GIO JANIASHVILI

   

 

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ABOUT

The composer Gio (Giorgi) Janiashvili (*1989) incorporates into his practice acoustic and electronic music, performance, sound, video and multimedia installation. Through the compositional process he examines the states of mind (trance, ecstasy, daydreaming, unconsciousness, boredom, etc.), the behaviour of the nervous system, and reflects upon life, death and human culture. He was born in Tbilisi, Georgia, and resides in New York. He holds a bachelor's and a master’s degrees in composition from the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London.

Gio Janiashvili has staged concerts, multimedia performances and installations internationally. His works have been performed and exhibited at the Southbank Centre, The Institute of Contemporary Arts, Laban Theatre, Blackheath Halls and The Royal Observatory in London; Abrons Arts Centre, The Tank, ShapeShifter Lab and Speyer Hall in New York; The Nostitz Palace and The National Gallery in Prague; Prisco Haus in Munich; Messe Frankfurt in Frankfurt; Georgian National Museum - Museum of Georgia, The National Gallery, the National Music Centre and the Tbilisi State Conservatoire in Tbilisi; etc. His works have featured at music, art and performance festivals in the US, UK, EU and Georgia.

He was commissioned for the 12th Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space, Frankfurter Buchmesse, Surrogate Cities Exploded!, Impossible Brilliance: The Music of Conlon Nancarrow, Harmony of the Spheres; from a violist Rivka Golani, CoMA Voices, City Lit London, the Goethe-Institut, Trinity Laban, Polish National Institute, etc.

Gio Janiashvili is a recipient of Leverhulme Trust Scholarship, Beatrice Taylor Scholarship, Trinity Laban Scholarship, TCL Scholarship, Henry Wood Trust Bursary, Tsinandali Award for the multimedia concert Muffling Fog - After Martin Heidegger, Vivian Prindle Outreach Prize for the multimedia installation Sacrifice - The Static Drama, etc. He has given seminars at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, and at the Trinity Laban in London.

 

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PERFORMANCES:

2018

The Tank (New York): The Seduction of Europa (2017) for flute and electronics.

The Areté Venue and Gallery (New York): THERE IS NO NECESSITY THERE IS ONLY DESIRE FOR THE SUBLIME (2017) for sound and wall projection.

Sala Clemente (Valencia, Spain) - To Diego!! International festival of music & artistic research “Diego Ghymers" 2018: TRANSFORMATION - The Performance Art for Pianist (2010) for amplified piano.


2017

Tbilisi State Conservatoire, Grand Hall (Tbilisi) - Tsinandali Award concert: Waiting For… (2014/2015) in the version for string quartet.

Art Villa Garikula (Akhalkalaki, Georgia) - FEST I NOVA’ 17: The International Festival of Contemporary Art in Honor of Brothers Zdanevich: EXIT YOUR FLESH! After William Blake (2015), the Multimedia Spectacle for sound and video art.


2016

Spectrum (New York): EXIT YOUR FLESH! After William Blake (2015), the Multimedia Spectacle for sound and video art.


2015

Speyer Hall, University Settlement (New York) – Either/Or Ensemble 10th Annual Spring Festival of Contemporary Music: MUFFLING FOG - After Martin Heidegger (2014), the Multimedia Concert for piano, sound and video art.

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

ShapeShifter Lab (New York): EXIT YOUR FLESH! After William Blake (2015), the Multimedia Spectacle for sound and video art.

The Chapel of St Peter and St Paul, King Charles Court (London): Waiting For... (2014/2015) in the version for viola quartet.

Bassiani (Tbilisi) - Tsinandali Award 2015 concert: Mr. Bedbug Is Walking Down The Street (2010) for orchestra and narrator with megaphone (text by V. Mayakovsky) with Georgian Philharmonic Orchestra.


2014

Chamber Hall of the Tbilisi State Conservatoire (Tbilisi) - Festival Tbilisi 2014: Contemporary Music Evenings: MUFFLING FOG - After Martin Heidegger (2014), the Multimedia Concert for piano, sound and video art.

Spectrum (New York): TRIPTYCH: INVOCATION, INFINITY OF SPACE, EK-STASIS (2012) - for piano and for electronic/concrete sounds.


2013

Blackheath Halls (London): The multimedia music-theatre/opera LIFE IS REAL ONLY THEN, WHEN I AM (2013).

The Institute of Contemporary Arts (London) - Exhibition Fourth Plinth: Contemporary Monument: The musical performance Demonstrations for Six Groups (2013) for unspecified instruments in six groups surrounding the audience.

