nikos ordoulidis

Nikos Ordoulidis studied at the University of Leeds, UK (PhD in popular musicology & ethnomusicology; and master’s degree in music performance) and at the University of Macedonia, Greece (bachelor’s degree in music science and art). His doctoral dissertation concerned the discographical work of Vasilis Tsitsanis and the problems of research into Greek popular music. His research interests revolve around the condition of musical syncretism in popular music. The repertoires (historical and modern) come from a wide region: Eastern Europe, Balkans, Mediterranean, Middle East and North Africa. Moreover, the performance techniques and the musicological research on the role of the piano in folk-popular and high-status musical styles constitute his latest research and artistic activity. He has published texts that concern musical nationalism, ideologies expressed with music as a vehicle, historical discography, the eastern piano, intellectual property and the issue of musical referrals, cosmopolitanism in folk-popular historical repertoires, popular music in education, the ecclesiastical music of the Orthodox Church, rebetiko, Jewish repertoires (Ashkenazi and Sephardic) et al. He is an active composer, pianist and arranger with six complete albums and several singles. He is a member of the International Musicological Society, of the Modern Greek Studies Association, of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections, and of the Hellenic Musicological Society. From 2014 until 2018, he taught as an Academic Scholar at the Department of Folk and Popular Music, of the Technological Educational Institute of Epirus. Since 2018, he has been teaching at the Department of Music Studies of the University of Ioannina. He undertook postdoctoral research, titled ‘Eastwards heterotopias of the piano’, co-financed by the State Scholarships Foundation of Greece and the European Union. He has published four monographs. His latest book is titled Musical Nationalism, Despotism and Scholarly Interventions in Greek Popular Music (Bloomsbury Academic, 2021).

 

Monographs & Book Chapters


Articles & Conference Proceedings with Reviewers

  • Ordoulidis, N. (2022). Musical Palimpsests: Greek-Jewish Historical Discography. Conference Proceedings: 13th Hellenic Musicological Society Conference. Hellenic Musicological Society Conference [in Greek, in Print].
  • Ordoulidis, N. (2022). Eastwards Heterotopias of the Piano. Conference Proceedings: 12th Musicological Conference of the Hellenic Musicological Society. Hellenic Musicological Society [in Greek, in print].
  • Ordoulidis, N. (2022). The Piano in Greek Popular Orchestras of the Early 20th Century. An Overview of the Material. Popular Music of the Greek World. British School at Athens [in print].
  • Ordoulidis, N. (2022). 1911: Estudiantina Oriental on the Road. Bulletin de correspondance hellénique moderne et contemporain [in print].
  • Ordoulidis, N. (2022). The 'ecumene' of the Greek estudiantinas. In M. Polatel, & N. Kosukoğlu (Ed.), Izmir and the Region: Hundred Years of Social, Economic and Cultural Change, 1850 - 1950 (Conference proceedings) (pp. 95-106). Hrant Dink Foundation [in Turkish].
  • Ordoulidis, N. (2021). The Peregrinations of a Princess... Urban Popular Music of the 20th Century in the Network of Eastern Europe, the Balkans and the South-Eastern Mediterranean. Recorded Sound Collections Journal, 2, pp. 249–282.
  • Ordoulidis, N. (2021). Athens: Tatavliano / New York: Beykos. In K. Chardas, G. Sakalieros, & I. Foulias (Ed.), Conference Proceedings (Thessaloniki, 1–3 December 2017) (pp. 418–423). Hellenic Musicological Society [in Greek].
  • Ordoulidis, N. (2020). The Princess' Wandering. In G. Kokkonis, & S. Koziou (Ed.), Proceedings of the 7th panhellenic conference (18-20 October 2019) (pp. 185-203). Centre for Historical and Folklore Research "O Apollon" Karditsa - University of Ioannina, Department of Music Studies [in Greek].
  • Ordoulidis, N. (2019). Approbations and Rejections in the Arrangements of the Rebetiko Songs of the Album “Six Popular Pictures”. Round table: High-Status and Popular Intertexts in Modern Greek Music. Case study: ‘Six popular pictures’ by Manos Hadjidakis. In Chardas, Vouvaris, Kardamis, Sakallieros & Foulias (Ed.), Effects and Interactions (pp. 668-678). Thessaloniki: The Hellenic Musicological Society [in Greek].
  • Zoubouli, M., & Ordoulidis, N. (2018). ‘For the Craftsman, Borrowing is one of their Tools of Originality’ (K. Palamas). The Rebetes’ Trial (pp. 45-51). Athens: Department of Popular and Traditional Music and Law School of Athens [in Greek].
  • Ordoulidis, N. (2015). Urban Popular Music in the Greek Education System: Some Problematic Issues. In Foulias, Vouvaris, Kitsios, & Hardas (Ed.), Music and Musicology. Present and Future (pp. 204-209). Athens: The Hellenic Musicological Society [in Greek].
  • Ordoulidis, N. (2014). Article of Vasilis Tsitsanis. Grove Music/Oxford Music Online.
  • Ordoulidis, N. (2011). The Greek Popular Modes. British Postgraduate Musicology, 11. http://britishpostgraduatemusicology.org/bpm11/ordoulidis_the_greek_popular_modes.pdf

