Aggeliki Toubanaki

Angeliki Toumpanaki is a jazz vocalist. She deals with jazz, folk rhythms and musics and with the exploration of voice’s possibilities. She is the creator and the lead singer of the projects «Toubanaki & the Buzz Bastardz» (fusion balkan jazz) and «Jazz plus» project (modern vocal jazz). She attended the jazz workshops «Veneto Jazz Workshops» (Italy), with professors from the New School For Jazz And Contemporary Music in New York. She attended jazz master classes with the composer and vocalist JD Walter and jazz improvisation sessions with vocalists Rene Marie, Sheila Cooper and Deborah Carter.

She also attended : Rythmology seminars with the dancer Francisco Jose Suarez Barrera, Indian classic song (dhrupad) with Uday Bhawalkar, Persians classical song by Mamak Khadem, Flamenco song with Vicente Gelo, Bulgarian song with Tzvetanka Varimezova and classic Ottoman song with Ahmet Erdogdular at Labyrinth Musical Workshop organized by Ross Daly.

She studied in the department of jazz (improvisation, harmony, piano) at the Athenaeum Conservatory with Silvio Syrro, while she studied voice technique SLS with Sofia Fictitious. In the past she has attended classical singing lessons, classical guitar and traditional percussions (tabor, bendir). Now she teaches voice and she is responsible for the vocal cycle (vocal circle) in Rizopoulou Conservatory.

A. Toumpanaki was the creator, producer and singer of musical performance «Colpo Grosso» which presented in various musical and theatrical scenes from 2008 to 2010.
She has previously worked with the international renowned bassist, Cameron Brown (Bassano del Grappa, Italy 2010), the famous percussionist Onur il (Descarga project 2013) and composer Panagiotis Kalantzopoulos (2014 Pallas Iakinthia etc.) She has participated in various festivals like Jazz + Praxis (2014), Fougaro Jazz Festival 2014, Frank Zappa Festival (2014), Festival Athens World Music Festival (Technopolis, 2012) with the Symphony Orchestra, Athens Christmas Festival “World Music” (2011), Athens Christmas Jazz Festival (2011), Art Resistance (Keratea 2011), Music Heaven (2011), Resistance Festival (2010), International Festival of Patras (2009), Theatre Festival Rocks “Melina Mercouri” (2008), Festival Polyphonic song (Petra Theatre, 2007). She has appeared in music and theater scenes in Athens as Gazarte, Mikro Pallas, Half Note, Glass Musical Theatre, Cell, Janus, Bios, etc. and abroad to (London, Oxford, Reading, Newcastle, Bassano del Grappa).

She has recently complete her first album with her band named «Toubanaki & the Buzz Bastardz». Except of the “Jazz plus” project with jazz guitarist Dan Gregory, and bassist Kostas Konstantinou, she also worked with Gypsies “Sam Roma”, the jazz pianist Aleko Orfanos the project “Oh no .. Frank Zappa”, the harpist Maria Christina & the 7 pedals in a particularly “on the edge” project, with loops, pedals and misshapen and finally with drummer Elias Doumani in an original experimental “Jazztronica Drums-Voice duet”.
The A. Toumpanakis besides musician, is a Molecular Biologist and Doctor of the Medical School of Athens University in Molecular Biology.

Plus, she dedicates her time entirely to the music and the exploration of the voice capabilities.