Greek New Zealander John Psathas (www.johnpsathas.com) emerges from a dazzling 21st century backdrop, where dynamic collaboration with creative masters from all corners of the physical and artistic globe produce works that are visionary, moving, and inspired.
From projects with Michael Brecker and Joshua Redman, to an e-book scoring collaboration with Salman Rushdie, from sessions with the Grand Mufti in Paris's Grand Mosque, to a Billboard classical-chart-topping album with Serj Tankian, John's journey weaves through a multitude of genres, and has moved concert audiences in more than 50 countries on all 7 continents (yes, even Antarctica). Early collaborations included Mark Elder, Kristjan Jarvi, the Takacs Quartet, Lara St. John, the Netherlands Blazers Ensemble, Evelyn Glennie, Edo de Wart, Joanna MacGregor, Pedro Carneiro, the Halle Orchestra, the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra, and more. Then followed intense creative exploration in electronica and jazz, and a series of mega-projects (like scoring much of the opening ceremony of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games). All of which led to an explosion of first-hand collaborations with artists from musical traditions spanning Asia, Europe, North and South America, Africa, and Australasia. Recently, No Man’s Land involved filming and integrating 150 musicians from 25 different countries, including Oum El Ghait, Meeta Pandit, Bijan Chemirani, Marta Sebestyen, Vagelis Karipis, Refugees of Rap, Derya Turkan, and Saddredin Ozcimi.