Multimedia Music-Theatre / Opera
Chamber / Orchestra / Voices
Electronic / Concrete Music
Video Art & Electronic / Concrete Music
Work For Collaborations
GiO (Giorgi) JANIASHVILI (b. 1989, Tbilisi, Georgia - based in New York City, USA) is a composer and multidisciplinary artst, who amalgamates various media and disciplines in his work. He starts the work on every piece from "zero," resulting in an artwork, which has its own complete form.
His creative output spans multimedia concert and music-theatre/opera; chamber, orchestral, vocal, electronic, concrete and electro-acoustic music; video art; installation and performance; as well as music and sound design for film/video, art exhibition and contemporary dance.
Janiashvili received a Bachelor's Degree and a Master's Degree in composition from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, UK. He studied composition with Edward Jessen, Stephen Montague and Gwyn Pritchard, electroacoustic/computer music with Dominic Murcott, improvisation with Douglas Finch. His education includes studies in composition with Teimuraz Bakuradze at Tbilisi State Conservatoire in Georgia.
He is a recipient of Georgian Tsinandali Award 2015 (Jury: Georgian/American pianist Alexander Toradze) in music category for the multimedia concert Muffling Fog: after Martin Heidegger for piano, sound and video art (2014). Premiered at the Festival Tbilisi 2014: Contemporary Music Evenings - piano: Jemal Tavadze. The New York City premiere of the multimedia concert was held at the Either/Or Ensemble's 10th Annual Spring Festival 2015 (presenting music by Gio Janiashvili, Anthony Coleman, Horațiu Rădulescu and Morton Feldman) - piano: Taka Kigawa.
Janiashvili staged concerts, music-theatre, multimedia performances and installations in the United States, United Kingdom, Georgia and Czech Republic. His works were presented at such venues as South Bank Centre: Royal Festival Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall, The Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), Laban Bonnie Bird Theatre, Royal Observatory of Greenwich, Blackheath Halls, Shunt, Gallery 10 Gales, St. Lawrence Jewry, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Chapel of King Charles Court in London; Abrons Arts Centre, University Settlement, Spectrum, ShapeShifter Lab and Secret Project Robot Art Experiment in New York City; Veletrzni Palac (National Gallery) and Nostitz Palace (Ministry of Culture of Czech Republic) in Prague; Tbilisi State Conservatoire, Marjanishvili Theatre, D. Shevardnadze National Gallery, Tbilisi History Museum, National Music Centre and Bassiani in Tbilisi; and etc.
He is a recipient of commissions from a renowned viola player Rivka Golani (io io (2010) - premiered by R. Golani and Trinity Laban Sinfonietta conducted by Nic Pendlebury); from a pioneer of American avant-garde cinema Ken Jacobs (music for Nervous Magic Lantern performance); London COMA Voices; visual artists - David Janiashvili, Tornike Abuladze; the festivals – Georgian National Exhibition at the 12th Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space 2011 (the author of the multimedia installation Sacrifice - The Static Drama in collaboration with David Janiashvili and of the sound installation for the installation Vaja Pshavela by G. Alexi-Meskhishvili), 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). His works were also presented at the festivals: New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, Secret Project Robot's Summer of Robot, Artisterium 5, Performance Art Depot Mainz, Tbilisi Art-Party Festival.
Janiashvili's works were also performed by Trinity Laban Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jonathan Tilbrook, Trinity Laban Contemporary Music Group conducted by Gregory Rose, Georgian Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Nikoloz Rachveli (Mr. Bedbug is Walking Down the Street (2010) - for narrator/megaphone and orchestre - Text by V. Mayakovsky), Billroth Quartet, among others. He has colloborated with choreographers - Marie Brenneis (Mute Codes, Anarchy (2010) - Laban Theatre), Lizzi Kew Ross (Earl Brown's December 1952 (2010-2011) - South Bank Centre, Laban Theatre, etc.).
Janiashvili's multimedia music-theatre/opera Life is real only then when I AM (for baritone, flute, trombone, cello, piano, video/audio projection and lighting) was presented at Blackheath Halls in London, UK, in 2013, featuring baritone soloist Nicolas Simeha; the multimedia spectacle EXIT YOUR FLESH!: after William Blake (for electronic/concrete music and video art) was presented at ShapeShifter Lab in New York City, in 2015; in June of 2015, Janiashvili's video and sound installation Mount River featured as part of the exhibition Maelstrom: Franz Mark, German Expressionism and Modernism in Georgia presented at Georgian National Museum D. Shevardnadze National Gallery in Tbilisi, Georgia (funded by Goethe-Institut, curated by Dr. Ketevan Kintsurashvili and designed by David Janiashvili); the US premiere of his major piano works Ek-Stasis and Invocation, alongside electroacousitc piece Infinity of Space was held at Spectrum in New York City, in 2014; a music and installation project The Antigone Project: after Sophocles presented at Trinity Laban in 2013; a musical-performance piece Demonstration for Six Groups was premiered at The Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA London) in 2013; a major work for piano and electronics Upatrono Uro: The Hammer Without a Master was premiered at the Tbilisi State Conservatoire's Grand Hall in 2009; and etc.
He gave seminars on his work, contemporary music, theatre, visual art and cinema at Berklee College of Music in Boston and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London.
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