Blade Runner
Jon Anderson
Irene Papas
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Frederick Rousseau
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Demis Roussos
Frederic Rossif
(Movies & TV)

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Knowledge Identifier: +Vangelis



Greek composer of electronic, progressive, ambient, jazz, pop rock and orchestral music, under the artist name Vangelis add

Category: Music (655)

Born in 1943.

Countries: United Kingdom (27%), Greece (20%), United States (16%)

Main connections: Chariots of Fire, Blade Runner, Jon Anderson

Linked to: Academy Award for Best Original Music Score, American Film Institute, Amnesty International, Apple Inc.




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Vangelis was born in 1943 add something


In the early 1960s he was one of the founders of pop group The Forminx , which became popular in Greece add something


Vangelis began his professional musical career working with several popular bands of the 1960s such as The Forminx and Aphrodite's Child, with the latter's album "666" going on to be recognized as a psychedelic "classic" add something


Milva - She has collaborated with such European composers and musicians as Ennio Morricone in 1965, Francis Lai in 1973, Mikis Theodorakis in 1978 , Enzo Jannacci in 1980, Vangelis in 1981 and 1986, Franco Battiato in 1982 and 1986


The Forminx released nine hit singles and a Christmas EP before disbanding in 1966 at the peak of their success add something


Demis Roussos - Roussos came to a wider audience in 1967 when he joined progressive rock band Aphrodite's Child, with Vangelis and Loukas Sideras, initially as a singer but later playing bass guitar, achieving commercial success in France and other parts of Europe from 1968 to 1972


Around the time of the student riots in 1968, Vangelis founded progressive rock band Aphrodite's Child together with Demis Roussos, Loukas Sideras, and Anargyros "Silver" Koulouris add something


In 1970 he had composed the score for a film directed by Henry Chapier and called "Sex Power" add something


Member of a 1970s band called Poll, and a friend of Vangelis at the time, Logarides sued Vangelis for plagiarism in 1987 add something


Throughout the 1970s, Vangelis composed music scores for several animal documentaries, including L'Apocalypse Des Animaux, La Fête sauvage and "Opéra sauvage"; the success of these scores brought him into the film scoring mainstream add something


Frederic Rossif - In early 1970s Rossif met the Greek composer Vangelis, who was working in Paris at the time


In 1971, some jam sessions with a group of musicians at Marquee Studios in London had resulted in two albums' worth of material, unofficially released without Vangelis' permission in 1978, titled "Hypothesis" , and "The Dragon" add something


Tensions between members during the recording of "666" eventually caused the split of the band in 1971, but the album was still released in 1972 add something


In 1972, the student riots of 1968 provided the inspiration for an album titled "Fais que ton rêve soit plus long que la nuit" , comprising musical passages mixed with news snippets and protest songs; some lyrics were based on graffiti daubed on walls during the riots add something


In 1973 Vangelis' solo career began in earnest add something


The first was "L'Apocalypse des animaux", released in 1973 add something


Later in 1974, Vangelis was widely tipped to join another prog-rock band, Yes, following the departure of Rick Wakeman add something


This line-up, later briefly going out under the name "Odyssey", released a single in 1974 titled "Who", but that was Vangelis' last involvement with them add something


Jon Anderson - In September 1975 he appeared on the Vangelis album "Heaven and Hell" and in the following year released his first solo album "Olias of Sunhillow", in which he performs lead and backing vocals, guitars, harp, keyboards, sitar, flutes, mandolin, koto, percussion, and other instruments


In a 1976 interview with Dutch music magazine "Oor", the author wrote that Vangelis had a wife named Veronique Skawinska who was a photographer who had done some album art work for Vangelis add something


Irene Papas - In 1978, Papas collaborated with composer Vangelis in an electronic rendition of eight Greek folk songs, issued as a record called "Odes"


In 1979, Vangelis composed the score for another animal documentary by Frédéric Rossif, "Opéra sauvage" add something


Irene Papas - In 1979, Polydor released her solo album entitled "Odes", with music performed by Vangelis Papathanassiou


Li Bai - In the 1979 album China, by electronic composer Vangelis, the poem Drinking Alone by Moonlight is re-titled as "Little Fete" and is recited against a background of chimes, flutes and synthesizers


Chariots of Fire - This piece is a version of "Hymn", the original version of which appears on Vangelis's 1979 album, "Opéra sauvage"


