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Happy Spring!

Here are a few concerts/events this spring that I am happy to be part of :

Performing duo with flutist Andrea Lieberherr at the opening reception of Ruth Lieberherr’s latest project “Endangered: Society, Environment, Our Future.” Location is Cutter Gallery in Arlington, MA; the date April 8, 3-5pm.

The Greek Music Ensemble presents REVISITING TSITSANIS, a tribute concert to Vasilis Tsitsanis at the Maliotis Cultural Center on April 9, 6-9pm. Also, the ensemble received a grant from Berklee College of Music for the recording of one of the group’s hit projects entitled “Manos & Mikis” and dedicated to two major Greek composers, Manos Hatzidakis and Mikis Theodorakis. The project will be recorded at Berklee’s high-tech studios in late May. Here is the song Aeriko (composed by Manos Hatzidakis) from the ensemble’s live performance at Berklee Performance Center in 2015. 

The Penny Muse Duo will perform a set of Greek Art songs on April 22nd at 8pm in Brookline, MA. 386 Washington Street, Brookline, MA. Admission is $15. The duo is Lefteris Kordis on piano and  Panayota Haloulakou on vocals.

The 5-piece version of the Greek entertainment band Penny Muse will perform at a fundraising event organized by St. Demetrios Church of Weston, MA. The date is April 29, 8-10pm. Selected repertoire from Greek entechno (“art songs”), laiko, rebetiko, regional folk. More information here: AN EVENING OF GREEK SONGS

Enjoy the abundant daylight!

~ PH



This Fall has been generous with wonderful collaborations, concerts, recording sessions. The Greek Music Ensemble did a great tribute concert to the Greek Rebetiko composer Vasilis Tsitsanis. I will be posting videos as soon as I have them. 

We performed the original music of Greek songwriter Makis Emmanouilidis at Maliotis Cultural Center in late October. Makis’ lyrics, inspired by the writings of Angelos Terzakis, are a gem; the music sweet and soothing to the soul. We recorded the project in early November and a CD will be out soon. 

Finally, Lefteris Kordis’ latest project Mediterrana [Goddess of Light] has been getting the attention of critics around the world. We will be performing this music with his quintet at the Beehive on December 6. And later in the summer in Corfu, Greece, as part of a jazz festival organized by Dimos Dimitriades.

This winter will be devoted to music making in the studio. Original music for the album Laconikon: Selected Poems by Odysseus Elytis, which hopefully will be out next year.

Warm wishes,
~ PH


[I should say Happy Spring, but here in Boston we are not yet there... And it is April 2nd that I’m writing!]

Dear Friends, 

Come check out Panayota’s duet with Lefteris Kordis on piano on April 9th. The event is a musical evening of Greek-based song with some selections from the international repertoire. A delightful musical evening a la Boite style... Organized by friend Makis Emmanouilidis and presented at Athan’s Bakery in Brighton. And again on May 20. We’d love to see you there.

Summer tours in Greece are scheduled for July and August. With Panayota’s jazz quartet and the GME. More info soon.

~ PH


Synavlis & Friends performs again at Athan’s Bakery of Brighton on Friday, September 25 at 7:30pm. The event is CAFE AMAN FEST V and will feature the bands of Panos Liaropoulos (Greek Music Ensemble); Vasilis Kostas’s Epirotiko group “Skaros”; and Synavlis with guest artists Stavros Pappas (clarinet), Panos Liaropoulos (keyboard), and Vasilis Kostas (laouto). Music styles performed: “Entechno” (Greek art songs based on poetry by well-known Greek poets); and folk songs from Epirus, Thrace, Macedonia, Asia Minor, and the Aegean Islands.

The GME is performing at Berklee Performance Center on October 15. You will hear fresh arrangements of popular songs that belong to the “Entechno” style for 2 bouzouki players, guitar, piano, percussions, flute, violin, and cello. It is a tribute concert to the music of Manos Hatzidakis and Mikis Theodorakis. Vocals by Panayota and Stelios Karaminas.

Mid November finds Panayota and other jazz and traditional Greek performers/teachers in Corfu, Greece, for a series of seminars, labs, and concerts in a collective effort to create bridges between jazz music  & improvisation and Greek folk. For more details please visit

Best wishes,

~ PH


Next Cafe Aman Fest IV with Synavlis & Friends is scheduled for May 29. It will feature music from the Aegean Islands and Crete, Asia Minor, and favorite  selections of Rebetiko.  

The Greek Music Ensemble is performing at the  Outside the Box Folk music festival on July 16 at 5pm at the Park Street Stage.

Giuseppe Paradiso’s latest project ESSENTIA for percussion, voice, and movement will be presented next at Jamaica Plain’s Old Oak Dojo on June 26 at 7:30pm. Prior to the performance you may enjoy a nice summer BBQ starting at 6pm.

Several summer tours in Greece are scheduled for late July and early August. Ensembles include Dimos Dimitriadis’s jazz sextet and Panos Liaropoulos’s Greek Music Ensemble. Locations include the islands of Amorgos, Paros, Schinousa, and Corfu. 

