Knowledge Identifier: +Vangelis
Category: Music (655)
Born in 1943.
Countries: United Kingdom (27%), Greece (20%), United States (16%)
Linked to: Academy Award for Best Original Music Score, American Film Institute, Amnesty International, Apple Inc.
In the early 1960s he was one of the founders of pop group The Forminx , which became popular in Greece
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
In 1970 he had composed the score for a film directed by Henry Chapier and called "Sex Power"
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"
Later in 1974, Vangelis was widely tipped to join another prog-rock band, Yes, following the departure of Rick Wakeman
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
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"
Irene Papas - In 1979, Polydor released her solo album entitled "Odes", with music performed by Vangelis Papathanassiou
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
Frederic Rossif - In 1980 Rossif directed a documentary dedicated to Vangelis, called "L'Arbre de vie"
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
Jon Anderson - A 4th Jon and Vangelis album, Page of Life, was released in 1991
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
It took 12 years before the disagreement was resolved and Vangelis's own work was released in the United States, in 1994
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
El Greco - In 1998, the Greek electronic composer and artist Vangelis published "El Greco", a symphonic album inspired by the artist
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
The 2007 release still lacks some incidental music, most notably the background music from the Taffey Lewis bar scene featuring vocals by Demis Roussos
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
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
GZA - In late 2015, GZA canceled European tour dates to focus working on the album with composer Vangelis
In May 2018 the University of Thessaly in Vangelis' hometown of Volos awarded him an Honorary Doctorate degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering