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Evangelia Rigaki
Assistant Professor, Music

Biography

Evangelia Rigaki has a diverse compositional portfolio ranging from instrumental works to experimental music theatre, dance, performance art, installation and opera. Her compositions are rooted in instrumental theatre and experimental music theatre and she is collaborating closely with musicians, singers and writers/ poets.

Evangelia joined Trinity in September 2010 and teaches undergraduate and postrgraduate courses. She is the founding Director of the 'MPhil in Composition' in 2012 and also curates the 'Music Composition Centre's public lectures and public Masterclasses.

In March 2014 she organized the International Composition Conference, 'Composition in the 21st Century' which featured Sir. Harrison Birwistle as the keynote speaker.

Selected recent projects include: the Arts Council funded opera "AntiMidas, or, Bankers in Hades', 2013, (libretto by W.N. Herbert) the installation 'The Pregnant Box', 2014, (libretto by W.N. Herbert & Catherine Conlon) written for solo singer and solo flute player in a specially constructed confession box, and a wandering choir, the object music theatre piece 'Monsieur Jean & Monsieur Jean', 2015, premiered by Ensemble Lucilin in Luxembourg, 'While The World Misbehaves, the Baby Must Hide in the Beehive', 2018, (libretto by W.N. Herbert) for 6 Dancing Percussionists, written for the 20th Anniversary of RIAM's 'Percussion Ensemble' premiered in New York University. At the moment Evangelia is working on an installation opera, based on the book by Melatu Uche Okorie 'This Hostel Life', commissioned by the Irish National Opera.

Evangelia Rigaki's current PhD Students at Trinity are researching: 'On the Move: Investigating processes of composition using visual/dramatic/physical elements and extended techniques with a focus on solos, mixed ensembles, and the marching arts.' (Linsday Vincent), 'Melting the Boundaries : Integrating Ethnic Instruments into Western Art Music.'(Meg Stoops),'Composing the Uncertainty - Exploring different possibilities of indeterminacy in composition and developing notations to encourage improvisation.'(Kai Chung Fung).

Completed PhD in Composition Portfolios include the following:

- Brian Keegan, 'Evolving Sounds - PhD Porfolio of Compositions', 2018.

- Elis Czerniak, 'PhD Portfolio of Compositions', 2018.

- Cobi Van Tonder, 'Sublime Dissonance - PhD Portfolio of Compositions', 2017.

- Jenn Kirby,'PhD Portfolio of Compositions', 2015.

- Hugh O'Neill, 'The Use of Gesture and Found Information in the Generation of Musical Material - PhD Portfolio of Compositions', 2015.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Evangelia Rigaki Music & W.N. Herbert Words, 'Lost Ships List', Alte Schmiede Wien, 19 June, 2018, Contemporary Music Centre, CMC, 2018, - Musical Score, 2018

Evangelia Rigaki , 'OTMEN [Breath] for pianist & optional audience participation', Luxembourg, 2018, - Musical Score, 2018

Lubna Gem Arielle Words, Evangelia Rigaki Music, Aljosa Smolic, 'Bridging the Blue', V-Sense, Trinity College Dublin, 2018, - Musical Score, 2018

Evangelia Rigaki Music, W.N. Herbert, Words, 'While the World Misbehaves, The Baby Must Hide in the Beehive', New York University, Lehman College New York, CMC, 2018, - Musical Score, 2018

Evangelia Rigaki Music & W.N. Herbert Words, 'In the Oubliette', V-Sense, Trinity College Dublin , V-Sense, Contemporary Music Centre, 2018, - Musical Score, 2018

Evangelia Rigaki Music, 'Playthings', Contemporary Music Centre, CMC, 2018, - Musical Score, 2018

Evangelia Rigaki, 'Taste I/II/III', 2017, - Musical Score, 2017

Evangelia Rigaki, 'AMENd', 2017, - Musical Score, 2017

Evangelia Rigaki, Analysis and discussion of my recent compositions. , Music Department, University of Brunel, March 2016, 2016, Music Department University of Brunel Invited Talk, 2016

Evangelia Rigaki, The Pregnant Box, genesis and develoment. , Music Department, University of Glasgow, February 2016, 2016 Invited Talk, 2016

