International Greek extraordinaire and one of the world’s foremost electronic music composers, Evangelos Papathanasiou, aka Vangelis, will be the focus of documentary ’Vangelis and the Journey to Ithaka’.

The two-hour feature celebrating the composer’s 50-year career will be released on September 23 by Gonzo MultiMedia UK.

You might not be an electronic music buff but you’ve definitely heard Vangelis’ music. His Academy Award-winning score for 1981 film Chariots of Fire captivated the world. Years later, Blade Runner, Alexander and 1492: Conquest of Paradise did the same.

Vangelis was born in the seaside town of Volos in Greece. He began his career as a founding member of Greek “garage” bands Forminx in the mid ’60s, and later in Paris, Aphrodite’s Child featuring another international Greek, Demis Roussos.

The documentary aims to shed light into the artist through rare footage as well as interviews with many of his friends and colleagues, including Sean Connery, Hugh Hudson, Jessye Norman and Oliver Stone, among others.

With over half a century of music-making, Vangelis has left an indelible mark not only with his craft but through his principled stance as both an artist and individual, serving as one of the finest ambassadors for Greece far and wide.

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