Friday, October 5, 2012

Let There Be Music! and a New Fellow

Krista Martynes
The fall program of our Friends Association begins this coming Thursday evening October 11th at 7:30 PM on a musical note. The well-received and multi-talented classical and contemporary clarinetist and composer Krista Martynes ( will be in Athens to play a number of recitals. Montreal-based, she has played at festivals and concerts throughout North America and Europe often with live electronics and multi-media. She frequently is commissioned to compose new works. The works of the Greek avant-grade composer Iannis Xenakis are part of her repertoire.

Krista will share with us her thoughts on the integration of traditional music in European and Canadian composition. To illustrate her points she will play selections from pieces by the eccentric avant-garde composer Count Giacinto Scelsi D’Ayala Valva, the non-conformist underground Russian composer Edison Denisov, the Pulitzer Prize winning American composer David Lang and the Serbian composer, now resident in Montreal, Ana Sokolovic. Come and join us as we take a walk on the wild side!

Gino Canlas
Welcome Gino Canlas!
The Institute has three nine-month fellowships for Canadian graduate students to pursue their research interests in Athens and Greece. The Neda and Franz Leipen, the Elisabeth Alföldi-Rosenbaum and the Homer and Dorothy Thompson Fellowships each are offered every three years. They are named after Canadian researchers whose many contributions to Classical Art and Archaeology and Byzantine Studies are internationally recognized.

The holder of the Alföldi-Rosenbaum Fellowship for the 2012-2013 academic year is Gino Canlas. Gino is a M.A. student in the Department of Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC. He did his undergraduate work in Classics at UBC as well. His field experiences between 2009 and this summer include working with Prof. Hector Williams (UBC) at Mytilene on Lesbos and at Kastro Kallithea in Thessaly with Prof. Margriet Haagsma (University of Alberta).

While in Athens Gino’s research will focus on the spread of the cult of the Thessalian goddess Enodia outside of Thessaly. The goddess Enodia is not one of the most well-studied deities in the ancient Greek world. She was originally known only from scant literary and epigraphic attestations and was thought to have been just a mere epithet of other Pan-Hellenic deities, such as Artemis and Hekate. One of the goals of his research is to quantify and analyse the artefacts related to the cult of Enodia outside of Thessaly to determine possible regional variations and to examine the socio-political factors that contributed to the relatively far-reaching extent of her obscure cult.

Gino will also be working with me on the creation of the digital archives of the Institute for both our archaeological fieldwork and research as well as for the operation of CIG in Greece.

Please come to our events and lectures this month to welcome him warmly to the Athenian archaeological community!

David Rupp

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