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, Panayota has been working very closely with inspirational writer/lyricist Birds WG, who is located in Netherlands. Together, they create a series of adventure songs around healing. More info here
Panayota's online seminar Finding Our Voice in Song, hosted by Dan Fox and Arlington Jazz in April 2021, can be viewed here
Join Panayota's Greek community choir!
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Panayota sings jazz, Greek, and experimental music. She composes songs based on poetry and inspiring texts. Her singing and writing styles have influences from Greek folklore and art songs, chamber music, and the world of jazz and free improvised music.
Her latest projects include the formation of an experimental vocal duet called EquiVox, who released their first recording called Breaking the Spell in February 2022. Also, a series of Adventure Songs based on healing texts by energy healer/performance artist/writer Birds WG. This project is called Inside the Maze and will be released in 2022 as a video series. Her latest discography includes Laconikon: Selected Poems by Odysseus Elytis (released in 2020), which features original music for jazz quintet and small chamber ensembles that include combinations of voice, 5-string violin, cello, yayli tanbur, saxophones, piano, bass, and drums. For this project, she was inspired by the elegant poetry of Odysseus Elytis.
Listen to an excerpt from "The Schoolgirl's Notebook:"
Panayota is the co-leader of the group Penny Muse Band, which performs original compositions and fresh arrangements of Greek pop and folk songs. Additionally, she if the female lead vocalist of the Greek Music Ensemble, a renowned ensemble that presents theme concerts of Greek music in New England and beyond.
As a teenager, Panayota participated in concerts at prestigious venues, such as the ancient Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens, when she was a member of the professional choir Fons Musicalis. In those concerts, which had a huge impact on 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. Additionally, as an undergrad student at the Ionian University in Corfu, Greece, Panayota worked closely with British conductors Peter Seymour and David Blake in significant theatrical productions that she still treasures.
In 2002, Panayota received the Fulbright scholarship to study Jazz Voice Performance at Boston's New England Conservatory. Since then, she has performed with jazz legends and inspirational artists/humans Steve Lacy, Irene Aebi, Sheila Jordan, Joe Lovano, Marty Erlich, and John Lockwood, as well as with rising artists Lefteris Kordis, Roni Eytan, Edmar Colon, Petros Klampanis, Eviatar Slivnik, and Alec Spiegelman. She has also collaborated with American theater director Jackie Romeo, a professor at Emerson College; with popular Greek singers Vasilis Skoulas, Panayotis Lalezas, and George Perris; with dancers, painters, yogis, and energy healers; 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 Greek Chorale Boston, formerly known as the Maliotis Greek Choir. The chorale has performed with Greek folk artist Vasilis Skoulas and has appeared in several seasonal and holiday concerts. Since March 2020, they have focused on song releases through YouTube as well as on a few selected performances.
Panayota 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, Sheila Jordan, Frank Carlberg, and Allan Chase. She has recorded four albums as a leader/co-leader and has also been a guest vocalist in other artists's recording projects. She has sung in several languages, which has been a lot of fun: Greek, Ancient Greek, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German, French, and Turkish. Since September 2023, she serves as jazz faculty at the prep division of the New England Conservatory.
In December, 2020, Panayota began her studies in Eden Energy Medicine. She intends to become a certified practitioner in 2023. She currently leads group classes in-person and in her Zoom room. She has a vision to bridge the worlds of music and energy medicine for creation, healing and to elevate humanity.
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