Kordz

Alexandre Kordzaia, electronic music producer, performer and composer (aka kordz), was born in Tbilisi in 1994 and grew up in a musical family between Georgia and Switzerland. In 2016 he completed the degree of Audiodesign at the Music Academy of Basel in Switzerland, where he studied the composition of Electroacoustic music as well as the Art of recording and sound engineering. During his studies Alexandre started his first significant collaboration with the electronic music artist Frederic Robinson with whom he performed at the Close Encounters Festival (Georgia/Switzerland) and the Festival Spectaculare (Prague). In the same year Kordz received the opportunity to release his first single “We’ve Been” and his debut EP “QYS” under the label PRRRRRRRR Records. In 2016 Kordz proceeded to study Composition with Professor Yannis Kyriakides and Peter Adriaansz at the Royal Conservatoire The Hague, where he remains enrolled up to the current date. 

 

Kordz studies focus especially on the Art of combining electronic and acoustic instruments in his performances and compositions. His idea among others, is to further develop the use of electronics simply as a part of the orchestra, not as a separate entity-but as just another instrument. Next to his studies Kordz is turning his ideas into practical experience, engaging in a variety of music projects involving orchestras, ensembles, soloists as well as his own solo work. In 2018 he was invited to tour with Christoph Altstaedt and the Junge Norddeutsche Philharmonie (JNP) in Germany, debuting for the first time in the Elbphilharmonie (Hamburg) and the Funkhaus Berlin. 

 

Kordz was invited by Georgian conductor Nikoloz Rachveli and the Viola player Giorgi Zagareli to arrange his electronic compositions for the Georgian Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2018/19 his compositions, combining the orchestra with electronics, have been performed by the Residentie Orchestra The Hague, dedicated to the birthday of Louis Andriessen, the Podium Esslingen Chamber Orchestra at the Beethovenfest Bonn and the Georgian Philharmonic Orchestra at the opening of the Chess Olympics in Batumi, Georgia. Kordzs work with cellist Christophe Croise has also gained wide popularity in Switzerland as it was included in the Swiss National Television (SRF) live event Purple Nights. Further collaborations include the work with the Nieuw Ensemble, Peter Conradin Zumthor, the Zagareli String Orchestra, Etienne Abelin, Nino Katamadze, Natalie Beridze, Tamriko Kordzaia. The year 2018 marked also his first ever presentation on ARTE live TV, where his work was featured amongst other prominent Georgian artists. For 2020 he was commissioned to write a large orchestral work for the Dortmund Philharmonic Orchestra. 

 

Parallel to his work in the contemporary classical music scene, Kordz is a frequent tour guest in Georgia since 2016, where he is holding a strong base in the independent electronic music culture. Performing Live Sets, solo and as a duo with Viola player Giorgi Zagareli, he is a regular guest at clubs & festivals such as Mtkvarze, Spacehall, Lolita, Fabrika, Tbilisi Open Air, Blacksea Jazz Festival, Tsinandali Awards. Next to several singles and remixes, Alexandre also released his second EP “Untitled Fantasy” in 2017, and the single “Accept & Connect” in 2018 on Majestic Casual Records. Both releases feature electronic and orchestral music. Kordz is inspired as much by Classical Composers such as Maurice Ravel, Stravinsky as he is by Prince, James Brown, Ryuchi Sakamoto and Electronic Avant-garde pioneers like Bernard Parmeggiani. “That’s sort of the dream: To have an image as an artist who is not really restricted by electronic or classical music. But also not being pegged simply as a “crossover” artist.” Kordz explains.

Website: http://www.kordzmusic.com/ .