Guest composer at alma mater Iowa.

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Guest composer at the University of Iowa, School of Music, 29/11/2016 – 04/12/2016

It was a great pleasure and a great honor to have been invited by the School of Music of the campus of the University of Iowa, as guest composer, for a series of events and master classes. During the past week (29/11/2016 – 04/12/2016), I have met for individual lessons with master and doctorate students of the composition program, presented my music at the Composers’ Seminar, rehearsed with the ensemble of the Center for New Music, and met with old and new friends.

I was glad to experience firsthand that the composition program, as well as the level of performance, have grown since the time I was a Ph.D. student here and I am in awe with the brand new, state of the art, Voxman Music Building (photos above), which was delivered in September of this year and is located right in the heart of downtown Iowa City.

Tonight, Sunday, December 4th, my short residency at Iowa is coming to a closure with the concert of the Center for New Music with David Gompper on the podium, featuring two of my compositions, as well as two compositions by Erin Gee, and works by John Berners and David Lang.

Austrian National Radio (ORF) broadcast: “No more will my green sea, go turn a deeper blue” (excerpt)

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Listen online to the Austrian National Radio broadcast of the Molecular Organ concert, at the molecular level – Molecules pull out all the Stops,  which took place on October 7th 2016 at the international new music festival Musikprotokol Graz.

On November 10th 2016, the show Zeit-Ton aired excerpts of six works from the concert by Klaus Dorfegger, Florian Geßler, Elisabeth Harnik, Hannes Kerschbaumer, Clemens Nachtmann, and Dimitri Papageorgiou.

The broadcast of my work, including a short commentary by Franz Josef Kerstinger, begins at 23:33. Please, note that the recording of my work is missing the beginning and the end of the piece.

The Studio Dan formation (https://studiodan.at/en/), founded by trombonist Daniel Riegler, interpreted the premieres for this unique tubular structure that is located in the courtyard of the New Chemistry building at Graz University of Technology.

Studio Dan Line-up:
Dominik Fuss – Trompete
Damaris Richerts – Trompete
Thomas Liesinger – Trompete
Matthias Muche – Posaune
Kevin Austin – Posaune
Daniel Riegler – Posaune, Leitung
Stefan Hermüller – Tuba

 

“Etude in Quarter Tones” for piccolo flute, premiere by Iwona Glinka – Nov 6, 2016

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Iwona Glinka, One minute project | Sunday, November 6th, 2016 | 20:00 | AnArt Artistry, Monis Asteriou 4, Plaka, Athens, Greece 10558 | Entrance: 10€ | https://www.facebook.com/events/1123677301042046/

This is the premiere of Iwona Glinka’s One minute project. In early 2016, Athens based flutist Iwona has issued a Call for Performance and Recording  (http://www.phasma-music.com/p/ca) asking for works for solo flute (piccolo, flute, alto, bass).

In June of the same year, Iwona announce the compositions she had selected: 60 pieces – 42 composers – 17 countries – 4 flutes.

Iwona Glinka will record these pieces on a CD to be released on Sarton Label. Full physical and digital distribution via Warner Music, Naxos Music Library, Linn, Hdtracks, Qobuz, HighResAudio, eClassical, theClassicalShop.net, iTrax, ProStudioMasters, Onkyo, iTunes and more.

The program of the evening entails my Etude in Quarter Tones (2016) for piccolo flute.