Evangelia Rigaki, 'Music', 2016, - Musical Score, 2016 URL

Evangelia Rigaki, Experimental Music Theatre, DIT College of Music, March 2015, 2015 Invited Talk, 2015

Evangelia Rigaki Composer, Agnes Limbos Director, 'Monsieur Jean & Monsieur Jean', Rottundes, Luxembourg, 2015, - Musical Score, 2015

Evangelia Rigaki creator/composer, Libretto: W.N. Herbert, Catherine Conlon, 'The Pregnant Box', Trinity College Dublin, Front Square, 2014, - Exhibition, 2014

Evangelia Rigaki, 'AntiMidas, or, Bankers in Hades', Beckett Theatre, Dublin, Arts Council, 2013, - Musical Score, 2013

Evangelia Rigaki, 'Exploring Notions of Theatricality in Music', UCD School of Music, 15 October 2012, 2012 Invited Talk, 2012

Evangelia Rigaki, Evangelia Rigaki discusses her recent compositions., Evangelia Rigaki discusses her recent compositions., Music Department University of Bristol, 15 March 2011, 2011, Music Department, University of Bristol Invited Talk, 2011

Evangelia Rigaki, 'The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant': The Post-minimalist Gerald Barry?, Third International Conference on Music and Minimalism, Leuven, 12-15 October 2011, 2011 Conference Paper, 2011

Evangelia Rigaki, On Music and Collaboration, 17 February 2010, 2010, Music Department, University of Sussex Invited Talk, 2010

Evangelia Rigaki, Singing the Unutterable: Extended vocal techniques for dramatic purposes in contemporary opera & music theatre, Song, Stage and Screen Conference, University of Winchester, September 2010, 2010 Conference Paper, 2010

Research Expertise

Description

Composition, Instrumental Theatre, Experimental Music-Theatre, Contemporary Opera, Musicals, Extended Techniques, Impovisation, Collaborative Practices, Mixed Media.