The Year of Living Dangerously (film) - "L'Enfant," a track from Vangelis' 1979 album "Opera Sauvage", was featured in the film


During 1980, six years after Vangelis decided against joining Yes, he and Jon Anderson, the lead singer of Yes, released their first album together, "Short Stories", under the band name of Jon & Vangelis add something


In the early 1980s, Vangelis formed a musical partnership with Jon Anderson, the lead singer of progressive rock band Yes, and the duo went on to release several albums together as "Jon & Vangelis" add something


Frederic Rossif - In 1980 Rossif directed a documentary dedicated to Vangelis, called "L'Arbre de vie"


In 1981, Vangelis wrote the score for the film "Chariots of Fire", set at the 1924 Summer Olympics add something


In 1981, he composed the score for the Oscar-winning film "Chariots of Fire", which won him the Academy award for Best Original Music Score add something


They would eventually go on to release three more afterwards; "The Friends of Mr. Cairo", "Private Collection" and "Page of Life" released in 1981, 1983, and 1991 respectively add something


Vangelis collaborated in 1981 and 1986 with Italian singer Milva, achieving success especially in Germany with the albums "Ich hab' keine Angst" and "Geheimnisse" add something


Jon Anderson - He released an album with Vangelis in July 1981 called "The Friends of Mr Cairo"


An interview in 1982 with "Backstage" music magazine suggests that Vangelis had previously been married to a singer named Vana Verouti, who had performed vocals on some of his records, performing for the first time with him on "La Fête sauvage" and later on "Heaven and Hell" add something


In 1982 he performed for the Spanish television with Neuronium add something


In 1982, Vangelis collaborated with director Ridley Scott, to write the score for the science fiction film "Blade Runner" add something


The opening theme of the film was released as a single in 1982, topping the American "Billboard" chart for one week after climbing steadily for five months add something


Blade Runner - A bootleg tape surfaced in 1982 at science fiction conventions and became popular given the delay of an official release of the original recordings, and in 1993 "Off World Music, Ltd" created a bootleg CD that would prove more comprehensive than Vangelis' official CD in 1994


In 1983 Vangelis wrote the music for Michael Cacoyannis' staging of the Greek tragedy "Elektra" which was performed featuring Irene Papas at the open-air amphitheater at Epidavros in Greece add something


Other notable Vangelis soundtracks were "Antarctica" for the film "Nankyoku Monogatari" in 1983, and "The Bounty" in 1984 add something


It was originally performed by Lesley Colier and Wayne Eagling himself at an Amnesty International gala in Drury Lane, but in 1984 the Royal Ballet School presented it again at the Sadler's Wells theater add something


Blade Runner - There are two video games based on the film, one from 1985 for Commodore 64, Sinclair ZX Spectrum and Amstrad CPC by CRL Group PLC based on the music by Vangelis , and another action adventure PC game from 1997 by Westwood Studios


Jon Anderson - A 4th Jon and Vangelis album, Page of Life, was released in 1991


Frederick Rousseau - The year after, 1991, Vangelis moved to Paris and recorded the album "The City" at Studio Mega


France made Vangelis a Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters in 1992 add something


In 1992, Vangelis wrote the music for the Euripides play, "Medea", that featured Irene Papas add something


Though uncredited, Vangelis wrote the theme music for the 1992 French motion picture, "La Peste" from director Luis Puenzo add something


Frederick Rousseau - In 1992, Vangelis convinced Rousseau to leave Studio Mega in order to create Astron Studio in Neuilly and definitely seal their artistic collaboration


Vangelis performed live and released "Mythodea", a predominantly orchestral rather than electronic piece that was originally written in 1993, and used by NASA as the theme for the Mars Odyssey mission in 2001 add something


Frederick Rousseau - Vangelis' project "Mythodea" initiated in 1993, was finally completed in 2001


It took 12 years before the disagreement was resolved and Vangelis's own work was released in the United States, in 1994 add something


Blade Runner - Titled "Blade Runner Trilogy", the first CD contains the same tracks as the 1994 official soundtrack release, the second CD contains previously unreleased music from the movie, and the third CD is all newly composed music from Vangelis, inspired by, and in the spirit of the movie


In 1995, Vangelis had a minor planet named after him by the International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Center at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory; the name was proposed by the MPC's co-director, Gareth V. Williams, rather than by the object's original discoverer, Eugène Joseph Delporte, who died in 1955, long before the 1934 discovery could be confirmed by observations made in 1990 add something


This performance was recorded in 1996 in a CD entitled "A separate affair" add something


Frederick Rousseau - Again, in 1997, Rousseau joined Vangelis in Athens for the opening ceremony of the world championship of athletics


Rob Dickins - He brought Seal, Simply Red, Vangelis, Mike_Oldfield, Enya, and Cher to the UK label and in 1997-98 Warner added Mark Morrison, Brit Award winner Shola Ama, indie group Catatonia, and teenage girl band Cleopatra to the UK.


