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GIO (Giorgi) JANIASHVILI is a composer and multidisciplinary artist. His creative output spans solo, chamber, orchestral, vocal and electroacoustic/computer music; multimedia music-theatre/opera (LIFE IS REAL ONLY THEN, WHEN I AM), multimedia spectacle (EXIT YOUR FLESH!: after William Blake), multimedia concert; installation, performance, sound and video art; as well as music for cinema, art exhibition and contemporary dance.

Janiashvili staged concerts, music-theatre, multimedia performances and installations worldwide. His works were presented at such concert venues, theatres, museums and galleries as South Bank Centre, ICA, Laban Theatre, Royal Observatory, Blackheath Halls, Shunt, St. Lawrence Jewry, Chapel of King Charles Court, Gallery 10 Gales, Trinity Laban (London); Abrons Arts Centre, University Settlement, Spectrum, ShapeShifter Lab, Secret Project Robot: Art Experiment (New York); Georgian National Museum, D. Shevardnadze National Gallery, Tbilisi State Conservatoire, Tbilisi History Museum, Marjanishvili Theatre, Vernissage Gallery, National Music Centre, Bassiani (Tbilisi); PAD (Mainz); Alte Brauerei Stegen (Munich); National Gallery, Nostitz Palace (Prague); etc.

Janiashvili is a recipient of Georgian Tsinandali Award 2015 for the multimedia concert MUFFLING FOG: after Martin Heidegger, which was premiered at the Festival Tbilisi 2014: Contemporary Music Evenings. The New York premiere was held at the Either/Or Ensemble's 10th Annual Spring Festival of Contemporary Music 2015.  

He is a recipient of commissions from the 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 - also exhibited at the festival Artisterium 2012 and at Georgian National Museum in 2016); from a violist Rivka Golani (io io, 2010); from an American film-maker Ken Jacobs; Goethe-Institut; COMA Voices; the festivals - Surrogate Cities Exploded!, Impossible Brilliance, Out of the Cage, Harmony of the Spheres, Sound & Space, etc. His works were also presented at the festivals: New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival 2015, Secret Project Robot's Summer of Robot, Performance Art Depot Mainz 2011, Tbilisi 2008: Contemporary Music Evenings, Tbilisi Art-Party; etc.

Janiashvili's works were also performed by Either/Or Ensemble (piano: T. Kigawa), Trinity Laban Sinfonietta (cond: N. Pendlebury), Trinity Laban Symphony Orchestra (cond: J. Tilbrook), Trinity Laban Contemporary Music Group (cond: G. Rose), Georgian Philharmonic Orchestra (cond: N. Rachveli), Billroth Quartet, Nicolas Simeha, Diego Ghymers, Jemal Tavadze, Giorgi Mikadze, among others.

Janiashvili (b. 1989, Tbilisi) is a citizen of Georgia and a resident of USA (New York). He received a Bachelor's Degree and a Master's Degree in composition from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London. During his studies he received Vivian Prindle Outreach Prize 2012 for the installation SACRIFICE-THE STATIC DRAMA. His education includes studies in composition at Tbilisi State Conservatoire in Georgia. He gave seminars on his work, music, visual art, theatre and cinema at Berklee College of Music in Boston and at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London.


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PAST PERFORMANCES & EXHIBITIONS
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2016

Georgian National Museum - S. Janashia Georgian Museum (Tbilisi) - Project I See With My Fingers - the exhibition of the multimedia installation
Sacrifice - The Static Drama
(2011) by Gio Janiashvili (author of the concept, visual design and sound installation) and David Janiashvili (visual design and technical construction).

Spectrum (New York City) -EXIT YOUR FLESH!: after William Blake (2015) - The Multimedia Spectacle for electronic/concrete music and video art.

2015

University Settlement (New York City) – Either/Or Ensemble's 10th Annual Spring Festival of Contemporary Music 2015 - The US premiere of the Multimedia Concert MUFFLING FOG: after Martin Heidegger (2014) - for piano, sound and video art. Performers: Taka Kigawa (piano) and G. Janiashvili (sound/video projection).

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

ShapeShifter Lab (New York City) - The premiere of the Multimedia Spectacle EXIT YOUR FLESH!: after William Blake (2015) for electronic/concrete music and video art.

Abrons Arts Centre, Experimental Theatre (New York City) - New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival 2015 - US premiere of Non-Conformist Object (2013) for quadraphonic sound system.