PROGRAM

  1. Aaron Alter – Try it on: Theme for solo flute
  2. Aaron Alter – Try it on: Variation 1 for solo alto flute
  3. Aaron Alter – Try it on: Variation 2 for solo bass flute
  4. Georgios Andriotis – άρ- for solo flute
  5. Greg Bartholomew – Sunlight on Quaking Aspen for solo flute
  6. Bracha Bdil – Three Monologues: Wondering for solo flute
  7. Bracha Bdil – Three Monologues: Mischievous for solo flute
  8. Bracha Bdil – Three Monologues: Pastoral for solo flute
  9. Aris Carastathis – Stargaze for solo alto flute
  10. Rania Chrysostomou – Path for solo bass flute
  11. Tim Clay – Reconciliation for solo flute
  12. Clayton Simmons Davidson – A Spire for solo flute
  13. David Drexler – Attack of the Tiny Cheesehead Music for solo flute
  14. David Drexler – almost winter for solo flute
  15. Robert Fleisher – Beginning for solo flute
  16. Robert Fleisher – Ending for solo flute
  17. Keith R. Gambling – Reflections of an ‘object’ at sea for solo flute
  18. Eleazar Garzón – Sh-k-h-ch for solo flute
  19. Liam Grogan – Miniature #4 for solo flute
  20. Nick Hwang – Adjacency for solo flute
  21. Karena Ingram – Chapter Zero for solo alto flute
  22. Jieun Jun – Exercise No. 2 for solo flute mouthpiece
  23. Rebecca Kaiserin – Season of Melancholy for solo flute
  24. Dimitris Karnasopoulos – Just a minute for solo flute
  25. Anicia Kohler – The humming-bird for solo flute
  26. George Kontogiorgos – Castalia Spring for solo flute
  27. Dimitris Kostopoulos – Old neighborhood for solo flute
  28. Dimitris Kostopoulos – Deep in the water, high in the sky for solo flute
  29. Giorgοs Kouvaras – “bit for flute” fantasy for the assonance for solo flute
  30. Edna Alejandra Longoria – El Baile (The dance) for solo flute
  31. Dimitrios Mantzirakis – Midnight birdsong for solo flute
  32. Dimitrios Mantzirakis – The awakening of nature for solo alto flute
  33. Dimitrios Mantzirakis – Discovering the magic of nature for solo flute
  34. Dimitrios Mantzirakis – The flying flute for solo flute
  35. Joshua Marquez – Slink for solo flute
  36. Nicolas Marty – 結界 (Kekkai) for solo flute
  37. Héctor Oltra García – “Κάθαρσις” (Catharsis) for solo bass flute
  38. Foivos Papadopoulos – One minute Greek dance for solo flute
  39. Foivos Papadopoulos – Greek Pastorale for solo alto flute
  40. Dimitri Papageorgiou – Etude in Quarter Tones for solo piccolo
  41. Giorgos Papamitrou – Taksim for flute
  42. Elena Papari – Northern Star for solo alto flute
  43. Scott Robbins – Fugue for solo flute
  44. Louis Sauter – Prélude for solo flute
  45. Louis Sauter – Scherzando for solo alto flute
  46. Louis Sauter – Intermèdes for solo alto flute
  47. Paweł Siek – Concert Étude for piccolo
  48. José Jesus de Azevedo Souza – Just a Minute! for Piccolo
  49. José Jesus de Azevedo Souza – Reflection for Bass Flute
  50. Stamatia Statherou – ‘Fleeting Moment’ for solo flute
  51. Neil Stipp – Capers for solo flute
  52. Neil Stipp – Brief Capriccio for solo flute
  53. Michail Travlos – The Clown for solo flute
  54. Dimitris Tsimpanos – One Minute for solo flute
  55. Peter Walton – Ritornello in C for solo flute
  56. Peter Walton – Ritornello in D for solo flute
  57. Peter Walton – Serpentine for solo bass flute
  58. Betty R. Wishart – Awaking & Frolicking for solo flute
  59. Betty R. Wishart – Frolicking for solo flute
  60. Josué Zamora – Niké for solo flute

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Auf molekulare Ebene

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Musikprotokoll Graz | Studio Dan Vienna: Auf molekulare Ebene | Friday October 7th 2016Neue Technik Graz, Stremayrgasse/Kopernikusgasse, 8010 Graz 

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Works by Klaus Dorfegger, Florian Geßler, Robert Gutmann, Elisabeth Harnik, Hannes Kerschbaumer, Clemens Nachtmann, Dimitri Papageorgiou, Ernst Christian Rinner.

Line-up:
Dominik Fuss – Trompete
Damaris Richerts – Trompete
Thomas Liesinger – Trompete
Matthias Muche – Posaune
Kevin Austin – Posaune
Daniel Riegler – Posaune, Leitung
Stefan Hermüller – Tuba

http://studiodan.weblog.mur.at/archives/2729

Program Notes

Dimitri Papageorgiou, “No more will my green sea go turn a deeper blue…” (2016)

The work paints an eerie imagery of the dark side by constantly shifting and unfixing the tonal anchors of its harmonic world. The title draws inspiration from the line “No more will my green sea go turn a deeper blue…” from the famous rock song Paint it black (Album “Aftermath,” 1966). In the lyrics of this haunting song, the Rolling Stones use color-based metaphors and paint with an exceptional nihilistic pathos the colorlessly blackest of all possible blacks.

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Phasma-Music announcement of the winners of Call for Recording “One-Minute”

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Glad to be among the Winners and Selected Composers of the Phasma Music first Call for Recording “One – Minute” (2016 edition).

