THE SEDUCTION OF EUROPA (2017)
by Gio Janiashvili
The title of the work is borrowed from the Greek myth The Seduction of Europa. However, this musical work does not aim to illustrate the story of the god Zeus transforming himself into a white bull, seducing the Phoenician King Agenor's daughter Europa, and abducting her to Crete. The title plays the part of a reference point - opening a fictional dimension to the musical work to be perceived and interpreted individually by each audience member.
Flute: Laura Falzon
Composer, electronics: Gio Janiashvili
Duration: 45 min.
About the Artists
Gio (Giorgi) Janiashvili
The artistic practice of the composer Gio (Giorgi) Janiashvili 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. He staged concerts, multimedia performances and installations worldwide. His works were performed and exhibited at such concert halls, theatres, museums, and galleries as Southbank Centre, The Institute of Contemporary Arts, Laban Theatre, Blackheath Halls, The Royal Observatory in London; Abrons Arts Centre, Speyer Hall in New York City; The Georgian National Museum - Museum of Georgia, The National Gallery, The National Music Centre, Tbilisi State Conservatoire in Tbilisi; Nostitz Palace, The National Gallery in Prague; 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, Tbilisi Contemporary Music Evenings, Artisterium V, Fest I Nova' 17, and etc. Gio Janiashvili 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 resides in New York City.
Flutist Laura Falzon
“With a flute, tone is everything. Laura Falzon of Malta and New York has one of the most lucid, breathable tones in the world – among the top rank of flutists who are internationally renowned performers.” Mark Greenfest, NYC concert reviewer —Soundwordsight.com
Laura Falzon has performed throughout the US, Europe and Asia with concerto, recital and chamber music performances in France, Portugal, Finland, England, Scotland, the Channel Islands, Malta, Greece, the US and India. Falzon has performed in venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, 92ndY, Baryshnikov Arts Center, (Le) Poisson Rouge, Spectrum, The Tank, Tenri, Engelman recital hall, the National Gallery of Art, the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, and The Allen Room at Frederick Rose Hall. She has appeared as a soloist with orchestras and ensembles including London’s Spectrum ensemble, St. Martin in the Fields Sinfonia, Rasumovsky Quartet, Mimesis ensemble, Random Access Music, the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, Stockholm’s Curious Chamber Players, Bleecker STQ, Orchestra of Our Time, Random Access Players, and Elekoto ensemble. Hailed for her "versatile technique" (Musical Times) and for being “fearless in tackling and promoting" challenging new works (PAN, British Flute Society), Dr. Falzon has worked with numerous composers and premiered the works of composers including Alice Shields, Mohammed Fairouz, Dai Fujikura, Charles Camilleri, Shirish Korde, Kareem Roustom, Halim El-Dabh, Theodore Wiprud, Victoria Bond, and Bushra El-Turk. Awards and grants received include ones from The British Arts Council, Rockefeller Foundation, New York Women Composers, Rotary Foundation, Hope Scot Trust, Scottish Arts Council, West Midlands Arts, and Sparkplug Foundation.
A founding member and artistic director of ISSASonus ensemble and a graduate of Columbia University, Dr. Falzon is on the music faculties of Columbia University’s Teachers College and New York University. http://www.laurafalzon.com/
Gio Janiashvili - www.giojaniashvili.com
Laura Falzon - www.laurafalzon.com