“Writing begins with an appetite to discover my self-respect. To redeem the day. So the day does not go down in debt.”
— Leonard Cohen
Nikos Papadogiorgos is a Greek composer, orchestrator and pianist currently living and working in Paris. He studied classical and jazz piano, classical and jazz harmony and took lessons on counterpoint. He also studied film direction as he pursued his interest in visual arts.
He has composed music for documentaries, theater, short films, important public events, corporate videos, TV spots, audio theater CDs, CDs accompanying children’s books and more.
In 2012 he started focusing on setting poetry and lyrics to music and in December 2013 he won the 2nd prize at the most prestigious Greek songwriting competition. A steady workflow has led to the release of two albums with songs: the studio album entitled “Staurodromi” (Crossroads) and the live album entitled “Nikos Papadogiorgos – 8 songs”.
In his songwriting he has been focusing on bringing together those elements that he has come to love, through the years of enjoying and studying great music of various genres. Most prominent among them are:
- The Greek and, more broadly, Mediterranean melodic tradition with the subtle shades that have always characterized it.
- The depth, complexity and wisdom found in the harmonic vocabulary of the Western European music (both classical and jazz).
- The joy and freedom of the improvisation found in Jazz music.
His effort has been to combine these elements, not just as pieces of a puzzle that, although fitting perfectly together remain still distinct, but as musical elements fully absorbed within the frame of a specific aesthetic and stylistic proposition - a proposition that finds its expression through the final but very important layer of an innovative approach in the way the music is orchestrated.
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