Demetre Gamsachurdia


Demetre Gamsachurdia is a Georgian-Swiss musician currently living in Basel, Switzerland. His compositions are employing a variety of acoustically and electronically generated elements found in Ambient, Noise, Trash, Metal, folk music and modern classical repertoire. They feature controlled improvisation with frequent usage of loops slightly changing over time, thus providing the possibility of mind-altering experiences for the listener. Based on ancient Georgian vocal polyphony which is still practiced today, this music draws its roots from specific microtonal tunings and vibrations that give the listener the possibility to fully immerse in frequency and time as such, experiencing and exploring the phenomena of sound in both its rawness and pureness. Such methods in many cases lead away from a score-based approach and focus on music creation as a process of its performance. This way of working is present in many new and old musical styles and traditions.

Influenced and inspired by meetings and workshops with Minas Borboudakis, Bernhard Lang, Stefano Gervasoni, Julio Barreto, Antonio Ballista, Sergey Koudriakov and Fred Frith, Demetre Gamsachurdia has been active in the field of contemporary musical composition and production, classical and modern solo and chamber piano literature and instrumental improvisation as a soloist as well as in bands and groups.

Demetre Gamsachurdia has dedicated many compositions to the Delirium Ensemble which is part of Delirium-Edition: organization for tomorrow’s art, most notably completing his big scaled musical theatre named „Vikarë“ which was performed in 2018 in Poland and Switzerland.

Demetre’s composition „Karwa“ was commissioned and performed by the famous oboist, conductor and composer Heinz Holliger in Tbilisi, Georgia in 2018 and later in the same year in Geneva, Switzerland.

In co-production with the DUX label and the Swiss Radio SRF2 Kultur, Demetre is co-creator of “Oracle’s Blast” (2015) , a project featuring five new works for cello and piano, composed especially for this purpose. According to critics, the recording is “of global importance”.

Since 2020, Demetre has been actively researching the field of contemporary digital music production and live electronics which has since become an important aspect of his musical work.