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Much to the excitement of music fans worldwide, the new feature-length documentary on Greek music legend Vangelis, titled Vangelis And The Journey To Ithaka, was released on November 11th 2013 by Gonzo MultiMedia UK.
The two-hour documentary includes interviews with Vangelis and many of his friends and colleagues, including Sean Connery, Hugh Hudson, Jessye Norman, Oliver Stone, Akiko Ebi, Julian Rachlin and many others. It also includes rare historical footage, most of which has never been seen before. Another highlight includes recent footage of Vangelis improvising new music!
Vangelis, a composer of electronic, ambient, jazz, pop/rock and orchestral music, is best known for his Academy-Award-winning (Best Original Music Score) score for the film Chariots Of Fire, and composing scores for the films Antartica, Blade Runner, 1492: Conquest Of Paradise and Alexander, as well as the use of his music in the PBS documentary Cosmos: A Personal Voyage by Carl Sagan.
Vangelis began his professional music career working with several popular Greek bands in the '60s such as The Forminx and most notably, Aphrodite's Child. Throughout the 1970s Vangelis composed music scores for several animal documentaries; the success of these scores brought him into the film-scoring mainstream.
In the early '80s Vangelis teamed up with Yes vocalist/songwriter Jon Anderson. The duo recorded a series of successful and critically acclaimed albums under the name Jon & Vangelis. The 1981 Chariots Of Fire soundtrack's single Titles reached the top of the American Billboard Hot 100 chart and was most recently used as theme music at the London 2012 Olympics.
In a career spanning over 50 years, writing and composing over 50 albums, Vangelis is regarded as one of the greatest composers of electronic music of all time. And now, the new documentary Vangelis And The Journey To Ithaka celebrates the music legend's illustrious and fascinating career!