Christina Vantzou is a composer, artist, musician, and filmmaker based in Brussels, Belgium. With a background in visual art, Vantzou ventured into music making videos, animations, and playing keyboards with The Dead Texan.  Later she joined Sparklehorse on a European tour and Christina credits the introduction to Mark Linkous as a catalyst for creating her first full-length album. Vantzou writes orchestral arrangements without any formal training, aided only by a midi keyboard and computer software. She has composed and released four albums of ambient-classical music and has developed a form of graphic musical notation influenced by abstract minimalists. Her third record, Nº3, featured The Chamber Players, a 15-piece Kortrijk-based ensemble accompanied by 2 short videos and a 16mm film.  Her follow up Nº4, involved recordings with Clarice Jensen (ACME), Neil Leiter and Margaret Hermant (Echo Collective), long time collaborator Beatrijs DeKlerck as well as John Also Bennett (FORMA), labelmate Steve Hauschildt, Marilu Donovan, and Angel Deradoorian among others.  Vantzou’s network of collaborators continues to grow and releases broaden.  Most recently Vantzou released a cassette tape with Felicia Atkinson and a full length album with John Also Bennett and Paris based artist Zin Taylor. 

Vantzou's ongoing numbered series on Kranky 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…” 

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