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GiO (Giorgi) Janiashvili (b. Tbilisi, Georgia) is a composer, multimedia artist and director based in New York, USA.

Janiashvili’s creative output spans chamber, orchestral, vocal, electronic and electro-acoustic music; multimedia concert; multimedia music-theatre/opera; film/video art; sound art; multimedia performance and installation; music for dance/theatre, film and exhibition.

He staged concerts, music-theatre, multimedia performances and installations in the United Kingdom, USA, 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, 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; Veletzrni Palace (National Gallery) and Nostitz Palace (Ministry of Culture of Czech Republic) in Prague; Abrons Arts Centre, University Settlement, Spectrum, ShapeShifter Lab and Secret Project Robot Art Experiment in New York; V. Saradjishvili Tbilisi State Conservatoire, Marjanishvili Theatre, D. Shevardnadze National Gallery, Tbilisi History Museum and National Music Centre in Tbilisi.

Janiashvili is a recipient of commissions from a a pioneer of American experimental cinema Ken Jacobs; renowned viola player Rivka Golani; Georgian National Exhibition at the 12th Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space; London COMA Voices; the artists - David Janiashvili; Tornike Abuladze; the festivals – 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 presented at festivals - Either/Or Ensemble 10th Annual Spring Festival, NYC Electroacoustic Music Festival, Secret Project Summer of Robot, Performance Art Depot Mainz, Artisterium 5, Tbilisi Art-Party Festival, Tbilisi Contemporary Music Evenings.

Janiashvili's works were performed by violist Rivka Golani and Trinity Laban Sinfonietta conducted by Nic Pendlebury, Trinity Laban Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jonathan Tilbrook, Trinity Laban Chamber Orchestra conducted by Gregory Rose, Georgian Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Nikoloz Rachveli, Taka Kigawa, Billroth Quartet, Nicolas Simeha, among others.

He is a recipient of Georgia’s prestigious Tsinandali Award 2015  (Jury: pianist Alexander Toradze) in music category for his multimedia concert Muffling Fog: After Martin Heidegger for piano, video and sound (2014). Premiered at the Festival Tbilisi 2014: Contemporary Music Evenings - piano: Jemal Tavadze (U.S. premiere - piano: Taka Kigawa - Either/Or Ensemble 10th Annuel Spring Festival).

Janiashvili received his Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in composition from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London (Professors: Stephen Montague, Edward Jessen, Gwyn Pritchard, Dominic Murcott and Douglas Finch). His education includes studies in composition at V. Sarajishvili Tbilisi State Conservatoire (Professor: Teimuraz Bakuradze).

Janiashvili gave seminars on his work at Berklee College of Music in Boston and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London.

Performance History:

2015

• Secret Project Robot Art Experiment - Festival 'Summer of Robot' (New York City) – music for ‘Nervous Magic Lantern’ – Live 3D cinema projection/performance by Ken Jacobs.

• University Settlement, Speyer Hall (New York City) – 'Either/Or Ensemble 10th Annual Spring Festival' – The U.S. premere of the multimedia concert ‘MUFFLING FOG: after Martin Heidegger’ - for piano, video and sound - by G. Janiashvili (composer, director, performer, camera and editing). Performed by Taka Kigawa (piano) and G. Janiashvili (sound and video projection).

• Abrons Arts Centre, Experimental Theatre (New York City) – ‘New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival’ – The U.S. premiere of the ‘Non-Conformist Object’ (2013) for quadraphonic sound system.

• Georgian National Museum, D. Shevardnadze National Gallery (Tbilisi) – Exhibition ‘Maelstrom’: Franz Mark, German Expressionism and Modernism in Georgia, Multidisciplinary Research Within the Exhibition Environment – Curator: Ketevan Kinstsurashvili; Exhibition design by David Janiashvili; Video/sound installation 'Mount River' (2012) by G. Janiashvili.

• ShapeShifter Lab (Brooklyn, New York) – The world premiere of the multimedia spectacle ‘EXIT YOUR FLESH! : after William Blake’ for Electronic/Concrete music and Video Art.

• Chapel of Old Royal Naval College (London) - The performance of ‘Waiting For...’ (2014) by GiO Janiashvili. For string quartet or viola quartet. Performed by Riviola Quartet.

• Club Bassiani (Tbilisi) - The ceremony of the ‘Tsinandali’ Awards 2015 - The performance of ‘Mr. Bedbug Is Walking Down The Street’ (2010) for orchestra and narrator with megaphone by G. Janiashvili (text by V. Mayakovsky) - Performed by G. Janiashvili (megaphone) and Georgian Philarmonic Orchestra (conducted by N. Rachveli).

2014


• Tbilisi State Conservatoire Recital Hall (Tbilisi) - The Festival 'Tbilisi 2014: Contemporary Music Evenings' - The world premier of the multimedia concert 'MUFFLING FOG: after Martin Heidegger' - for piano, video and sound- by G. Janiashvili (Composer, director, performer, camera and editing). Performed by Jemal Tavadze (piano) and G. Janiashvili (sound and video projection).

• 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).

• Marjanishvili Theatre - New Stage (Tbilisi) - Music for the multimedia installation ‘Proverbs’ by David Janiashvili.

• Wild Project - Avant Music Festival (New York City) – Live electronic music performance by G. Janiashvili as part of the performance of Jon Cage’s Variation IV.

2013

• Blackheath Halls (London) - The performance of multimedia music-theatre piece 'LIFE IS REAL ONLY THEN, WHEN I AM : after G. I. Gurdjieff' (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 The Cage’ (Celebrating the 100th anniversary of John Cage’s Birth).

• 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 ‘Tbilisi ArtParty’ - 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’.

 

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