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Clouds that I like

Basil Athanasiadis’s Ithaka was an ingeniously orchestrated, episodic piece

John L Walters – The Guardian

 

Basil Athanasiadis’ reference to the Muse of Dance connects his work to Stravinsky’s ballet Agon, a reference to a Greek competition. The modal sound of Athanasiadis’ piece links it to the McPhee work. The sense of loss comes across clearly and the Muse’s stream of consciousness very effectively. Most of the music here has a dignified, formal air despite its energetic nature and sometimes virtuosic sound

Patsy Morita – All Music Guide

 

Terpsichore Bemused, by the Greek composer Basil Athanasiasdis, reflects its title, alternating a ‘virtually pulse-less opening’ with a powerful rhythmic drive

Bryce Morrison – The Classical Music Website, The Gramophone

 

On particular note was the third piece by Basil Athanasiadis (Terpsichore Bemused). The music was inventive and accessible, the dance performed by a female soloist who interacted with both pianists. It was delightful and kept me wathing without distracting from the music itself

Graeme Quinton-Jones – Kent Gazete

 

Basil Athanasiadis put old little songs of Geisha, into a contemporary context. Audience was charmed by these songs’ luscious singing and willowy movement with Geisha style costume

Megumi Sakagami – Kushiro City Newpaper, Hokkaido

 

I would recommend heading straight for Basil Athanasiadis’s “Antiphon to Mary

Roderic Dunnett – Church Times

 

A novel by Kazuo Ishiguro lies behind the wistful flights of fancy in Pale Views (2003) by Basil Athanasiadis

Richard Whitehouse – classicalsource.com

 

Two Haiku – Air Still by Basil Athanasiadis is a beautiful, atmospheric composition. A solemn approach of great poetry

George Leotsakos – critics-point.gr

 

In the creatively faultless CD Clouds that I like, all five works included, feature elements of asymmetry, non‐teleological thematic relation, fragmentation, flexible space and use of noise, unveiling unbelievably rich, astounding almost otherworldly timbres

…portray the solid knowledge and skilfulness of the composer’s compositional technique by successfully combining two highly contrasting worlds (the Western and Japanese tradition) into a harmoniously balanced and musical result, which I believe will retain its freshness over time

Thomas Tamvakos – Jazz & Jazz

 

Basil Athanasiadis’ work is original in terms of research and creative work which is on an area of study that has been neglected. The compositions are of a high technical level of accomplishment and are of an unusual and absorbing nature, revealing a true understanding of Japanese culture and a deeply-felt response to their traditions and art forms. This is an interesting basis for other composers who might also wish to explore East/West culture connections

Jonathan Harvey