Georgian National Museum - D. Shevardnadze National Gallery (Tbilisi) – Exhibition Maelstrom: Franz Marc, German Expressionism and Modernism in Georgia - Multidisciplinary Research Within the Exhibition Environment (2015) – Curator: Dr. Ketevan Kinstsurashvili; Exhibition design by David Janiashvili; Video/sound installation Mount River (2012) by G. Janiashvili. Funded by Goethe Institut Georgien.

Chapel of King Charles Court, Old Royal Naval College (London, UK) - The performance of Waiting For... (2014) for viola quartet or string quartet. Performed by 'Riviola Viola 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 (text by V. Mayakovsky) - Performed by G. Janiashvili (megaphone) and Georgian Philharmonic Orchestra (conducted by N. Rachveli).

Georgian National Museum - D. Shevardnadze National Gallery (Tbilisi) – Keti Matabeli’s Restrospective Exhibition – Curator: Dr. Ketevan Kinstsurashvili; Exhibition design by David Janiashvili; sound installation After Antigone’s Death (2013) for electronic/concrete music by G. Janiashvili.

Alte Brauerei Stegen (Munich) – Music Mediation for Steel Factory for video installation Steel Factory (2012) by Tornike Abuladze.

2014

Tbilisi State Conservatoire Recital Hall (Tbilisi) - The Festival Tbilisi 2014: Contemporary Music Evenings - The world premiere of the Multimedia Concert
Muffling Fog: after Martin Heidegger (2014) - for piano, sound and video art. Performers: J. Tavadze (piano) and G. Janiashvili (sound/video projection).

Spectrum (New York City) - The US premieres of Invocation for piano, Infinity of Spaces for electronic/concrete music for quadraphonic sound system and the world premiere of Ek - Stasis for piano. Performers: M. Nemtsova (piano) and G. Janiashvili (sound projection).

Marjanishvili Theatre - New Stage (Tbilisi) - Music for the multimedia installation Proverbs (2014) by David Janiashvili.

Wild Project - Avant Music Festival (New York City) - Live electronic music performance 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 (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).

ICA - The Institute of Contemporary Arts (London) Exhibition Fourth Plinth: Contemporary Monument - The musical performance Demonstration for Six Groups (2013). Performed by twenty-five musicians from Trinity Laban.

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (London) - Rude Health Concerts Series - the world premieres of the video/sound installation Mount River (2013), After Antigone (2013) for voice and electronics, and the sound/visual installation After Antigone’s Death (2013).

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (London) - The world premiere of sound installation Non-Conformist Object (2013) for quadraphonic system.

2012

Blackheath Halls (London) - The world premieres of Invocation (2012) for piano (piano: M. Nemtsova) and Infinity of Spaces (2012) - the electronic and concrete music for quadraphonic sound system (sound: G. Janiashvili).

The festival ARTISTERIUM 5: Tbilisi International Art Exhibition and Art Events 2012 (Tbilisi) - The multimedia installation Sacrifice - The Static Drama(2011) (the author of concept, visual design and sound installation) in collaboration with David Janiashvili.

Queen Elisabeth Hall, South Bank Centre (London) - The festivaI Impossible Brilliance: The Music of Conlon Nancarrow - music Futuristic Mobile (2012) for the mechanical marimba/sculptural installation Conloninpurple by Gerhard Trimpin.

Royal Festival Hall, South Bank Centre (London) - The festival Surrogate Cities Exploded!- the interactive sound and video installation Supra-Humanization (2012).

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (London) - The Festival Out of the Cage (John Cage’s 100th Anniversary) - Live electronic music performance
We Are Getting Nowhere
(2012) by G. Janiashvili.

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (London) - The Festival Out of the Cage (John Cage’s 100th Anniversary) - Performance of Branches by John Cage (G. Janiashvili - tape and electronics; Josh Spear – cactus).

St. Lawrence Jewry (London) – The recital of pianist Konstantin Gensitkiy - performance of Toccata(2008) and From The Windows (2007) for piano by G. Janiashvili.

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (London) – The recital of pianist Konstantin Gensitkiy - Toccata (2008) and From The Windows (2007) for piano by G. Janiashvili.

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (London) – The recital of pianist Maria Nemtsova -Toccata (2008) and From The Windows (2007) for piano by G. Janiashvili.

Gallery Vernissage (Tbilisi) – Music Mediation for Steel Factory for video installation Steel Factory (2012) by Tornike Abuladze.

