october – 9 november 2008

19, Palia Ilektriki Street (ex Ap. Varnava), Nicosia
Open: Tuesday – Saturday 10:00-15:00, 17:00-23:00, Sunday: 10:00-16:00   
Tel. 22797400

The Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, in association with the Pierides Foundation and the Pharos Arts Foundation Present the exhibition Pharos = Ten


Exhibition Opening: 15 October 2008, 8.00pm, Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre (Old Powerhouse)

Duration: 15 October – 9 November 2008


Coinciding with the ten-year anniversary of the Pharos Arts Foundation, Pharos = 10 will showcase the Foundation's significant contribution to culture and contemporary art in particular. The exhibition will take place at the Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, from 15 October to 9 November 2008, and will encompass art-works and installations by a great number of international artists who had previously exhibited at the Pharos Centre for Contemporary Art.


Aiming to draw attention to the Pharos Arts Foundation activities, the Municipal Arts Centre will also house several events organized by the Trust, such as concerts and recitals by renowned Cypriot and international musicians, lectures by important scholars, dance workshops and master-classes.


The first joint effort between the Arts Centre and the Pharos Arts Foundation, Pharos = 10 is intended to lay the basis for a future cultural collaboration between the two institutions.


PARTICIPATING ARTISTS: (for more information please visit

Achot Achot (Armenian)
AES+F (Russian)
Brian Alfred (American)
Garen Andreassian (Armenian)
Samuel Baghdassarian (Armenian)
Christiane Baumgartner (German)
Ashod Bayandour (Armenian)
Ronald de Bloeme (Dutch)
Gor Chahal (Russian)
Laura Davis (Argentinean)
Angela Detanico & Rafael Lain (Brazilian)
Elizabeth Doering (American)
Haris Epaminonda (Cypriot)
Sumer Erek, (Cypriot)
Astrid Fitzgerald (American/Swiss)
Marcos Grigorian (Armenian)
Cao Guimarães (Brazilian)
Daniel Gustav Cramer (German)
Sarkis Hamalbashian (Armenian)
Joanna Jones (British)
Armen Kevorkian (Armenian)
Kiki (Krikor Mikayelyan) (Armenian)
Arman Krikorian (Armenian)
Ben Langlands and Nikki Bell (British)
Anna Maria Maiolino ( Brazilian)
Antonio Manuel (Brazilian)
Mike Marshall (British)
Cildo Meireles (Brazilian)
Eleni Nicodemou (Cypriot)
Laura Padgett (American)
Machi Papadopoulou (Cypriot)
José Patricio (Brazilian)
Nicolas Robbio (Brazilian)
Vahan Roumelian (Armenian)
Ararat Sarkissian (Armenian)
Richard Serra  (American)
John Tordai  (British)
Hourig Torossian (Armenian/Cypriot)
Bill Viola (American)
Horst Weierstall (German)
Richard Wentworth (British)



Wednesday 15 October   

8.00pm Opening of the exhibition.

9.45pm – Music: Brazilian Jazz Music with Brazilian jazz quartet Botafogo, and Paris-based vocalist Catia Werneck. (Duration 45’)

Thursday 16 October

7.00pm – Lecture: Brazilian Music in Retrospect by bass-player Jacques Figueras, leader of Botafogo. Demonstration by Sandro Zerafa (guitar) and Jean Christophe Dorville (percussion). (Duration 120’)

Friday 17 October

7.00pm – Music: Guitar Recital with classical guitarist Vasilios Avraam, first prize-winner of the First National Guitar Competition in Hungary and graduate of the Ferenc Liszt Conservatory, the Conservatoire National de Region de Strasbourg and the Academy of Music in Bratislava. Works by Astor Piazzolla, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Maurice Ohana, Leo Brouwer and Mikis Theodorakis. (Duration 30’)

Saturday 18 October

7.00 pm – Interview: The contemporary Cypriot composer Evis Sammoutis interviews Rohan de Saram, one of the greatest cellists of our time. Celebrated as a supreme champion of the most complex new music, master-cellist Rohan de Saram has inspired a number of contemporary composers, including Pousseur, Xenakis and Berio, to write works for him. Saram talks about his life, art and collaborations. (Duration 45’)

8.00 pm Music & Painting: Amplification/Moving in Detail. A performance with visual artist Joanna Jones, cellist Rohan de Saram, the contemporary Greek composer and pianist Antonis Anissegos, and Principal Timpanist of the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra and founder of the Cyprus Contemporary Music Ensemble, percussionist Nicolas Papageorgiou. Using a video camera, Joanna Jones will be interacting with one of her paintings with simultaneous projection whilst the musicians respond to the ‘visual score’ with a live improvised performance. (Duration 30’)

