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The artistic practice of the composer Gio (Giorgi) Janiashvili (*1989) encompasses music, art and performance. His creative output spans solo, chamber, orchestral, vocal, electronic, sound, music-theatre and multimedia compositions; sound, video, performance and installation art; as well as collaborations with visual artists, choreographers, and filmmakers. He staged concerts, multimedia performances and installations worldwide. His works were performed and exhibited at the following  concert halls, museums, galleries, and theatres: Southbank Centre, The Institute of Contemporary Arts, Laban Theatre, Blackheath Halls, The Royal Observatory, Trinity Laban in London; Abrons Arts Centre, Speyer Hall in New York City; Nostitz Palace, The National Gallery in Prague; Ohrenhoch - der Geräuschladen in Berlin; The Georgian National Museum - Museum of Georgia, The National Gallery, The National Music Centre, Tbilisi State Conservatoire, Marjanishvili Theatre in Tbilisi; and etc. Gio Janiashvili is a recipient of commissions for the Georgian National Exhibition at the 12th Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space; from a violist Rivka Golani; CoMA Voices; City Lit London; Goethe-Institut; Trinity Laban; and etc. His works were presented at the music, art and performance festivals in the USA, UK, EU and Georgia: Either/Or Ensemble 10th Annual Spring Festival of Contemporary Music, New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, Surrogate Cities Exploded!, Impossible Brilliance: The Music of Conlon Nancarrow, Harmony of the Spheres, The Performance Art Depot’s International Performance Festival, Tbilisi Contemporary Music Evenings, Artisterium V, Fest I Nova' 17, and etc. He was born in Tbilisi, Georgia. He received Bachelor's and Master’s degrees in composition from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, and lives in New York City.

 

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GIO (Giorgi) JANIASHVILI: Composer.

Born in 1989 in Tbilisi, Georgia. He is a permanent resident of the United States of America, and resides in New York City.

 

EDUCATION:

2012 - 2013 - MMus - Master of Music degree in composition - Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (London, UK).
Principal composition professors: Edward Jessen, Gwyn Pritchard. Computer/electronic music: Dominic Murcott.

2009 - 2012 - BMus - Bachelor of Music degree in composition - Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (London, UK).
Principal composition professors: Edward Jessen, Stephen Montague. Computer/electronic music: Dominic Murcott. Piano improvisation: Douglas Finch.

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

2009 - Computer music course - IRCAM (Paris, France).

2005 - 2007 - Trumpet and composition - Evgeni Mikeladze Tbilisi 9th Musical School (Tbilisi, Georgia).

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

 

PERFORMANCES / EXHIBITIONS:

2017

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

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

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Ohrenhoch, der Geräuschladen (Berlin) -  Soundactivism17 - German premiere of the 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) - Video/sound installation:  Mount River (2012) by G. Janiashvili at Maelstrom: Franz Marc, German Expressionism and Modernism in Georgia- Multidisciplinary Research Within the Exhibition Environment - Curator: Dr. Ketevan Kinstsurashvili; design: David Janiashvili; Supported by Goethe-Institut.

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


2016

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

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


2015

Speyer Hall, University Settlement (New York City) – 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 (US premiere). Piano: Taka Kigawa; sound/video projection: G. Janiashvili.

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

Secret Project Robot (New York City) - Festival Summer Robot: Ten Years of Art, Music and Love – Sound composition by G. Janiashvili for 3D cinema projection Nervous Magic Lantern by Ken Jacobs.

ShapeShifter Lab (Brooklyn, New York) - The premiere of EXIT YOUR FLESH! After William Blake (2015) – the Multimedia Spectacle for sound and video art.

The Chapel of Old Royal Naval College, King Charles Court (London) - Waiting For... (2014/2015) in the version for viola quartet (World premiere). Performed by Riviola Quartet (under the guidance of Rivka Golani).

Bassiani (Tbilisi) - The ceremony of the Tsinandali Awards 2015 Mr. Bedbug Is Walking Down The Street (2010) for orchestra and narrator with megaphone (text by V. Mayakovsky) (World/Georgian premiere). Performed by Georgian Philharmonic Orchestra and G. Janiashvili (megaphone).

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

Georgian National Museum, D. Shevardnadze National Gallery (Tbilisi) – Sound installation After Antigone’s Death (2013) by G. Janiashvili at Ketevan  Matabeli’s restrospective exhibition.

