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Tinkling is a "perpetuum mobile" fantasy on a Thelonius Monk riff from the piece “Trinkle Tinkle”. The idea of the piece comes from a scene in the documentary “Straight No Chaser”, where Monk is seen spinning around like a whirling dervish in a airport space. In Boston, Monk once wandered around the airport until the police picked him up and took him to Grafton State Hospital for a week's observation. He was quickly released without strings, and though the experience persuaded him never to go out on the road alone again, he used to tell it as a certification of his sanity. “I can't be crazy,” he used to say with conviction, “cause they had me in one of those places and they let me go”.

Yannis Kyriakides CY/NL

Yannis Kyriakides was born in Limassol, Cyprus in 1969 , emigrated to Britain 1975 and has been living in the Netherlands since 1992. He studied music at York University, and later composition with Louis Andriessen and Dick Raaijmakers. He has focused in the majority of his work in working within hybrids of media. Prizes have included the Gaudeamus prize in 2000 for a conSPIracy cantata, a French Qwartz award for the CD Antichamber, the  Dutch Toonzetters and Willem Pijper prizes and an honorary mention at the Prix Ars Electronica. He has been the featured composer at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and November Music, his opera Ocean of Rain, opened the Aldeburgh Music Festival in 2008, and his sound installations where shown at the Venice Biennale in 2011. He co-founded and runs a label for experimental music, Unsounds, is a member of Ensemble MAZE,  and teaches composition at the Royal Conservatory in Den Haag.

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Yannis Kyriakides