Theocharis Papatrechas

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Originally from Athens, Greece, Theocharis Papatrechas (b. 1988) is a composer, sound artist, electronic musician, and educator, currently based in Oakland, CA.

Theocharis holds a PhD in Music from the University of California San Diego, where he worked closely with Rand Steiger, Lei Liang, and Miller Puckette. He has also had the privilege to study at other significant institutions, including the Eastman School of Music, IRCAM, Sibelius Academy, and Ionian University.

Theocharis is currently in residence at the Center for New Music & Audio Technologies (CNMAT) of the University of California, Berkeley as a Visiting Researcher and Composer, developing a sound installation that involves instrumentalists, motion sensors, and real-time electronics diffused through a 3D multichannel system.

His portfolio consists of acoustic, electroacoustic, acousmatic, sound art, and sound installation works that involve acoustic components, pre-recorded media, and generative and interactive processes, being presented within immersive environments using multichannel setups and Ambisonics. In his creative practice, he is preoccupied with themes such as tactilityfragilitygranulationsound sculpting, and sonic spaces.

Theocharis maintains an active career collaborating with numerous performers and institutions globally. His works have been performed by leading groups such as the Mivos Quartet, ensemble Intercontemporain, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Vertixe Sonora, [Switch~] Ensemble, Ensemble Multilatérale, and Ensemble Schallfeld, and have been presented in the contexts of IRCAM, CCRMA at Stanford, SEAMUS, New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (NYCEMF), University of Montreal, Vienna Konzerthaus, and Shanghai Conservatory of Music.

Since 2018, Theocharis has been collaborating with UC San Diego Composition Professor Lei Liang and Postdoctoral Fellow in Oceanography Joshua Jones on a sonic project entitled Hearing Seascapes. The team’s objective is to bring unseen elements of nature to the broader community creating artistic experiences via extracting, deploying, and electronically manipulating raw acoustic data captured by hydrophones at the bottom of the Arctic ocean.

Theocharis is the Artistic Director of the ilSUONO Contemporary Music Week, a summer composition and electronic music academy that takes place annually in Città di Castello, Italy since 2016 in collaboration with Italian saxophonist Michele Bianchini and the Ensemble Suono Giallo.

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

Instruments and Electronics


Grit for piano, fixed media, live electronics, and sound diffusion (2019)
Pictorial Fields: Traces in 1A for bass clarinet, violin, cello, and live electronics (2016)

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)
Grit for piano, fixed media, live electronics, and sound diffusion (2019)
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)