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Seek a voice and thee shall find it

By Maria Gregoriou

Have you ever wondered what your stage name would be if you were a singer or actor? It would have to be something cool that plays with imagery or tells you something about the person behind it from the get go. Well before you think about it some more and come to a final decision don’t go with Echo Wants Her Voice Back because that is taken.

The person behind the name is London-based Cypriot singer/songwriter Eleni Skarpari who will be giving a performance on Thursday at Enallax in Nicosia. Skarpari or EWHVB – for short – is celebrating the release of her debut album Heart of Stone, which she managed to make after a recent successful crowd funding campaign.

The album comes after the singer’s independent release of her single Bricks and Sparrows in July 2014. This and other songs by Skarpari have been broadcast on BBC6 and Shoredith Radio

Her gig on Thursday should go off without a hitch as the singer is used to playing to big crowds as she has headlined London venues, such as, the Dublin Castle in Camden, The Troubadour in Earls Court and The Water Rats in Kings Cross.

You should be assured of a great performance as the music site Music Earth Rise published in November 2014 that “as a lyricist, Eleni wraps herself around you, lyrically weaving her words with both precision and passion.

“Eleni captures your attention with a confidence that she has arrived home. She really commands the space she is in and as the music played I couldn’t help but think to Radiohead… and the lyrics… everthing in its right place.”

But if she catches a bit of stage fright, she will be supported by singer/ songwriter Avgi Stavrou.

On the tracks that make up Heart of Stone you can hear the music coming from five talented Cyprus based musicians. Stefanos Meletiou plays the drums, Omiros Andreou is on bass, Peter Gospoindinov plays the cello, Socrates Lepton strums the guitar, as does Orestis Savva.

Echo Wants Her Voice Back
Live performance by the singer/ songwriter to launch her debut album Heart of Stone. July 16. Enallax, Nicosia. 8.30pm. €7. Tel: 22-430121

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