Four Seasons

































The Four Seasons is a set of four songs by Kostika Çollaku for voice and piano.




I. SPRING

(through the eyes of a depresed man) 


not available yet



II. SUMMER  

(through the eyes of a widow)

 



Every time the wind blows
Τhe wheat ears are dancing
Τo the rhythm of the wind
Every time I watched you dream
As you were looking at the wheat
But where you are now there is no wheat,
Only rotting ground and silence.


Soprano: Eleni Komni




III. AUTUMN

(through the eyes of a blind man)

 



The golden leaves
Are scattered on the wet ground
I hear them every time they crumble under my feet.
I smell the rain that has wet the ground
And feel some cool raindrops on my face
Soon it will be raining harder
I feel a cloud approaching.


Baritone: Giorgos Siametis




IV. WINTER 

(through the eyes of a schizophrenic)

 

not available yet

Behind Closed Doors




The orginal score for the theatrical play "Behind Closed Doors" by Achilleas Psaltopoulos and Natasa Konteletzidou.

credits

released 18 March 2013
Vocal Ensemble:

Lila Zerva
Caterina Mirtsiou
Barbara Novikova
Antonia Polizou
Maria Kalpakidou
Giannis Mastrogiannis
Giorgos Siametis
Thanos Kandilas
Dionisis Pandis

Vocalise for Nine Voices (a cappella)



Vocalise is a short presentation of what we call "Life" with two reference points, Birth and Death which are represented in a unison melody line. This drawing by Matthieu Barrère shows exactly the structure of the piece.












Vocalise is a short journey to this observation of life, from birth to death.

Fearless Bird




Fearless Bird is the second song that belongs in the circle of songs composed by Kostika Çollaku, for selected performers.

Solo Soprano: Maria Taxidou
Drawings: Ifigeneia Mavridou
Music Composition, Lyrics and Piano: Kostika Çollaku 


Lyrics:

As we suffer the absence of light, 
in the darkness devided we stand. 
Our life like a long dark tunnel 
is waiting for us to be crossed. 

Fly my fearless bird, 
go to the other side 
and then fly back 
to tell me what you saw. 

I have lost my faith, 
for the answer and light. 
My years of longing are over though, 
I see a white spot in the sky. 

Come to me my bird 
and give me hope. 
You look so calm, 
but why are you bleeding? 

The recording took place at studio "Polytropon", Thessaloniki 
Photographer: George Iliopoulos, Rainbow Studios

Πικραλίδα - (Trailer)


''Dandelion'' is a music work, that is being in process, for solo voices, mixed choir and string orchestra in Greek text. The work will be around an hour long and the main subject is what makes us ''evil'' and how we fight it or accept it. When I say ''evil'' i mean from the cruelest action that man has done to his fellow humans like genocides, to daily routine acts that we all do, but may have great inpacts.

From the first man in the world to the modern man the questions remains the same...
''why we can't just live in piece?'' and ''why is this cruelty all around us?''.
Those thoughts have bothered me many years so it's my duty i think to make my own statement.
Also unfortunately im am deeply motivated to write such a work when even in the times we all live,
we continue to make the same mistakes again and again,
after all the suffering humanity has endured all these years.
  
"I think the power of good art,  
it's more effective to people,  
than a political or a religious organization."


The interviews in the trailer are from the documentary: Auschwitz - Inside the Nazi State
and the translation of the ending quote of the trailer in english is:

“If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?”

Ange



''Ange'' it's the first song that belongs in the circle of songs composed by Kostika Çollaku for selected soloists.

Lyrics - Soprano: Caterina Mirtsiou
Composition - Pianist: Kostika Çollaku
Special Thanks to: Sevastiana Mikrouli for her precious help.

Lyrics:

Tu entends?
Tu entends cette melodie bizarre?
Je pense que je sais d'ou elle vient
Derriere cet nuage rose
ou l'ange aux cheveux rouges
ayant toujours ses fleches de pres
est la, jouant de la musique
Tu l' entends?
Comme elle est magique!

Couchee sur un nuage rose
je t' attend de me couvrir avec ta chanson
pour confronter le froid
mon amour cesoir.


Μετάφραση:


Ακούς;
Ακούς την παράξενη μελωδία;
Νομίζω ξέρω απο που ακούγεται.
Πίσω απο το ρόζ σύννεφο
εκεί, όπου ο άγγελος με τα κόκκινα μαλλιά
έχοντας τα βέλη του κοντά του πάντα
είναι εκέι και παίζει μουσική.
Το ακούς;
Είναι μαγικό!

Ξαπλωμένη στο ροζ σύννεφο
περιμένω να με σκεπάσεις με το τραγούδι σου
για να μην κρυώνω
αγάπη μου απόψε.

Fantasia for Saxophone and Guitar


A piece for tenor saxophone with guitar accompaniment.
Was composed on 2010 for a short film called ''How will she stay?'' by filmmaker Marcel Michalaris. 
The purpose of this piece was to accompany a love scene.

Breathe



Composer: Kostika Çollaku
Lyrics: Maria Georgantzeli
Singer: Ifigeneia Mavridou
Guitar: Victor Voulgaropoulos

Awards

Work: ''Goodnight Mr.Renfield''
Award: 2nd
Category: Music for Cinema














Work: Kiwi 
Award: 2nd
Category: Music for Video Animation

Work: Wings of Love 
Commendation: 3rd
Category: Chamber Music















Results

Kostika Çollaku also was designate ''Artist of the Year 2009'' on the International Festival ''InterArtia''


Kostika Çollaku's Photostream

Dracula (1931) - Rescored






















From January until June of 2009 Kostika Çollaku wrote a full score for the classic film Dracula - 1931 by Tod Browning as an exam for his music college.
The film hasn't original score, except the beginning titles where was playing Swan Lake by Piotr Ilich Tchaikovsky.

Kostika Çollaku tried to modernize the mood of the film beginning from a new musical point.

Kostika Çollaku said:

''I didn't want to compose a classic soundrack with that "horror'' feeling. I found dracula more romantic than a horrifying creature that drinks blood. When I was composing, in my mind was the new generation of people and how they watches the film. I was trying to fill the "distance" between the two generations and the next ones''
---Credits---

Composer: Kostika Çollaku
Solo Soprano: Eleni Komni
Cello: Victor Voulgaropoulos
Vocals: Eleni Iosifidi, Tatiana Triantafillidou, Xristina Sarakanidou
Bass: Aggelos Zorzovilis



















All the pieces was composed, record and produced by Kostika Çollaku.
You can buy the complete album here: Buy It Now!

Kostika Çollaku - Live!



Kostika Çollaku performing the opening piece from the album Glassworks by Philip Glass in conservatoire Villarte, Thessaloniki

Wings Of Love



A very minimal solo cello piece with piano accompaniment.
Solo Cello: Victor Voulgaropoulos

Old Photographs


A solo piano work influensed by old photographs.