panayota  haloulakou
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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

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

Lefteris Kordis

Greek Music Ensemble

Estill Voice

Panayota Haloulakou sings jazz, Greek, and experimental music. Among her latest projects are the upcoming 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 jazz standards; curating a monthly Café Aman Festival at Athan’s Bakery in Brighton, MA.

Except for her jazz quartet, Panayota also leads the Greek groups Penny Muse and Synavlis, co-leads the Greek Music Ensemble (the group mainly performs Greek “entechno” music), and is a member of the Lefteris Kordis jazz band. Her first album with her jazz septet “Barely Real” (still not released) 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 and pianist 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, and John Lockwood; 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; chorus Fons Musicalis and the Berklee College of Music Gospel Choir; and Greek jazz artists Dimos Dimitriadis, Alex Drakos Ktistakis, and Pantelis Benetatos, among many others. 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  and 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