Plemmenos Ioannis

Ioannis Plemmenos

Biographical note

Academic Titles and Awards
1989 Bachelor in Law (LLB), University of Athens
1989 Diploma in Byzantine Music, “Nikos Skalkotas” Conservatoire, Athens
1995 Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Ethnomusicology, University of Cambridge, Thesis: “The Music of the Greek Refugees of Asia Minor: The Case of the Meliots, Megara”
2001 Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Ethnomusicology, University of Cambridge, Thesis: “Micromusics of the Ottoman Empire: The Music of the Greek Phanariots of Istanbul” (St Edmund’s College)
1995-98 Scholarship from the British Academy, London

Teaching Experience
1998-2000 Lecturer in Music, University of the Aegean, Department of Education, Rhodes
1999-2000 Visiting Scholar, University of Crete, School of Philosophy, Department of Philology, Rethymnon
2000-2008 Lecturer in Ethnomusicology, Ionian University, Department of Musical Studies, Corfu
2004-2008 Visiting Scholar, University of Peloponnese, School of Philosophy, Kalamata
2008-today Research Fellow of the Hellenic Folklore Research Centre, Academy of Athens

Other Activities
Contributor to Broadcast Series “Spirit of the Earth”, BBC Radio 3, Host: Dr Christopher Page (1995)
Recordings of the English Compositions by Eva Palmer-Sikelianou, ERA, Radio 3 (1997)
Member of the “Greek Byzantine Choir”, Director: Lykourgos Angelopoulos (1987-1997)
Member of the Advisory Board in the Journal of Interdisciplinary Music Studies


Principal English Publications
“The Active Listener: Greek Attitudes towards Music Listening in the Age of Enlightenment”, British Journal of Ethnomusicology, v. 6, 1997, pp. 51-64
“Musical Encounters at the Greek Courts of Jassy and Bucharest in the 18th century”, Greece and the Balkans, Dem. Tziovas (ed.), Ashgate, London 2003
“The Evolution of the Chromatic… Species: Greek versus Turkish Music Theory”, Maqām Traditions of Turkic Peoples, Proceedings of the Fourth Meeting of the ICTM Study Group "maqām”, Istanbul 18-24 October 1998, Jürgen Elsner and Gisa Jähnichen (eds.), Berlin 2006, pp. 177-190
Ottoman Minority Musics: The Case of 18th-century Greek Phanariots, LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing 2010

Principal Greek Publications
The Musical Portrait of Modern-Greek Enlightenment: Seven Biographies (Armos, Athens 2003)
Thinking of Greek Music: A Reconstruction of a Lost Dialogue (En plo, Athens 2004)
The Musical Westernization of Greek Province in south Peloponnese 1880-1920 (Elytron, Kalamata 2005)
Greek Translator of Søren Kierkegaard’s, The Immediate Erotic Stages from his Either – Or: A Fragment of Life (Taxideftis, Athens 2006)
Editor of Folk Songs of Lefkada from the Collection of Sp. Peristeris (Academy of Athens, Athens 2010)

Recent Papers (in English) 
 “Continuity and change in Greek Orthodox liturgical music”, Music and Dance Performance: Cross-Cultural Approaches, AHRC Research Centre for Cross-Cultural Music & Dance Performance, SOAS, London, 12-15 April 2005
“The Greek Contribution to the Development of Romanian Music: the Case of Nikephoros Kantouniares of Chios”, 12th International Conference on Eastern, Chant, Transmission and Reconstruction of Christian Musical Heritage, Gothic Hall of Three Hierarchs Monastery, Jassy, Romania, 16th–19th May 2005
“Meanings and gender issues in Eva Palmer's musical settings of the 1930s: an Ethnomusicological Perspective”, 5th Symbiosis Biennial Conference, School of English Department of American Literature & Culture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 30 June–3 July 2005
“Sexual Ambiguity in Greek Music during the Ottoman Period: The Case of Chrysanthos of Madyta (1832), Congress: Representation in Music, Musical Representation, Istanbul Technical University, Turkish Music State Conservatory, Department of Musicology, Istanbul 6-8 October 2005
“Demon or Delicacy: Music Folklore and Ethnomusicology in Greece”, International Symposium in European Ethnomusicology National Ethnomusicologies: The European Perspective, Cardiff University, 27-29 April 2007
“Synagogue Music of the Romaniote Jews: The Case of the Ioannina Community, Greece”, 18th ICTM Colloquium, 1st of the Study Group on Anthropology of Music in Mediterranean Cultures of the International Council for Traditional Music (Unesco), Musical Exodus: Al-Andalus and its Jewish Diasporas. Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, July 20-23, 2008
“Theorizing the Greek echoi at the end of the Ottoman period”, Music theory after the Ottoman empire, Cardiff University Music Analysis Conference (CarMAC), School of Music, Cardiff University, 4-7 September 2008
“Greek Myths and their Representations in European Drama and Opera: Continuities and Divergence”, 15th Congress of the International Society for Folk Narrative Research (ISFNR), Narratives Across Space and Time: Transmissions and Adaptations, Organizer: Academy of Athens – Hellenic Folklore Research Centre, Athens, 26 June 2009


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