To all composers out there: a great opportunity to compose short etudes for piccolo for the American flutist Patricia Surman.
Hours before 2015 has expired, Timo Tuhkanen came up with this interesting idea to ask professionals in the new music domain for their predictions for 2016.
He collected the predictions of composers, musicians, sound artists, radio artists , field recorder artists, and people generally working in the field of new music and compiled them in a fun to read web site which is accessible at http://acutethics.blogspot.it/2016/01/2016-new-music-predictions.html
Many thanks to Timo for having asked me to contribute to his compilation!
I have just found out that, my work Quasi (ébauche) for string quartet was shortlisted for the prize of the Matan Givol International Composers Competition 2016.
Although I wish that I have received the prize, I am still glad that my work has received such an honorable mention among almost 100 works from all over the world.
My congratulations to the recipient of the prize, Francesco Ciurlo!
For more info please visit http://www.meitar.net/matan-givol-international-composers-competition/
New work: Even the sky, screams sometimes too, for alto recorder and concert accordion (bajan).
The work was commissioned by the Duo Goliardi — Dimitrios-Menelaos Kountouras, recorders & Kostas Raptis, bajan.
Rehearsals have already begun. The premiere is coming up on February 16th 2016 at Porta Theater, Athens.
More info in future posts.
One day. One composer. One discovery.
On December 18th, the Composers’ Circle discovers my student Manolis Ekmektsoglou. See, http://composerscircle.com/manolis-ekmektsoglou/
On September 1st 2015 I was invited to do my own show on the Greek National Radio. The show (in Greek) is now accessible online.
For an hour, I tell stories of my life and play excerpts of my music as well as music by Georges Aperghis, Beat Furrer, Nicolas Tzortzis and my composition students Antonis Rouvelas, Manolis Ekmektzoglou, Jiannis Paul, and Zesses Seglias.
Click on the picture above to go to the web site of 9,58 FM or use, alternatively, the following link: http://webtv.ert.gr/ert3/01sep2015-xenodochio-958/
Sunday December 6, 2015. University of Iowa, Center for New Music – David Gompper, director. Riverside Recital Hall, Iowa City, IA, USA, 7:30pm
This coming Sunday, December 6th 2015, the CNM ensemble is programmed to perform my work Effluénces (2011) as well as works by Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho and guest composer Caroline Shaw. Also performing is special guest cellist Kevin McFarland in a new work by Josh Levine, professor at the UIowa School of Music.
- Caroline SHAW, in manus tuas (2009). Ghyas Zeidieh. violoncello
- Dimitri PAPAGEORGIOU, Effluénces (2011). Jeiran Hasan, flute; Christine Burke, bass clarinet; Korak Lertpibulchai, piano; Leonardo Perez, violin; Matthew Laughlin, violoncello; Zachary Stanton, conductor
- Caroline SHAW, Taxidermy (2012) for percussion quartet. Wannapha Yannavut, percussion I; Andrew Veit, percussion II; Christine Augspurger, percussion III; Ben Yancey, percussion I
— Intermission —
- Joshua LEVINE, Sixty Cycles (2015), for violoncello. Kevin McFarland, violoncello.
- Kaija SAARIAHO, Lichtbogen (1986), for nine musicians and live electronics. Emily Duncan, flute; Christine Augspurger, percussion; Bethany Wheeler, harp; Korak Lertpibulchai, piano; Andrew Gentzsch, violin I; Leonardo Perez, violin II; Elizabeth Upson, viola; Matthew Laughlin, violoncello; Nicholas Bowes, double bass, electronics; Zachary Stanton, conductor
The Fonema Consort and Access Contemporary Music have recently announced the names of the composers selected from their 2016 Soloist Series Call-for-Scores. I am very please that my doctoral student, Zesses Seglias, is one of the winners. For more information, see http://www.fonemaconsort.com/call-for-scores/
Performance of Sustaining Love by AMGA
Manolis Ekmetzoglou’s Sustaining Love has recently received a performance by the AMGA Ensemble at Hong Kong. Manolis is a former student of mine who is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at York University. Please, listen to the recording at
01-09-2015, 21:00-22:00 at 95.8 National Greek Radio
Tonight, I will spend an hour at the Motel 958, a show on the Greek National Radio station 958 that invites people of the city of Thessaloniki to create their own broadcast.
