MANIFESTO:

My manifesto is to document each planetary body as an independent body of work, exploring each planet’s mythological themes and symbols in relation to current political and social issues, an ambitious concept project that harnesses the power of music to tell stories and to heal. I grew up admiring the physical album format and artists who told stories through their creations and committed to a manifesto. My belief is that we exist online in an environment where the possibilities of art and music are now endless, no longer are we limited by releases with physical time limits and specific formats - we can now express music in whatever format we like. It is confusing that we still adhere to these formats and have created structures (i-tunes, bandcamp, spotify) that deviate little from consumer expectations of genres, singles, or albums and that we rarely artistically play with to reflect more conceptual ideas. So birthed the idea to combine my studies in the artistic disciplines of visual and sound art, with an obsession in consciousness, mythology, cosmic sciences and our collective wonder at why we are here. Each album/release format centres around numerology in its tracklists and explores the various cultural mythology, science and astrology. I will also embody and perform each piece as physical characters inspired by drag and science fiction that personify the planet, collaborating with various Berlin-based fashion and creative artists. Inside our mind is a vivid imagination which we can access and use to explore the cosmos, it is this imagination that I wants to access - to take the listener on a journey to these alien worlds and consciously feel their presence and vibrations. 
 

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EARTH ('ARD')

The cosmic journey begins from Earth (‘Ard’ set for release on Golden Ratio Frequencies label this Autumn/Winter): reflecting our current disconnection from our eco-system and environmental destruction. Its seven tracks, mapped to the yogic 7-chakra system mirror human mythologies of ascension - our collective human relationship with the home beneath our feet, and the stars. The release is partly an anthropological inquiry into the yogic system (mapping the energy centres in our body) as well as exploring these through moods of grounding, sexuality, anxiety, love and expression - bringing ancient systems and pairing them with the politics we face in our modern world – ‘Ard’ meaning Earth in Arabic, echos the regions history in civilisation, language and controversial religious issues and politics, reflecting our bittersweet relationship between human and earth.

Collaborators:
Hermes Pittakos: Promo Photography / Art Direction 'Ard' Clip
Ourobouros: Direction / Filming of 'Ard' Clip
Federica Dauri & Lisa Stertz: Dancers 'Ard' Clip
Nico Stephou: Album Cover Photo
Lyra Pramuk: Guest Vocalist on Track 6
Shalva Idinaxuishvili: Drag/Fashion/Art Direction for 'Void' film clip
Lefteris Kastrinakis: Direction/3d Design for 'Conscious & Dreaming' clip

 
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MOON ('ALQUAMAR')

From Earth, we travel to the moon (‘Alquamar’ Release date TBD), a 12-track release playing with the mythology and symbols of astrology and the moon phases - of which Vango has created his own and will tattoo them himself onto people as part of the work’s release. Collaborating with greek and cyprus artists in-line with the regions astrological histories.

Collaborators:
Hermes Pittakos: Promo Photography
Kat Van amb: Fashion / Fabrics
Spherical Aberration: Direction / Filming of 'Creating & Destroying' clip and visual clips for all material / Live A/V Visuals
Nico Stephou: Moon Phase Symbols (Top Right of Artwork)

 

 

 

 

 

 
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VENUS ('VENUS RITUS')

Venus (‘Venus Ritus’ Release date TBD 2019), a 6-track release exploring the divine femininity, patience, the woman, the power of the beauty of femininity and a re-appropriation of renaissance objectification into a celebration. Questioning our collective tendency towards masculinity at the expense of femininity. Vango performs the pieces as a combined mars/venus persona, echoing non-binary ideology and deconstructing the male and female divide.

Collaborators:
Hermes Pittakos: Promo Photography
Nicholas Savva: Additional production
More TBD

 

 
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MARS ('ARES')

Mars (‘Ares’ Release date TBD) adjunct to mars explores impatience, action, patriarchal themes of the man and the male and humanities cycles of war and conflict. Imagining a primitive tribal mars society and creating their soundtrack. Vango performs the pieces as a combined mars/venus persona, echoing non-binary ideology and deconstructing the male and female divide.

Collaborators:
Hermes Pittakos: Promo Photography
Nicholas Savva: Additional production
More TBD