SANDRO | JOHN MALKOVICH | ERIC ALEXANDRAKIS
Sometimes the creative stars continue to align in the most peculiar of ways. In these situations the elements come together at exactly the right moment with such speed and ease, one would assume that it was perhaps indeed the work of some sort of higher power. Such continues to be the case when three artists come together to create an almost Warholian media experience, and in this case, in the form of Hell On Earth [Stereo Version], a limited edition yellow vinyl-onlyrelease slated for Record Store Day April 21, on B9 Records. Hell On Earth [Stereo Version], the apocalyptic, electro-ambient-sci-fi-cinema album, marks the 6th in a series of musical and visual collaborations between top commercial director/photographer Sandro, actor/director John Malkovich, and producer/composer Eric Alexandrakis.
Hot off of the heels of three critically acclaimed vinyl only releases, and two additional film collaborations [both directed by Sandro, starring Malkovich, and scored by Alexandrakis], one of which was shortlisted at Cannes Lions last year [Psychogenic Fugue], Hell On Earth [Stereo Version] continues the “avant-garde trio’s” tradition of creating art for art’s sake.
“Our prior releases were very spontaneous, but this one even more so with the music being written and recorded in a matter of days", says Alexandrakis, who collaborates with various high profile artists, and also provides music for media.
The three originally came together when Alexandrakis and Sandro [a world-renowned director and photographer who has shot the likes of Michael Jordan, Muhamad Ali, Gary Sinise, John Malkovich, and continues to work with brands ranging from Victorinox, to BMW, to Coca-Cola, to NBC] connected with regard to having Malkovich speak some works from Plato over an ambient piece from Alexandrakis. At the time Sandro was prepping for some new original photography featuring Malkovich, now known as the worldwide traveling exhibit Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage To Photographic Masters. The images were inescapable. What followed was full on vinyl only releases featuring some of the photos from the series, an award winning short film called Hell, and another short film project called Psychogenic Fugue, which Sandro and Alexandrakis dreamt up together [a tribute to the works of David Lynch, benefitting the David Lynch Foundation], which shortlisted at Cannes Lions last year. Sandro directs, Malkovich stars, and Alexandrakis scores.
Multiple record signing events across continents, Q & A’s, exhibits, and even a main stage appearance & film premiere at David Lynch’s Festival of Disruption in 2016, featured the trio’s unique creative approach to their work as a group.
“I believe it was just a time when three artists hooked up and wanted to do something visually and musically different”, says the award winning director/photographer Sandro on how the group was formed. “I think when you work with interesting people, and you make the collaboration about the work, interesting things result”, says acting legend Malkovich. He and Sandro are the tree to the trio’s branch, having a friendship and body of work that has spanned 22 years.
“Sandro, John and myself are very art school in our approach, and project choices. What’s more art school than a group with a musician, photographer/director and an actor?”, asks Alexandrakis.
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Katerina Rhodou • Minoan Music • KRhodou@MinoanMusic •  223-4301
AVANT-GARDE TRIO SANDRO | JOHN MALKOVICH | ERIC ALEXANDRAKIS ANNOUNCE THE RELEASE OF THEIR NEW VINYL-ONLY RELEASE “HELL ON EARTH” [STEREO VERSION] FOR RECORD STORE DAY
VINYL-ONLY RELEASE ONCE AGAIN FEATURES THE TRIO’S IMAGINATIVE VISUAL, THEATRICAL AND SONIC TALENTS AS ANOTHER LIMITED EDITION ART PIECE
Hell On Earth [Stereo Version], the new limited edition yellow vinyl-only release in a series of ongoing collaborations from avant-garde trio SANDRO | JOHN MALKOVICH | ERIC ALEXANDRAKIS, will be released exclusively via participating retailers on Record Store Day, April 21, 2018.
This newest of several critically acclaimed releases [including two film collaborations both directed by Sandro, starring Malkovich, and scored by Alexandrakis], once again builds upon the trio’s unique approach to mixing innovative visuals and sonics, with what some have referred to as a “modern approach to classical theatre”.
“I attempt to do the things that interest me, and I also attempt with collaborators that I trust to do the things that interest them. That’s how you learn something”, says acting legend Malkovich. He and photographer Sandro [the tree to the trio’s branch] have also recently completed 20 Sandro recreations of historical and pop culture images, which have just begun their tour of the world. The duo’s collaborations have spanned more than two decades of visual innovations. “With the work I have done with John, especially the films, the viewer is meant to be left with something below the surface to contemplate”, says the award-winning photographer/director. Adding in producer/composer Alexandrakis’ soundtrack approach to music, an additional experimental layer is added, almost reminiscent of Andy Warhol’s multimedia approach to his work with the Velvet Underground.
Sparked by multiple conversations on life over the occasional bottle of wine, Hell On Earth [Stereo Version] is a continuation of the trio’s interest in thought provoking content, delivered in glorious stereo [this follow-up to last year’s Mono Version contains many additional sonic layers, new stereo mixes, and exclusive art], through Malkovich’s recitation of works from Aristotle and Plato. With the current merging of technology, media & consumerism seemingly driving humanity’s every move, one can’t help but wonder if the synthetic will eventually overrun the organic. “If the disaster at Pompeii had happened today, would the stone figures be found holding up smart phones? I’m very visually driven. The records aren’t really about music per se, but more about various ideas and creative expressions coming together from the three us of into another medium”, says Alexandrakis.
With their creative approach described by critics as "...off the charts in their vinyl only releases and short films…" [Pop Wrapped Magazine], all of the trio’s releases feature theatrical genius Malkovich, wrapped in photographer/director Sandro’s unique fine-art imagery, and sonically welded together via producer/composer Alexandrakis.
Recent happenings include the new worldwide tour of additional photos from Sandro and Malkovich’s photo collaboration Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage To Photographic Masters, and a showing of Sandro’s images from the short film Psychogenic Fugue [a tribute to the works of David Lynch directed by Sandro, starring John Malkovich, and scored by Eric Alexandrakis] at David Lynch’s Festival of Disruption in New York City this year. The film was shortlisted at Cannes Lions in 2017.
Hell On Earth [Stereo Version] track listing:
3. “Purification & Regenesis”
5. “Skepsis 1 [Migration]”
6. “Skepsis 2 [The Order Of The Universe]”
7. “Skepsis 3 [The Disorder Of The Universe]”
8. “Skepsis 4 [Entropy]”
10. “Electrorganic [The Beginning]”
11. “The Disorder Of The Extended Macrocosm”
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Katerina Rhodou, KRhodou@MinoanMusic  223-4301