Whirling Desert - Iasi Ensemble

A multicultural journey from the universe of Indian Classical Music, to the universe of Persian Classical Music, to the universe of Sufi Music to the universe of Baulism to the universe of Contemporary Dance.
There, the mysterious planet "Lico" will appear.

An inner journey of the soul to the unknown ...
Life is in the fire of sorrow ...

  • Iasonas Psarakis
    Director
  • Nikolas Gkinis
    Director
  • Nikolas Gkinis
    Producer
  • Nikolas Gkinis
    Music & Video Art Production
  • Iasonas Psarakis
    Music Composer
  • Iasonas Psarakis
    Music Arrangement
  • Nikolas Gkinis
    Music Arrangement
  • Kehua Li
    Choreographer
  • Kehua Li
    Key Cast
    "Lico planet"
  • Ayushi Biswas
    Key Cast
    "Ayushi Planet"
  • Iasonas Psarakis
    Key Cast
    "Iasonas Planet"
  • Bahram Deyjour
    Key Cast
    "Bahram Planet"
  • Ador Hooyar
    Key Cast
    "Ador Planet"
  • Nikolas Gkinis
    Key Cast
    "Nikolas Planet"
  • Iasi Ensemble
    Musical Ensemble - Music Group
  • Iasonas Psarakis
    Musicians
  • Ayushi Biswas
    Musicians
  • Bahram Deyjour
    Musicians
  • Adoor Hooyar
    Musicians
  • Nikolas Gkinis
    Musicians
  • Kehua Li
    Dancer
  • Tuo Ji
    Camera Operator
  • Aranya Bandyopadhyay
    Camera Operator
  • Illa Ma
    Camera Operator
  • Ioanna Stathoulopoulou
    Camera Operator
  • Lalon Farkir
    Poetry
  • Nikolas Gkinis
    Sound Engineering
  • Neel Sarkar
    Sound Engineering
  • Nikolas Gkinis
    Mixing & Mastering
  • Chaiti Nath
    Poster Maker
  • Iasonas Psarakis
    Concept
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Music Video, Short
  • Genres:
    Music Video, Dance Video Art, World Music, Performance Art, Ensemble
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 2 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 7, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    200 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Greece
  • Country of Filming:
    China, Greece, India, Iran, Islamic Republic of, Turkey
  • Language:
    Bengali
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Palm Beach International Music Awards 2021
    Florida
    United States
    Award Winner : Best Song Arrangement
  • Global Music Awards 2021
    San Diego
    United States
    Award Winner : Silver Medal for Best Composition
  • Global Music Awards 2021
    San Diego
    United States
    Award Winner : Silver Medal for Best Concept
  • Tagore International Film Festival 2020
    Bolpur
    India
    Award Winner : BEST MUSIC VIDEO
  • Tagore International Film Festival 2020
    Bolpur
    India
    Award Winner : BEST FILM SCORE – SOUNDTRACK
  • Tagore International Film Festival 2020
    Bolpur
    India
    Award Winner : BEST PERFOMING ARTS
  • Independent Shorts Awards 2021
    Los Angeles
    United States
    Award Winner : Bronze Award for Best Music Video
  • Rome International Movie Awards 2021
    Rome
    Italy
    Award Winner : Best Music Video
  • Rome International Movie Awards 2021
    Rome
    Italy
    Award Winner : Best Original Score
  • Cult Critic Movie Awards 2021
    Kolkata
    India
    Award Winner : BEST PERFOMING ARTS
  • Cult Critic Movie Awards 2021
    Kolkata
    India
    Award Winner : Outstanding Achievement Music Video Award
  • Cult Critic Movie Awards 2021
    Kolkata
    India
    Award Winner : Outstanding Achievement Film Score- Soundtrack Award
  • X World Short Film Festival 2021
    Rome
    Italy
    Award Winner : Best Solo Dance Performance
  • X World Short Film Festival 2021
    Rome
    Italy
    Award Winner : Outstanding Multi-Cultural Ensemble
  • Calcutta International Cult Film Festival 2021
    Kolkata
    India
    Award Winner : Outstanding Music Video
  • Athens International Monthly Art Film Festival 2021
    Athens
    Greece
    Award Winner : BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