Hope to see you soon!

Happy Summer,

~ PH 


Synavlis has a few exciting upcoming performances in March and April. For more information please check the dates page. Note: CAFE AMAN FEST III is scheduled for April 24th at the usual location in Brighton, MA. It will feature Arabic and Armenian folk (the groups of oud player Fares Btoush and clarinetist Mal Barsamian respectively), as well as Greek Asia Minor music (Synavlis). 

Also, I am very happy to be part of drummer Giuseppe Paradiso’s latest project ESSENTIA for percussion, voice, and movement. Our premiere performance is on April 19 at Outpost 186 of Cambridge, MA. The project is highly experimental and aims to explore the three primordial elements through free improvisations and organized music “transcending musical genres, developing a unique language, and enhancing freedom in creativity.” (G. Paradiso)

Last but not least, the Greek Music Ensemble has some interesting engagements this year. On May 2nd, the group has its annual concert at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Brockton, MA. In mid July (date TBD), we will perform for the first time at the Outside the Box Folk festival that goes on from July 14 to the 19th and features local folk bands at several locations in Boston. Finally, the group will be touring the Greek Aegean Islands in early August and two Scandinavian countries (Sweden and Norway) in November. For more information come back soon and check the dates page.

Take good care,

-- PH


Synavlis & Friends is getting ready for another Cafe Aman Fest on November 6: CAFE AMAN FEST II. This time the trip starts in South Italy; our wonderful friends and amazing musicians Fabio Pirozzolo, Carmen Marsico, and Bjorn Wennas will perform "pizzica from the Salento and the Gargano areas along with music from Naples and  surroundings (tammurriata)." Then, Vasilis Kostas and Stavros Pappas on laouto and clarinet respectively will perform music from Epirus: from table songs to dance music. Synavlis comes next with a set of Macedonian and Thracian folk music: sygathistos, zonaradikos, syrtos, karsilamas, and other dances. Finally, the last set will be music from Asia Minor and the Aegean Islands. In this last set, Synavlis will also include a couple of songs composed by a great songwriter of the Smyrneiko style, Panayotis Toundas. We find this to be an exciting trip to the central Mediterranean  folklore and we can't wait to share it with you!

For more info on this event, please visit Synavlis

The PH Jazz Quartet recorded an album with jazz standards in early July. Crew consists of Lefteris Kordis on piano, Mark Zaleski on bass/soprano sax, and Karen Kocharyan on drums. The album is been mixed/mastered and will be out soon.

Thanks for visiting and take good care,


As Spring is finding its way to New England and the sunlight fills our hearts with light and joy, there are some interesting projects/performances Panayota is involved with. 

The GME is performing at Berklee Performance Center again this year. The ensemble - with its plenty fantastic special guests besides the six core members -  focuses on the concepts of xenitia (living as a stranger in a foreign land) and nostos (the unappeased yearning to return to the home country). The date is March 24 at 8pm.

Laconikon is finally completed! Mixed and mastered at PBS studios by the great sound engineer and friend Peter Kontrimas. Stay tuned for more news on the release of the album.

Panayota’s Greek folk group Synavlis has a new look and repertoire. Premiere performance is coming up on July 9 at the Beat Hotel in Camdridge, 7:30-11pm. Three sets of music, delicious Greek food, I guess it is a special night at the Beat Hotel!

Please visit the dates webpage for more info on upcoming performances.

Happy Spring!



Panayota has a few dates coming up at the brand new Beat Hotel of Cambridge, MA with her jazz trio. For more details please check Dates.

Also, two upcoming concerts in October with the Greek Music Ensemble:
The Music of the Balkan Wars Era 
presented at the Maliotis Cultural Center in Brookline, MA and
presented at the Cathedral Center in Brookline, MA.

Laconikon project is almost done! Stay tuned for the release date.

Panayota’s duo album with Lefteris Kordis on piano is available through Cd Baby. You may hear a sample below. 


Panayota gave two successful concerts with the Greek Music Ensemble at the Berklee Performance Center and the Tsai Performance Center in March and April respectively. The former show featured traditional music from various regions of Greece, as well as songs from Smyrna, Constantinople,  Cappadocia, and Pontus. The later featured mainly “entehno” music (Greek art songs based on poetry of prominent Greek poets), as well as some Rebetiko and folklore songs from the island of Lesvos, Macedonia, Epirus, and Smyrna.

To watch videos from the BPC concert please visit the Greek Music Ensemble channel on youtube.

Starting is early May, Panayota has a few performances with Orfeas band. Stay tuned for the starting time of the Museum of Fine Arts show in June.

Also, Panayota’s latest project “Laconikon,” which is based on selected poems  by Odysseus Elytis, is in the final stage of recording and mixing. It is planned to be released in Fall 2013. 

Best Wishes,

There is a way of breathing
That's a shame and a suffocation
And there's another way of expiring,
A love breath,
That lets you open infinitely.
Vocalist • Composer • Educator
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