Alkistis is a Jazz & world music vocalist and educator from Greece. Alkistis is a versatile musician who loves to explore different musical genres. Her experimentation and involvement in learning different music genres of the world together with her love for jazz improvisation identified her by using her voice as an instrument with a non-word approach as well as arranging folk music of the world in multiple languages such as Spanish, Portuguese and her native language Greek. Odd meters, eastern melodies, latin vibes, non-word singing and jazz improvisations is what you can expect from her music.
Born into a musical family in Athens, Greece, Alkistis has developed a strong interest for music from a very young age. This path led her to attend the music high school of Pallini in Athens where she was trained in western classical and Greek folk music.
After high school, Alkistis went on obtaining a Bachelor and intergraded Master’s degree in Musicology from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in 2011. In parallel, she studied classical piano and she obtained a degree in 2010.
Taking singing lessons from the ripe age of 19 with the soprano Nina Kaloutsa, Alkistis begun singing professionally at the age of 22 with various projects in many venues in Greece.
In 2014 her personal need for professional development brought her to the Netherlands where she focused on jazz singing. She did the first year of bachelor in Maastricht Conservatory and continued and finished her bachelor studies at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague in 2018.
After that, in 2020 Alkistis obtained a Master's degree in Music, in the Jazz improvisation domain from the Codarts Conservatory of Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
During her master's Alkistis focused on modal jazz improvisation. This led her to connect with her mediterranean roots and combine Greek folk modal music with jazz elements and the opposite.
Throughout the years she had the luck to meet several exceptional teachers. To name a few, she studied singing technique with the baritone Wiebe Pier-Cnossen as well as with Harjo Pasveer. Jazz singing with Bart de Win and Francien van Tuinen and jazz improvisation techniques with the saxophonist Tineke Postma & the trumpeter Jarmo Hoogendijk among others.
She has attended workshops & masterclasses by important musicians that influenced her artistic development such as Jay Clayton, Kurt Elling, Michael League, Bob Stoloff, Marcus Miller, Snarky Puppy, Kristin Korb, Peruchin, Anne Czichowsky, Chucho Valdes, Norma Winstone, Sanna van vliet, Sabine Kühlich, Judy Niemack, Barry Harris, Ravi Coltrane, Joshua Redman, Fay Claasen, Sussane Abbuehl Gretchen Parlato, Emmet Cohen and Cyrille Aime.
On the top of her busy teaching schedule, Alkistis is also an active performer and a recording artist who is currently working on her first solo album, a crossover project between Jazz and eastern Mediterranean music.