Selected work: Etude in Quarter Tones for piccolo flute

Submitted works were for solo flute (piccolo, flute, alto, bass) with a duration of one minute or less. The intention for selected submissions is to present them in live performance in programs and then to record them for a CD made up exclusively of submissions from this call to be released on Sarton Label Full physical and digital distribution via Warner Music, Naxos Music Library, Linn, Hdtracks, Qobuz, HighResAudio, eClassical, theClassicalShop.net, iTrax, ProStudioMasters, Onkyo, iTunes and more.

Composing for the molecular organ by Constantin Luser

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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 (http://www.babelscores.com/catalog/instrumental/d-ogne-luce-muto)

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!

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

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“…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.

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duo Goliardi standing ovation

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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”

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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 (https://www.facebook.com/events/1539010826427835/).

The concert takes places within the frame of the concert series “Parallel Thirds” of the Porta Theater (http://www.porta-theatre.gr/index.php/el/trites-paralliles/153-polifoniaindue) 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
http://porta-theatre.gr, E-mail: 
info@porta-theatre.gr
Info – Reservation: Phone: 210 771 1333 | boxoffice@porta-theatre.gr

directions: https://maps.here.com/greece/athens/theatre-music-culture/θέατρο-πόρτα–300httek-ee070a2f7ff204946499244ccf8b14e6?map=37.98765,23.76622,17,normal&fb_locale=en_US

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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 http://acutethics.blogspot.it/2016/01/2016-new-music-predictions.html

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 http://www.meitar.net/matan-givol-international-composers-competition/

New work: “Even the sky screams sometimes too” (2016)

 

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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: http://webtv.ert.gr/ert3/01sep2015-xenodochio-958/

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

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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.

Program

  • 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 http://www.fonemaconsort.com/call-for-scores/

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: http://webradio.ert.gr/ert3-makedonias/

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

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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 (http://greece.umsnjip.ch).

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 http://oe1.orf.at/programm/385864

27/10/2014: 10 Years Ensemble Zeitfluss

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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 (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.

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

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Intrascalings (2014) by Dimitri Papageorgiou – ensemble et cetera at UCSD

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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.

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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

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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.

Source: http://www.springer.com/computer/ai/book/978-94-017-9560-9

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Ensemble et cetera’s concert – Photo gallery

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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.

Upcoming premiers at San Diego: works from ensemble et cetera’s 2013 composition competition

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Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall | University of California, San Diego | Friday, October 10th, 2014 | 7:00 pm 
Free Admission

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.

Joseph Andrew LakeVyssan LullTimothy McCormackKILN II, and Dimitri PapageorgiouIntrascalings

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.

et cetera logo copyEnsemble 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

New work: “Translucent Currents,” for chamber ensemble

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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.

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Ensemble Zeitfluss and conductor Edo Micic

18/9/2014 Effluénces – Performance at the ICMC | SMC Joint Conference

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Effluénces for ensemble - opening barsICMC/SMC 2014 Joint Conference | Music for Ensemble II | Onassis Cultural Center, Main Hall | Thursday 18/9/2014 | 19:00-21:00

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′

Performers:

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

“…anD…” for solo viola at the Inaugural Ceremony of the ICMC | SMC 2014

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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.

 

Dimitri Papageorgiou, Quasi (ébauche) for string quartet (2014)

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Performed by the string quartet of the Ensemble Klangforum on July 2nd, 2014, at Ligeti Saal, Mumuth, Graz.

Program Notes

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…

19/8/2014: Patterns of Intuition (Part 2) on Austrian Radio.

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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.

http://oe1.orf.at/programm/379568

 

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.

ICMC | SMC 40th International Computer Music Conference: Music Program Announcement

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As the official website of the Joint ICMC/SMC International Computer Music Conference has announced, my works “…anD…” (2013) for solo viola and Effluénces (2011) for flute, bass clarinet, violin, cello, and piano, are scheduled for performance on September 16th and 19th, respectively.

The complete schedule for the music program of the conference can be found at http://www.icmc14-smc14.net/program/music_program.html

I will post more information as they come.

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).

For more information, please visit the conference official page at http://www.icmc14-smc14.net

12/08/2014 and 19/08/2014 the Austrian Radio (OE1) airs the concert Patterns of Intuition

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OE1 | 12/8/2014, 23:03 Central European Time |  Patterns of Intuition concert broadcast (part 1) | String quartet of the ensemble Klangforum

If you would like to 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 other interesting works by Peter Lackner, Orestis Toufektsis, and Eva Reiter.

