Artist Profile

A Xenakis Playlist

Source: VAN Magazine.

This year marks the centenary of Iannis Xenakis, the Romanian-born Greek-French composer who died in 2001. Architect, mathematician, communist, and composer of both instrumental and electronic works, his music plowed an idiosyncratic furrow in the history of the European avant-garde. Xenakis’ music can be quite forbidding; he was forbiddingly prolific too, certainly compared to his colleague Pierre Boulez. This playlist offers a bird’s eye plan—an architect’s drawing—of the edifice of his music.