venues and radio stations in London, Chicago, New York, Paris, Toronto, Dublin, and Athens. She utilizes microphone techniques, field recording, interviews, composition, digital and analog sound design, speaker placement, and sculpture to create detailed sonic interventions and environments that relate to networks of memory and knowledge distribution. She brings a background as an artist, events organiser, audio engineer, and radio producer to facilitate creative exchanges amongst the participants and audiences.