Projects

  • Title
    • AMENd
  • Summary
    • AMENd is a work for female percussionist and two bass drums. Inspired by the Repeal Movement in Ireland, AMENd was written for and developed in close collaboration with Jennifer Torrence. With the performer standing alone between two large bass drums, AMENd depicts the struggle of duality, of being more than one, of having a body that is also an-other's body, of losing one's own body, of becoming only a body. Traversing the complexities of this in-between, AMENd moves fluidly from tenderness to violence, from public ritual to private confessional. AMENd is incarnated with two versions for public performance: as a music piece with a duration of 18 minutes, or as an installation-performance with a duration of 9 hours.
  • Date From
    • 2016
  • Title
    • Monsieur Jean & Monsieur Jean
  • Summary
    • Object Music Theatre, Director Agnes Limbos, Lucilin Ensemble
  • Funding Agency
    • Rotondes, Luxembourg & Ministry of Culture, Luxembourg
  • Date From
    • September 2015
  • Date To
    • April 2015
  • Title
    • The Pregnant Box
  • Summary
    • Words by W.N. Herbert, after a text by Catherine Conlon Written for singer and flutist in a specially constructed confession box and a wandering choir.
  • Funding Agency
    • Research Night TCD & Long Room Hub
  • Date To
    • September 2014
  • Title
    • AntiMidas, or, Bankers in Hades
  • Summary
    • Words: W.N. Herbert, Director: John Lloyd Davies, Beckett Theatre, Dublin, December 2013
  • Funding Agency
    • Arts Council IE
  • Date From
    • 2012
  • Date To
    • December 2013
  • Title
    • 'Evocation'
  • Summary
    • String Trio written for Kirkos Ensemble
  • Date To
    • May 2013
  • Title
    • 'Departed'
  • Summary
    • Words by John Lloyd Davies (out of his libretto 'Penelope in Connemara' Song written for Michelle O'Rourke
  • Funding Agency
    • Creative Lab, New Music Dublin Festival 2013
  • Date From
    • 2012
  • Date To
    • March 2013
  • Title
    • 'To Be Elsewhere'
  • Summary
    • Trio written for Ensemble Avalon, performed November 2011
  • Date From
    • 2011
  • Title
    • 'Professional Suicide'
  • Summary
    • Words: Tamsin Collison, Director: John Lloyd Davies, First Performance: Linbury Studio (Royal Opera House 2), January 2011
  • Date To
    • 2011
  • Title
    • 'Lullabaloo'
  • Summary
    • Words: W.N. Herbert, Music & Director: Evangelia Rigaki Visuals: Andreas Papanastasiu, Written for Cabaret Artist Margitta Zalite, First Performance: Riverside Studios, London,Tête-à-Tête Opera Festival, August 2010
  • Date To
    • 2010
  • Title
    • 'Dyarchia'
  • Summary
    • Written for and priemered by Ensemble Amorpha, London, The Forge, March 2010
  • Date To
    • 2010
  • Title
    • 'Exiles'
  • Summary
    • Words: Constandine Cavafy, Director: Sjaron Minailo, First Performance: Ostadetheater, Amsterdam, December 2009
  • Date To
    • 2009
  • Title
    • 'Little Instruments of Apprehension'
  • Summary
    • Words: W.N. Herbert Choreography: Darren Ellis, First Performance: Riverside Studios, London, Tête-à-Tête Opera Festival, August 2009
  • Date To
    • 2009
  • Title
    • 'Tutare'
  • Summary
    • For 4 tabla players and 4 percussionists, First performance: Queen Elizabeth Hall, April 2009
  • Date To
    • 2009
  • Title
    • 'Hadith Al Rouh' (Dutch title: Gesprekken Van De Ziel)
  • Summary
    • Words: Sjaron Minailo (after the song 'Hadith Al Rouh' by Oum Kalthoum), Director: Sjaron Minailo, First Performance: Operadagen Rotterdam Festival, May 2009
  • Date To
    • 2009
  • Title
    • 'Antonius is Forsaken by His God'
  • Summary
    • Words: Constantine Cavafy, First Performance: Manchester Cathedral, John Armitage Memorial Concert (JAM), March 2009
  • Date To
    • 2009
  • Title
    • 'String Quartet'
  • Summary
    • First Performance: Barbirolli Quartet, Cheltenham Festival, July 2008
  • Date To
    • 2008
  • Title
    • 'Bumblepuppy'
  • Summary
    • Words: W.N. Herbert, Director: Bill Bankes Jones, First Performance: Riverside Studios, London, Tête-à-Tête Opera Festival, August 2008
  • Date To
    • 2008
  • Title
    • '...but only water'
  • Summary
    • For prepared percussion, premiered by Matthew Jenkins, Darmstadt Internation Summer Couse (IMD), Studio Concert, July 2008
  • Date To
    • 2008
  • Title
    • 'Poios Ekane Pipi sto Missisipi?'
  • Summary
    • Words: Adapted by Evangelia Rigaki after the same titled children story by Eugene Trivizas, Director: Anastasia Chatziliadou, First Performance: Pais Opera Festival, Opera of Thessaloniki, May 2008
  • Date To
    • 2008
  • Title
    • 'Tempt My Better Angel'
  • Summary
    • Choreography: Darren Ellis, First Performance: The Place, London, June 2007
  • Date To
    • 2007
  • Title
    • 'Narcissus'
  • Summary
    • Words: Evangelia Rigaki (after Ovid) First Performance by Damien Harron, The Hydraulic Station, London, March 2007
  • Date To
    • 2007
  • Title
    • 'The Dress I Wear'
  • Summary
    • Words: Emily Dickinson, First Performance: BBC Singers, July 2007
  • Date To
    • 2007

Recognition

Awards and Honours

Irish National Opera Studio, Selected Composer for 2018 - 19 September 2018

Commission by Cultural Ministry of Luxembourg for 'OTMEN' 2018

2012, Opera Project Award (Presentation), Arts Council IE

2012, Opera Project Award (Development), Arts Council IE

2010, Royal Opera House, Composition Residency (VOX 2)

2010, Die Neuköllner Oper, Composition Residency (Open Forum Stipendiat)

2009, Arts Council UK and SPNM Composition Residency for Researching Notation for Tabla (alongside other composers and percussionists)

2008, ENMR (European Network for Musicological Research) Fellowship for post-doctoral research at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

2008, Britten-Pears Young Artist Composition Residency (New Music-New Media), Aldeburgh

2007, Jerwood Opera Writing Programme, Composition Residency, Aldeburgh

2006, Opera Writing Composition Residency, Aldeburgh

Memberships

Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland January 2013

Shortlisted Composer for Society for Promotion of New Music, UK (former named SPNM) 2006 – 2009