Savina Yannatou

Savina Yannatou is a Greek singer, vocalist and composer.

Born in Athens, she studied singing with Spyros Sakkas and Gogo Georgilopoulou, and on a scholarship from Mousigetis Foundation she attended London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

She began working as a professional artist in 1979, in the Greek National Radio 3, in collaboration mainly with the composer Lena Platonos, and then with the composers Mamangakis, Marangopoulos, Gregoriou, Kypourgos, among others.

She collaborates since 1993 with the ensemble Primavera en Salonico, with whom she has recorded eight CDs so far and has traveled all over the world, giving hundreds of concerts at renowned venues and festivals such as the Barbican Hall and the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Melbourne Concert Hall, Symphony Space in New York, London Jazz Festival, Stern Grove Festival in San Francisco, Moers New Music Festival, Rudolstadt Folk Festival and UCLA in Los Angeles. She has collaborated in the free improvisation scene as a free-jazz vocalist.

Savina Yannatou has composed her own music and songs, as well as music for theater stages, such as the National Greek Theatre, the National Theater of Northern Greece, Thessalian Theater and the Theatre of Neos Kosmos, for plays such as Medea, The Bacchae, Iphigenia in Aulis, The Dybbuk, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, and The Suppliants. She also has worked for pantomime theater and documentary film.

She has brought out 25 CDs as a singer or songwriter and has participated in over 30 other LPs and CDs productions.

Occasionally she gives workshops of free vocal improvisation.

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