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (London): the video/sound installation Mount River (2012), After Antigone(2013) for voice and electronics.


2012

Blackheath Halls (London): Invocation (2012) for piano, and Infinity of Space (2012) for electronic/concrete sounds.

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (London)  - The festival Out of the Cage (J. Cage’s 100th Anniversary): Electronic music performance We Are Getting Nowhere.

St. Lawrence Jewry (London) – Toccata (2008) and From The Windows (2007) for piano.

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance - Toccata (2008) and From The Windows (2007) for piano.


2011

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance: Transcendental Performance (2011) - the semi-improvised performance consisting of of Prelude (2011) for cello and electronics and Chant (2011) for Saxophone  and electronics.

The Institute of Contemporary Arts (London): Chant (2011), the improvised version for saxophone, duduk and electronics.

Blackheath Halls (London): Mr. Bedbug Is Walking down the Street (2010) for orchestra and narrator with megaphone (text by V. Mayakovsky). The workshop by Trinity Laban Symphony Orchestra conducted by J. Tilbrook.

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (London): Beyond Zona (2011) for amplified piano and tape.

Trinity Laban (London): Caucasian Ornament (2011) for piano.

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

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (London): The performance of Chant (2011) for soprano sax. Tape and live electronics.

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (London): To those pink peaches…for SATB Chorus (Text by G. Tabidze). Commissioned and workshoped by  COMA Voices.

St. Lawrence Jewry (London): Lullaby for piano.


2010

Blackheath Halls (London): io io (2010) for solo viola, ensemble and electronics, commissioned and performed by Rivka Golani with Trinity Laban Sinfonietta conducted by Nic Pendlebury.

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (London) – John Halford Competition for Composition and Piano:Transformation - The Performance Art for Pianist (2010) for amplified piano, performance and lighting.

Theatre Shunt (London): Dimensions (2010) for electronics and surround sound.

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (London): Angel in a Dream (2011) for harp and electronics. The Trilogy: TAKE A TRAIN (2009), BAD WEATHER (2009) and TRAIN (2009) for video art and electronic/concrete music.

Trinity Laban (London): Composition for Chamber Ensemble (2010). The workshop by  Trinity Laban Contemporary Music Group conducted by G. Rose.

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (London): Upatrono Uro: The Hammer Without a Master (2009) for piano and electronics.


2009

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

Theatre Shunt (London): Upatrono Uro: The Hammer Without A Master (2009) for piano and electronics.

Tbilisi State Conservatoire Grand Hall (Tbilisi): Upatrono Uro: The Hammer Without A Master (2009).

Tbilisi State Conservatoire Chamber Hall (Tbilisi):  BAD WEATHER (2009) from The Trilogy: TAKE A TRAIN, BAD WEATHER, TRAIN for video art and electronic music.


2008

Tbilisi State Conservatoire Grand Hall (Tbilisi): Toccata (2008) for piano, Black Bird (2008) for electronic music.

Tbilisi State Conservatoire Chamber Hall (Tbilisi) - Festival Tbilisi 2008: Contemporary Music Evenings: The multimedia concert staged by G. Janiashvili: Toccata (2008) for piano, From the Windows (2007) for piano; SoS (2008), We Are Getting Burned (2008), Imprisoned Birds (2008) for video art and electronic/concrete music; Black Bird (2008) for electronic music.


2007

Georgian National Music Centre (Tbilisi) – Festival Art Party: 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) (2007) for piano improvisation; improvisation for trumpet and live electronics.

 

EXHIBITIONS:

2019

Prisco Haus (Munich): Exhibition 1+1=3 by THINK INC. - Sound installation Synthetic Pathogene I and II (2018) by Gio Janiashvili and visual installation by Tornike Abuladze.

2018

The Frankfurt Book Fair (Frankfurt): Exhibition of the Art Score LULLABY (2011) for piano by Gio Janiashvili.


2017

Ohrenhoch, der Geräuschladen (Berlin) - Soundactivism17: Sound installations from THE ANTIGONE PROJECT: AFTER SOPHOCLES (2013) – Ritual After Antigone (2013), After Antigone's Death (2013).

Georgian State Museum of Theatre, Music, Cinema and Choreography (Tbilisi) - Exhibition Maelstrom: Franz Marc, German Expressionism and Modernism in Georgia - Multidisciplinary Research Within the Exhibition Environment: Video/sound installation Mount River (2012) by G. Janiashvili.


