GiO JANIASHVILI
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GiO (Giorgi) JANIASHVILI (b.1989) is a composer and multidisciplinary artist from Tbilisi, Georgia, residing in the USA.

Janiashvili’s eclectic work reflects his integrative approach to exploring new paradigms in musical composition as well as creating dynamic new platforms in performing and visual arts.  He is constantly generating new forms that surpass established categories. His creative output spans instrumental, vocal and electroacoustic music; multimedia composition; multimedia music-theatre; video art, sound art, performance art, installation art; music for dance, theatre, film, and exhibition.

Giorgi staged concerts, multimedia performances and installations in the United Kingdom, USA, Georgia and Czech Republic. His works were presented at such venues as South Bank Centre, The Institute of Contemporary Arts, Laban Bonnie Bird Theatre, Royal Observatory of Greenwich, Blackheath Halls, Club Shunt, Gallery 10 Gales, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London; Veletzrni Palace (National Gallery) and Nostitz Palace (Ministry of Culture of Czech Republic) in Prague; Spectrum in New York; V. Saradjishvili Tbilisi State Conservatoire and National Music Centre in Tbilisi.

He is a recipient of commissions from the renowned viola player Rivka Golani, Georgian National Exhibtion at the 12th Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space; London COMA Voices, the artist Tornike Abuladze; the festivals – Artisterium 5, Surrogate Cities Exploded, Impossible Brilliance - The Music of Conlon Nancarrow, Harmony of the Spheres, Sound and Space, Out of Cage (Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of John Cage), Tbilisi Contemporary Music Evenings, Tbilisi ArtParty Festival..

He received his BMus and MMus in composition from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London (2009-2012, BMus, Professors: Stephen Montague, Edward Jessen, Dominic Murcott and Douglas Finch); (2012- 2013, MMus, Professors: Edward Jessen and Gwyn Pritchard).  His education includes studies in composition at V. Sarajishvili Tbilisi State Conservatoire (2007-2009, BMus, Professor: Teimuraz Bakuradze).
Giorgi gave seminars on his work at Berklee College of Music in Boston and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London. He is a member of PRS (UK Performing Rights Society).

PERFORMANCE AND INSTALLATION HISTORY:

2014

• Spectrum (New York) – The performance of works by G. Janiashvili: ‘Invocation’ for piano, ‘Infinity of Spaces’ for Electronic and Concrete music for quadraphonic sound system and ‘Ek –Stasis’ for piano. Performed by M. Nemtsova (Piano) and G. Janiashvili (Sound Projection).

2013

• Blackheath Halls (London) - The performance of multimedia music-theatre piece 'Life is real only then, when I AM' (music, libretto, video/sound, lighting and direction by G. Janiashvili), performed by N. Simeha (baritone), M. Nemtsova (piano), A. Scully (cello), J. Hogan (flute), 
J. Heeley (trombone).
• The Institute of Contemporary Arts (London) - The musical performance ‘Demonstrations for 6 Groups’. Performed by twenty-five musicians from Trinity Laban at the ‘Fourth Plinth Exhibition’.
• Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (London) - The sound installation ‘Non-Conformist Object’.
• Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (London) – ‘Rude Health Concerts Series’.
The performance and installation works by Gio Janiashvili included: the video and sound installation ‘Mount River’, ‘After Antigone’ for voice and electronics, and the sound/visual installation ‘After Antigone’s Death’.

2012

• The Festival ARTISTERIUM 5 (Tbilisi) - The multimedia installation ‘Sacrifice - The Static Drama’.
• Blackheath Halls (London) - The premiers of ‘Invocation’ for piano (piano: M. Nemtsova) and ‘Infinity of Spaces’ – The Electronic and Concrete music for quadraphonic sound system (sound: G. Janiashvili).
• Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (London) - The live Electronic music performance ‘We Are Getting Nowhere’ for the festival ‘Out of Cage’ (Cage’s 100th Anniversary).
• Royal Festival Hall, South Bank Centre (London) - The interactive sound and video installation ‘Supra-Humanization’ at the festival ‘Surrogate Cities Exploded’.
• Queen Elisabeth Hall, South Bank Centre (London) - The sound installation ‘Futuristic Mobile’ for the installation ‘Conloninpurple’ by Trimpin at the festival ‘Impossible Brilliance’.
• Gallery Vernissage (Tbilisi) – Exhibition and video installation ‘Steel Factory’ by T. Abuladze. Music by G. Janiashvili.

