Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou (Greek: Ευάγγελος Οδυσσέας Παπαθανασίου [evˈaɲɟelos oðiˈseas papaθanaˈsiu]; born 29 March 1943), known professionally as Vangelis (Greek: Βαγγέλης [vaɲˈɟelis]; English pronunciation: /væŋˈɡɛls/[1]), is a Greek composer of electronic, progressive, ambient, jazz, and orchestral music.[2] He is best known for his Academy Award-winning score for the film Chariots of Fire, composing scores for the films Blade Runner, Missing, Antarctica, 1492: Conquest of Paradise, and Alexander, and the use of his music in the PBS documentary Cosmos: A Personal Voyage by Carl Sagan.[2]

After having taken piano lessons, Vangelis began his professional musical career working with several popular bands of the 1960s such as the Forminx and Aphrodite's Child, with the latter's album 666 going on to be recognized as a psychedelic classic.[2][3] Throughout the 1970s, Vangelis composed music scores for several animal documentaries, including L'Apocalypse des Animaux, La Fête sauvage and Opéra sauvage; the success of these scores brought him into the film scoring mainstream. In the early 1980s, Vangelis formed a musical partnership with Jon Anderson, the lead singer of progressive rock band Yes, and the duo went on to release several albums together as Jon & Vangelis.

In 1981, he composed the score for the Oscar-winning film Chariots of Fire, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Original Score. The soundtrack's single, the film's "Titles" theme, also reached the top of the American Billboard Hot 100 chart and was used as the background music at the London 2012 Olympics winners' medal presentation ceremonies.[2]

Having had a career in music spanning over 50 years and having composed and performed more than 50 albums, Vangelis is considered to be one of the most important figures in the history of electronic music.[4][5][6]



Rosetta is a song by musical artist Vangelis, released on September 2, 2016.
Mission Accomplie
Mission Accomplie is a song by musical artist Vangelis, released on July 29, 2016.
Blade Runner
The Blade Runner soundtrack was composed by Vangelis for Ridley Scott's 1982 film Blade Runner.
Mythodea — Music for the NASA Mission: 2001 Mars Odyssey is a 1993 choral symphony by Greek electronic composer and artist Vangelis.

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Vangelis album to debut at LightPool
Blackpool Gazette  –  September 21, 2016
Blackpool will be one of the first places to showcase the latest album by composer Vangelis when it is played as part of ... And they were always connected somehow with the music I write.” Ross Ashton, creative director, and Karen Monid, audio artist ...
electronic music pioneer Vangelis set to release new LP ‘Rosetta’
Brooklyn Vegan  –  August 19, 2016
reached out to the composer whilst aboard the International Space Station. After sharing stories and experiences via a video call from the ISS, Vangelis was inspired to write ‘Rosetta’. The music is dedicated to everyone who made ESA’s ongoing ...
Vangelis - Cosmos CD  –  September 10, 2016
... is a collection of Vangelis' early-'70s space music. It is pure and graceful with no frills. Vangelis has an aggressive style on the synth, and these compositions are pure Berlin-school electronica, with cosmic and dynamic atmospheres. This will ...
Light In The Attic compiles “visionary” European synth music from Vangelis, Popol Vuh, Ariel Kalma  –  September 14, 2016
Electronic atmospheres from over the ocean. Light in the Attic has announced a new compilation of vintage synthscapes titled (The Microcosm): Visionary Music of Continental Europe, 1970-1986. The 16-track set acts as a sequel to I Am The Center, the label ...
Paul M and Bertel Ghiozzi  –  September 14, 2016
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