a conSPIracy cantata
Review by Philip Clark, The Wire
Kyriakides has been resident in the UK since 1975 and his Conspiracy Cantata won the prestigious Gaudeamus Prize in 2000. It's a wonderful piece that makes connections between the cloak and dagger world of the CIA's encrypted spy transmissions and the espionage of ancient Greece. Scored for voices, piano, radio and electronics, Kyriakides derives much of his material from clandestine bleeps of Morse code. The voices intone a phonetic language while the piano relates to ancient Greece. The music sustains an intense and unsettling atmosphere over 35 minutes, with an alienated quality that perhaps derives from Kyriakides' observation that no government officially recognises that these codes exist. Conspiracy Cantata is surely a classic in the making.