Aris's research interests are inspired by music composition as well as his performing practice. His research focuses on the transmission of narrative qualities and musical meaning from the composer and performer to the audience, and on social and psychological factors that may influence this transmission. As a professional artist, Aris is acutely aware that performance deals with transmission of meaning and emotion, and that contemporary innovative approaches towards successful performances build on insights from music psychology and semiotics.
In his PhD research Aris investigates this topic from a scientific perspective and is currently exploring theories of psychology such as Social Identity Theory, Social Representation Theory and Dialogical Self Theory to empirically research social and psychological aspects in identity and in musical appreciation and understanding and their effects on meaning transmission. Dialogical Self Theory, in particular, is a fairly new framework that has not been applied to music before, and because of his research Aris was invited many times to International Dialogical Self Theory conferences to present workshops that links the Dialogical Self Theory to music.
Aris finished his guitar studies in 1998, in Piraeus Conservatory in Greece and has given solo performances in Greece, Spain and the UK. In 2005 he released a CD with the "Animacorda" guitar duo and under the same title. In the same year he moved to London and got captivated by the creative use of technology, which has been an integral part of his performances ever since. In 2009 he completed his MA studies in ‘Composing for Film and TV’ at Kingston University in London and he is nowadays finalising his PhD at Leeds Beckett University on the topic “Conveying Musical Meaning Between Composer and Audience”.
He has composed music for short films, documentaries, promo videos, videogames, theatre, dance theatre, slideshows and books. He currently lives in London, working as a freelance film & media composer, workshop leader, performer and part time lecturer at Leeds Beckett University. He is the Inventor of the “Perform the Story” approach that connects music composition and interpretation to storytelling.
Aris is currently a part time lecturer at Leeds Beckett University, teaching the following modules: