Theocharis Papatrechas

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Originally from Athens, Greece, Theocharis is a composer of acoustic, electroacoustic, and acousmatic music, currently based in San Diego, CA.

 

The focus of his work is centered around the ideas of duality, fragility, and fragmentation when considering the dimensions of materiality, form, electronics, and spatialization. Special emphasis is given towards the conception and construction of evocative and contrasting gestural behaviors and energies and how those dramaturgically coexist and interact in a musical experience. The notion of space is a focal point in his electronic work, which consists of real-time signal processing practices and sound designing techniques for the creation of fixed samples. 

 

Theocharis holds a PhD in Composition from the University of California, San Diego (2020) in the studio of Rand Steiger. He also holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music (MA, 2014), Sibelius Academy (Certificate, 2011), and Ionian University (BA, 2012). For his studies, he has received scholarships from the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association, and the Onassis, Lilian Voudouri, and Gerondelis Foundations.

 

Over the years, Theocharis has taught Composition, Theory, Counterpoint, Contemporary Music, History of 20th Century Music, and Theory and History of Electronic Music. Since 2018, he has been collaborating with composer Lei Liang and oceanographer Joshua Jones on audio installation projects presented at the Spatialization Lab of the Qualcomm Institute of Technology.

 

Since 2016, Theocharis is running the artistic direction of the ilSUONO Contemporary Music Week, a summer composition academy, which takes place annually in Città di Castello, Italy. His responsibilities at ilSUONO include programming, artists invitations, participants selections, organizational and administrational duties, communications and promotions, and sound engineering. 

 

Theocharis’s works have been performed by renowned ensembles in important new music contexts, such as, Ircam’s Manifeste Academy with ensemble Intercontemporain (2018 and 2019), Society of Electroacoustic Music in the US (SEAMUS) at the Berklee College of Music (2019), Mixtur Festival with Proxima Centauri (2017), VIPA with the [Switch~ Ensemble] (2016), Workshop for Young Composers in Tchaikovsky City (2015), FORUM with Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (2014), Shanghai New Music Week with Mivos Quartet (2013).

 

Theocharis has given master-classes at the Ionian University as well as talks at Stanford University and the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California (UABC).  Since the summer of 2020, he is the composer-in-residence at the Paxos Festival in Greece.

 

Theocharis's music has been released by ArsPublica. His scores are published by Babel Scores.

 

 

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Ordered by year. Most recent works appears first

Chamber Group ( 2 - 4 instruments )


Now our world does descend for bass flute, trumpet in Bb, viola (2018)
Doomed to its paralysed eternity for alto flute, saxophones, percussion, piano (2016)
Indiscriminately for soprano, alto saxophone, piano (2014)
Tetractys for four violas (2013)
Le Radeau de la Méduse for String Quartet (2012)
Metrikon for 3 percussionists (2009)

Chamber Ensemble (5 - 9 instruments)


Nycto- for five double-basses (2017)
[d]ifférance III: aporetics for alto flute, saxophones, percussion, piano, cello, and bass (2015)
Trastorno for flute, clarinet, percussion, violin, cello (2013)

Ensemble (Instruments or Voices) and Real Time Electronics


Pictorial Fields: Traces in 1A for bass clarinet, violin, cello, and live electronics (2016)

Solo Instrument


...aspettando... for staged amplified saxophonist, amplified alto saxophone, and a tenor sax mouthpiece (2014)

Ensemble (10 - 19 instruments)


L'esprit de l'escalier for Large Ensemble (2014)

String Quartet


Le Radeau de la Méduse for String Quartet (2012)

Orchestral Music


Golgotha for orchestra (2011)
...aspettando... for staged amplified saxophonist, amplified alto saxophone, and a tenor sax mouthpiece (2014)
Doomed to its paralysed eternity for alto flute, saxophones, percussion, piano (2016)
Golgotha for orchestra (2011)
Indiscriminately for soprano, alto saxophone, piano (2014)
L'esprit de l'escalier for Large Ensemble (2014)
Le Radeau de la Méduse for String Quartet (2012)
Metrikon for 3 percussionists (2009)
Now our world does descend for bass flute, trumpet in Bb, viola (2018)
Nycto- for five double-basses (2017)
Pictorial Fields: Traces in 1A for bass clarinet, violin, cello, and live electronics (2016)
Tetractys for four violas (2013)
Trastorno for flute, clarinet, percussion, violin, cello (2013)
[d]ifférance III: aporetics for alto flute, saxophones, percussion, piano, cello, and bass (2015)