George Bizios (1993) is a guitarist, composer, improviser and interdisciplinary artist from Limassol, Cyprus. In 2019 he graduated from the ArtEZ conservatory in Arnhem, the Netherlands with a degree in jazz and modern guitar. Since then he has been active in Cyprus working with different projects as a leader and collaborator including music ensembles, interdisciplinary art projects, contemporary dance, performance art and theater productions. Bizios’ practice explores ideas like improvisation in different contexts and structures, contemporary compositional forms and extended guitar techniques. Some of his personal works were presented in several festivals and residency programs in Cyprus such as Xarkis (2019), The yard.residency (2019), Cyprus Jazz and World Music Showcase (2018, 2020, 2021), Nicosia Pop Up Festival (2021), Lemesos International Documentary Festival (2021), The Animattikon Project (2021, 2022), Irtijal Festival for Improvised and Experimental Music (Beirut, 2022), Open House Festival (2022) and more.
As part of his research as a composer and maker, in recent years Bizios’ interests have been concentrated on works that extend the conventional musical setting and focus primarily on the human body and use of space. His latest projects approach the performing context as a transformational process, a contemporary ritual or a method of procedure that gradually shifts the perception and mental state of the performers. By deconstructing and juxtaposing musical tools and principles, he creates systems and action-based compositions for human bodies based on basic human-functions and motor skills such as breathing, walking, touching, connecting, gazing, pausing and observing. The objective of his work has been to reconnect with the present moment and the primary nature of existence.