2011

Nostitz Palace – The 12th Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space (Prague) - The multimedia installation Sacrifice - The Static Drama (2011) for the Georgian National Exhibition (the author of concept, visual design and sound installation) in collaboration with David Janiashvili.

Veletžrní Palace – The 12th Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space (Prague) - The sound installation Thought is Boundless Like a World (2011) for G. Alexi-Meskhishvili’s installationVaja Pshavela for the Georgian National Exhibition.

Tbilisi History Museum (Tbilisi, Georgia) - The sound installation Thought is Boundless Like a World (2011) for G. Alexi-Meskhishvili’s installationVaja Pshavela.

Blackheath Halls (London) - Mr. Bedbug is Walking Down the Street (2010) for megaphone/speaker and orchestra (Trinity Laban Orchestra, cond. J. Tilbrook).

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (London)– The recital of pianist Diego Ghymers – Caucasian Ornament (2011) for piano (dedicated to Diego Ghymers) by G. Janiashvili.

The Institute of Contemporary Arts (London) – The improvised performance of Chant (2011) (Sax: Will Scott; duduk /electronics: G. Janiashvili).

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance - Rude Health Concert Series – Transcendental Performance (2011) (the improvised version of Prelude (2011) for cello (Austen Scully) and live electronics and Chant (2011) for Sax (Clarinet: Will Scott), tape and live electronics with live direction and tape collages by G. Janiashvili), and the projection of One Day in Summer (2011) for video and electronic music.

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (London) - The performance of Beyond Zona (2011) for amplified piano and electronic music tape. Piano: Chi-Ling Lok.

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (London) - The Gladys Puttick Extemporisation - Performance for Piano and Megaphone (2011) by G. Janiashvili.

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (London) - The performance of Chant (2011) for soprano sax. Tape and live electronics. Performed by Gerard McChrystal.

Performance Art Depot (Mainz) - The dance performance Mute Codes by choreographer M. Brennies. Electronic music from Upatrono Uro: The Hammer Without a Master (2009) by G. Janiashvili.

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (London) - To those pink peaches… for SATB Chorus. Workshopped by London COMA Voices.

St. Lawrence Jewry (London) – The performance of Lullaby for piano.

East 15 Acting School, Metropolitan University and Newham College (London) – Earl Brown’s December 1952- A collaborative dance and musical performance directed by Lizzy K. Ross and Ian Mitchel. Trumpet, contribution to the staging and musical concepts: G. Janiashvili.

2010

Blackheath Halls (London) - The world premiere of io io(2010) for solo viola, ensemble and electronics, commissioned and performed by Rivka Golani with Trinity Laban Sinfonietta (cond. Nick Pendlebury).

Shunt (London) - The projection of Dimensions(2010) for electronic/concrete music and Trilogy: take A train for video art and electronic/concrete music:
take A train (2009), Train (2009) and Bad Weather (2009).  

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance – The recital of pianist Diego Ghymers – Upatrono Uro: The Hammer Without a Master (2009) for piano and electronics by G. Janiashvili. Piano: Diego Ghymers.

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance - John Halford Competition for Piano and Composition - world premiere of Transformation - The Performance Art for Pianist (2010) for amplified piano, optional tape and lighting (dedicated to Diego Ghymers). Piano: Diego Ghymers. Direction: G. Janiashvili.

Gallery 10 Gales (London) – The dance performance Anarchy by choreographer M. Brenneis. Electronic music from Upatrono Uro: The Hammer Without a Master(2009) by G. Janiashvili.

Laban Bonnie Bird Theatre (London) – The dance performance Mute Codes by choreographer M. Brenneis. Electronic music from Upatrono Uro: The Hammer Without a Master (2009) by G. Janiashvili.

Laban Bonnie Bird Theatre, and Royal Festival Hall Ballroom - South Bank Centre (London) – Earl Brown’s December 1952 – A collaborative dance and musical performance directed by Lizzy Kew Ross and Ian Mitchel. Trumpet, contribution to the staging and musical concepts: G. Janiashvili.

2009

Royal Observatory (London) – The festival Harmony of the Spheres – Live sound installation and performance art Fortune Teller (2009).

Royal Observatory (London) – The festival Time and Space - The sound installation Fortune Teller(2009).

Shunt (London) – The two-day performances of Upatrono Uro: The Hammer Without a Master (2009) for piano and electronics. Performers: Diego Ghymers (piano) and G. Janiashvili (electronics).

