George Christofi’s work reached audiences in more than 15 countries worldwide in venues and Festivals such as the World Music Days (ISCM), Spontaneous Combustion New Music Festival, APNM Chamber Music Festival for the 21st Century, LondonEar Contemporary Music Festival, Seoul International Computer Music Festival, International Review of Composers, ‘Clarinet baix i electronica’ by PHONOS-FUNDACIÓ MÚSICA CONTEMPORÀNIA, International Music Festival Heidelberger, ‘Attention Musiques Fraîches !’ Festival, Pescara Fiera, Nuova Musica a Treviso, The Pharos Contemporary Music Festival, ECO Sound, Centro Culturale San Fedele among others and, been broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Being at various international artistic programmes including: the Centre Acanthes, Fondation Royaumont, Ircam Academy, Premio Niccolò Castiglioni, the VICC Residency and others, he attended Composition classes by Ferneyhough, Sciarrino, Hosokawa, Neuwirth, Harvey, D’Adamo among others. At the academia, after gaining several grants and scholarships, George studied Composition at the University of York with Thomas Simaku and obtained a Master’s with Distinction and a PhD in Composition. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Composition at the European University Cyprus. His music has been published by the Italian Publishing House ARS Publica.
About the piece
Poeme I is an allusion to e.e. cummings poem ‘!blac’ that follows. The aim is not to have the players narrate the poem per se, but its text was used to extract specific sound qualities which emanate when reading it. Also, the word and letters arrangement – it seems that there is an intention by the poet to represent visually the poem’s semantic meaning – have influenced the musical narrative.