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Demetrius Spaneas

Boston, MA         

Demetrius Spaneas travels the world as a musical ambassador, connecting classical, jazz, and traditional music throughout the US, Eastern Europe, and Asia. He has worked with such diverse artists as John Cage, Ray Charles, and Kyrgyz traditional musicians, and has been featured soloist and composer at major concert venues and international festivals in the three continents. Through his work with the US Embassy system, he has presented concerts and lectures on American music and culture throughout the former Soviet Union. Interested in connecting cultures and creating international artistic dialogue through cultural diplomacy, his current initiatives focus on Central Asia, the Balkans, China, and Russia. To this end, he has been appointed a Fulbright Specialist in American Studies, Music and taught in Tajikistan in summer 2013 through the Fulbright. He has won grants and awards from ASCAP, Meet the Composer, the American Music Center, and other organizations, including a special certificate from the Russian Duma (senate) for enriching the cultural life of St. Petersburg.

Mr. Spaneas, a New York City-based artist, is a native of Lowell, MA and holds both bachelor and master of music degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music where he studied classical and jazz performance, composition, and world music.

Lilith: Mother of Dreams

“Lilith: Mother of Dreams”
A monodramatic chamber opera.
Demetrius Spaneas, composer and clarinet
Alexandra Honigsberg, librettist and viola
James Siranovich, music director and piano
Christina Rohm, soprano in the title role

Premiered on December 20, 2012 at Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY.

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Three Dialogues for Saxophone and Orchestra

Premiere, Three Dialogues for Saxophone and Orchestra, by Demetrius Spaneas

Movements two and three–“With Tenderness” and “With Ecstasy,” respectively–of my “Three Dialogues for Saxophone and Orchestra”
Composed and performed by Demetrius Spaneas, alto saxophone, with the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra, Woomyung Choe, conducting.
Premiere at Aquinas Hall, Mount Saint Marys College, Newburgh, NY, September 22, 2012.

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Open Letter to Dushanbe

2nd Dushanbe International Jazz Festival, May 3. 2010, Dushanbe, Tajikistan. My collaboration with the Tajik traditional band Mizrob, performing my composition “Open Letter to Dushanbe”, which is based loosely on Mingus’ “Open Letter to Duke”, and was dedicated to the people of Dushanbe for their kindness and hospitality. This piece combines jazz with traditional Tajik music.

The words in the 2nd section, sung in Tajik, basically mean, ‘I look at you with undying love, but even though you turn away, I know your heart calls me, too’

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