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Nick Demopoulos

As a performer, composer, producer and sound designer Nick Demopoulos has had considerable experience working in many varied musical situations. These situations include music for feature films, documentaries, television, theatre, modern dance, commercials, internet ads, perfomances in concert halls, festivals and small clubs. Some of the mediums Nick has composed in include jazz combo, chamber groups, solo guitar, electronic music and electro-acoustic music. Working as a teaching artist, Nick has given music workshops to young children, high school students, those with no musical training, non-english speakers and guitar classes to senior citizens.

In 2009 Nick began working and performing with renowned percussionist and NEA Jazz Master Chico Hamilton. Other musicians he has worked with include Ralph Penland, Solsonics, Brazillian vocalist Marianni, Art Webb, Walter Thompson, Adam Dugas, Exegesis, and Angel Eyedealism.

In 2008 Nick Demopoulos was selected to participate in the American Music Abroad Program, sponsored by Jazz at Lincoln Center and the U.S. Department of State and as a result toured the Gulf States region of the Middle East and held performances and educational workshops in Bahrain, Oman, Yeman, United Arab Emirates and Kuwait. Photos and details about this trip can be found at the following link: http://www.nickdemopoulos.com/mideastblog.html

He has appeared at numerous national and international venues, including the 2003 Montreaux Jazz Festival, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum, The Phoenix Festival, the Hamburg Jazz Festival, Dizzy’s Club in New York, and the National Geographic Museum in Washington D.C. He has also played in Adam Dugas’ “Chaos and Candy,” and in the last year performed in the off-Broadway productions “Lady, Lady, Lady show,” and “The Ang Show” at the Abrons Art Center.

In 2009 one of Nick’s jazz compositions was featured in a short film by Nikon and cinematographer Harris Savides. It can be viewed here, or in the film/video page of this site. Some other film and televison credits include guitar on the soundtrack of the 2006 film “Accepted” (Universal) including the heavy metal version of Eleanor Rigby layered with several guitar parts, guitar on the “Iconoclasts” television series, the jazz combo composition “Pax Legomonon” for the Danish television show “Island Cop;” and the score for the documentary “Glamazon: A Different Kind of Girl” (1993). He has also written music for the The Guggenheim Museum, Motorola, and Estee Lauder. Nick has created sound design for several video installations for artist Yorgo Alexopoulos including Infinite Sphere and Astral Ashtray.

In collaboration with playwrite Ford Wright, Nick composed two musicals, Rhymes with Adventure and I, Medusa. Rhymes with Adventure was chosen as one of the best theatre pieces of the ’99-00 season by the Village Voice and was performed at the Soho Repertory Theatre. The following year, I, Medusa appeared at the Ontological Theatre in New York. Demopoulos did the sound design for the play Lola is Sick, (2004) by Lisette Merenciana which appeared at Here Theater in New York. This sound design included two hours of field recordings made in Brooklyn of bustling city noise. It has since been made commercially available and has been used in countless art installations, plays and films. It can be purchased here.

Marc Gallo of JazzReview.com characterized “Harmonic Convergence,” the 1997 release of the Nick Demopoulos Quartet as “visual music. Music that begs the eye to close and the mind to be still. It is a musical journey that is exciting, well-paced and, pardon the cliche, simply brilliant.” In a review of Exegesis, an ensemble that Nick performs with, Jeff Miers of the Buffalo News remarked that “Exegesis boasts one of the most strikingly virtuosic, well-versed jazz guitarists this side of Pat Metheny.”