Ambigua, Act I: "To Suggest Is To Dream"

by vasilis ginos

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Ambigua is my take on post romantic classical music and an homage to early 20th century composers who dramatically influenced the art. They revolutionized music with a series of stylistic breakthroughs, staring with symbolism and Impressionism, that had a tremendous impact on the way we perceive harmony, melody and rhythm today. I revisit these utopian and ideal places with modern tools and aesthetics (and mindset) searching the point where musics meet, whether time is linear, and where in the great scheme of the universe is the artist's home.
Ambigua consists of interpretations of selected pieces by composers Mahler, Debussy, Satie, Schoenberg, Bartok, Stravinsky and R. Strauss, mainly orchestral, preferably for string ensembles. Using mostly software synthesizers, I try to maintain the basic characteristics of ambiguity and intrinsic - extrinsic metaphor and the deepest, elusive and most tangible secrets of these compositions. It is conceived in three stages (Acts) that span chronologically to cover respective eras of the early 20th century.
Act Ι - "To Suggest is to Dream": G. Mahler - 5th Symphony, Mvt 4 - Adagietto, C. Debussy - Prelude à l'après-midi d'un faune, E. Satie - 3 Gymnopédies
Act ΙΙ - To Transcend: Béla Bartók - Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, Sz.106
Act III: I. Stravinsky - The Rite of Spring (to be released)


released July 8, 2014

adapted, programmed and performed by vasilis ginos
recorded in gallery studio, athens by vasilis ginos
mixed and mastered in sierra studios, athens by panagiotis petronikolos
artwork by yiannis vamvouras



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vasilis ginos Athens, Greece

A Greece-based musician, vasilis ginos was born in Athens in the '60s.
He started off playing keyboards in bands, most of which he co-founded.
His influences were the big rock groups of the era, his classical training, a late infatuation with jazz and a solid local folk background.
An early adopter of music technology he works in many diverse genres, most recent of which is classical crossover.
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