El Greco - In 1998, the Greek electronic composer and artist Vangelis published "El Greco", a symphonic album inspired by the artist


While no official recording of Vangelis' composition for the 2000 Sydney Games exists, the music can be heard accompanying the presentation of the emblem of the 2004 Athens Games add something


In May 2000, Vangelis composed the music as well as designed and directed the artistic Olympic flag relay portion of the closing ceremonies of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games add something


Kathleen Battle - In June 2001, she and frequent collaborator soprano Jessye Norman, performed Vangelis' "Mythodea" at the Temple of Olympian Zeus in Athens, Greece


A year later, in 2002, Vangelis created the "2002 FIFA World Cup Official Anthem" for the 2002 World Cup add something


NASA conferred their Public Service Medal to Vangelis in 2003 add something


In 2004, Vangelis released the score for Oliver Stone's "Alexander", continuing his involvement with projects related to Greece add something


Panathenaic Stadium - In more recent years, the stadium has been often used to honour the homecoming of victorious Greek athletes, most notably the Greek national football team after its victory at the 2004 European Football Championship and the opening ceremony of the World Athletics Championships in 1997 on a concept by composer Vangelis Papathanasiou


As a hobby, Vangelis enjoys painting; his first art exhibition toured South America in 2005 add something


However, in a 2005 interview with "The Telegraph", Vangelis talked openly about various parts of his life add something


The 2007 release still lacks some incidental music, most notably the background music from the Taffey Lewis bar scene featuring vocals by Demis Roussos add something


Blade Runner - A set with three CDs of "Blade Runner"-related Vangelis music was released in 2007


Five years later, in 2008, the board of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens voted to make Vangelis an Honorary Doctor, making him Professor Emeritus at their Faculty of Primary Education add something


In June 2008, the American Hellenic Institute honoured Vangelis with an AHI Hellenic Heritage Achievement award for his "exceptional artistic achievements" as a pioneer in electronic music and for his lifelong dedication to the promotion of Hellenism through the arts add something


Vashti Bunyan - Meltdown - In June 2008, Vashti appeared at London's Royal Festival Hall with The Heritage Orchestra as part of Massive Attack's Meltdown, in a live performance of Vangelis' "Blade Runner" soundtrack, singing "Rachael's Song" as sung by Mary Hopkin on the original recorded soundtrack


On 11 December 2011, Vangelis was invited by Katara's Cultural Village in the state of Qatar to conceive, design, direct, and compose music for the opening of its world-class outdoor amphitheater add something


In 2012, Vangelis re-tooled and added new pieces to his iconic "Chariots of Fire" soundtrack, for use in "Chariots of Fire", the 2012 stage adaptation of the 1981 film of the same title add something


The soundtrack's single, "Titles", reached the top of the American Billboard Hot 100 chart and was used as the background music at the London 2012 Olympics winners' medal presentation ceremonies add something


Chariots of Fire - The play, "Chariots of Fire", which was adapted by playwright Mike Bartlett and included the iconic Vangelis score, ran from 9 May to 16 June 2012 at London's Hampstead Theatre, and transferred to the Gielgud Theatre in the West End on 23 June, where it ran until 5 January 2013


On 16th September 2013, he received the honour of appearing on the Greek 80 cent postage stamp, as part of a series of six distinguished living personalities of the Greek Diaspora - See more at: add something


On 16 September 2013, he received the honour of appearing on the Greek 80 cent postage stamp, as part of a series of six distinguished living personalities of the Greek Diaspora - See more at: add something


GZA - In late 2015, GZA canceled European tour dates to focus working on the album with composer Vangelis


In September 2016 will be released new studio album "Rosetta" add something


A 35th anniversary $LP (LP_record) of the original soundtrack was released on Record Store Day 2017 add something


In May 2018 the University of Thessaly in Vangelis' hometown of Volos awarded him an Honorary Doctorate degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering add something