Tomorrow night, 12/08/2014, the show presents premiers by Alexander Stankovski, Djuro Zivkovic, Katherina Clement, and Bart Vanhecke.

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.

http://oe1.orf.at/programm/379568

10/8/2014 at Darmstadt Summer Course. IEM Graz Lecture: Patterns of Intuition

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Sunday, 10 August 2014 | 09:00 | Mornewegschule (Mensa)

Lecture IEM (Graz): Patterns of Intuition

Gerhard Nierhaus, Hanns Holger Rutz and Daniel Mayer: “Patterns of Intuition,” Institute for Electronic Music and Acoustics (IEM) at Graz (“Studio-in-Residence” of the Darmstadt Summer Course 2014)

During the past three years, 2012-14, I was among the guest composers of the art-research project Patterns of Intuition (POINT), which was hosted by the Institute of Electronic Music (dr. Gerhard Nierhaus – project leader) at the University of Music and Performing Arts at Graz, Austria, and was funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF).

The project was investigating the creative process of composing by means of Algorithmic Composition in collaboration with 14 European composers and 9 guest artist/researchers.

Composers (in alphabetical order):

Tamara Friebel, Clemens Gadenstätter, Elisabeth Harnik, Sonja Huber, Katherina Klement, Peter Lackner, Clemens Nachtmann, Dimitri Papageorgiou, Eva Reiter, Mattias Sköld, Alexander Stankowski, Orestis Toufektsis, Bart Vanhecke, and Djuro Zivkovic.

Guest artist/researchers (in alphabetical order):

Sandeep Bhagwati, William Brooks, David Cope, Darla Crispin, Nicolas Donin, Thomas Eder, Klemens Fellner, Harald Fripertinger, and Guerino Mazzola.

The commissioned works for the project have been presented on July 2nd in a double concert performed by the string players of the ensemble Klangforum Wien and Janna Polyzoides.

The research findings, including project reports for the work with each composer and research chapters by the guest artists/researchers will be published later this year by Springer, NY.

Tomorrow, the project leader, dr. Gerhard Nierhaus, and his associates, dr. Hanns Holger Rutz and dr. Daniel Mayer, present the project in a lecture at the 47th International Summer Course for New Music at Darmstadt.

For more information, please visit http://www.internationales-musikinstitut.de/en/program2014/265-10-08-2014/1002-lecture-patterns-en.html

The web page of the research project Patterns of Intuition is located at http://point.kug.ac.at/index.php?id=13608

Iriai no kane

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Iriai no kane [9:00] for chamber ensemble (commissioned by Edo Micic and the Ensemble Zeitfluss) | Performed by the Ensemble Zeitfluss, Edo Micic – conductor | Minoritensaal at the Kultur Zentrum Minoriten, Graz, Austria | June 23, 2008.

14/7 – 19/7 French premier of “Unending are the Mazes it Engenders” in Avignion

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Theatre Notre-Dame, Avignion | 14-19 July | Monday/Wednesday/Saturday | 12:45.

French premier of “Unending are the Mazes it Engenders.” Three performances by the contemporary music duo UMS n’ JIP (Javier Hagen – tenor/counter tenor, Ulrike Mayer-Spohn – recorders).

The full program

JOAN BAGES (ESP) – meta morphé 2013
REUBEN DE LAUTOUR (NZ) – Piteous Rodents 2013
DIMITRI PAPAGEORGIOU (GR)– Unending are the Mazes it Engenders 2013
KOTOKA SUZUKI (JP)
 – Reservoir 2014

 http://avignon.umsnjip.ch/program.html

THEATRE NOTRE DAME AVIGNON 
Tickets +33 (0)4 90 85 06 48
http://www.theatrenotredame.com/

2/7/2014: The Klangforum string quartet premiers Quasi (ébauche)

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Tomorrow, July 2nd, the string quartet of the ensemble Klangforum Wien premiers my work Quasi (ébauche) within the frame of two concluding concerts of the research project Patterns of Intuition. 

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String quartett of the ensemble Klangforum Wien: Annette Bik – violin, Sophie Schafleitner – violin, Dimitrios Polisoidis – viola, Andreas Lindenbaum – cello.

Works by Alexander Stankovski, Djuro Zivkovic, Eva Reiter, and Dimitri Papageorgiou.

