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, who is located in Netherlands. It is an exciting collaboration. The new project is called INSIDE THE MAZE.
Listen to Chasing After Me here
Panayota's online seminar Finding Our Voice in Song, hosted by Dan Fox and Arlington Jazz in April 2021, can be viewed here
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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.
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, which is called Laconikon: Selected Poems by Odysseus Elytis, she was inspired by the exquisite poetry of Odysseus Elytis.
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Panayota is also a band leader. She leads the Panayota Haloulakou Jazz Band and co-leads the group Penny Muse Band, which performs original compositions and fresh arrangements of Greek pop and folk songs created by herself and her music partner Lefteris Kordis. She is also 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, as 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. 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.
In 2002, Panayota received the Fulbright scholarship to study Jazz Voice Performance at Boston's New England Conservatory. Since then, she has collaborated with jazz legends and inspirational artists/humans Steve Lacy, Irene Aebi, Sheila Jordan, Joe Lovano, 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 choir has performed with Greek folk artist Vasilis Skoulas and has appeared in several seasonal and holiday concerts. Since March 2020, the choir has focused on song releases through YouTube.
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, Dominique Eade, Frank Carlberg, and Allan Chase. She 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 and Ancient Greek, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German, French, and Turkish.
© 2018 by PANAYOTA HALOULAKOU