I will be talking about my life and musical experiences in Greece, Austria and U.S.A. and I will be playing music by George Aperghis, Beat Furrer, Nicolas Tzortzis and my composition students Antonis Rouvelas, Manolis Ekmektzoglou, Jiannis Paul, and Zesses Seglias.
Host: Thanasis Gogadis
Internet broadcast: http://webradio.ert.gr/ert3-makedonias/
The excellent Swiss contemporary duo, UMS & JIP (Ulrike Mayer Spohn – recorders and Javier Hagen – counter tenor), are in Athens this coming week and are going to perform my work “Unending are the Mazes it Engenders” in a concert that is organized by the IEMA.
The rest of the program entails works by
Georges Aperghis, Panayiotis Kokoras, Luis Codera Puzo, Chikashi Miyama, Antonis Rouvélas, and JIP.
Institute for Research on Music and Acoustics IEMA
105 Adrianou st., 105 58 Athens – Greece
Tel: +30 210-3310129
This is a presentation concert: UMS & JIP would like to meet/get to know more Greek composers who might want to work with them, i.e. they could get to know us, hear us live and discuss with us directly whether they would like to join the Greece Project (http://greece.umsnjip.ch).
OE1 | 31/10/2014, 23:03 Central European Time | Lange Nacht der Neuen Österreichischen Musik | “10 Years Ensemble Zeitfluss” concert broadcast
“Translucent Currents in her Darkness” for chamber ensemble, which was recently premiered by the Ensemble Zeitfluss at their anniversary concert “10 Years Ensemble Zeitfluss” will be aired on October 31 by the OE1 Radio Program of the Austrian Radio Television (ÖRF).
The whole program of the concert will be available online via streaming featuring works by Denovaire, Klaus Dorfegger, Elisabeth Harnik, Mirela Ivičević, Joachim Jung, Gerhard Krammer, Gerd Kühr, Klaus Lang, Daniel Oliver Moser, Gerd Noack, Dimitri Papageorgiou, Anselm Schaufler, Krešimir Seletković, Gerhard Stäbler, Orestis Toufektsis, Joanna Wozny, as well as Country Band March and 3 Lieder (1922) by Charles Ives, in an excellent arrangement by Anselm Schaufler.
Accessible online at http://oe1.orf.at/programm/385864
Ensemble Zeitfluss. Edo Micic – conductor
This coming Monday, the Ensemble Zeitfluss (www.ensemble-zeitfluss.com) is celebrating their 10th anniversary with a concert that combines the old with the new. The program features two works by Charles Ives as well as commissioned miniatures—happy birthday pieces—by composers who have strong ties with the ensemble.
I am very happy to be part of this celebration with a new piece, Translucent Currents, for large ensemble.
Charles Ives: Country Band March, 3 Lieder (1922), arrangiert von Anselm Schaufler
Miniatures by: Denovaire, Klaus Dorfegger, Elisabeth Harnik, Mirela Ivičević, Joachim Jung, Gerhard Krammer, Gerd Kühr, Klaus Lang, Daniel Oliver Moser, Gerd Noack, Dimitri Papageorgiou, Anselm Schaufler, Krešimir Seletković, Gerhard Stäbler, Orestis Toufektsis, Joanna Wozny
Kulturzentrum bei den Minoriten – Minoritensaal
I would like to share with you the recording of my work Intrascalings (2014) for clarinet, marimba, and double bass, which was premiered by the amazing ensemble et cetera on October 10th, 2014. I am deeply indebted to the three members of the ensemble, Dustin Donahue – percussion, Curt Miller – clarinet, and Scott Worhington – double bass for all their excellent performance.