Organized by the Gesellschaft der Freunde der KUG Wednesday,
02-07-2014, 19:45
MUMUTH, György-Ligeti-Saal, Lichtenfelsgasse 14, 8010 Graz
Info: Tel: +43 316/389-1330 ; abo(at)kug.ac.at

The concerts Pattern of Intuition I (17:45) and II (Mumuth subscription concert, 19:45) present works for solo piano and string quartet that have been composed during the three year long research project POINT. The research project has been conducted at the Institute for Electronic Music and Acoustic of the University of Music and Drama at Graz in cooperation with an international team of composers and scientists from various disciplines.

The research project POINT, which has been financed by the Austrian Research Fund (FWF) opens a new approach to musical analysis, in that the creative act of composition is investigated with computer-based methods during the creation of new works.

In between the two concerts, project leader dr. Gerhard Nierhaus and his staff will give an introductory speech about the project.

Through Tacit Cracks at Forum Wallis, Switzerland

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Upcoming performance:

My piece Through Tacit Cracks for flute, bass clarinet, violin, and double bass at the Collaborative Miniature Project.

6.vi.2014
Schloss Leuk
FORUM Wallis
Switzerland

http://www.forumwallis.ch/programm-2014dissonart.htm

Nuit on Radio Österreich 1

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This Friday night the ÖRF1 will broadcast three of the five concerts of the festival Tage Neuer Musik Graz, which took place on May 23rd to 25th. The opening concert features my Nuit with Klangforum members Olivier Vivares (clarinet), Dimitrios Polisoidis (viola), joined by Janna Polyzoides (piano), delivering an elegant performance.

To listen to the show, please visit http://oe1.orf.at/programm/373856, The link will remain active for streaming for a whole week after the live broadcast.

Lange Nacht der Neuen Österreichischen Musik (Franz Josef Kerstinger, moderation)

Saturday May 31st. Time: 00:08

 

 

Tomorrow in Graz: Nuit for clarinet, viola and piano performed at the festival Tage neuer Music Graz

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23. Mai 20:00
Großer Minoritensaal | Mariahilferplatz 3, 8020 Graz

Program 

BERNHARD LANG: Necronomicon 9458 für Klarinette, Violine, Violoncello und Klavier (1986)
PETER LACKNER: Kanon für Streichquartett. 18. Mai 1993 (1993)
DIMITRI PAPAGEORGIOU: Nuit für Klarinette, Viola und Klavier (1999)
GERD KUEHR: Con Sordino für zwei Violinen, Viola und Violoncello (1995/96)
FLORIAN GESSLER: Die Dinge des Lebens für Klavierquartett (2010)
ERNST CHRISTIAN RINNER: Wandauer Zwölfer für variable Besetzung (1986)
KLAUS LANG: bonsai. für Viola und Klavier (2005)

Performers: members of the ensemble Klangforum (Olivier Vivares – clarinet, Annette Bik – violin, Sophie Schafleitner – violin, Dimitrios Polisoidis – viola, Andreas Lindenbaum – cello) and Janna Polyzoides

Upcoming premieres and performances (May to October 2014)

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10-05-2014. ḍafīr (2014) for flute and piano. Premier at AN ART Artistry, Athens, Greece. Nafsika Tsara – flute and Maria Mylaraki – piano. See, https://www.facebook.com/events/682254948501115/permalink/682548845138392/

23-05-2014. nuit (1999) for clarinet, viola, and piano. Tage Neuer Musik Graz, … von Zeit zu zeit, Großer Minoritensaal, Graz, Austria. Members of the Klangforum Wien: Olivier Vivares – clarinet, Dimitrios Polysoidis – viola, Janna Polyzoides – piano. See, http://www.tnmg.at/#/Programm/die-andere-saite (in German)

06-06-2014. Through tacit cracks (2013) for flute, bass clarinet, violin, and double bass. Forum Wallis Contemporary Music Festival, Shloß Leuk, Wallis, Switzerland. dissonArt ensemble. See, http://www.forumwallis.ch/programm-2014dissonart.htm

02-07-2014. Quasi (ébauche) (2014) for string quartet. Premiere at Mumuth Concert Hall, Graz, Austria. String players of the ensemble Klangforum Wien. http://guider.at/?id=13&e=28629&d=02.07.2014%2017:45&l=MUMUTH&ws_sel_fulltext=

14, 16, and 19-07-2014. Unending are the Mazes it Engenders (2013) for counter tenor and alto recorder. Avignion Festival, France. UMS & JIP, Swiss contemporary music duo. See, http://avignon.umsnjip.ch/program.html

10-10-2014. Intrascalings (2013) for clarinet, marimba, and double bass. Premiere at Conrad Prebys Recital Hall, University of California, San Diego, U.S.A, 19:00. Ensemble Et Cetera. See, http://scottworthington.com/etcetera/events.php

27-10-2014. Translucent Currents for large ensemble. Premiere Großer Minoritensaal, Graz, Austria. Ensemble Zeitfluss, Edo Micic – conductor.

