Paul Dirmeikis

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Paul Dirmeikis
Paul Dirmeikis - Oil on canvas - 50 cm x 50 cm - juillet L - 2014

Paul Dirmeikis (born 1954, Chicago, Illinois, United States) is a Francophone poet, composer, singer, and painter who lives in Brittany. He is of Lithuanian ancestry (Kazlauskaitė 2003, 13), and a member of the Lithuanian Composers Union.

As a writer, in the 1990s he began a large cycle of poems inspired by the German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen's entire musical output (Kohl 1998, 8)

Works[edit]

Compositions (selective list)[edit]

Seventy compositions are now listed in his catalogue, including:

  • Message laissé à Pondichéry le 18 novembre 1973 (Message Left in Pondicherry on 18 November 1973), for voice, saxophone, electric bass, vibraphone, crystal glasses, percussion, and piano
  • Papier à musique (Music Paper), for voice and papers (4 performers)
  • Un seul or, for voice, flute, saxophone, electric bass, tampura, and piano
  • J. C., for voice, electric guitar, intratonal carillon, and computer-generated sounds (1983)
  • String Quartet No. 1, op. 1 (1984)
  • Le ciel sous la terre (Heaven in the Earth), String Quartet No. 2, op. 10 (1985)
  • Un unique corps (A Unique Body), for overtone singer, flute, tampura, mugaveena, and electric bass
  • Nous, les esprits, nous dansons (We, the Spirits, We Dance), for voice, two saxophones, percussion, electric bass, and synthesizer
  • Lame d'orage (Storm Blade), for voice, two saxophones, percussion, electric bass, piano, and synthesizer
  • Octa, op. 6, for two pianos in quarter tones (1984)
  • Le monde dans notre maison (The World in Our House), for voice, flute, saxophone, electric bass, percussion, piano, and synthesizer
  • Le serpent, for voice and computer-generated sounds
  • Visur (Everywhere), for soprano and computer-generated sounds
  • Dienaktis, electronic music for Lithuania (1988)
    • Motina (Mother), op. 18
    • Tevas (Father), op. 19
    • Krastas (Country), op. 20
    • Pavasaris (Spring), op. 21
    • Laikas (Time), op. 22
    • Susisristi (Links), op. 23
    • Gimimas (Birth), op. 24
  • Ausra (Dawn), String Quartet No. 3, op. 27 (1996)
  • Karma, op. 67, for string quartet and electronic and concrete music (2004) premiered by the Kaunas String Quartet at the "Is Arti" International Contemporary Music Festival in Kaunas
  • Entre Parenthèses, 31 songs on poems by René Guy Cadou, for baritone voice and various instrumental ensembles, op. 68 (2005–2007)
  • Sukaktuvès (Celebration), op. 70, for 3 oboes, 3 trumpets, and 3 bassoons, op. 70 (2007)
  • Aster (Star), op. 71, for wind quintet (2010) premiered by the Quintette à vent de Bretagne

Paul Dirmeikis has been working since 2003 on a 22-part cycle, TAROT, for various instruments and/or electronic and concrete music.

Discography[edit]

  • Loup Rouge (LP - 1984) - L'Eveilleur EVE 001
  • Message laissé à Pondichéry le 18 novembre 1973 (CD - 1988) - L'Eveilleur EVE 002
  • 17 Metacompositions - Electronic and concrete music (Audio DVD - 2002) - L'Eveilleur EVE 003
  • Entre Parenthèses - 31 poèmes de René Guy Cadou (2-CD set – 2009) – L'Eveilleur EVE 004

Writings[edit]

  • Limbres creusées - poems - Editions St Germain (1975)
  • La Peur - short stories - Editions Le Cherche-Midi (1978)
  • "Three Poems", Perspectives of New Music 36, no. 2 (Summer 1998): 41–52.
  • Le Souffle du temps (Quodlibet pour Karlheinz Stockhausen) - Editions Telo Martius (1999). This is a conversation book with the German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen whom Dirmeikis had known for 30 years.
  • L'Epaule d'Orphée - poetry - Foreword by Salah Stétié - Editions L'Eveilleur (2012)
  • Gwerz - poetry - Editions L'Eveilleur (2013)
  • Les Belles Choses - poetry - Editions L'Eveilleur (2014)
  • Je te réunirai - novel - Editions L'Eveilleur (2015)

Sources[edit]

  • Anon. 2009. "Rencontre à Binic: Paul Dirmeikis et René Guy Cadou". Au fil de l'eau - Binic, no. 3 (Winter): 13.
  • Kazlauskaitė, Ramunė. 2003. "Kompozitorių sąjungos perklausa: kronika". 7MD (Septynios Meno Dienos), no. 556 (21 February; archive from 24 February 2012, accessed 22 December 2016).
  • Kohl, Jerome. 1998. "A Seventieth-Birthday Festschrift for Karlheinz Stockhausen (Part Two) (Guest Editor's Introduction)". Perspectives of New Music 36, no. 2 (Summer): 5–11.

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