  • Silk Road Film Awards - Cannes 2021
    Cannes
    France
    Award Winner : Best Dance Short Film
  • Euroasia International Monthly Film Festival 2021
    Moscow
    Russian Federation
    Award Winner : Best Music Video
  • Virgin Spring Cinefest 2021
    Kolkata
    India
    Award Winner : GOLD AWARD FOR BEST PERFOMING ARTS
  • Virgin Spring Cinefest 2021
    Kolkata
    India
    Award Winner : SILVER AWARD FOR BEST MUSIC SCORE
  • Virgin Spring Cinefest 2021
    Kolkata
    India
    Award Winner : SILVER AWARD FOR BEST MUSIC VIDEO
  • International Symbolic Art Film Festival 2021
    Saint Petersburg
    Russian Federation
    Award Winner : Honorable Mention for Best Soundtrack
  • London International Monthly Film Festival 2021
    London
    United Kingdom
    Award Winner: HONORABLE MENTION
  • X World Short Film Festival 2021
    Rome
    Italy
    Finalist for Best Music Video
  • X World Short Film Festival 2021
    Rome
    Italy
    Finalist for Best Choreography
  • X World Short Film Festival 2021
    Rome
    Italy
    Finalist for Best Original Song
  • X World Short Film Festival 2021
    Rome
    Italy
    Finalist for Best Performance
  • Aphrodite Film Awards 2021
    New York
    United States
    Finalist for Best Piece of Music
  • International Music Video Awards 2021
    London
    United Kingdom
    Finalist for Best Music Video
  • International Music Video Awards 2021
    London
    United Kingdom
    Finalist for Best Dance Music Video
  • International Music Video Awards 2021
    London
    United Kingdom
    Finalist for Best Original Song
  • International Music Video Awards 2021
    London
    United Kingdom
    Finalist for Best Sound Desing
  • International Music Video Awards 2021
    London
    United Kingdom
    Finalist for Best Low Budget Music Video
  • "Euro Fest" European International Film Festival 2021
    St.Petersburg
    Russian Federation
    Finalist for Best Music Video
  • Prague International Film Awards 2021
    Prague
    Czech Republic
    Finalist for Best Music Video
  • Kosice International Film Festival 2021
    Kosice
    Slovakia
    Finalist for Best Music Video
  • Jaipur International Film Festival 2022
    Jaipur
    India
    Nominee for Best Song/Music
  • Kalakari Film Fest 2021
    Dewas
    India
    Nominee for Best Dance Film
  • Thessaloniki Free Short Film Festival 2021
    Thessaloniki
    Greece
    Nominee for Best Music Video
  • Kurdistan International Independent Film Festival 2021
    Erbil
    Nominee for Best Original Score
  • Sun of the East Awards 2021
    Bolpur
    India
    Nominee for Best Music Video
  • Sun of the East Awards 2021
    Bolpur
    India
    Nominee for Best Film Score - Soundtrack
  • Sun of the East Awards 2021
    Bolpur
    India
    Nominee for Best Performing Arts
  • International Music Video Awards 2021
    London
    United Kingdom
    Semi - Finalist for Best Actress in Music Video
  • Canadian Cinematography Awards 2021
    Toronto
    Canada
    Semi - Finalist for Best Music Video
  • Munich Music Video Awards 2021
    Munich
    Germany
    Semi - Finalist for Best Dance Music Video
  • Munich Music Video Awards 2021
    Munich
    Germany
    Semi- Finalist for Best Actress Music Video
  • Munich Music Video Awards 2021
    Munich
    Germany
    Semi - Finalist for Best Original Song
  • Munich Music Video Awards 2021
    Munich
    Germany
    Semi-Finalist for Best Sound Design
  • Munich Music Video Awards 2021
    Munich
    Germany
    Semi-Finalist for Best Low Budget Music Video
  • Online Dance Short Videos Festival
    Moscow
    Russian Federation
    Semi Finalist
  • Love Wins International Film Festival 2021
    New York
    United States
    Quarter-Finalist for Best Original Song/Music Video
  • Festival Angaelica 2021
    Pasadena
    United States
    Official Selection
  • The European Independent Film Award 2021