TBA. ḍafīr (2014) for flute and piano. Melina Merkuri Hall State Conservatory of Thessaloniki, Greece. Nafsika Tsara – flute and Maria Mylaraki – piano.

New works

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String quartet copyIt’s been a while since my last post. It has been a busy but very creative period, composing feverishly during the past six months. During that time, I have composed three new works:

  • Quasi (ébauche) for string quartet. Commissioned for the string players of the Ensemble Klangforum by the Institute for Electronic Music and Acoustics of the University of Music at Graz in the frame of the research project Patterns of Intuition.
  • Intrascalings for clarinet, marimba, and double bass. Commissioned by the Ensemble Et Cetera (San Diego, U.S.A.).
  • ḍafīr for flute and piano. Commissioned by Nafsika Tsara – flute and Maria Mylaraki – piano, an excellent Greek duo.

I have also completed my contribution for the edited volume of the research project Patterns of Intuition, which will appear later this year on Springer Edition, NY.

Details for upcoming premieres and concerts coming soon!

BabelScores started distributing my scores

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Today, BabelScores has started distributing my scores. Please, visit http://www.babelscores.com/dimitripapageorgiou

The list of scores available include:

  • …anD… for viola solo
  • Effluences, for five instruments
  • Enlacees, for ten instruments
  • For Hermann Markus for mezzo soprano and chamber ensemble
  • In the Vestige of the Present for flute, cello, and piano
  • In Pulses, in Strokes …, for six instruments
  • Nuit, for clarinet, viola, and cello
  • Tasten, for piano solo
  • Unending are the Mazes it Engenders, for counter tenor and tenor recorder
  • …d’ogne luce muto, for piano solo

More coming soon!

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The Greece Project by UMS & Ji – The trailer

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The Greece Project, by UMS & JIP: The trailer

Excerpts from works by Dimitri Papageorgiou, Panayiotis Kokoras, Zesses Seglias, and Dimitris Maronidis from the recent performances by UMS & JIP at Ackermannshof Druckereihalle (Basel, Switzerland) on September 18th and 19th.

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TV Interview (in Greek) about the “Collaborative Miniature Project” by the dissonart ensemble

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An interview on October 11th to Christina Kanataki, TV100 Thessaloniki, regarding the upcoming dissonart ensemble concert, “Collaborative Miniature Project,” at the 48th Dimitria Festival of Thessaloniki.

The concert features 111 premieres of miniatures written by composers from all over the world and takes place on Monday, October 14th at Villa Kapantzi (Vas. Olgas 108, Thessaloniki), at 21:00.

Effluences in the Autumn 2013 BabelScores selection

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My work Effluences (2011) for flute, bass clarinet, piano, violin, and cello is presented in the Autumn 2013 BabelScores selection on SoundCloud.

To listen to the entire play list, please visit: https://soundcloud.com/babelscores/sets/autumn-2013-babelscores

BabelScores® searches for and selects the works of the most creative, innovative and original composers of the last decades. It offers an extended catalogue and develops a powerful circulation platform, addressed specially to performers, ensembles, orchestras, composers, musicologists, conservatories, universities and festivals around the world.

The playlist includes works by composers such as Anthony Tan, Paul Méfano, Pedro Garcia-Vasquez, Joakim Sandgren, Lucas Fagin, Vicente Barrientos Yépez, Olga Bochikhina, and Punto Rosso. Definitely worth listening to!

“Unending are the Mazes it Engenders,” two performances at Ackermannshof Drukereihalle (Basel, Switzerland)

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September 18 & 19, 2013| Ackermannshof Drukereihalle, Basel, Switzerland | 20:30

After a sold-out debut in the Philharmonie of Thessaloniki, UMS ‘n JIP (Ulrike Mayer-Spohn and Javier Hagen) appear as guests in two performances at Ackermannshof Druckereihalle in Basel, presenting new music from Greece.

The concert program includes 8 works by young and partly already internationally established Greek composers (Antonis Rouvelas, Zesses Seglias, Leontios Hadjileontiadis, Panayiotis Kokoras, Dimitris Maronidis, Haris Kittos, Michalis Lapidakis and Dimitri Papageorgiou, offering a listening panorama of the latest Greek music-making.

The new works have been premiered in February in the Thessaloniki State Orchestra Concert Hall. Since February 2013, the pieces were played in over 20 performances in Switzerland, France, Spain and Turkey.

