Nympholepsy is inspired by the immediate environment and history of ancient Messene. The work links the archaic with the contemporary by establishing a dialogue between the ethereal (sound) and the material (the ancient ruins). It is an exploration of the blurred limits between myth and history and the relationship between deities and human beings, nature and the supernatural.

The sonic material is based on the voice of Savina Yannatou which is manipulated and combined with environmental recordings.

Nympholepsy was premiered on June 3, 2018 at Tuned City | Ancient Messene, an event produced by Onassis Cultural Centre – Athens (OCC) as part of the INTERFACES project and co-funded by the Creative Europe program of the European Union.


Composed by Yiorgis Sakellariou (May 2018)
in memory of Costas Sakellariou

Special thanks to: Savina Yannatou, Carsten Stabenow, Manolis Manousakis, John Grzinich, Nikolas Malevičius and the production and technical team of OCC.
Photo credit: John Grzinich
Artwork by: Sotiris Gekas

Brief Bio:

Yiorgis Sakellariou is a composer of experimental electronic music. Since 2003, he has been active internationally by releasing solo and collaboration albums, leading workshops and ceaselessly performing his music around the globe.

He is a member of the Contemporary Music Research Centre and the Hellenic Electroacoustic Music Composers Association. Since 2004 he has curated the label Echomusic.