IRENE DAY ATHANASIOU
(Professional singer, composer and band leader)
Irene Day Athanasiou is a jazz singer, composer and band leader. She has performed next to Jazz master Freddy Redd, and with musicians such as; Chris Byars, Pasquale Grasso, Ari Roland, Vahag Hayapertian, Phil Stewart, Charis Ioannou, Marios Toumbas, Stefano Doglioni, and Ioannis Vafeas. After living in Toronto for 21 years, Irene Day moved to Cyprus and created Mood Indigo. In 2018 Mood Indigo opened the Dusseldorf jazz rally festival in Germany as the band of honor. Irene was interviewed on WDR news and Inge Hufschlag - A journalist, described Irene as “Coming from the island of Gods, she is other worldly, and touches hearts like Audrey Hepburn.”
In 2017 she released her own personal album entitled “Journey out of Slumber.” with arrangements by Chris Byars. Internationally, Irene Day has performed in USA, Canada, Germany, Armenia and other countries, at various Jazz Festivals & clubs. In 2019 she lived in New York City and performed at clubs in the city. Over the years she has attended the Chris Byars and Ari Roland seminars, the Barry Harris jazz workshops, and the Marion Cowings vocal workshop at Smalls Jazz club. Irene holds a BA in classical voice performance and has studied under Annie Ross, Marion Cowings, and Ian Garrete.
Ronja Burve is a Latvian contemporary singer. Her musical identity can be distinguished by creativity, emotionally poignant performance, experimental style and current lyrics.
Ronja began her musical path in Riga Dome Choir School in Latvia where she was given the opportunity and tools to develop as an artist on a professional level since young age.
At that time she discovered her interest in contemporary and conceptual music as well as found inspiration in other forms of art that brought her to her own artistic expression that focuses on what is behind the apparent.
After graduating from the Jazz Department in 2013, she moved to The Netherlands to pursue a Bachelor’s degree at The Royal Conservatory of The Hague where she studied with teachers Anka Koziel, Manon Heijne, Simon Rigter, John Ruocco as well as took jazz vocal improvisation courses with the Dutch jazz singer Sanna van Vliet. At that time Ronja also started working on her own projects and compositions.
She has performed on various scenes in The Netherlands, Germany, Latvia, Cyprus, Belgium and India both as a leader and guest artist, including stages like “Saulkrasti Jazz” in Latvia, ”Paradise Jazz” in Cyprus and “The Quarter” in Mumbai, India.
One of Ronja’s main projects at the moment is the project “Tree of Dawn” that she created together with a pianist Christos Yerolatsitis in the summer of 2015. The duo released their debut album in November 2016.