Composing for the molecular organ by Constantin Luser

I am very happy to be part of a group of composers who will have the opportunity to compose a new work for Constantin Luser’s Molecular Organ. Premiere of all new works will be on October 7th at the Musikprotokoll Graz, the Austrian festival for contemporary and experimental music !

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The instrument, which is located at the courtyard of the New Chemistry building of the University of Technology at Graz, Austria, is a unique, playful and yet serious interactive tubular sculpture and, at the same time, a set of instruments for an entire brass band: Fourteen trumpets, fourteen trombones, seven tubas, out of which we are utilizing a subset of 3 trumpets, 2 or 3 trombones, and 1 tuba.


Photos courtesy of Elisabeth Harnik.

“d’ogne luce muto…” (2003) for piano [video/score]

d’ ogne luce muto…” (2003), for piano. Commissioned by SCI and ASCAP. Ioanna Polisoidis – piano.

Published by BabelScores (

Program notes:

The work consists of a limited number of brief chord progressions that are woven, rewoven, and occasionally juxtaposed to form longer static moments into the structure. The reduction of the sound elements, on the other hand, is intended to shift the listeners’ attention to the inner life of the piano – it’s resonance, so that the music exists rather in the space between the piano and the audience.

1st Place, Concert Etudes for piccolo Composition Competition


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Early this morning (Greek Time), dr. Patricia Surman, flutist, announced the results of the Concert Etudes for Piccolo Composition Competition.

Happy to share with you that my piece Etude in Quarter Tones received the 1st place.

What a great way to start the day!


“…anD…” (2012) for viola [video/score]

“…anD…” (2012) for viola [7:30]. Commissioned by Dimitrios Polisoidis, violist of the Ensemble Klangforum

“… anD … “ is a challenging, unquenchablly intricate recital piece that allows the performer to display his/her technical prowess. This sense of bravura is unequivocally inspired by Dimitrios Polisoidis’s dazzling virtuosic skill, to whom the work is heartly dedicated.

The surface of the work, with its prevalent rhythm driven, capriciously pulsating, microtonally detuned, spiccato articulated riffs and runs interwoven with layers of percussive sounds (col legno battuto, finger tappings, pizzicati) or natural harmonics in staccato, is destortedly reminiscent of the 19th century salon music. Sudden offbeat accents and metrical shifts keep an intense energy plane until the end.

Virtuosic pyrotechnics aside, however, the inner workings of the piece below the surface take on a cerebral as well as organic, self-referential approach. The composition belongs to a series of works written over the past few years that explore a special interlacing technique: short and trite musical objects (two brief series of notes, in this case) are braided in labyrithoid fashion, constantly revealing different perspectives of the material within the development of the musical discourse.

The pitch structures of the work 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.


duo Goliardi standing ovation




Great concert last night and an excellent performance of Even the sky screams sometimes too. A very receptive audience gave Dimitris Kountouras and Costas Raptis of the duo Goliardi a very warm reception at Porta Theater in Athens, Greece.

Additional concerts for Even the sky screams sometimes too coming up soon!

Premiere Feb 16th, Athens, Greece: “Even the sky screams sometimes too”




Parallel Thirds: Polifonia in due | Duo Goliardi, Porta Theater, Athens, Greece. Time: 21:15

The premiere of my work Even the sky screams sometimes too (2015) for alto recorder and bajan, a commission by the Duo Goliardi (Dimitrios Kountouras — recorders and Constantinos Raptis – bajan), is coming up next week on stage of the PORTA theater in Athens, Greece (

The concert takes places within the frame of the concert series “Parallel Thirds” of the Porta Theater ( and the rest of the program entails works by J.S.Bach, S. Gubaidulina, B. Bartók, J. Walther, J.C. Veihlan, and Periklis Liakakis.

PORTA Theater
Mesogeion 59 11526, Athens, Greece, E-mail:
Info – Reservation: Phone: 210 771 1333 |



ACUTETHICS: 2016 new music predictions, compiled by Timo Tuhkanen


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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

Many thanks to Timo for having asked me to contribute to his compilation!


Quasi (ébauche) shortlisted in the Matan Givol International Composers Competition 2016



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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

New work: “Even the sky screams sometimes too”


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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.

Motel 9,58 radio interview posted online


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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:

Effluénces coming up at the Center for New Music of the Univ. of Iowa



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

distinctions for my composition students Zesses Seglias and Manolis Ekmektzoglou



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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

Performance of Sustaining Love by AMGA

Screen Shot 2015-09-26 at 6.45.36 μ.μ.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 “Motel 958” Radio Interview on the Greek National Radio



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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:

21.1.2015 @ Athens: “Unending are the Mazes …” Performance by UMS & JIP



Unending are the mazes it engendersConcert @ Institute for Research on Music and Acoustics (IEMA) | Athens, WED 21.1.2015 | 8:00pm 

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 (

31/10/2014, Austrian Radio broadcast: “Translucent Currents in her Darkness”


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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

27/10/2014: 10 Years Ensemble Zeitfluss



Zeitfluss 10 Jahre10 Years Ensemble Zeitfluss – Anniversary concert | October 27, 2014 | Minoritensaal, Graz, Austria | 20:00 | 

Ensemble Zeitfluss. Edo Micic – conductor

This coming Monday, the Ensemble Zeitfluss ( 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.

Full Program

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

Mariahilferplatz 3, 8020 Graz
Tel: +43 (0) 316 71 11 33
Fax: +43 (0) 316 804 118 750
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Intrascalings (2014) by Dimitri Papageorgiou – ensemble et cetera at UCSD



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.

10721394_10152310271537167_1947789723_nThe 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” announced by Springer, NY




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.


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.



Ensemble et cetera’s concert – Photo gallery


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.


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