Free Admission.

http://www.ackermannshof.ch/veranstaltungen/progamm/

dissonart ensemble Call for Scores

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Collaborative Miniature Project – Call for Scores

The dissonart ensemble is pleased to issue a  Call for Scores, inviting composers from all over the globe to compose miniatures to be performed continuously in a one-hour Collaborative Miniature Project concert on October 14th, 2013.

Deadline: September 15th, 2013

For more information and guidelines for submission, please visit http://pdimitr8.wix.com/call4scores

With warm regards,

Dimitri Papageorgiou
organization, dissonart ensemble

ME_MMIX Festival, Palma di Mallorca: Ums & JIP perform “Unending are the Mazes it Engenders”

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The Swiss contemporary duo UMS & JIP (Ulrike Mayer-Spohn, Blockflöten/Elektronik and Javier Hagen, Tenor/Countertenor/ Elektronik), perform Unending are the Mazes it Engenders for counter tenor and block flute at the ME_MMIX Festival (Palma di Mallorca). The rest of the program includes:

Einer (chamber opera by UMS ‘n JIP) and further works by Luis Codera Puzo, Joan Bagés Rubí, Octavi Rumbau, Panayiotis Kokoras, and Chikasi Miyama.

For further information about this concert, please visit: http://memmix.es/conciertos-11-de-agosto/ (in spanish)

The ME_MMIX Festival (Electronic Music_Mixed Music and Videoscreening) is a project of the Culture Area of the City Council of Palma and Fundació Palma Espai d’Art.

The ME_MMIX Festival’s main aim is to programme contemporary music, linked to electronic media. It also aims to promote interdisciplinary scenic related to technology. ME_MMIX Festival will present electronic and mixed works in every concert but, to provide a broader view of music from the 20th and 21st centuries, also includes works without electronics. The ME_MMIX programmeaddresses a broad creative spectrum always linked to the academic tradition, technological innovation and contemporary creation.

For more information about the festival, please visit: http://memmix.es

Winners of the &c. composition competition officially announced.

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Winners of the &c. composition competition officially announced.

I’m so glad to be one of the winners of the Ensemble Et Cetera composition competition.

I’m looking forward to the collaboration with this talented young ensemble and I hope that I will be able to travel to San Diego for the premiere of the commissioned work.

The rest of the winners (in alphabetic order) are : Patricia Alessandrini, Joseph Lake, Timothy McCormack, Jeremy Wagner.

Southern California based ensemble et cetera comprises clarinetist Curt Miller, percussionist Dustin Donahue, and bassist Scott Worthington. They seek 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.

Emerging from the University of California, San Diego’s vibrant contemporary music program, et cetera began playing together on a brief tour of the California coast in 2010. The ensemble presented a program of works by Kaija Saariaho and Salvatore Sciarrino as well as newly composed pieces by Paul Hembree and Scott Worthington at the Swarm Gallery (Oakland), the San Francisco Community Music Center (San Francisco), and the University of California, San Diego. The ensemble was also featured in Paul Hembree’s new score for F.W. Murnau’s classic film Nosferatu in 2011.

Et cetera is devoted to the commissioning of new works and continues to present concerts in collaboration with young composers. Recently et cetera performed and recorded Scott Worthington’s epic Even the Light Itself Falls, an evening-length work composed for the ensemble. Other premieres have included works by Matthew Barber, Kurt Isaacson, and Jon Forshee. Seeking a more diverse repertoire, et cetera recently concluded a composition competition resulting in five winners from over 250 applicants from around the globe.

Along with these new works, et cetera performs classic open scores of the twentieth-century avant-garde. In this vein, et cetera has made new realizations of John Cage’s Variations I (1958) and Earle Brown’s Folio (1954). Et cetera clarinetist Curt Miller and bassist Scott Worthington have also prepared and performed an updated version of Pierre Boulez’s seminal work for clarinet and electronics, Dialogue de l’Ombre Double (1985).

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Impuls: My doctoral student Zesses Seglias selected for the Ernst Krenek Composition Commission.

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Impuls: My doctoral student Zesses Seglias selected for the Ernst. Composition Commission. Three weeks residency in Krems and a new piece for Klangforum Wien.