The performance took place on October 10th, 2014 at the Conrad Prebys Music Center of the University of California, San Diego.
The program also included the premiers of two very exciting works by Joseph Lake and Timothy McCormack.
Joseph Lake, Vyssan Lull (2014) for clarinet, percussion and double bass
Timothy McCormack, KILN II (2013-14) for bass clarinet, contrabass & percussion
Patterns of Intuition
Musical Creativity in the Light of Algorithmic Composition, Nierhaus G. (ed.)
Due on January 14, 2015 by Springer, New York
After a three year research project at the Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics of the University of Music and Drama at Graz, the publication of the research results is due on January 14, 2015 as Springer, NY, announced today.
The research project investigated the creative act of composing by means of algorithmic composition. Central to the investigation are the compositional strategies of 12 composers, which were documented through a dialogic and cyclic process of modelling and evaluating musical materials.The aesthetic premises and compositional approaches configure a rich spectrum of diverse positions, which is reflected also in the kinds of approaches and methods used.
The book includes the chapter Dimitri Papageorgiou/Interlocking and Scaling, which is my composition project within the frame of Patterns of Intuition.
The first part of the book entails another very interesting 11 composition projects by Elisabeth Harnik, Clemens Nachtmann, Eva Reiter, Clemens Gadenstätter, Katharina Klement, Orestis Toudektsis, Alexander Stankovski, Matthias Sköld, Djuro Zivkovic, Bart Vanhecke, and Peter Lackner.
The second part features contributions by Sandeep Bagwhati, William Brooks, David Cope, Darla Crispin, Nicolas Donin, and Guerino Mazzola. These authors variously consider the project from different perspectives, offer independent approaches, or provide more general reflections from their respective research fields.
Many thanks go to our editor and project leader, dr. Gerhard Nierhaus, and his team, dr. Hanns Holger Rutz and Daniel Mayer, for their tireless effort during this three year period.
TABLE of CONTENTS
Composer’s Projects.- Elisabeth Harnik/Improvisational Re-Assemblies.- Clemens Nachtmann/Forbidding Harmonies.- Eva Reiter/Wire Tapping the Machine.- Clemens Gadenstätter/Hidden Grammars.- Dimitri Papageorgiou/Interlocking and Scaling.- Katharina Klement/Transformation and Morphing.- Orestis Toufektsis/Chords in a Black Box.- Alexander Stankovski/Mirrors within Mirrors.- Matthias Sköld/A Topography of Personal Preferences.- Djuro Zivkovic/Different Tones.- Bart Vanhecke/Straightening the Tower of Pisa.- Peter Lackner/Tropical Investigations. Interdisciplinary Contributions.
Artistic Research in/as Composition: Some Case Notes; D. Crispin.- In Re: Experimental Education; W. Brooks.- Artistic Research and the Creative Process: The Joys and Perils of Self-Analysis; N. Donin.- Musicking Beyond Algorithms; S. Bhagwati.- Boulez’s Creative Analysis: an Arcane Compositional Strategy in the Light of Mathematical Music Theory; G. Mazzola.- Algorithmic Music Compositions; D. Cope.- Contributing Researchers.
The ensemble et cetera — Dustin Donahue, marimba; Curt Miller, clarinet; Scott Worthington, double bass — performing my work Intrascalings on stage of the Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall (University of California, San Diego) on October 10th, 2014. Photos courtesy of Anahita Abbasi.
These guys did a phenomenal job! A young ensemble with great prospects.
Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall | University of California, San Diego | Friday, October 10th, 2014 | 7:00 pm
Upcoming Friday, the ensemble et cetera is performing the premier of my work Intrascalings for clarinet, marimba, and double bass, at the state-of-the-art Music Center at University of California San Diego campus (http://musicweb.ucsd.edu/concerts/). The ensemble will premier works commissioned from three of the five winners of their 2013 Composition Competition.