2016

Georgian National Museum, S. Janashia Museum of Georgia (Tbilisi) - Project I See With My Fingers: The multimedia installation SACRIFICE – THE STATIC DRAMA (2011) by Gio Janiashvili (concept, design, sound installation) and David Janiashvili (design, construction).


2015

Georgian National Museum, D. Shevardnadze National Gallery (Tbilisi): Exhibition Maelstrom: Franz Marc, German Expressionism and Modernism in Georgia - Multidisciplinary Research Within the Exhibition Environment: Video/sound installation Mount River (2012) by G. Janiashvili.


2013

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (London): Sound installation Non-Conformist Object (2013).

Vibe Gallery (London): Video/sound installation Mount River (2012).

Old Royal Naval College, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (London): After Antigone’s Death (2013) sound and visual installation.


2012

Cotton Rows (Tbilisi) - Festival ARTISTERIUM V: Tbilisi International Contemporary Art Exhibition: The multimedia installation SACRIFICE - THE STATIC DRAMA (2011) by G. Janiashvili (concept, design, sound installation) and David Janiashvili (design, construction). Exhibited as part of the project I See With My Fingers.

Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre (London) - The festival Surrogate Cities Exploded!: The interactive sound and video installation Supra-Humanisation.


2011

Nostitz Palace (The Ministry of Culture of Czech Republic) – The 12th Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space (Prague): The multimedia installation SACRIFICE – THE STATIC DRAMA (2011) by G. Janiashvili (concept, design, sound installation) and David Janiashvili (design, construction).


2010

Theatre Shunt (London): The Trilogy: TAKE A TRAIN (2009), BAD WEATHER (2009) and TRAIN (2009) for video art and electronic/concrete music.


2009

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

 

COLLABORATIONS:

2019

Zygmunt Walishevsky Award (Tbilisi): Video commisioned by the Polish National Institute in Tbilisi - Design by David Janiashvili, music by Gio Janiashvili, animation by Nikoloz Aduashvili,

2017

Art Villa Garikula (Akhalkalaki, Georgia) – FEST I NOVA’ 17: The International Festival of Contemporary Art in Honor of Brothers Zdanevich: The installation Proverbs by David Janiashvili. Music and sound installation: G. Janiashvili.

2015

Georgian National Museum, D. Shevardnadze National Gallery (Tbilisi): Ketevan  Matabeli’s Restrospective Exhibition. Sound installation After Antigone’s Death (2013) by G. Janiashvili.

Alte Brauerei Stegen (Amersee, Munich): Exhibition of Tornike Abuladze. Sound installation Worker’s Memory by G. Janiashvili; Music Meditation for Steel Factory (2012) by G. Janiashvili for the video installation Steel Factory by Tornike Abuladze.

Secret Project Robot (New York) - Festival Summer Robot: Ten Years of Art, Music and Love: Electronics music for 3D cinema projection Nervous Magic Lantern by Ken Jacobs.

2014

Marjanishvili Theatre, New Stage (Tbilisi): The installation Proverbs by David Janiashvili. Music and sound installation: G. Janiashvili.


2012

Queen Elisabeth Hall, Southbank Centre (London) - Festival Impossible Brilliance: The Music of Conlon Nancarrow: The sound installation Futuristic Mobile (2012) for the installation Conloninpurple by G. Trimpin.

Queen Elisabeth Hall, Southbank Centre (London) - Festival Impossible Brilliance: The Music of Conlon Nancarros: Sound Stings (Intreludes) for concert by Gio Janiashvili.

Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre (London) - Festival Surrogate Cities Exploded!: Screening of short film Creative CIties. Music by Gio Janiashvili.

Canary Wharf (London) - Fstival Surrogate Cities Exploded!: Screening of short film Creative CIties. Music by Gio Janiashvili.


2011

The Prague National Gallery (Prague) – The 12th Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space - The Georgian National Exhibition: The sound installation Thought is Boundless Like a World (2011) for G. Alexi-Meskhishvili’s installation Vaja Pshavela . National Curator: Dr. Ketevan Kintsurashvili.

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

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

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


2010

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

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

Laban Bonnie Bird Theatre (London) - E. Brown’s December 1952 – The collaborative dance and musical performance directed by L. K. Ross and Ian Mitchel. Trumpet, contribution to the staging and musical concepts: G. Janiashvili.

Royal Festival Hall Ballroom, Southbank Centre (London): E. Brown’s December 1952 - The collaborative dance and musical performance directed by L. K. Ross and Ian Mitchel.

