Who is Vangelis

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In 1970 the group broke up and Vangelis started a solo career. What instrument does he play? It seems to be mainly keyboards in all forms (Pianos, synthesizers, organs, etc.), but he is also skilled at the drums and has played flutes, vibes, tablas, tubular bells, timpanies, cymbals and gongs in the past. In most cases the synthesizer forms the basis of his work. What does he do? Putting out reco[...]
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In 1970 the group broke up and Vangelis started a solo career. What instrument does he play? It seems to be mainly keyboards in all forms (Pianos, synthesizers, organs, etc.), but he is also skilled at the drums and has played flutes, vibes, tablas, tubular bells, timpanies, cymbals and gongs in the past. In most cases the synthesizer forms the basis of his work. What does he do? Putting out records mostly. Sometimes composing music for films, plays, etc. He rarely performs in public and hardly gives interviews.

Have I perhaps ever heard his music? Probably. His music has been used for many purposes. What you perhaps heard differs a lot per country. I'll list a few possibilities:The German boxer Henry Maske used Vangelis' theme for the film "1492, the Conquest of Paradise" (1992) as his victory tune in 1995. As a result of this the CD single and later the album were rereleased in Europe and reached the tops of most of the charts.Interesting to note is that Maske never got to meet Vangelis. Maske: "Ich lad' ihn immer ein, aber er kommt nie. Er ist zu sensibel furs Boxen." (I invited him often, but he doesn't come. He's to sensitive for boxing.)

Also heavyweight boxer Tommy Morrison from the USA used this track, but it did not result in any success. Neither for the music nor the boxer.
The main theme for Hugh Hudson's film "Chariots of Fire"(1981) won Vangelis an Oscar and has hit many charts back then. After that it was used as theme for the Olympic games in Sarajevo in 1984. Since then it seems to pop up in just about every documentary about the Olympics and many commercials all over the world, like recently for the "Citroen Xantia".

The famous television series Cosmos used lots of Vangelis music, mainly from the album "Heaven and Hell" (1975). In the Netherlands music from "The Spiral" was used as theme music for the popular science-show "Wondere Wereld" while "Kinematic" from the "Antarctica" album is often recognized as the "actionmusic" from "Wedden Dat?"
In the USA commercials for "Gallo Wine" used the track "Hymne" from the album "Opera Sauvage" (1979).
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