Georges Aperghis was born in Athens in 1945. He has lived and worked in Paris since 1963. In 1971, after a few instrumental pieces more or less inspired by serial technique, Georges Aperghis composed the tragic story of the necromancer Hieronimo and the mirror (for two female voices: singing and speaking, a lute, a cello). This piece was his first music theater piece and the source of much of his future investigations into the relationship between music and text, between music and stage.
The creation of the l’Atelier Théâtre et Musique (ATEM) in the Paris suburbs of Bagnolet (1976 to 1991) and Nanterre (at the Theatre des Amandiers from 1992 to 1997) completely renewed Aperghis’ practice as a composer. Using musicians as well as actors, shows with the ATEM were inspired by the everyday social facts translated into a poetic world that was often absurd and satirical. All ingredients (vocal, instrumental, gestural, theatrical …) were treated equally and contributed – outside of a pre-existing text – to the drama. (translated text from Antoine Gindt, official biographer)