Sunday 19 October

12.30pm –  Music: Flute and Piano Lunchtime Recital. His Excellency Pedro Motta Pinto Coelho, Ambassador of Brazil to Cyprus is also an accomplished flutist. He will team up with Cypriot pianist Andri Hadjiandreou, prize winner of the South Orange Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, and Goldsmiths Sinfonia Concerto Competition. Programme to include sonatas for piano and flute by Bach and Poulenc, as well as Brazilian pieces (Duration 45’)

Tuesday 21 October

7.00pm – Lecture: Early Music Performance: Historical development and controversies surrounding questions of authenticity by Dr. Kenneth Owen Smith, Assistant Professor at the University of Nicosia, associated researcher with the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles and President and co-founder of the Cyprus Music Institute.  (Duration 90’)

Wednesday 22 October

7.00pm – Music: Flute Recital with Virginie Bove, graduate of the National Conservatory of Paris, former Principal flute in the Sorbonne Orchestra and present sub-principal/piccolo flute player in the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra. Works by Claude Debussy, Arthur Honegger, G.P.Telemann, Jacques Ibert and the world premiere of Evis Sammoutis’ piece for solo flute Air (Duration 30’)

7.30pm – Music: Cello Recital with one of the most sought-after young cellists in the world, Alexander Chaushian, prize-winner in the 12th International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and Internationaler Musikwettbewerb der ARD in Germany, and artistic director of the International Pharos Chamber Music Festival. Programme to include sonatas by Bach and contemporary works for unaccompanied cello (Duration 30’)

Friday 24 October

7.00pm – Music: Cello and Piano Recital. Cellist Alexander Chaushian and pianist Elizaveta Kopelman who studied with Brazilian pianist Arnaldo Cohen join forces in works by Dmitry Shostakovich and César Franck. The programme will also include the premiere of Constantin Papageorgio’s  Sentimental Fossil for piano 
(Duration 45’)

Saturday 25 October

1:30pm - Pharos
= Ten ( = Fringe). Performing together especially for the Pharos = Ten (= fringe), visiting UK flutist Rachel Smith will join pianist Boris Alexandrov and bassoonist Miriam Butler for a lunch hour concert. Programme:Donizetti Trio in F major for Flute, Bassoon and Piano, Villa-Lobos Bachianas Brasileiras No.6 for Flute & Bassoon, Debussy Syrinx for Flute, Beethoven Trio in G major for Flute, Bassoon and Piano (Duration 45')

7.00pm – Dance/Music: Looking Good. Presented in collaboration with the Dance – Gate Dancehouse Cyprus (Lefkosia). An exploration on the inherent substances and qualities carried within the dancers’ movement, a study that wishes to touch on the toxicity created and that relates to the function of the dancers’ body and movement. Direction/Choreography: Arianna Economou; Actress: Marina Mandri; Dancers: Pascal Caron, Ioanna Ioakeim, Christos Ioannides, Stavri Kalopetridou, Paolina Stoyanova. (Duration 30’)

7.30pm – Music: Piano Recital with the young Brazilian pianist Pablo Rossi, first-prize winner of the First Nelson Freire National Competition for New Brazilian Talents, the International Piano Competition of Cordoba, and the Perfecto Garcia Chornet International Piano Competition in Valencia. Programme to include works by Nepomuceno, Villa-Lobos, Camargo Guarnieri, Schumann and Chopin. (Duration 30’)

Wednesday 29 October

7.00pm – Film Documentary: Bill Viola: The Eye of the Heart. Viola’s works focus on universal human experiences—birth, death, the unfolding of consciousness—and have roots in both Eastern and Western art as well as spiritual traditions, including Zen Buddhism, Islamic Sufism, and Christian mysticism. Director Mark Kidel followed Bill Viola for over two-and-a-half years and accompanied him to places of particular personal significance. The film, which includes carefully chosen extracts from many of Viola's essential works, offers a unique perspective on the artist's work and his sources of inspiration. (Duration 60’)

Thursday 30 October

7.00pm – Talk: "Hereness”. The talk will be given by Richard Wentworth, a foremost figure in New British Sculpture since the end of the 70s. Wentworth’s work centres on the idea of transformation, of subtly altering and juxtaposing everyday objects, which has both altered the traditional definition of sculpture and fundamentally changed the way we perceive the world around us. (Duration 120’)

Friday 31 October

7.00pm – Music: Voice and Piano Recital Walking Between Deserts. A particularly versatile singer, with repertoire embracing a great variety of styles, ranging from medieval to contemporary, soprano Margarita Elia will perform the Cyprus Premiere of works by Lou Diemer and Libby Larsen and the world premiere of the song cycle Walking Between Deserts by Cypriot composer Andreas Tsiartas. She will be accompanied on the piano by professor of piano and related courses at the European University Cyprus Dina Savvidou and the composer Andreas Tsiartas. (Duration 30’)

