Tsiavos is a bassist and composer whose work operates at the intersections
of a number of cultural boundaries: from 8th century chant to contemporary
minimalism, from church to pub to concert hall.
1994, Tsiavos has been developing new music for the solo bass. As
an "ethnic" musician he is interested in, and informed by, non-canonical
discourse, while refusing the tokenism that ethnicity often entails.
The diversity of his cultural influences come together to create
a new language for the bass - work articulating an intensely personal
response to the problematics of contemporary Australian culture.
Disassociated from the institutional discourses and sites that ground
it, the solo bass is forced to re-contextualise itself. As such,
the bass functions as a metaphor, invoking the position of the subject
in a historical moment marked by cultural dislocation.
has performed as a bass soloist in concert tours in Victoria (1995)
and New South Wales (1996) funded by the Australia Council for the
Arts. In 1995, the CD All that is Solid melts into Air was
produced featuring these new works for the solo bass. A three year
involvement with Viriditas culminated in the production of the CD
Jouissance. Tsiavos devised the post-modern frame for the
12th century chants of Hildegard and Abelard, and was the musical
director/bassist on the project.
continues to freelance between the worlds of jazz, new music and
folk music in all its forms. His performances and compositions are
regularly broadcast. He is currently developing new repertoire for
voice and double bass with soprano Deborah Kayser. They have had
numerous broadcasts on ABC Radios New Music Australia and