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Aranos (pronounced Aranyosh, real name Petr Vaštl) was born in Bohemia (now a part of Čechy, Czech Republic). He has performed as a singer and instrumentalist since the age of 8 in folk ensembles, jazz bands, rock groups, gypsy bands, ceilidh bands and as a solo artist. Written and composed in various styles from classical music to rock.

He has performed and composed in dissident theatres in former Czechoslovakia. Aranos sings and plays violin, viola, cello, bass, guitar, mandolin, piano, keyboards, banjo, Chinese and Japanese flutes, santoor, drums, percussion, etc.

Aranos has recorded Traditional Irish, East European, gypsy and folk albums and CDs. Recently concentrating on music mostly recorded in his own 24 track recording studio and released in Great Britain and France.

Aranos has written soundtracks to videos and fllms as well as theatre e.g. Spell of the Megamall: a multimedia production with Theatre Omnibus and Disabled People of Clare and Spirit: an experimental electroacoustic tone poem mini opera in collaboration with a renown writer and poet Max Hafler.

In live shows Aranos plays violin and sings with a backing he recorded himself, performing East European gypsy music and song and compositions from his recent CDs. For a video of a live performance along with a personal interview, see the visuals section.

Aranos collaborates on a regular basis with Steven Stapleton of Nurse With Wound, David Tibet and Current 93, and has recorded albums with Jon Mueller and Chris Rosenau of Pele/Collections of Colonies of Bees and Crouton and El Monte (Nick Mott of Volcano the Bear).

Pieros is his own small record label, however, he has releases on Soleilmoon, Beta-Lactam Ring Records, Brainwashed, Crouton, Klanggalerie, Noise Museum, and United Dairies.


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