Christina Vantzou’s 5 favourite things in 2015

December 18, 2015

Indeed, it’s THAT time of the year again. To spice things up a bit, we are going to publish a series of ‘best of’ lists composed by various musicians. Let’s get started with Christina Vantzou who will lead us into the ever so exciting world of her travels, but we will also learn what her favourite performances were this year, and there are some great music documentary tips involved as well!


1. Le Château de Monthelon


A friend invited me and a couple other artists to visit while she was doing an artist residency here.  We all worked on video, sound, writing and performance projects while eating the best French cheese in the world.  I met a few of the women who are permanent residents at the Château… all of these women have had a lasting influence… it’s the closest thing I’ve experienced to a Matriarchy.

Siet Rae, who only wore purple in the summer of 2015. In this picture I've just tried out her lavender nail polish.

“Siet Rae, who only wore purple in the summer of 2015. In this picture I’ve just tried out her lavender nail polish.”

Stav Yeini playing Bach in the living room.

“Stav Yeini playing Bach in the living room.”


2. Tenerife


I traveled to the island in March, when it was very cold, grey, and dark in Brussels. I listened to music on long walks, and explored the landscape with a very good friend who is good at these things. I had trouble breaking free from the internet, but still plan to make a trip like this at least once a year for the rest of my life.

Here's a portrait of my laptop on the island.

“Here’s a portrait of my laptop on the island.”


3. Dream House: La Monte Young & Marian Zazeela


I visited the Dream House for the first time in January 2015 and returned 4 more times over the course of the year. I visited the 275 Church street location and the Dia Chelsea location, and if I’d had more time in the city I would have gone more often. Now the Chelsea location is closed, but Church Street is up, and Dia is apparently looking to make the Dream House a permanent fixture in the city.


4.  Music documentaries & biopics: a short list of ones I watched this year (in no particular order)


Love and Mercy

Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould

N.W.A.’s Straight Outta Compton

The Sad & Beautiful World of Sparklehorse 

Virtuoso Listening (a documentary about Eliane Radigue)

What Happened, Miss Simone?

Soul Power (documentary about the legendary concert alongside The Rumble in the Jungle, Zaire 1974)

Robert Ashley, Meredith Monk, John Cage, and Philip Glass  – Four American Composers  (4 documentaries by Peter Greenaway)

A Composer’s Notes: Philip Glass and the Making of an Opera (a documentary about AKHNATAN)


5. Performances


Ariel Kalma + Robert AA Lowe


Le Guess Who festival, Utrecht, NL – various 

The first was a great show, both individuals doing their thing and it working beautifully together.

In Utrecht, I saw The Space Lady, The Necks, Os Mutantes, Atlas Sound and Deerhunter all in one day… also saw Loscil and Charlemagne Palestine the night before.  Charlemagne Palestine lit the stage purple and turned the piano into an alter, in his usual fashion, with stuffed animals and wine glasses.

The Space Lady performing in Utrecht.

The Space Lady performing in Utrecht.


(Christina Vantzou)

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