As cooperation partner of impuls the Ernst Krenek Institute in Krems commissions a composition to a participant of the composition class at impuls also in 2013. After a three week visit at the Institute in Krems and in-depth study of composer Ernst Krenek, a piece for a chamber music ensemble shall be composed and in sequence premiered by Klangforum Wien. We are happy to announce that Greek Composer Zesses Seglias was selected amongst all composer participants of the 8th International Ensemble and Composers Academy for Contemporary Music this year for this cooperation program. For further information on this program please visit www.impuls.cc/academy/special-programs.html. 

To listen to the music by Zesses Seglias, please visit https://soundcloud.com/zesseseglias

FORUM WALLIS Contemporary Music Festival: Ums n Jip perform “Unending are the Mazes it Engenders”

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May 18, 2013 | Schloss Leuk in Wallis, Switzerland | 16:00

Another performance of Unending are the Mazes it Engenders for counter tenor and block flute. This time the Swiss contemporary music duo, UMS n JIP (Ulrike Mayer-Spohn, Blockflöten/Elektronik and Javier Hagen, Tenor/Countertenor/ Elektronik), enter the stage of the Forum Wallis Contemporary Music Festival with a program that entails works by Greek and Spanish composers.

FORUM WALLIS is the Valais Contemporary Music Festival. Since 2011 the festival is organize by IGNM-VS (International Society of Contemporary Music ISCM Section Valais/Switzerland). FORUM WALLSI is basically dedicated to the works of living swiss and valaisan composers and performing artists including close interdisciplinary collaboration with artists, schools and media.

The concert takes place in the beatiful medieval Schloss Leuk.

For more information, please visit http://forumvalais.ch/Wordpress/artists/umsn-jip/

Performance of “Unending are the Mazes it Engenders” in Istanbul

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April 13, 2013 | ITÜ MIAM Centre of Advanced Studies in Music, Instanbul| 12:00-17:00

Ums n’ Jip (Ulrike Mayer Spohn and Xavier Hagen) present “Unending are the Mazes it Engenders” for counter tenor voice and tenor recorder in their master class at the ITÜ MIAM Centre of Advanced Studies in Music, Istanbul.

Performances of “Unending are the Mazes it Engenders” in Zürich

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March 23 & 24, 2013 | Kunstraum Walcheturm, Zürich, Switzerland | 20:30

Ums n’ Jip (Ulrike Mayer Spohn and Xavier Hagen) perform “Unending are the Mazes it Engenders” for counter tenor voice and tenor recorder at Kunstraum Wacherturm in Zürich.

Swiss premiere of Unending are the Mazes it Engenders by UMS & JIP

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Ums n’ Jip (Ulrike Mayer Spohn and Xavier Hagen) perform for the first time in Switzerland “Unending are the Mazes it Engenders” for counter tenor voice and tenor recorder, a work commissioned by this extraordinary Swiss contemporary music duo.

The work is a maze of utterances of an uncanny, palpitating sound, which unravels in winding paths, with interconnected twists and turns, through algorithmic mutations and reformulations, continuously circling back to itself by creating and not resolving the dialectics that underly its construction. Its mazing construction lacks of an entrance, a center, and possibility of escape; it is a maze without a monster and a death-defying hero . . .

The title is a quotation of a verse from the poem Everness by the Argentinian writer and poet Jorge Louis Borges:

And everything is part of that diverse
Crystal of memory, the universe;
Unending are the mazes it engenders

Unending are the Mazes it Engenders” is part of the Greece Project by UMS ‘n JIP commissions works for either recorder, voice & electronics in any combination for 2 performers by young and established contemporary Greek composers Antonis Rouvelas, Zesses Seglias, Leontios Hadjileontiadis, Panagiotis Kokoras, Dimitris Maronidis, Haris Kittos, Michalis Lapidakis, Dimitris Papageorgiou. The program intends to introduce different contemporary Greek composer’s works which are complementary to UMS ‘n JIP’s own works and/or especially inspiring for them. It will be premiers at the Thessaloniki University in February 2013. The Greece Project will be further performed on tour by UMS ‘n JIP in 2013/14.

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A review of the March 5th Klangforum concert at the Vienna Konzerthaus

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A review of the March 5th Klangforum concert at the Vienna Konzerthaus

published by Zwölftöner in the prestigious concert-review site Bachtrack.com.

Dimitris Papageorgiu’s In the Vestige of the Present, here handled with great sensitivity by a small chamber formation of winds, strings and piano, trades in tropes – spidery filigree operating at registral extremes, textural layers alternately dovetailing and deforming – that add up, in sculptural profile, to something more elegantly elusive than the sum of its innocuous parts, always hinging between voices talking to and past each other.

Read the full review at http://www.bachtrack.com/review-klangforum-europa-global-greece