Ensemble et cetera is a trio based in Southern California. Formed by three friends in 2010, et cetera seeks to create a repertoire for their unusual instrumentation through new commissions, electro-acoustic works and realizations of unconventional scores reflecting their myriad interests in the American and European avant-garde.
Ensemble et cetera is Curt Miller – clarinets, Dustin Donahue – percussion, Scott Worthington – double bass. For more information on the ensemble et cetera, please visit http://ens-etc.org and https://twitter.com/ensemble_etc
For driving directions to the Conrady Prebys Music Center, please see http://musicweb.ucsd.edu/directions/directions-pages.php?i=601
Last night, I put the final brush strokes on a new score. Translucent Currents is a miniature for chamber ensemble, scored for flute, oboe, clarinet, alt sax, bassoon, horn, trumpet, 2 trombones, piano, percussion, and string quintet and has a duration of approximately 3 minutes.
Translucent Currents has been composed within a period from September 5th to September 29th, with a 7-day break, in between, for my trip to Athens for the ICMC/SMC Conference. Above, you can view the first four pages of the score.
The work was commissioned by conductor Edo Micic for the anniversary concert “10 Years Ensemble Zeitfluss,” which will take place on October 27th in Minoritensaal Graz, Austria.
The anniversary concert features commissioned miniatures by prominent composers, such as Gerd Kühr, Klaus Lang, Gerhard Stäbler, Joanna Wozny, Elisabeth Harnik, Denovaire, Krešimir Seletković, Mirela Ivičević, Florian Geßler, Daniel Oliver Moser, Orestis Toufektsis, Gerd Noack, Anselm Schaufler, Klaus Dorfegger, Joachim Jung, and Gerhard Krammer.
If you are in Athens this coming Thursday, September 18th, don’t miss the concert Music for Ensemble II at the JOINT ICMC/SMC Conference. The concert takes place at the Main Hall of the Onassis Cultural Center, a state of the art concert hall.
Among various very interesting works in the program, by composers such as Patricia Alessandrini, Judith Shatin, Kyong Mee Choi, Lidia Zielinska, Martin Ritter, and my Greek colleague Leontios Hatzileontiadis, is my wok Effluénces (2011), a very challenging piece for ensemble.
Onassis Cultural Center, 107-109 Syngrou Avenue, 11745 Athens, GR. http://www.sgt.gr/en/programme/event/1738
The full program of the concert entails:
Leontios Hadjileontiadis, Brainswarm for bio-conductor soloist and ensemble, kinect, ΕEG Emotiv, MAX/MSP-Processing live electronics and visuals (2013) 13′
Judith Shatin, Spring Tides for amplified flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano and interactive electronics 11’3”
Patricia Alessandrini, Trio d’après Schoenberg for cello, clarinet, piano and electronics 7′
Martin Ritter, Prayer for alto flute, cello and percussion (2013) 13′
Kyong Mee Choi, Tender Spirit I for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion and electronics (2013) 9’20’
Lidia Zielinska, Rust for 5 instruments and CD (2010) 9’24”
Dimitri Papageorgiou, Effluénces (2011) for flute, bass clarinet, violin, cello and piano (2011) 12′
Zacharias Tarpagos (fl), Alexis Pogrevnois (cl), Giorgos Panagiotopoulos (vln), Alexandros Mpotinis (vc), Thodoris Vazakas (perc), Giorgos Konstantinou (pno), Kostas Anastasopoulos (pno)
Effluénces – Program Notes:
I wonder how the warp of living memory can affect a musical narrative, which would record the inscription, over time, of the remembered past — e.g. of a musical event – in memorial form. For that purpose, I tried to focus on the moment of recollection and I have envisaged the form as a ‘tree of memory.’ The branches of this ‘tree’ extend in various directions as reconstructions of the past in the light of present, following the tricks memory plays in every step of the way: some of the facts have been switched, others are omitted or added; in some cases, accurate memories are mixed with inaccurate ones and, in other cases, facts are perhaps retained but their source is forgotten.
