Film composer Eleni Karaindou was born in the Greek mountain village of Teichio and raised in Athens, going on to study piano and music theory at the Hellenikon Odion. Relocating to Paris in 1969, she studied ethnomusicology for five years before returning to Greece to found the Laboratory for Traditional Instruments at the ORA Cultural Centre. Karaindrou's most successful collaboration was with filmmaker Theo Angelopoulos, with whom she first teamed in 1982, going on to score features including 1991's The Suspended Step of the Stork, 1995's Ulysses' Gaze, and 1998's Palme d'Or-winning Eternity and a Day. Although primarily aligned with the Greek film industry, Karaindrou has also worked with noted European directors, including Jules Dassin and the great Chris Marker. 2004's Oscar-nominated film The Weeping Meadow featured a score by Karaindrou, which was also nominated for a European Film Award. Next, she delivered 2005's epic retrospective Elegy of the Uprooting. Karaindrou also revisited many of her scores during a 2010 live concert featuring saxophonist Jan Garbarek, which was released in 2013 as Eleni Karaindrou: Concert in Athens. In 2014, Karaindrou released her haunting score to an adaptation of Euripides' Medea.
Artist Biography by Jason Ankeny - Source: allmusic
Eleni Karaindrou (Greek: Ελένη Καραΐνδρου; French: Eléni Karaïndrou) (b. 25 November 1941) is a composer of film music and classical music, with influences ranging from jazz to folk music from the Balkans and her homeland Greece. She is most famous for her long collaboration with the Greek film maker Theo Angelopoulos (Greek: Θόδωρος Αγγελόπουλος), for whom she composed the soundtracks for films such as “Ulysses’ Gaze” and “Eternity and a Day”.
Karaindrou has a long history of writing for film and theatre; to date, some 18 feature films, 13 plays and 10 television series have featured her music. Although most of her work has been with Greek directors she has also collaborated with Chris Marker, Jules Dassin and Margarethe von Trotta. Eleni Karaindrou has been associated with Theo Angelopoulos since 1982.
Her music is often minimalistic, always sombre yet warm, thoughtful and contemplative, reminiscent of the air, the sea and the life in her homeland Greece.
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and a Day, Farewell Theme, Ağlayan Çayır, Full Moon
Love, Bye the Sea,Depart and Eternity Theme, Medley
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