The Word and the Note, lecture by Alkinoos Ioannidis

Fri 4/26/2024 • 4PM - 5:30PM PDT

UCLA Mong Auditorium, 404 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095

What is a song? When do words function as sound and when do notes represent meaning? Is tradition closer to conservatism or progress? Does poetry die when it is sung? Why do religions have hymns? How is it that, when reading the written word, we may actually perceive a musical score? What is a product of its time, what is timeless, and what is just a waste of time? How many centuries can fit inside three minutes?

The song is the breath of humanity through the centuries.

We are going to look at its source, the course it follows, and where it leads – the obvious paths, its tools, but also its intangible elements, the way it engulfs us, and how it weaves its way in and all around us.

This lecture is for those interested in music, language, or sound. And, of course, it is for the lovers of song.

Alkinoos Ioannidis is a singer-songwriter who has released multiple solo albums, most of which have gone gold or platinum. Born in Nicosia, Cyprus, he studied classical guitar at the European Conservatory and studied theatre at the Drama School of the National Theatre of Greece and philosophy at The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, and later signed to Universal Music. In addition to writing songs, he has composed music for dance, film, and theater, and arranged or produced albums for other artists. His symphonic work is often performed by orchestras in different countries. During the last three decades, he has given more than 2,000 concerts all over the world. His influences range from traditional Cypriot songs, Greek songwriting, Near Eastern traditions, folk, rock, electronic, and classical music.

Ioannidis will also give a live concert at Schoenberg Hall on Saturday, April 27. For tickets and details, visit:

This event is being held under the auspices of the Deputy Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Cyprus, the Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus in the United States and the Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Cyprus in Los Angeles. This program is made possible thanks to the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), with support from the UCLA Dean of Humanities.

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