Alte Brauerei Stegen (Amersee, Munich) – Solo exhibition of Tornike Abuladze - Sound installation Worker’s Memory by G. Janiashvili (World premire); music Meditation for Steel Factory (2012) by G. Janiashvili for the video installation Steel Factory by Tornike Abuladze (German premire).


2014

Chamber Hall of the Tbilisi State Conservatoire (Tbilisi) - The Festival Tbilisi 2014: Contemporary Music Evenings -  MUFFLING FOG - After Martin Heidegger (2014) - the Multimedia Concert for piano, sound and video art (World premiere). Piano: J. Tavadze; sound/video projection: G. Janiashvili. 

Spectrum (New York City) – The US premiere of  TRIPTYCH: INVOCATION, INFINITY OF SPACE, EK-STASIS (2012) - for piano and tape. Piano: M. Nemtsova; sound projection: G. Janiashvili.

Wild Project - Avant Music Festival (New York City) – Mix of electronic music by G. Janiashvili for Jon Cage’s Variation IV.

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Marjanishvili Theatre, New Stage (Tbilisi) – The multimedia installation Proverbs (2014) by David Janiashvili. Music:/sound installation: G. Janiashvili.


2013

Blackheath Halls (London) - The performance of multimedia music-theatre piece LIFE IS REAL ONLY THEN, WHEN I AM (2013) for batione, flute, cello, trombone, piano, video, sound, live video projection, lighting (World premiere). Baritone: N. Simeha; Piano: M. Nemtsova; Cello: A. Scully; Flute: J. Hogan; Trombone:
J. Heeley.

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

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (London) – Rude Health Concerts Series - the video/sound installation Mount River(2012), After Antigone(2013) for voice and electronics, and the sound/visual installation After Antigone’s Death(2013) (World premieres). Performance by G. Janiashvili.

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

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


2012

Blackheath Halls (London) - Invocation (2012) for piano and Infinity of Space (2012) for electronic/concrete sounds and quad. sound (World premieres). Piano: M. Nemtsova; sound projection: G. Janiashvili.

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 by G. Janiasvili.

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (London) – The festival Out of the Cage (J. Cage’s 100th Anniversary). Branches by John Cageat.  Tape, electronics: G. Janiashvili; cactus: Josh Spear.

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

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

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The festival ARTISTERIUM V: Tbilisi International Contemporary Art Exhibition (Tbilisi) - 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.

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

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


2011

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance - Rude Health Concert SeriesTranscendental Performance (2011)  - the improvised version of Prelude (2011) for cello and electronics and Chant (2011) for Saxophone  and electronics. Cello: A. Scully; Clarinet: W. Scott; Direction, electronics: G. Janiashvili.

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance - Rude Health Concert Series – The world premiere of One Day in Summer (2011) for video and electronic music.

The Institute of Contemporary Arts (London) – The improvised performance of Chant (2011) Sax: W. Scott; Duduk, Electronics: G. Janiashvili.

Blackheath Halls (London) – The workshop of Mr. Bedbug Is Walking down the Street (2010) for megaphone/speaker and orchestra - Trinity Laban Symphony Orchestra, conductor: Jonathan Tilbrook.

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (London) – Beyond Zona (2011) for amplified piano and tape (World premiere). Piano: Chi-Ling Lok.

Trinity Laban (London) – The recital of pianist Diego Ghymers – Caucasian Ornament (2011) for piano by G. Janiashvili – Piano: Diego Ghymers.

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. Saxophone: Gerard McChrystal.

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.

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

St. Lawrence Jewry (London) – Lullaby for piano (World premiere).

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

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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).

Veletžrní Palace (Prague National Gallery) – 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 installation Vaja Pshavela for the Georgian National Exhibition. 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.


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 conducted by Nic Pendlebury, and G. Janaishvili (electronics).

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance(London) – John Halford Competition for Composition and Piano - Transformation: Performance Art for Pianist (2010) for pianist/performer, amplified piano and lighting. Pianist/performer: Diego Ghymers. Direction by G. Janiashvili.

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (London) – 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 - Rude Health Concert Series – The world premiere of Angel in a Dream (2011) for harp and electronics. Harp: Verity Thirkettle, electronic: G. Janiashvili; The Trilogy: TAKE A TRAIN (2009), BAD WEATHER (2009) and TRAIN (2009) for video art and electronic/concrete music.