2011

• Nostic Palace – The 12th Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space (Prague) - The multimedia installation ‘Sacrifice - The Static Drama’ for the Georgian National Exhibition (the author of concept, visual design and sound installation)
• Veletžrní Palace – The 12th Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space (Prague) - The sound installation ‘Thought is Boundless Like a World’ for G. Alexi-Meskhishvili’s installation ‘Vaja Pshavela’ for the Georgian National Exhibition.
• Tbilisi History Museum (Tbilisi, Georgia) - The sound installation ‘Thought is Boundless Like a World’ for G. Alexi-Meskhishvili’s installation ‘Vaja Pshavela’.
• Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance - 'Rude Health Concert' – 'Transcendental Performance' (the improvised version of 'Prelude' for cello (Austen Scully) and live electronics and 'Chant' for Sax (Clarinet: Will Scott), tape and live electronics with live direction and tape collages by G. Janiashvili), and 'One Day in Summer' for video and electronic music.
• The Institute of Contemporary Arts (London) – The improvised performance of ‘Chant’ (Sax: Will Scott; duduk and electronics: G. Janiashvili).
• Blackheath Halls (London) – ‘Mr. Bedbug Is Walking down the Street’ for megaphone/speaker and orchestra (Trinity Laban Orchestra, cond. Jonathan Tilbrook).
• Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance – The performance of 'Beyond Zona' for piano (piano: Chi-Ling Lok) and tape.
• Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance - The Gladys Puttick Extemporisation - the improvised performance for piano and megaphone by G. Janiashvili.
• Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance – The performance of 'Chant' for soprano sax. Tape and live electronics. Performed by Gerard McChrystal.
• Performance Art Depot (Mainz) – The dance performance 'Mute Codes' by choreographer M. Brennies. Music (the excerpts from 'Upatrono Uro') by G. Janiashvili.
• Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance – The workshop and recording with London Coma Voices of 'To those pink peaches…' for SATB Chorus.
• St. Lawrence Jewry (London) – The performance of 'Lullaby' for piano.
• East 15 Acting School, Metropolitan University and Newham College (London) – E. Brown’s 'December 1952' - A collaborative dance and musical performance directed by Lizzy Kew Ross and Ian Mitchel.Trumpet and contribution to musical concepts – G. Janiashvili.

2010

• Blackheath Halls (London) - The premiere of ‘io io’ for solo viola, ensemble and electronics, commissioned and performed by Rivka Golani with Trinity Laban Sinfonietta (cond. Nick Pendlebury).
• Laban Bonnie Bird Theatre – The dance performance 'Mute Codes' by choreographer M. Brennies. Music (the excerpts from 'Upatrono Uro') by G. Janiashvili.
• Gallery 10 Gales (London) – The dance performance 'Anarchy' by choreographer M. Brennies. Music (the excerpts from 'Upatrono Uro') by G. Janiashvili.
• Shunt (London) - The surround sound projection of ‘Dimensions’ (for Electronic and Concrete music) and installation of ‘take A train’, ‘Train’ and ‘Bad Weather’ (Video Art works with Electornic and Concrete music).
• Laban Bonnie Bird Theatre (London) – E. Brown’s ‘December 1952’ – A collaborative dance and musical performance directed by Lizzy Kew Ross and Ian Mitchel. The trumpet and contribution to stage design and musical concepts – G. Janiashvili.
• Royal Festival Hall Ballroom, South Bank Centre (London) – E. Brown’s ‘December 1952’ – A collaborative dance and musical performance directed by Lizzy Kew Ross and Ian Mitchel. The trumpet and contribution to musical concepts – G. Janiashvili.

2009

• Royal Observatory of Greenwich (London) – The festival ‘Sound and Space’ - The sound installation ‘Fortune Teller’.
• Royal Observatory of Greenwich (London) – The festival ‘Harmony of the Spheres’ – The live electronic music and performance ‘Fortune Teller’ (performer: G. Janiashvili).
• Shunt (London) – The two-day performances of ‘Upatrono Uro’ for piano (D. Ghymers) and electronic music (G. Janiashvili).
• Tbilisi State Conservatoire Grand Hall (Tbilisi, Georgia) - The premiere of ‘Upatrono Uro’ for piano (J. Tavadze) and electronic music (G. Janiashvili).

2008

• Tbilisi State Conservatoire Chamber Hall (Tbilisi) – The festival ‘Tbilisi Contemporary Music Evenings'. The multimedia performance (the video/sound works: ‘SoS,’ ‘We are getting burned’, ‘Imprisoned Birds,’ and the piano works: ‘Toccata’ and ‘From the Windows’). Piano: G. Mikadze; sound and video: G. Janiashvili.
• Tbilisi State Conservatoire Grand Hall (Tbilisi) - The premieres of 'Toccata' for piano (G. Mikadze) and electronic music 'Black Bird'.

2007

• Georgian National Music Centre (Tbilisi) – The festival ‘Art Party’- The premiere of electronic music pieces dedicated to the Civil War in Tbilisi of the 1990s - ‘Civil War,’ ‘It Is Cold,’ ‘Chaos,’ ‘In the Room’.

EDUCATION & QUALIFICATIONS:

• MMus Degree (Composition) at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
(Prof. Edward Jessen and Gwyn Pritchard) (2012-2013)
• BMus Degree (Composition) at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Dance and Music
(Prof. Stephen Montague, Edward Jessen, Dominic Murcott, and Douglas Finch) (2010-2012)
• BMus (Composition) at Tbilisi State Conservatoire (Prof. Teimuraz Bakuradze) (2007- 2009)

SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS:

• Vivian Prindle Outreach Prize (2013)
• The TL Scholarship (2012-2013)
• The Beatrice Taylor Scholarship (2012-2013)
• Trinity Laban Post Graduate Bursary (2012- 2013)
• The Henry Wood Bursary (2011 - 2013)
• The Leverhulme Trust Scholarship (2009 - 2012)
• The TCL Scholarship (2009- 2012)
• The Trinity Laban Scholarship (2009 - 2012)


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