panayota  haloulakou
featured poetry 
And its imperial isolation
And the affection of its winds
And its daring splendor
Nothing coming
Nothing going

All foreheads naked

And for feeling a crystal.

~ Odysseus Elytis 

Translated in English by 
Jefrrey Carson and Nikos Sarris

panayota’s favorite  links

Penny Muse Band

Lefteris Kordis


“Oh Raven, if You Only Had Brains!...”


Greek Music Ensemble

Estill Voice



Panayota Haloulakou sings jazz, Greek, and experimental music. Among her latest projects are the making of her  album “Laconikon: Selected Poems by Odysseus Elytis” featuring her original music based on the poetry of Odysseus Elytis; the release of the jazz album “Four In One,” which features Panayota’s jazz quartet on free renditions of jazz standards; leading the Greek group Penny Muse Band along with pianist Lefteris Kordis.

Besides leading her jazz quartet and the Penny Muse Band, Panayota co-leads the Greek Music Ensemble (the group mainly performs Greek “entechno” music), and as a freelance artist she performs with a number of bands such as the Lefteris Kordis jazz group and Orfeas Greek entertainment band. Her first album with her jazz septet “Barely Real” (unreleased) was recorded in 2006 and features her original experimental music based on the poetry of Emily Dickinson, Theodore Roethke, Robert Creeley, Jack Kerouac, Steven Crane, and Rumi. In August 2011, she released her second record as a leader entitled “Standards” which features her duet with her musical partner Lefteris Kordis in breathtaking renditions of jazz standards and folk songs from Argentina and Brazil.

Panayota treasures her collaborations with artists from the international music scene such as jazz artists Steve Lacy, Sheila Jordan, Irene Aebi, John Lockwood, Lefteris Kordis, Roni Eytan, Alec Spiegelman, Dimos Dimitriadis; conductors Peter Seymour and David Blake; theater director Jackie Romeo; painter and dancer Ruth Lieberherr; the Netherlands Philarmonic and Kamerata orchestras; Greek composers Yannis Markopoulos and Notis Mavroudis; 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, Missouri, Florida, Vermont, Texas, and Greece for musical performances, workshops, seminars.

Panayota has sung in Greek, ancient Greek, English, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, 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, ear training, and composition and is inspired by the Estill Voice Training System.

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Any cup I hold fills with wine
That lovers drink. Every word 

I say opens into mystery. Any
Way I turn I see brilliance.

- Rumi