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Traditional Music as Resource in Andreas Georgiou’s Doron Exagnismou

Andreas Georgiou (b. 1959) is a Cypriot guitarist and composer whose creative spirit finds a comfortable home in the genres of jazz and ethnic music. His compositions and improvisations exhibit daring experimentations that combine pitch resources drawn from the indigenous music of the eastern Mediterranean region, especially Greece and Cyprus, with non-diatonic modes used in contemporary art music. This peculiar pitch vocabulary is often subjected to exploitation in ways that resemble techniques and approaches utilised by composers of pitch-centric art music in the first half of the twentieth century.