Alexia Vassiliou is an icon in the Greek-speaking world. With a career spanning 30 years, 40 recorded albums and a series of Gold and Platinum records, Alexia changed Greek record sales history, introduced a new music generation to the work of legendary composer, Mikis Theodorakis, to Classic American Jazz, revived the music from the Greek Classic Film Era of the 1930’s to 1960’s. A musical pioneer, Alexia has a lasting imprint in the history of music in Greece, by being recognized for her voice, her talent, her authenticity and her creative artistic expression.
She has collaborated with the World’s greatest, including: Mikis Theodorakis (composer of Zorba The Greek, Serpico), Chick Corea, John Patitucci, Milva, Andreas Vollenweider, and shared the stage with artists such as Stevie Wonder, and Chaka Khan.
She crossed paths with producer Ronan Chris Murphy at the MIDEM conference in the south of France and an immediate artistic bond was formed. Murphy’s roots are in American Punk and Alternative, where he played in bands that shared the stage with artists like Henry Rollins, Gwar and the Flaming Lips before shifting into studio work. His work as a producer spans hundreds of albums around the globe where he has worked with the likes of King Crimson, Ulver, Terry Bozzio, Chucho Valdés, Tony Levin, etc. Murphy and Vassiliou both knew they were destined to work together. They collaborated in the studio on several of Alexia’s solo projects, including “Must Save the Day” which reached #1 on the Greek iTunes charts, and “Birds Have to Fly”. They eventually collaborated in creating Venetian Road, a duet album of their own music together.
Released as part of Alexia Vassiliou’s Voice Improvisation Series, Venetian Road has two epic pieces for electric guitar and voice totaling almost one hour of music. The foundation of the music is looping based guitar work which is heavily influenced by progressive and ambient music pioneer Robert Fripp, whom Murphy worked with extensively in the 90s and equally influenced by Murphy’s love of the raw organic textures of Neil Young’s electric work with Crazy Horse. The guitar creates diverse sonic landscapes in which Alexia explores the emotional range and textures of the voice, most of which is non-verbal.
Alexia and Ronan celebrated the release of the album with a concert at the UNESCO Theatre in Paris, and days after its release, Venetian Road entered the Top 100 on the iTunes Jazz charts in Greece and was featured by iTunes as “New and Noteworthy.”
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