Voice That Blends Cultures And Breaks The Boundaries Of Time–Interview With Kalia Baklitzanaki

Kalia-2B1Her antique and balmy voice captivates your ears; the colours of her oriental energy paint ornaments inside your soul; and the calm warmth of her performance contrasting the rhythm of her melody, leaves you at the mercy of a peaceful musical crescendo. Kalia’s voice will charm your senses and take you back to the ancient stages in Greece and Asia Minor, performing music composed by traditions and tuned by a breath of history.

Kalia Baklitzanaki is a professional singer and nay player,performing traditional vocal music from the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East. Although her musical heart seems to be attached to her Greek homeland,the island of Crete, Kalia is half Greek, half English.

After finishing her studies of Ethnomusicology and Ethnochoreology, where she researched the relationship between music and dance in the Mediterranean and Middle East, Kalia moved to London. She works as a performer, singer, composer as well as a teacher of singing and playing one of the world’s oldest instruments-nay. Additionally, Kalia accompanies her singing with instruments such as percussion, kanoun, double bass, violin, guitar, as well as many other traditional instruments inspired by number of performances she did with many internationally known artists from all around the world. Continue reading

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True Hunger is the Hunger of the Heart

P1040223Just before the event started 🙂

Yesterday was one the most spiritually enriching days I’ve had in recent months and I would love to share my beautiful, emotionally touching experience with YOU, my dear bloggers. And because healthy lifestyle initiates in the health of our minds, let’s spend following minutes by inspirational reading, moving speech and heavenly music, which I hope will feed your minds and souls 🙂

When my friends asked me to join them for some “Sacred Forest” event at Brunei Gallery of the SOAS University of London yesterday, I immediately reacted with an a positive answer: YES!! And if you think of all these events you went to and then regretted going because it did not work for you, well, this one wasn’t one of them. And you will see why.

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