Voices from heaven
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Born in Athens, Greece, Savina Yannatou studied song with G.Georilopoulou at the National Conservatory and later with Spiros Sakkas at the Workshop of Vocal Art in Athens. She attended postgraduate studies (performance and communication skills) at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, with a scholarship awarded by the Mousigetis Foundation.

Her professional career as a singer started while still a student, when she sang for the very successful and until today highly respected daily program of the Greek National Radio 3 «Lillipoupoli» under the direction of the famous composer Manos Hadjidakis.

After that she interpreted «entechno» («artful») Greek songs, collaborating with well-known Greek composers and also covered contemporary opera and music. Later she focused on medieval, renaissance and barock music. In the early nineties she started experimenting with different vocal technics in free improvisation. Parallel to that she started a collaboration with a number of Thessaloniki-based musicians, who at that occasion founded the group «Primavera en Salonico», with which she recorded – and later performed – “Primavera en Salonico”-Sephardic Folk Songs from Salonica-, “Songs from the Mediterranean” , the “Virgin Maries of the World” and “Terra Nostra” (all released by LYRA/Musurgia Graeca, the second also in the USA by Sounds True under the name “Mediterranea” and the last one also by ECM).

Latest releases are “Sumiglia” by ECM, “Tutti Baci” with Elena Ledda, and “Musique des Chambres” by Lyra also.

Savina Yannatou has also composed her own music and songs (a.o. “Rosa das Rosas” and “Dreams of the mermaid” both released by Musurgia Graeca), as well as music for theater, for Medea, performed in 1997 by the National Greek Theatre, for Bacchai (2005) and Dibuk (2006), performed by the National Greek Theatre, and for the play “The Woman of Zante” of Dionyssios Solomos, she has also composed music for video art and dance theater. All together she has brought out and/or participated in over 20 LPs and CDs.

Her professional career as a singer since 1979 and as a composer-singer-vocalist since 1986 has been covering a variety of musical kinds in performances, festivals, theater and TV production, recordings etc.

source: official website

MARIA JOAO “Vocal Queen of Portugal”

Maria Joã o (voice) was born in Lisbon, Portugal. She started her musical life in 1982, in the Jazz School of the Hot Club, in Lisbon, and joined the Big Band of the school in April. In the summer of the same year she began singing with her own band. During 1983 and 1984 she worked in Portugal with the Quinteto Maria Joao, and in the Portuguese TV.
The breakthrough on the Portuguese music scene was in the International Jazz Festival of Cascais in 1984, when audience and critics alike praised Maria Joao for her outstanding performance. A promotion tour through West Germany in April and May 1985, included a radio concert as well as a TV production with German TV – ZDF. In July she won the first prize for the best group at the competition at the International Jazz Festival of San Sebastian. Concerts in Spain, Portugal, Denmark, Holland, Austria, Germany and Switzerland followed…

7/12/2011 – 11/12/2011

17, Trivonianou Str. Mets
11636, Athens, Greece


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