'Hip cosmopolitan sounds... have a borderless, trans-national flavour,
liberally spiced with bossa nova, downtown jazz, outlier pop, art rock and free
improv' - The Irish Times
"...'Aleka' is the impressive debut from a talented singer with equal measures of potency and nuance in her craft. A name to watch out for."
All About Jazz
'Experience, delight, vocation, hardwork, emotion, recreation, variation, improvisation – all of these revealed a moment of musical quality'
‘Pure class from all musicians is what’s expected, and they certainly deliver … Aleka is flying the flag for the arts, and did more than enough to prove this music is as strong as ever.‘ Dublin Concerts
Aleka is a Romanian vocalist, cellist, composer and lyricist who draws influence from her home country, using folk melodies interspersed with jazz harmony and eastern rhythms as well as Debussy and Bella Bartok, inspired by her experience in the classical music world.
The approach of the band may seem like it adheres to the traditional sentiments of a vocal jazz quartet however, it is influenced by a broad spectrum of styles from the roots of jazz to the contemporary reaches of pop music
Aleka's voice is a myriad of textures and sonorities. She spent time exploring bell canto technique as well as the nuances and colours of oriental music and soul. All of these influences and styles culminate in a refined vocal sound that is very personal.
Lyrically, Aleka frequently uses themes such as sadness and the feeling of being lost but constantly yearning to break free from these emotions. And although the lyrical material may seem bleak, it is juxtaposed by the optimistic feeling of the music itself.
She has always wanted to bridge the gap between different musical genres and with her group she mixes Latin grooves, oriental modes and free improvisation along with high energy interaction between herself and the band which creates an exciting and truly contemporary ensemble identity.