 

Conference Papers with Reviewers (sample)

  • Anagnostou, P., Kokkonis, G., & Ordoulidis, N. (2022). Discographie: réseaux et circulations musicales entre la Grèce et les Balkans (panel). Quatrièmes rencontres d’études balkaniques - Balkans connectés (June 30 - July 2022). Marseille.
  • Ordoulidis, N. (2022). Cosmopolitanism in Kounadis Archive Virtual Museum. Paper presented at the 56th annual conference of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections (May 17-21). Online (Detroit, Michigan).
  • Ordoulidis, N. (2018). The Maestro's Riddle - The Pseudonyms "Moraitis" and "Georgiadis" of Spyros Peristeris. Coference title: "The other self: Cryptonym, Identity and Distinctness in Artistic Creation. Music Village, Agios Lavrentios Pilio (August 17-18).
  • Ordoulidis, N. (2018). Deconstructing Dipoles: the Term ‘Minor’ in Smyrna. Fifth International Conference on Analytical Approaches to World Music (AAWM 2018) & Eighth Folk Music Analysis Workshop (FMA 2018). Thessaloniki, Greece (June 26–29).
  • Ordoulidis, N. (2018). The Eastern Piano: an Introduction and Certain Special Cases in Point. The 12th Symposium of the ICTM Study Group Mediterranean Music Studies ‘Music and Sound at the Mediterranean Crossroads’. Morocco (19–24 June).
  • Ordoulidis, N. (2017). Cosmopolitan Music by Cosmopolitan Musicians: The Case of Spyros Peristeris, Leading Figure of the Rebetiko. Conference Paper, 'Creating music across cultures in the 21st century, The Centre for Advanced Studies in Music (25-27/5). Istanbul Technical University.
  • Ordoulidis, N. (2015). 'Every Port is a Sorrow': The Bounds Between Sea and Misery in Greek Songs. Paper: International Conference: Thalassic Imaginaries: The Mediterranean Sea in Language, Art and Other Forms of Representation (23-24/1). Mediterranean Institute, University of Malta.
  • Ordoulidis, N. (2012). The Minore Dhromos [Popular Mode] in the Songs of Vasilis Tsitsanis. Paper: 1st Conference about the Life and Times of Vassilis Tsitsanis (9/12). The Institute of Rebetology, London, School of Oriental and African Studies, London.
  • Ordoulidis, N. (2011). The Greek Laiko (Popular) Rhythms: Some Problematic Issues. Paper: 2nd Annual International Conference on Visual and Performing Arts (6-9/6). Athens Institute for Education and Research.

 

Compositions / Discography / Projects

2022

Ordoulidis, N. (composer), new work commissioned by pianist Alex Peh (SUNY New Paltz, New York) www.live.nationalsawdust.org/event/alex-peh

2021

Ordoulidis, N. (composer, pianist), 6th personal CD album: ‘X–Terra / The Eastern Piano Project’.

2015

Ordoulidis, N. (composer, pianist), 5th personal CD album: ‘The Eastern Piano Project – The Rebetiko Era’.

2014

Ordoulidis, N. (composer, pianist), Music written for the short film ‘Alone’.

2014

Ordoulidis, N. (composer, pianist), American’s Odyssey Ϡ a short music film

2013

Ordoulidis, N. (composer, pianist), Musical-drama reading ‘Saint Ignatius the Godbearer’. Work for three soloists, Byzantine choir and piano.

2012

Ordoulidis, N., The Eastern Piano Project (www.eastern-piano.com)

2009

Ordoulidis, N. (composer, pianist, singer), 4th personal CD album: ‘Lyrical horizons, 10 popular songs for piano & voice’.

2007

Ordoulidis, N. (composer, pianist, singer), 3rd personal CD album: ‘Flower scent’.

2006

Ordoulidis, Ν. (composer, pianist, singer), 1st personal CD album: ‘Two faced dream’.

2006

Ordoulidis, N. (composer), 2nd personal CD album: ‘Peace by Aristophanes’. Work for symphonic orchestra and children choir.

2005

Ordoulidis, Ν. (composer, pianist), Official Tourist Guide of the city Naoussa.

2005

Ordoulidis, Ν. (composer), 1st prize ‘Choir composition’. Wok ‘Kyrie Eleison’ for SATB choir and orchestra. 3rd International Competition of Volos.