 

PUBLICATIONS:

2018

PWN Publishing (Warsaw) - Exhibited at The Frankfurt Book Fair (Frankfurt) - Score of LULLABY (2010) for piano, by G. Janiashvili.

PWN Publishing (Warsaw) - Exhibited at The Frankfurt Book Fair (Frankfurt) - MAELSTROM (Book) by Ketevan Kintsurashvili and David Janiashvili. Images from the video/sound installation MOUNT RIVER (2012) by G. Janiashvili.


2015

New York Times (New York) - Either/Or Ensemble’s 10th Annual Spring Festival of Contemporary Music 2015 at Speyer hall of University Settlement (New York). The US premiere of the Multimedia Concert MUFFLING FOG - AFTER MARTIN HEIDEGGER (2014) for piano, sound and video art by G. Janiashvili. Performers: Taka Kigawa (piano) and G. Janiashvili (sound/video projection).

Catalogue/Book of exhibition MAELSTROM: Franz Marc, German Expressionism and Modernism in Georgia - Multidisciplinary Research Within the Exhibition Environment (Tbilisi, Georgia) - Georgian National Museum, D. Shevardnadze National Gallery. Published by KJ Art-Books with the support of Goethe-Institut Georgien. Author Ketevan Kinstsurashvili; Exhibition design: David Janiashvili; Video/sound installation Mount River (2012): Gio Janiashvili.

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


2014

Avant Media CD Album - Jon Cage’s Variation IV by Avant Music Festival Performers and Randy Gibson - Electronics: Gio Janiashvili.


2012

Catalogue of ARTISTERIUM V: Tbilisi International Contemporary Art Exhibition and Art Events (Tbilisi, Georgia) - the multimedia installation SACRIFICE - THE STATIC DRAMA (2011) by G. Janiashvili and David Janiashvili.


2011

Catalogue of the 12th Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space 2011 (Prague) - the multimedia installation SACRIFICE - THE STATIC DRAMA (2011) by G. Janiashvili and David Janiashvili - a special project for the Georgian National Exhibition at the Nostitz Palace (The Ministry of Culture of Czech Republic).

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

 

TELEVISION / RADIO BROADCASTS:

2017

TV Channel 1, Georgian Public Broadcaster: Program Unknown Music - The multimedia concert MUFFLING FOG – After Martin Heidegger (2014), the recording from the Festival Tbilisi 2014: Contemporary Music Evenings.

Artarea TV: Waiting For...(2014) for string quartet at Tsinandali Award ceremony (2017, Tbilisi).


2016

Imedi TV Channel: A conversation with Gio Janiashvili, and excerpts from the multimedia concert MUFFLING FOG – After Martin Heidegger (2014).

2015

Imedi TV Channel: Mr. Bedbug is Walking Down The Street (2011) for megaphone and orchestra performed by Gio Janiashvili and Georgian Philarmonic at Tsinandali Award ceremony (2015, Tbilisi).

Georgian Public Broadcaster Radio: A conversation with Gio Janiashvili, and excerpts from the multimedia concert MUFFLING FOG – After Martin Heidegger (2014).

2012

Radio Muza: io io (2010) for solo viola, ensemble and electronics; Prelude (2011) for cello and live electronics; Gio Janiashvili Technomorphic Ensemble.

 

EDUCATION:

2012-2013 Master of Music, composition degree, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London.

2009-2012 Bachelor of Music, composition degree, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London.

2009 Certificate in computer music, IRCAM, Paris.

2007-2009 Undergraduate studies in composition, Tbilisi State Conservatoire, Tbilisi, Georgia.

2005-2007 Composition and trumpet studies, Evgeni Mikeladze Tbilisi 9th Musical School, Tbilisi, Georgia.

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

 

SCHOLARSHIPS / AWARDS:

Tsinandali Award, 2015, Tbilisi - for the multimedia concert MUFFLING FOG - After Martin Heidegger (2014).
Jury: pianist Alexander Toradze.

Vivian Prindle Outreach Prize, 2012, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London - for the multimedia installation SACRIFICE - THE STATIC DRAMA (2011).

Beatrice Taylor Scholarship, 2012-2013, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London.

TL Scholarship, 2012-2013, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London.

Leverhulme Trust Scholarship, 2009-2012, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London.

TCL Scholarship, 2009-2012, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London.

Trinity Laban Scholarship, 2009-2012, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London.

Trinity Laban Post Graduate Bursary, 2012-2013, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London.

Henry Wood Bursary, 2011-2013, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London.

 

MEMBERSHIP:

ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) in USA.

PRS (Performing RIghts Society for Music) in UK.

 

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