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

Give me the chocolate and nobody gets hurt

IMG_6041Waking up to the most annoying sound of my alarm clock in the early Saturday morning with a smile on my face can mean only one thing – chocolate is going to be involved! Fully using all the benefits of being journalism student in London, I received a press pass from wonderful Sarah Tickle, who I thank very much, to the world’s largest chocolate show – Salon du Chocolat. It took place in London’s National Hall, Olympia from 18th to 20th of October 2013.

image-3Although I have so much to tell you about this unforgettably aromatic exhibition, I think that this time, pictures will speak for themselves more than my words of gastronomic amazement, I type while drooling over my keyboard.

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