Christina Vantzou is a composer and visual artist based in Brussels, Belgium.  She has composed and released three albums of ambient-classical music and has developed a form of graphic musical notation influenced by abstract minimalists. 

  A Missouri native of Greek descent, Vantzou attended the Maryland Institute College of Art where she studied video, animation, painting, printmaking, and photography.  She formed her first band in art school, a sonic experiment born out of an assignment for a “parapainting” class taught by Jeremy Sigler.  After graduating from MICA, Vantzou went on to co-found The Dead Texan.  She has produced videos and graphics for numerous artists and in 2007 was a touring member of Sparklehorse.  Vantzou has continued working in visual art over the years, primarily video, and has recently turned her attention to slow motion and 16mm film.  

  Christina's work as a composer and orchestral arranger is self-taught and her compositions are interlaced with classical instruments, vocal samples, synthesizers, and virtual instruments.   Her ongoing numbered series on Kranky records has received widespread critical acclaim for both audio and visual elements.  SPIN declared Nº3 one of of the best avant albums of 2015 and The Wire stated of the compositions “they glow and glide in their somnolent and spellbinding beauty…” Boomkat added “It's exactly the sort of liminal, waking-dream record that Kranky have specialized in for over 20 years.” 

all photos above: julie calbert

all photos above: julie calbert