￼The pitch structures of Effluénces have been obtained by using algorithmic routines in Super Collider. The routines have been implemented in the frame of the research project Algorithmic Composition in the Context of New Music (2009-10), which took place at the Institute for Electronic Music and Acoustics of the University of Music and Drama at Graz, Austria. Given a limited material as input—usually two or three different ordered pitch cells—linear arrays of cells are formed which are subsequently braided with one another, constantly regrouping into new formations in order to engender inexhaustible variants at the output.
The score of Effluénces is available by BabelScores at www.babelscores.com/en/catalog/inst…ents/effluences
Opening Ceremony ICMC/SMC 2014 | Ceremonial Hall, Athens University | September 14th, 2014 | 19:00-21:00.
It is a great honor that the Greek premiere of my work “…anD…“ (2012) for solo viola will be performed by Ilias Sdoukos at the Opening Ceremony of the joint ICMC | SMC 2014 Conference, which will take place at the Ceremonial Room, University of Athens (see map).
The concert, which includes also works by Chin Ting Chan and Ben Houge, will be followed by a Welcome Reception.
The joint ICMC|SMC|2014 Conference will take place in Athens, Greece, from 14 to 20 September 2014 and, for the first time, it will bring on the cross-road two well established events: the 40th International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) joint with the 11th Sound & Music Computing conference (SMC). The main theme of the Conference is “Music Technology meets Philosophy: From Digital Echos to Virtual Ethos“.
The ICMC|SMC|2014 Conference will include lectures, special sessions, indoors & outdoors concerts, installations, demonstrations, studio reports, workshops, exhibition as well as asummer school, given in various places ranging from concert halls and university auditoria to museum lobbies and archaeological sites.
Performed by the string quartet of the Ensemble Klangforum on July 2nd, 2014, at Ligeti Saal, Mumuth, Graz.
The corruptive dimension of the reconstructive nature of memory serves as a formal model for the unraveling of the present work. Recent neuroscience research coraborates early twentieth century views on memory as a dynamic and evolving phenomenon:
remembering is not a simple retrieval of past events. Memory stores only fragments of the past that later serve for the mental reconstruction of past events, which are susceptible to various kinds of biases and distortions, as well as selective and elaborative processes.
In Quasi (ébauche) the original formative ideas are constantly recalled in a series of reconstructions of the past in constantly present contexts, having at times more fidelity—and at times growing less similar—to the original experience. These reconstructions, by means of pitch gene recombinations, leave only memory vestiges of the original by constantly shifting, diffusing, distorting, transforming, omitting or adding events according to a model of retention/corruption.
It is, in other words, like drawing “on the elements and gist of the past, and extract, recombine and reassemble them into imaginary events that never occurred in that exact form,…not to preserve the past but to adapt it so as to enrich and manipulate the present.’’ It is all about what is remembered and how it is remembered…
OE1 | 19/8/2014, 23:03 Central European Time | Patterns of Intuition concert broadcast | String quartet of the ensemble Klangforum
Tonight, you can listen to the performance of my string quartet Quasi (ébauche) wonderfully mastered by the string players of the ensemble Klangforum. Tune in to the online streaming of the Austrian Radio (OE1), on 19/08/2014 at 23:03 (GMT+2). The broadcast presents also other interesting works for string quartet or piano solo by Peter Lackner, Orestis Toufektsis, and Eva Reiter.
The recordings are from the concert of July 2nd at MUMUTH, Graz, in which the Institute for Electronic Music at Graz presented the commissioned works of the arts-research project Patterns of Intuition (Gerhard Nierhaus, project leader).
String quartett of the ensemble Klangforum Wien: Annette Bik – violin, Sophie Schafleitner – violin, Dimitrios Polisoidis – viola, Andreas Lindenbaum – cello.
Janna Polyzoides and Eva Baich – piano.
The link will remain active for streaming for a whole week after the live broadcast.