1996

Ordoulidis, Ν. (byzantine choir member) CD album: ‘Idou anavainomen – Hymns of the Holy Week’. Byzantine music choir of the Conservatoire of Naoussa.

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Ordoulidis, Ν. (composer), Religious music for SATB choir and orchestra.

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Ordoulidis, Ν. (composer), Waltz and nocturnes cycles for solo piano.

 

Concerts (sample)

2021

Ordoulidis, N. (pianist), concert with Haroula Tsalpara (piano) at Piano festival in Geneva, Switzerland, “Cataclysme Piano Festival”.

2019

Ordoulidis, N. (pianist), concert at Ktima Gerovassiliou ‘Lyrical Tsitsanis’, with Maria Tsakanika (soprano). Organized by the Department of Music Studies, University of Ioannina.

2019

Ordoulidis, N. (pianist), concert at the International Fair of Thessaloniki 2019, ‘Lyrical Tsitsanis’, with Maria Tsakanika (soprano). Organized by the Department of Music Studies, University of Ioannina.

2018

Ordoulidis, N. (pianist), The Eastern Piano Project – Heterotopias, Baden, Switzerland, 27 May.

2018

Ordoulidis, N. (pianist), The Eastern Piano Project – Heterotopias, Zurich, Switzerland, 29 September.

2018

Ordoulidis, N. (pianist), The Eastern Piano Project – Heterotopias, Istanbul, Turkey, 23 October.

2017

Ordoulidis, N. (pianist), The Greek Political Song, with Pringipessa orchestra, Zurich, 12 May.

2017

Ordoulidis, N. (pianist), Epitaphios by Ritsos and Theodorakis, with Pringipessa Orchestra, Berlin, 13 April.

2016

Ordoulidis, N. (pianist), The Eastern Piano Project – Heterotopias, Thessaloniki, 30 November.

2015

Ordoulidis, N. (pianist, director), Hommage to Vassilis Tsitsanis with Eleni Tsaligopoulou, Pringipessa Thessaloniki, 18-19 January.

2015

Ordoulidis, N. (pianist), The Eastern Piano Project with Giota Negka, Naoussa, 22 May.

2015

Ordoulidis, N. (pianist, director), Hommage to Vassilis Tsitsanis with Kalliopi Vetta, Pringipessa Thessaloniki, 5 May.

2015

Ordoulidis, N. (pianist), The Eastern Piano Project concert, Samos island, 2 March.

2014

Ordoulidis, N. (pianist, director), Hommage to Vassilis Tsitsanis with Manolis Lidakis, Kalidona, 19 July.

2014

Ordoulidis, N. (pianist), The Eastern Piano Project, with Fotini Velesiotou, Thessaloniki, 15 April.

2014

Ordoulidis, N. (pianist, director), Hommage to Vassilis Tsitsanis at Harpa Concert Hall, Reykjavik Iceland, 4 May.

2013

Ordoulidis, N. (pianist, director), Hommage to Vassilis Tsitsanis with the orchestra of the Cultural Society ‘Vassilis Tsitsanis’, Athens, 19 February.

2013

Ordoulidis, N. (pianist, director), Hommage to Vassilis Tsitsanis with the orchestra of the Cultural Society ‘Vassilis Tsitsanis’, Thessaloniki, with Pitsa Papadopoulou, Melina Aslanidou and Fotini Velesiotou, 9 September.

2012

Ordoulidis, N. (pianist, singer). The Eastern Piano Project: Concert with Manolis Pappos, Naousa, 23 January.

2011

Ordoulidis, N. (pianist, director), Hommage to Vassilis Tsitsanis, with the orchestra of the Society ‘Vassilis Tsitsanis’ (founder and artistic director), Naoussa, 21 February.

2010

Ordoulidis, N. (composer, director, pianist, singer). Concerts series at Plato music stage in Thessaloniki, with personal popular works.

2010

Ordoulidis, N. (pianist, director), Concerts with the band Orfeas in Taiwan.

2009

Ordoulidis, N. (pianist), Hommage to the Greek cinema, Thasos, 1 August.

2009

Ordoulidis, N. (pianist). Hommage to the Greek cinema, Cyprus, 13 March.

2009

Ordoulidis, N. (soloist, baritone). Singing recital, Music Centre of Thessaloniki, 7 May.

2008

Ordoulidis, N. (pianist), Greek Music Concert, University of Leeds, School of Music, 5 March.

2008

Ordoulidis, N. (chanter soloist), The Cathedral Church and All Saints Wakefield, United Kingdom. Concert with Orthodox hymns of the Holy Week, 18 March.

2006

Ordoulidis, N. (soloist, baritone), Opera Galla with the ‘Nikos Astrinidis’ choir. 9 December, Society for Macedonian Studies.

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