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Aris Carastathis: Biography

Aris Carastathis
1957 -
Region: Ontario

Aris Carastathis

ARIS CARASTATHIS (b. Athens, Greece, May 25, 1957) earned Bachelor and Master degrees in music from the University of Northern Iowa and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Louisiana State University. Carastathis is Professor of Theory/Composition and Director of the New Music Ensemble at Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario. He is an Associate Composer and Voting Member of the Canadian Music Centre, and Artistic Director of New Music North. He has been Chair of the Canadian University Music Society Standing Committee of Institutional Members and Chair of the Lakehead University Department of Music.

Carastathis' first acknowledged work, Four Songs for soprano and piano, dates from 1979 and he has since produced a large body of works for a wide variety of media, from symphonic to chamber as well as electronic music. His works have been performed in many countries in Europe, Canada and the U.S.A. including performances at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City. His music has been broadcast on American (PBS) and Canadian (CBC) radio. He has received several commissions from organizations and performers in Canada, the U.S.A., and Greece, such as Music Canada 2000 Festival Inc., Canadian Music Centre, Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, Louisiana Sinfonietta, and the Norman Burgess Memorial Fund, to mention a few.

Carastathis' early works are strictly atonal with heavy emphasis on serial models. Newer works display a mixture of atonal and tonal idioms with an underlying modal quality. His latest interests include integration of elecroacoustic composition and computer art/animation.

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