Greek composer born in Athens in 1965.
Georgia Spiropoulos studied piano, music theory and counterpoint in Athens. At the same time, she worked for around a decade as an arranger and performer of jazz and traditional Greek music.
In 1996, she moved to Paris, where she studied instrumental and electroacoustic composition with Philippe Leroux and analysis with Michaël Lévinas. In 2000, she participated in the IRCAM Cursus (IRCAM’s composition and computer music course), where she undertook further study with Jonathan Harvey, Tristan Murail, Brian Ferneyhough, Marco Stroppa, Philippe Hurel, and Ivan Fedele.
Georgia Spiropoulos’ catalogue comprises acoustic (instrumental and vocal) as well as electroacoustic and mixed music works. Her compositional style focuses on the organisation of sounds (in contrast to hierarchical pitch-based structures), and on form and temporality. She explores the notions of oral transmission and reception, and their omnipresence in musical scores and performance practice; this research has led her to pursue close working relationships with performers, which she describes as “vital interactions” for the composition of each new work. Her use of new instrumental and vocal techniques is influenced by 20th century music as well as folk traditions, experimental rock, improvised music, performance art, interdisciplinary works, and turntablism.
She has received commissions from IRCAM-Centre Pompidou, Ensemble Intercontemporain, the Ministries of Culture of France and Baden-Württemberg, Radio France, SACEM, Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), Muse en Circuit, Ensemble L’Itinéraire, the Accentus Chamber Choir, and the Habanera Quartet. Her music has been performed throughout the world in festivals such as Agora, Extension du domaine de la Note, Futura, WhyNote, Aujourd’hui Musiques, Musiques de Notre Temps, ICEM (France), Tenso Days, Hateiva, Gegenwelten (Germany), Electroacoustic Music Days (Greece), Sinkro (Spain), SMC (Belgium), Seamus (USA), the Miami Festival of Electronic Music, Cyberarts Festival (Boston), and WOCMAT (Taiwan).
In 2002, she was awarded the United States Villa Medici Extra Muros Prize. She was composer-in-residence in New York in 2003-04, during which time she undertook research on interactive interfaces and gesture recognition for orchestra conductors. She was also a resident at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris.
In 2005, Georgia Spiropoulos was a member of the jury for admissions into the IRCAM Cursus, and in 2008, she undertook a research residency at the same institution in order to work on “Mask: The voice transformations and computer tools for live performance.”
She undertook further research on avant-garde vocal techniques at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS) in Paris. She worked as a music and sound advisor for CharismaX – Iannis Xenakis, a documentary by Efi Xirou, produced by the Greek Film Centre, Greek Television (TV1), and Media Europe. She has lectured at Columbia University, UC Santa Barbara, IRCAM, the Munich Hochschule, SMC (Belgium), and Alte Schmiede in Vienna. In 2017-18, she taught composition and electroacoustic music at McGill University, where she held the positions of Schulich Distinguished Visiting Chair in Music and Director of the Digital Composition Studios.
In June 2015, a portrait concert, which took place at the Centre Georges Pompidou as part of ManiFeste, saw the premieres of Roll…n’Roll… n’Roll for harp and electronics, Membranes for eight timpani with transducers (2015), and Les Bacchantes for solo performer, electronics, and lights (2010).
Georgia Spiropoulos was made a Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters in France in 2013.
© Ircam-Centre Pompidou, 2019
- Site de Giorgia Spiropoulos (voir ressources documentaires).
