A native of Syracuse, New York and now a resident of Los Angeles, George N. Gianopoulos’ music has been performed throughout Europe and America, including performances in China, Israel, Spain, England and Greece and regular performances in Southern California. George has been commissioned by The Glendale Philharmonic, The Chamber Opera Players of Los Angeles, Tala Rasa, The Symbiosis Ensemble, The Helix Collective, The Akropolis Quintet and the Malkin-Trybeck Duo, among others. He has been awarded by the American Viola Society, Boston Metro Opera, Aurora Borealis Duo and was the Alumni-in-Residence (AIR) for the State University of New York at Oswego, where he worked with students and faculty. His music has been performed by members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony and Los Angeles Master Chorale. Mr. Gianopoulos is the currently the Composer-in-Residence for the Los Angeles based Symbiosis Ensemble and concert series Music @ MiMoDa.
LISTEN: Thirteen Haiku for Singers and Piano, Op. 27
Holly Sedillos, Soprano; Iris Malkin, Mezzo-Soprano; Jon Lee Keenan, Tenor; E. Scott Levin, Baritone; Dylan Gentile, Piano/Bass
The Thirteen Haiku, Op. 27 were commissioned by the Wolf Trapp Opera Company and LA Opera pianist Jeremy Frank and composed in two weeks during the summer of 2013. Using American novelist and poet Jack Kerouac’s rarely acknowledged haiku, of which he wrote thousands; I chose thirteen to set for the four singers of the Filene Young Artist program at the Wolf Trap Opera Company – soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor and bass, respectively. Each voice type has a petite three-song cycle and all voices come together for the thirteenth choral song. Contained within each mini cycle is a range of emotions and musical settings. There are songs of introspection and self-reflection, wit and sardonic humor, loneliness, nostalgia, and absurdity set to jazz-fused ballads, tongue-in-cheek operatic arias, tin pan alley tunes, chromatic mysticism and subtle sentiment. Through these dramatic shifts of tone and atmosphere, I hope to capture the adventurous and explorative spirit of the beat generation in mid-century America.