Alexia Vassiliou
Composer , Director , Scriptwriter , Producer , Cinematographer , Actor-Actress

Cyprus

Biography

Alexia Vassiliou (born February 5, 1964 in Famagusta, Cyprus) is an International Conceptual Artist, Singer, Composer, Lyricist, Filmmaker and Producer. Known also as Alexia, she began her career in 1981, at the age of 17, as a singer. A Berklee College of Music Graduate (Boston), Alexia majored in Voice and minored in Piano. A trained vocalist, Alexia has collaborated and continues to collaborate with some of the World's greatest musical legends. Including, Mikis Theodorakis, Chick Corea, John Patitucci, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Andreas Vollenweider, Milva and many other talented musicians from around the world. With a career spanning 30 years, 35 recorded albums and a series of Gold and Platinum records, Alexia has changed Greek record sales history, has introduced a new music generation to the work of Mikis Theodorakis, the work of Classic American Jazz, and Music from Classic Greek films from the 30's-60's, and is the only artist to successfully cross multiple musical genres. Alexia has changed the face of music in Greece and Cyprus by continuing to explore creative new ways of expressing her authentic self, through music and sound. Alexia devoted part of her time to the study of creative writing and feminist studies with feminist activist Christiana Lambrinides. Through a series of workshops, over a period of five years, Alexia obtained valuable knowledge on diverse, yet interrelated concepts, that are directly related to creative expression and writing such as performativity, gender studies, feminist studies and art. During this time Alexia studied the work of many classic authors, theorists and activists, including Nobel Prize winner in Literature, Toni Morrison, Djuna Barnes, Hélène Cixous, Jacques Derrida, Georges Bataille, Louise Bourgeois, Gertrude Stein, Michel Foucault, Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton. Through her creative writing, Alexia developed and released, Re-bE - a triple album, encompassing Alexia's own music compositions, lyrics, narratives and improvisations. Re-bE was the beginning of Alexia's journey of continuous authentic self-expression. From her music contributions to theatre and avant-garde contemporary dance in Greece with the Production of 'The Lady of the Camellias', and composing the music and voice improvisations for 'Water', a Hollywood, California stage production, to her collaboration with visual artists, Anisa Ashkar (Palestinian) and Joseph Dadoune (Israeli) for the presentation of ART exhibitions in Museums around the World, with Alexia's improvised compositions, singing, and acting. Alexia has also performed songs for four film Soundtracks - Costas Dimitriou's, "The Road to Ithaca" in Cyprus, with music compositions by Costas Cacoyannis; Michael Reppas and Thanassis Papathanasiou's "Safe Sex" in Greece, and has composed the score, performed the songs, and acted in Constantinos Isaias short films noir, "Sacred Whispers", and "As a Last Resort" in Los Angeles. In 2012, Alexia released a collection of voice improvisations entitled, 'The Voice Improvisation Series'. Alexia is the only singer in the world who has recorded with the Wind and has released two "Voice and Wind" albums. Alexia is a documentarian. Every moment is captured through Alexia's camera. In the summer of 2012, Alexia took her love for the camera and began to direct her own short films and combining her voice improvisations with her expressionistic, experimental/art films. In June 2013, the Ministry of Culture and Education of Cyprus recognized Alexia's films in the 12th Annual Images & Views of Alternative Cinema Film Festival, where seven of Alexia's films Premiered to a live audience. Recently Alexia's Jazz Album, "Birds Have to Fly", a collaboration with horn player, Peter Massink, was honored by The Recording Academy (The GRAMMY's) and was selected for Nomination consideration for Best Jazz Vocal Album for the 56th GRAMMY Awards.



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With the support of the Eurimages Fund of the Council of Europe




















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