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Ion Marmarinos Award Winner ‘Sacretum’ in CD

We are delighted to be sharing international competition success news for two of Ion Marmarinos’ works.

Marmarinos’ Sacretum for two sopranos and two mezzos will be featured in the Album “New Choral Voices, Vol.4 ” from Ablaze Records. The piece was a winner (among the winners) of the New Choral Voices Series international competition for choral works selected among 73 submissions.

For this album, Sacretum was recorded at the Ablaze Records’ studios in Cininnati Ohio, with Coro Volante conducted by Brett Scott, produced by Douglas Knehans. The release will take place on Friday 2 October 2020. In addition to its physical distribution, the album will also be available worldwide by various digital platforms.

Sacretum is set on text by Audrey Ardern – Jones, OBE. Ion tells us about the piece and the creative process behind it:

As a part of a collaborative project among historian of gender Dr. Alana Harris, poet Audrey Ardern – Jones and myself, Sacretum was inspired by the different temporalities of four women’s menstruation cycles. I artistically interpreted Dr. Harris research as a rare and valuable collection of personal, social, political, religious and emotional conflicts. Variations and contrasts between fixed cycles (use of contraception pill) and free cycles are demonstrated with clearly defined tonalities and rhythmic motifs (fixed), as opposed to sections of a quasi – tonal or atonal character with an obscured pulse (free), which suggest liberation from temporally controlled bodily functions. Short fragments, which act as links between different tonalities, harmonies, and rhythmic structures connect all four sections.

The original text written by poet Audrey – Ardern Jones, was added after the music was composed. It thoroughly described both Dr. Harris’s research and at the same time reflected the musical representation of menstrual data, dilemma, inner conflicts, eroticism and life, whether in the form of birth or sexual freedom. The text echoed an inner female voice of love, pleasure, affection, pain and violence present during menstruation and through sexuality.

The primary inspiring forces of Sacretum have been eroticism in all forms (flirt, charm, sexuality, intercourse, bodily functions, anger and conflicts), the freedom it represents and the organised, yet pulse-free temporality, which directs our everyday lives. The music can be perceived either as four distinct stories – lives connected with each other – or as a journey of bouncing between a fixed and a free cycle.

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Sacretum was presented in November 2017 at the “Blood Series” festival of Science Gallery London and was funded by King’s College London and Science Gallery London. An original recording with EXAUDI (conducted by James Weeks) integrated an artwork by visual artist Stephanie Bickford – Smith.


“One of the highlights of the show is a piece of specially composed music, written by Ion Marmarinos” (Pepinster/The Guardian)

Such a successful work, Sacretum received the 3rd prize at the 5th edition of INTERNATIONAL COMPOSERS COMPETITION “Artistes en Herbe” Luxembourg 2020. The award ceremony is planned for Sunday 31 January 2021 in Luxembourg.

Also Marmarinos’ Le Chemin Qui Brille for chamber ensemble reached the finals of the Juventas International Composition Competition/Call in Boston Massachusetts from among more that 200 submissions, promising future collaborations this award-winning Ensemble.

Le Chemin Qui Brille – “The path that shines” – was inspired by the journey of the snail and the trace that is formed by the slime it leaves behind. The path encounters the light of day and through its shine it becomes visible. Organized in three sections, the first utilizes a motif structured on wide intervals, which gradually transform and decrease. The process imitates the snail’s body movement, which is visually clear at a close distance and becomes less evident as it slides away. Inspired also by its shape where head and tail are almost identical, a palindrome formation of harmonies and temporal units imitate the repetitive movement of its body. A co – existence between forward-moving and static time gradually becomes evident.

Bravissimo to Ion Marmarinos!

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