    Official Selection
  • Vienna Indie Short Film Festival 2021
    Vienna
    Austria
    Official Selection
  • Golden Bridge İstanbul Short Film Festival 2021
    Instanbul
    Turkey
    Official Selection
  • Anatolia International Film Festival 2021
    Instanbul
    Turkey
    Official Selection
  • Lift-Off Global Network - Sessions 2021

    United Kingdom
    Official Selection
  • Lift-Off Global Network - First Time Filmaker Session 2021

    United Kingdom
    February 22, 2021
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Iasonas Psarakis, Nikolas Gkinis

Iasonas Psarakis is a Greek-born composer and musician of North Indian Classical and World music, soloist of Sitar, Esraj and many other world music instruments, presently based in Santiniketan, Kolkata, India.

His career spans from European classical to Middle Eastern Music and journeys through Hindusthani Classical Music under the guidance of his gurus: Ameena Perera (daughter of Ustad Ali Akbar Khan), Pandit Debi Prasad Chatterjee, Shiraz Ali Khan, Amie Maciszawski and Sabyasachida Sarkhel.

He graduated from Sangit Bhavan - Visva Bharati University (BMus-HCM-Sitar/performance arts, final grade A+) and is a holder of scholarships under ICCR India along with 4 other Indian Merit scholarships.

Iasonas published his first album “Clay” (2014), a music album which was recorded in Lebanon with elements of Indian Classical Music and sounds of Iran.

He has showcased his music in theatres, concert halls, auditoriums, collectives, cultural venues, street performances, radios, international music festivals and archaeological sites in Turkey, Greece, Italy, Iran, Egypt, Lebanon, Greece, India, Italy, Bangladesh.

The world-renowned cultural organization “Bibliotheca Alexandrina” recently organised his first solo concert in Cairo, in the palace Beyt al Sinnari . He recently performed in Theocharakis B&M Foundation for the Fine Arts & Music in Greece.

Iasonas is also the founder and composer of musical art project “Iasi Ensemble” whose first music album includes collaborations with esteemed musicians and artists from Iran, India, Greece and China. It is currently being produced by Nikolas A Gkinis.

He is also a part of the musical "Hellenic Traditional Project", produced by Nikolas A Gkinis.

Iasonas also collaborates with renowned international artists like Kehua Li (Lico Dance), Ador Hooyar, Nikolas A Gkinis, Takis Loukatos and many others.

Most recently, he founded and curated the International “Independent Global Art Festival” and “Mukhti Bhoomi Festival", both hosted by Hihiri Pipiri international Art Residency.

www.iasiensemble.com
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youtube.com/c/IasiEnsembleIasonasPsarakis

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Nikolas A Gkinis he is a music composer and producer as well as producer for media (Radio-TV-advertising). As musician, he play guitar, bass, synth., piano and a lot of old Greek and eastern instruments (lute, lafta, tsumbus, tambour, oud, sazy, baglama �..). As a music composer he compose music for the Media, film, theatre, dance, cinema with more distinguished the musical composition for the latest film of Nikos Koundouros ΄΄ Photographers”, that circulated in the discography and is a music trip to the East world music. As a music composer and producer, he works in his personal studio, where has created a new place of expression, with specialization in the instrumental world music, in collaboration with Greek but also foreigner musicians and producers. He was the founder of the group SYNDROME (1980-90), playing rock-funk music with a lot of influences from the Greek traditional music and perhaps he was one from the first Greek musician of his generation, who he dared expresses what was later named as world – ethnic music.As a MEDIA producer he studied in NEW YORK and he worked in New York, Paris and Athens. In Greece, he has worked in Media, in various places:
1. As a radio and television producer: TOP FM, 902 FM, PLANET FM, TEMPO TV, 105.5 FM...
2. As producer of signals, publicities and projection:
In the INVESTOR, SPORT TIME, POWER..
3. As Adviser of Chairman of ERT ( Greek National Radio-TV)
On subjects of Archives, Files of acoustic material and on subjects of broadcasting corporation.
4. As responsible collaborator (project manager)
For the production company POWER MUSIC PRODUCTION.
5. As responsible collaborator (project manager)
For the track-music of Olympic Games, in all Olympic stages of Athens and province in ATHENS 2004 ‘ ‘.

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Director Statement

Iasonas Psarakis :
Iasi Ensemble is an international Musical-Dance Ensemble of World Music founded by myself.

The meaning of the word “Iasi” is healing - it has its origin from the Ancient Greek Goddess Iaso, who was the goddess of cures, remedies and modes of healing. She was the daughter and attendant of the medicine-god Asklepios. She was worshipped as the goddess of recovery, in the temple of Amphiaraus at Oropus.

Whirling Desert is called our first song (with elements of Indian Classical , Persian Classical, Sufi and Baul Music) featuring a collaboration with the outstanding Choreographer-Dancer Kehua Li (Lico) with whom we created a new form of art - where the ancient and traditional forms of Music meet with contemporary dance .

A multicultural journey from Indian Classical Music, to Persian Classical Music, to Sufi Music, to Baul Music, to contemporary Dance.
It is there that our imagination can create the reality it deserves.


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Nikolas Gkinis

This song and video is one of my favourites.
I loved the whole production and direct process and I think I managed to highlight every special and good moment of the collaborators. It was a very difficult production to be able to assimilate and bring to the same demanding high level artists from all over the Earth with different cultures and requirements. But I was lucky because all the artists and collaborators gave their best and I consider it my honour that they trusted me without any hesitation.
Music is the only international language that knows no borders and restrictions, but the love for the work is what makes the huge difference.
I want to thank from the bottom of my heart all the collaborators and express my gratitude and appreciation.