penny muse band

Mediterranean Jazz and Greek Folklore

PENNY MUSE

Led by vocalist Panayota Haloulakou and pianist Lefteris Kordis, the Penny Muse Band is a unique band that bridges Greek folklore with jazz and avant-garde music and improvisation. The band performs original compositions and arrangements of favorite Greek pop and folk songs, as well as international songs and jazz standards.

 

Penny Muse performs as a voice/piano acoustic duet, or a larger ensemble with Edmar Colón on saxophones, Lefteris Bournias on Greek folk clarinet, Bruno Raberg on bass, and Bertram Lehmann on drums/gongs/percussion. We also collaborate with phenomenal Greek folk singer Panayotis Lalezas and Wyoma, a soulful dance performance artist. The band aspires to take the listener on a musical journey through Mediterranean Jazz and to connect with audiences through the powerful means of vibration, sound, and word.

 

Consider the Penny Muse Band for your next event. We travel anywhere in the continental US and Europe. 

 

Booking

pennymuseband@gmail.com

(001) 857-253-9115//617-840-9140

Artwork by Spyridoula Zahou

WATCH

Penny Muse Band

N E W  V I D E O

"To methysmeno koritsi" (Drunken Girl)

Manos Hatzidakis, arr. Lefteris Kordis

VIDEO 2: The "Crossroads" Project

Maliotis Cultural Center, December 1 2018

VIDEO 4: "Nyhterides ke Arahnes" (Bats & Spiders)

Hristos Nikolopoulos, arr. Lefteris Kordis) 

VIDEO 3: "Xypna, agapi mou" (Wake Up, My Love)

 Kostas Yiannidis, arr. Lefteris Kordis

VIDEO 5: "To Veggaliko" (Fireworks)

Panayota Haloulakou/Odysseus Elytis)

VIDEO 6: "Selibeis"//Greek Folk

UPCOMING SHOWS

October 24, 2019

David Friend Recital Hall

@ Berklee College of Music

Boston, MA

7:30-8:30pm

 Penny Muse Quintet 

The "Crossroads" Project:

Mediterranean Jazz

Free admission

July 10, 2019

The Chios Mastic Museum

Chios, Greece

9pm

Penny Muse Quartet featuring Roni Eytan and Lefteris Bournias

The "Crossroads" Project

June 5, 2019

LilyPad

Cambridge, MA

8:30pm

Penny Muse Band w/guest singer Panayotis Lalezas

"East Meets West"

Arrangements of Greek songs and Originals

PAST SHOWS

May 4, 2019

Maliotis Cultural Center

Brookline, MA

7:30pm

Penny Muse Sextet with Wyoma

Crossroads Project 2

Concert

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January 18, 2019

Athan's Bakery

Brighton, MA

8pm

$15

Penny Muse Trio

w/Lefteris Bournias on clarinets

Arrangements of Greek songs

and Originals

December 1, 2018

Maliotis Cultural Center

Brookline, MA

7:30pm

Penny Muse Sextet

Originals and arrangements

of Greek songs 

Concert

November 3, 2018

GAPC

Cambridge, MA

10pm

$20

Penny Muse Band 

w/guest artist Valantis Theodoropoulos

Nisiotika, Demotika, Laika

Dance Event

October 20, 2018

Athan's Bakery

Brighton, MA

8pm

$15

Penny Muse Duo

w/guest artist Edmar Colon

Jazz, Greek, Originals

September 30, 2018

Maliotis Cultural Center

Brookline, MA

4-6:30pm

Penny Muse Quintet

Originals and arrangements

of Greek songs 

5 Greek Bands in a Fundraising Concert to benefit the Center


 

DISCOGRAPHY

Penny Muse Jazz Duo

Standards (2011) Order from CDBaby

Listen to a sample (5:23)

TESTIMONIALS

"I hired the Penny Muse Band on behalf of the organization, Alpha Omega Council, for our 2016 Christmas dinner party. From day one, both Panayota and Lefteris were very responsive and accommodating, from the contract that had to be signed  to our set-up requirements and music preferences. On the day of the event, they arrived and set up promptly, putting me at ease with their professionalism.  They started the program with easy listening Greek tunes and impressed everyone with their artistic talents, be it voices, instruments or stage presence. As the evening progressed Panayota's voice added a special warmth to the festive activities while Lefteris was in total command both as a keyboard player and a band leader. They performed from a wide range of Greek repertoire and  I noticed that many people were singing along while others got up to dance. It is apparent to me that Penny Muse is an ensemble of fine musicians and one of the best that our area has to offer. I highly recommend them and look forward to seeing them and enjoying their music in the near future".

-~ Makis E., Brookline  MA

"I love the Penny Muse Band! I have fallen in love with them ever since I went to their jazz show a few years ago at the Beehive in Boston.

As a musician myself, I was first of all, blown away by their level of artistry- Panayota's command and poise as a vocalist is so powerful, with such tremendous range of expression which compliments so well Lefteris at the keyboard- who seems to create endless soundscapes of dazzling beauty uncannily matching Panayota's every breath and mood; together, they transport us into a night of enchantment and entertainment captivating our attention with ever changing mood, styles, and vision.  As a duo and band, they are so tightly in sync, yet at the same time contrast from each other as performers, artists, and styles, it's the perfect blend of contrast and balance.  Lastly but not least, we are so fortunate to be able to enjoy the magic of two great artists coming together to deliver performances of the highest caliber.  You can't beat that!!!"

-- Sarah Infini Takagi; musician, performing artist, faculty at the New England Conservatory of Music

"Listening to Panayota, Lefteris and their band perform is a rite of passage into my Greek roots and identity. Their music is a public celebration of life itself and about all that was, is, and will always be Greek. And it gets even better: their jazz performance is as compelling! One cannot help but join in the singing, the laughter, the tears, the trials and tribulations, and the joys of existence, all deeply reflected in the songs and music that the band chooses to play. Thank you for all the music!"

-~ Myrto K.

"Listening to singer Panayota Haloulakou with pianist, arranger and composer Lefteris Kordis at Athan's Bakery in Brighton, I was inspired and impressed with the combination of sophisticated jazz arrangements and endearing greek folk music. Panayota's vocal and dynamic ranges and use of varying vocal timbres brought life and emotion to the music. Lefteris' pianist virtuosity and not only supported her singing, but provided an entertaining back and forth sharing of ideas and musical motives. Sitting in the audience, one feels their emotion!"

-- Susan Emmanouilidis

CONTACT PENNY MUSE 

Rejoice, sing, dance... 

Artwork by Spyridoula Zahou

© 2017 by Penny Muse

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