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 choreographer M. Brenneis. Electronic music from Upatrono Uro: The Hammer Without a Master (2009) by G. Janiashvili.

Theatre Shunt (London) - Dimensions (2010) for surround sound and electroacoustic music (World premiere).

Laban Bonnie Bird Theatre (London) - E. Brown’s December 1952 – A 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 - South Bank Centre (London) – E. Brown’s December 1952 – A collaborative dance and musical performance directed by L. K. Ross and Ian Mitchel.

Trinity Laban (London) – The workshop of Composition for Chamber Ensemble (2010) -  Trinity Laban Contemporary Music Group, conductor: Gregory Rose.

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Theatre Shunt (London) - The world premiere of 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 Harmony of the Spheres – Live sound installation and performance Fortune Teller(2009). Performance: G. Janiashvili.

Theatre Shunt (London) – The second performance of Upatrono Uro: The Hammer Without A Master (2009) for piano and electronics. Piano: Diego Ghymers; electronics: G. Janiashvili.

Theatre Shunt (London) – Upatrono Uro: The Hammer Without A Master (2009) for piano and electronics (UK premiere). Piano: Diego Ghymers; electronics: G. Janiashvili.

Tbilisi State Conservatoire’s Grand Hall (Tbilisi, Georgia) -  Upatrono Uro: The Hammer Without A Master (2009) for piano and electronics (World premiere). Piano: Jemal Tavadze; electronics: G. Janiashvili.

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

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


2008

Tbilisi State Conservatoire, Grand Hall (Tbilisi) -  Toccata (2008) for piano, Black Bird(2008) for electronic music. G. Mikadze (piano) and G. Janiashvili (projections).

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


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) (2007) for piano improvisation. Also live improvisation for trumpet and live electronics. Piano, trumpet, electronics: G. Janiashvili.

 

PUBLICATIONS

2015

Catalogue/Book of exhibition Maelstrom: Franz Marc, German Expressionism and Modernism in Georgia - Multidisciplinary Research Within the Exhibition Environment (Tbilisi, Georgia)- presented atGeorgian National Museum, D. Shevardnadze National Gallery (Tbilisi, 2015) - published by KJ Art-Books, with the support of Goethe-Institut Georgien – Curator: Ketevan Kinstsurashvili; Exhibition design: David Janiashvili; Video/sound installation Mount River (2012): Gio Janiashvili.

New York Times (New York, USA) - Either/Or Ensemble’s 10th Annual Spring Festival of Contemporary Music 2015 at Speyer hall of University Settlement (New York City). 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 of New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival 2015 (New York, USA) – 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 - Electronic music performance by 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, Czech Republic) - the multimedia installation SACRIFICE - THE STATIC DRAMA (2011) by G. Janiashvili and David Janiashvili - a special project for the Georgian National Exhibition at Nostitz Palace (Ministry of Culture of Czech Republic), Prague, Czech Republic, 2011

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

 

TELEVISION AND RADIO BROADCASTS:

2017

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

Artarea TV - The broadcast of Waiting For...(2014) for string quartet at Tsinandali Award ceremony (2017, Tbilisi).

2015

Imedi TV Channel - The broadcast of 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).

2012

Radio Muza - The broadcast of io io (2010) for solo viola, ensemble and electronics - Rivka Golani (solo viola), Trinity Laban Sinfonietta (cond. Nic Pendlebury), and Gio Janiashvili (electronics) at Blackheath Halls (2010, London); Prelude for cello and live electronics - Austen Scully (Cello); Solar Beat - Gio Janiashvili Technomorphic Ensemble: Diego Ghymers (piano), Nick Ereaut (bass), Louis Thomas (bass), Eddy Hecket (Drums), Gio Janiashvili (composition, electronics).


SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS:

Tsinandali Award (2015, Tbilisi) in music category for the multimedia concert MUFFLING FOG - After Martin Heidegger(2014) for piano, sound and video art. Jury: Georgian/American pianist – Alexander Toradze.

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.

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.

Vivian Prindle Outreach Prize (2012, London) for the best project of the year at Trinity Laban Conservaotire of Music and Dance for the multimedia installation SACRIFICE - THE STATIC DRAMA (2011) developed for the Georgian National Exhibition at the 12th Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space.

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.

 

MEMBERSHIP:

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

PRS (Performing RIghts Society for Music) in UK.

 

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