"[Panayota's] compositions 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
Panayota Haloulakou sings jazz, Greek, and experimental music, and composes songs based on poetry. Her singing and writing styles have influences from Greek folklore and art songs, chamber and jazz music, and free improvisation. For her upcoming album Laconikon: Selected Poems by Odysseus Elytis, Panayota composed music based on poetry by Elytis for her new jazz quintet, as well as for small chamber ensembles that include combinations of voice, 5-string violin, cello, piano, bass, and yayli tanbur.
Along with pianist/composer Lefteris Kordis, Panayota co-leads the group Penny Muse Band, which performs original compositions and arrangements of Greek pop and folk songs in concerts and private functions both in the US and her homeland, Greece.
Panayota has collaborated with jazz legends Steve Lacy and Irene Aebi, Sheila Jordan, and John Lockwood, as well as with rising jazz artists Lefteris Kordis, Roni Eytan, Petros Klampanis, Edmar Colon, Eviatar Slivnik, and Alec Spiegelman; British conductors Peter Seymour and David Blake; American theater director Jackie Romeo; the Netherlands Philarmonic and Kamerata orchestras; Greek composers Yannis Markopoulos and Notis Mavroudis; Greek singers Vasilis Skoulas, George Dalaras, Panayotis Lalezas, and George Perris; choirs Fons Musicalis and 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. She 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.
Panayota is the Choir Director of the Youth and Adult Greek Choirs 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 New England area and beyond. She sings in Greek, ancient Greek, English, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, French, German, and Turkish. She is a Fulbright scholar and holds a Master’s degree in Jazz Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. She maintains a private studio teaching voice, music theory, composition, and improvisation inspired by the Estill Voice Training System and her teachers-mentors Steve Lacy, Mary Klimek, Dominique Eade, Frank Carlberg, and Allan Chase.
Panayota has recorded four albums as a leader and has also been a guest singer in recording projects of other artists.