Tbilisi State Conservatoire's Grand Hall (Tbilisi) - The world premiere of Upatrono Uro: The Hammer Without a Master (2009) for piano and electronics. Performers: Jemal Tavadze (piano) and G. Janiashvili (electronics).

2008

Tbilisi State Conservatoire's Chamber Hall (Tbilisi) - The Festival Tbilisi 2008: Contemporary Music Evenings - the multimedia concert staged by G. Janiashvili with the world premieres of the video and electronic/concrete music works: SoS (2008), We are getting burned (2008), Imprisoned Birds (2008), electronic music: Black Bird, and the piano works: Toccata (2008) and From the Windows (2007) – Piano: Giorgi Mikadze.

Tbilisi State Conservatoire's Grand Hall (Tbilisi) - The performance of Toccata (2008) for piano and world premiere of electronic music Black Bird (2008). Performers: Giorgi Mikadze (piano) and G. Janiashvili (projections).

2007

Georgian National Music Centre (Tbilisi) – The Festival Art Party - the world premieres of electronic music works dedicated to the Civil War 1990s Tbilisi:
Civil War (2007), It Is Cold (2007), Chaos (2007), In the Room (2007); Mogoneba (Remembrance) for piano; and improvisation with trumpet and electronics.
Piano, trumpet and electronics: G. Janiashvili.


AWARDS
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Tsinandali Award (2015, Tbilisi, Georgia) for the multimedia concert Muffling Fog: after Martin Heidegger (2014) - Jury: Georgian/American pianist – Alexander Toradze.
Premiered at the Festival Tbilisi 2014: Contemporary Music Evenings (piano: Jemal Tavadze). The US premiere was held at the Either/Or Ensemble's 10th Annual Spring Festival of Contemporary Music 2015 (piano: Taka Kigawa).


Vivian Prindle Outreach Prize (2012, London, UK) for the multimedia installation project Sacrifice The Static Drama (2011) for the Georgian National Exhibition at the 12th Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space (2011, Prague, Czech Republic). Also presented at the festival Artisterium 2012 (Tbilisi), and at the Georgian National Museum's S. Janashia Museum of Georgia 2016 (Tbilisi).

EDUCATION
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2012-2013 - Master's of Music Degree (Composition) from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (Prof. Edward Jessen, Gwyn Pritchard, Dominic Murcott).

2009-2012 - Bachelor's of Music Degree (Composition) from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Dance and Music (Prof. Stephen Montague, Edward Jessen, Dominic Murcott, Douglas Finch).

2007-2009 - Undergraduate studies (Composition) at Tbilisi State Conservatoire (Prof. Teimuraz Bakuradze).


2009 - Certificate in MaxMsp musical programming from IRCAM.

2005-2007 – Studies in trumpet and composition at Evgeni Mikeladze Tbilisi 9th Musical School.

2001-2005 - Diploma in piano performance from Tbilisi 8th Musical School.


SCHOLARSHIPS
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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).


PUBLICATIONS

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2015

New York Times - Either/Or Ensemble’s 10th Annual Spring Festival of Contemporary Music at University Settlement (New York City). The US premiere of the Multimedia Concert MUFFLING FOG: after Martin Heidegger (2014) - for piano, sound and video art. Performers: Taka Kigawa (piano) and G. Janiashvili (sound/video projection).

Maelstrom: Franz Marc, German Expressionism and Modernism in Georgia - Multidisciplinary Research Within the Exhibition Environment (2015),
KJ Art-Books, with the support of Goethe-Institut in Georgia, 2015, Tbilisi, Georgia – the video/sound installation Mount River (2012) by G. Janiashvili.

Catalogue of New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival 2015 – the sound installation Non-Conformist Object (2013) by G. Janiashvili.

2012

Catalogue of ARTISTERIUM 5 – 5th Tbilisi International Contemporary Art Exhibition and Art Events, Tbilisi, Georgia 2012- the multimedia installation Sacrifice-The Static Drama (2011) by G. Janiashvili and D. Janiashvili.

2011

Catalogue of 12th Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space, Prague, Czech Republic, 2011 - the multimedia installation Sacrifice-The Static Drama (2011) by G. Janiashvili and D. Janiashvili.

Catalogue of 12th Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space, Prague, Czech Republic, 2011 - the multimedia installation Vaja Pshavela (2011) by G. Alexi-Meskhishvili. Sound installation by G. Janiashvili.


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