Calista Kazuko

Genre: Jazz

Hometown: London, UK


A singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist known for cinematic genre-bending and controversial boundary-pushing, Calista studied classical/jazz piano and composition at London’s Royal Academy of Music, and has since been performing and winning fans across the world with her dynamic voice and captivating songs. She founded charity-based arts collective Voice of Aiko in 2018 and is currently penning music-theatre with playwright Stephanie Martin. Having composed several international floor-fillers under pseudonyms, Calista’s impact in the world of music is matched in that of fashion, where Stella McCartney has used her tracks as catwalk openers and Parisian fashion house Jitrois actually named its couture ‘Callista’ jacket after her. Following the success of the critically acclaimed ‘Project: Love Me’ EP, Calista has just released her highly anticipated debut solo album, ‘Empress’. Continuing to modify the norms of modern songwriting, this stunning concept album considers the stories of women in history, challenging complex themes while never losing its sense of fun. Accompanying releases are awareness-raising charity campaigns addressing themes which include LGBTQ+ rights, period shame, prescription-drug dependency and domestic abuse. ‘Empress’ was fan-funded and dedicated to her father the late, great violinist Professor Paul Robertson. A massive inspiration to Calista the album was released in November 2019 to honour his birthday. ‘Empress’ is gratefully supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and Help Musicians UK’s ‘Do It Differently’ fund.    

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