Saturday 1 November

8.00pm – Music: Violin and Piano Recital.  Popular with Cyprus audiences, violinist Wolfgang Schroeder will team up with pianist Nicolas Costantinou in sonatas for violin and piano by Ravel and Dohnányi.   (Duration 60’)

Monday 3 November

8.30pm – Music: Guitar Recital Mafuá with the internationally-acclaimed Brazilian guitarist Yamandu Costa.  Celebrated for his breathtaking technique, charisma and class, Yamandu was influenced by Radamés Gnatalli. He studied the works of Baden Powell and Tom Jobim and developed an incomparable manner of playing the guitar, somewhere between genius and madness. He will be presenting works from Mafuá, an instrumental album with his own compositions, shuttling between samba, choro and tango. (Duration 90’, Entrance: €20/€15 Concessions, Friends of the Pharos Trust)

Tuesday 4 November

7.00pm – Talk/Interview: Nouritza Matossian, author and biographer of Iannis Xenakis and Arshile Gorky, in a conversation with the founder and president of the Pharos Trust, Garo Keheyan, on Art, Culture and Society. (Duration 90’)

Wednesday 5 November

7.00pm – Music: Piano Recital with the outstanding Cypriot pianist Manolis Neophytou, graduate of the Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatoire and the Ecole Normale A.Kortot. Works by H.Gargaloyan, Grieg-Ginzburg, Chopin, Turina and Albeniz (Duration 30’)

Thursday 6 November

7.00pm – Lecture: Developing Variations. Cypriot composer Evis Sammoutis introduces and plays some of his recent compositions. Sammoutis’ works have already been performed and broadcast in over 30 counties by renowned ensembles and soloists, including the Ensemble Modern, the Arditti String Quartet and the Ensemble Intercontemporain. The composer has recently been awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society Award, the most important compositional award for composers under 29 in the UK. (Duration 120’)

Friday 7 November

6.30pm Dance: Occupations/Discoveries. Machi Dimitriadou-Lindahl is choreographing a work inspired by Antonio Manuel’s exhibition Occupations/Discoveries, which inaugurated the opening of the Pharos Centre for Contemporary Art in October 2005. The exhibition was originally shown in Oscar Niemeyer’s iconic Museum of Contemporary Art overlooking Guanabara Bay and Rio de Janeiro and was commissioned on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the discovery and occupation of Brazil by the Portuguese. It was a brave architectural intervention, consisting of a series of walls plastered on one side, which Manuel punctured with holes, redirecting the viewer’s gaze away from the magnetic power of the landscape. It addressed the issue of restricted vision and the dichotomies of Brazilian society, itself polarised by barriers of wealth and poverty. Dancer: Marina Pogiatzi (Duration 30’)

7.00pm An Interactive sound installation: "Sound=Space":  A concert of improvised music, light and digitally generated video remix with German composer and pioneer in electronic music, Rolf Gehlhaar. Being the nucleus of Gehlhaar's multi-media installations, compositions and performance activities, SOUND=SPACE serves as an evolving technical control system for comprehensive, immersive, interactive environments involving sound and projected visuals. The project will encompass a number of workshops (dancers, students, people with special needs) throughout the day at appointed hours

Saturday 8 November

8.00pm Electro-acoustic space probe: With Meta4 Ensemble. Meta4, a flexible instrumental, electro-acoustic and digital ensemble founded in 2001, has performed and recorded widely, including broadcasts on BBC Radio2 with simulcast on the internet. The main aesthetic thrust of the group is to draw upon the universally available palette of all sounds and imagery and to integrate these – by shaping and reshaping them - into an exploratory, ephemeral, momentary narrative co-composed by the members of the group. The live visuals will also encompass time-delayed and real-time interpretations of the performers on and off stage, deconstructing the space into a completely transformed environment. The electro-acoustic environment of Meta4 is special, involving 4 channels of amplification and a unique spatialisation of the sounds designed to give the audience the impression that they are floating within the sound world of the performance. The concert will be simultaneously streamed on the Internet. Meta4 Ensemble: Rolf Gehlhaar / SOUND=SPACE & direction, Nouritza Matossian / vocals. Luis Girao / flute & live electronics, Hagop Gehlhaar-Matossian / turntable & live electronics, Vahakn Gehlhaar-Matossian / visuals (Duration 90’)

Sunday 9 November

12.00pm – Piano Master-Class: With Finnish pianist Paavali Jumppanen and the participation of two Cypriot piano students. One of Finland’s foremost pianists and a strong proponent of new music, Jumppanen has  produced a recording of the complete piano sonatas of Pierre Boulez, in honour of the composer’s 80th birthday, for Deutsche Grammophon (Duration 90’)


All performances are open to the public free of charge unless otherwise stated