- Solo (excluding voice)
- Metaplasis for piano (1997), 7 mn 30 s, Inédit
- Pièce pour piano (1998), 3 mn, Inédit
- elec ircam Ircam cursus Saksti for saxophone and electronics (2001), 6 mn 30 s, Inédit [program note]
- Pnoes for wind instrument (2011), 3 mn 45 s
- elec ircam Roll… n’Roll…n’Roll for prepared harp and electronics (2015), 20 mn, BabelScores [program note]
- elec ircam EROR (The Pianist) "Phantasmagorie" for disguised pianist, live electronics and mural shadow theater (2017-2018), 55 mn [program note]
- Chamber music
- Pièce pour flûte et piano (1996), 3 mn, Inédit
- Elxis for two cellos (1997), 2 mn, partition retirée du catalogue
- Krousta for four percussionists (1998), 6 mn, Inédit
- elec Music for 2 ? for 2 musicians and tape (2000), 9 mn, Inédit
- Práxis 4 saxes for saxophone quartet (2003-2004), 12 mn, Inédit [program note]
- Ephemerals & drones for harp, double bass and percussion (2006-2007), between 10 mn and 11 mn 30 s, édition du compositeur [program note]
- Membranes for 8 timpani (2 percussionists) and transducers (2015), between 10 mn and 12 mn, BabelScores [program note]
- elec ... landscapes & monstrous things ... (for Eugen Gabritschevsky) for two violins, viola, cello, piano, electronics and video (2016), 20 mn
- elec Interjections for saxophone quartet and live electronics (2017), 15 mn
- Instrumental ensemble music
- Vocal music and instrument(s)
- Sur les traces de Maneros arrangements of traditional songs from Asia Minor from the beginning of the 20th century for a female voice, 10 traditional stringed instruments and percussion (1995), 45 mn, Inédit
- elec Folk songs for one saxophonist, one traditional female voice and electronics (2007), 10 mn, partition retirée du catalogue
- elec Bouches hommage à Demetrio Stratos, for voice, ensemble and "electronic mask" (2008), 9 mn, édition du compositeur [program note]
- elec The body electric - Voicings on Walt Whitman I for female voice, clarinet, trombone, viola, percussion and electronics (2013-2014), 23 mn
- A cappella vocal music
- Psalmos 55 for 6-voice mixed choir (2004-2005), 6 mn, édition du compositeur
- elec ircam Klama for 8-part mixed choir, live electronics and pre-recorded sounds (2005-2006), 12 mn, Inédit [program note]
- elec ircam Les bacchantes hommage à Xenakis, for a performer, electronics and lights (2010) [program note]
- Electronic music / fixed media / mechanical musical instruments
- Birds of the color of the moon feature film music (1993), 50 mn, Inédit
- elec Paralogismes electroacoustic music (1999), 6 mn, Inédit
- elec Brut electroacoustic music for Danse Macabre II Peepshow (2009), 13 mn [program note]
- elec La dame des frontières electroacoustic music (2005-2010), 8 mn, Inédit
- elec Geografia sonora for multimedia installation (2012)
- elec Vocalscapes on Walt Whitman for electronics (2014), 14 mn
- elec Unstable cities multimedia installation (or film) - electronic music and video animation (2020), 21 mn 30 s
- elec Unstable cities multimedia installation (or film) - electronic music and video animation, 21 mn 30 s
- elec Interjections for saxophone quartet and live electronics, 15 mn
- elec ... landscapes & monstrous things ... (for Eugen Gabritschevsky) for two violins, viola, cello, piano, electronics and video, 20 mn
- elec Geografia sonora for multimedia installation
- Pnoes for wind instrument, 3 mn 45 s
- Psalmos 55 for 6-voice mixed choir, 6 mn, édition du compositeur
- Pièce pour flûte et piano, 3 mn, Inédit
- Sur les traces de Maneros arrangements of traditional songs from Asia Minor from the beginning of the 20th century for a female voice, 10 traditional stringed instruments and percussion, 45 mn, Inédit
- Birds of the color of the moon feature film music, 50 mn, Inédit
- Site de Georgia Spiropoulos : www.georgiaspiropoulos.com
- Site des éditions Babelscores : www.babelscores.com
- « [“Roll…n’Roll…n’Roll” de Georgia Spiropoulos](https://www.francemusique.fr/emissions/creation-mondiale-l-integrale/roll-n-roll-n-roll-de-georgia-spiropoulos-rediffusion-integrale-et-portrait-de-la-compositrice-37533 “”Roll…n’Roll…n’Roll” de Georgia Spiropoulos”) » dans Création mondiale d’Anne Montaron sur France Musique le 28 octobre 2017.
(liens vérifiés en février 2021).
- Georgia SPIROPOULOS, Brut, dans « An Anthology Of Greek Experimental Electronic Music 1966-2016 », 2 CD Sub Rosa, 2019, SR471.
- Georgia SPIROPOULOS, Saksti dans « Le saxophone dans tous ces états » (comprenant des œuvres de SCHMITT, BERIO, DEBUSSY etc.), Erwan Fagant, saxophone, CD Conservatoire de Paris, Paris, 2003 [Enregistré entre décembre 2002 et mai 2003 au Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, Grand plateau d’orchestre].
- On the Trace of Maneros, chansons traditionnelles de l’Asie Mineure du début du 20e siècle, pour voix, dix instruments à cordes traditionnels, percussion et guitare, Katerina Xirou, voix, Georgia Spiropoulos, arrangements, CD LYRA UCD0009, Athènes, 1997.