Yiorgis Sakellariou (aka Mecha/Orga) is taking part in sound art residence and festival "Sound Around" (sound art labs/workshops, residencies, closing festival).
Yiorgis Sakellariou is a sound artist and composer working in the fields of electroacoustic music and phonography. In 2003 he launched the project “Mecha/Orga”, a vehicle for sonic exploration and research. Since then he has been active internationally being responsible for solo albums, having composed music for short films and theatrical performances, leading workshops and ceaselessly performing his music around the globe.
His practice is founded on the digital manipulation of environmental recordings. His palette of sounds is all encompassing; from vibrating rail-tracks to refrigerators' static, and from noisy waterfalls to the humming of insects.
He only performs in absolute darkness, fostering an all-inclusive and profoundly submerging sonic experience.
Yiorgis Sakellariou is a member of the Athenian Contemporary Music Research Centre (founded by I. Xenakis) and the Hellenic Electroacoustic Music Composers Association.
Since 2004 he has curated the label Echomusic.
Yiorgis Sakellariou had been recently living and working Klaipėda, Lithuania, for several years.
“Sound around” project proposes a series of residencies for sound artists and organization of 3 experimental music festivals in Kaliningrad, Klaipeda and Gdansk. The project aims at multilateral exchange of experiences, practices and technologies between sound artists from Poland, Lithuania and Russia. Exploration of sound landscapes of 3 cities, Gdansk-Kaliningrad-Klaipeda, will become the basis of communication between the artists and will include creation of sound-cards, multimedia installations and experimental music concerts. Within the framework of the project there will be mutual visit exchanges for collection of the material and organization of the workshops, lectures and demo concerts. The closing final festival will consist of concert, exhibition and theoretical parts. Also, it is planned to produce project documentation in a form of a CD or a vinyl.
Sound Art residence and festival "Sound Around" is a part of the project «Close Stranger: promoting mutual understanding between population of Gdansk, Kaliningrad and Klaipeda through facilitation of exchange in the field of contemporary arts and culture».