draw on her imagination as a composer, interpretor and improvisor [....] creating exquisite performances that float freely beyond genre and electrify audiences."
- Dominique Eade, Jazz Singer/Educator
"Panayota is musically and intellectually voracious, an accomplished musician and an exceedingly versatile vocalist."
- Mary Klimek, Vice President of Estill Voice International
Lately, Yota has been working very closely with inspirational writer/lyricist Birds, who is located in Netherlands. It is an exciting collaboration. The new project is called INSIDE THE MAZE.
Listen to Chasing After Me here
Yota's online seminar Finding Our Voice in Song, hosted by Dan Fox and Arlington Jazz in April 2021, can be viewed here
Yota is developing a new choir course for the fall 2021. More info coming soon.
Panayota, also known as Yota, sings jazz, Greek, and experimental music, and composes songs based on poetry and inspiring texts. Her singing and writing styles have influences from Greek folklore and art songs, chamber, experimental, and jazz music, and free improvisations.
For her latest album, Panayota composed music for jazz quintet and small chamber ensembles that include combinations of voice, 5-string violin, cello, saxophones, piano, bass, and yayli tanbur, a Turkish folklore string instrument. For this album, called Laconikon: Selected Poems by Odysseus Elytis, she was inspired by the deep poetry of Odysseus Elytis.
Here is an excerpt:
As a teenager, she participated in concerts at prestigious venues, such as the ancient Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens, as a member of the professional choir Fons Musicalis. In those concerts, which had a huge impact in her artistic evolution, she collaborated with Greek artists George Dalaras, Notis Mavroudis, Vassiliki Lavina, and Yiannis Markopoulos, as well as with the Netherlands Philarmonic and Kamerata Orchestras. While still in college in Greece, Panayota worked closely with British conductors Peter Seymour and David Blake in significant theatrical productions.
In 2002, Panayota moved to the States for studies in jazz performance at Boston's New England Conservatory as a Fulbright scholar. Since then, she has collaborated with jazz legends and inspirational humans such as Steve Lacy and Irene Aebi, Sheila Jordan, and John Lockwood, as well as with rising music artists Lefteris Kordis, Roni Eytan, Edmar Colon, Petros Klampanis, Eviatar Slivnik, and Alec Spiegelman.
She has also collaborated with American theater director Jackie Romeo, professor at Emerson College; with Greek singers Vasilis Skoulas, Panayotis Lalezas, and George Perris; with dancers, painters, and yogis; and with the Berklee College of Music Gospel Choir.
She has appeared in major academic venues, concert halls, and festivals in the greater New England, New York, Missouri, Florida, Vermont, Texas, and Greece for musical performances, workshops, and seminars.
Panayota also serves as faculty for Aqua Jazz, a program the builds bridges between folk musicians and jazz improvisers in Greece and the East Mediterranean region.
She is the Choir Director of the Maliotis Greek Choir based at the Maliotis Cultural Center in Brookline, MA.
She is the female lead singer of the Greek Music Ensemble, a renowned ensemble that presents concerts of Greek music in the greater New England area and beyond.
She maintains a private studio teaching voice, piano, music theory, composition, and improvisation for all ages inspired by the Estill Voice Training System and her teachers-mentors Steve Lacy, Mary Klimek, Dominique Eade, Frank Carlberg, and Allan Chase.
Last but not least, Panayota has recorded three albums as a leader and has also been a guest singer in recording projects of other artists.
She has sung in several languages: Greek, Ancient Greek, Spanish, Italian, German, French, and Turkish.
© 2018 by PANAYOTA HALOULAKOU