Calista Kazuko

Award: Do it Differently Fund

Year: 2018

Genre: Alternative

Instrument/voice type: Singer/Songwriter

Location: London


High art, high class, high gloss, high drama – meet Calista Kazuko, the High Priestess of Pop Macabre; a Goddess with a grand piano; a loaded gun in her handbag and an occasional accordion. Hers is a femme-fatale fusion of sophistication, glamour and smart lyrical garrotes tightened around hearts and minds.

Calista Kazuko is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist known for her cinematic genre-bending and controversial boundary-pushing. After studying at London’s Royal Academy of Music, specialising in classical/jazz piano and composition, Calista – daughter of the late renowned violinist Paul Robertson – has been performing and winning fans across the world with her dynamic voice and captivating songs. Her EP 'Project: Love Me' was released in 2017 to critical acclaim and Calista is now recording her debut solo studio album, ‘Empress’. She founded and recently launched charity-based arts collective Voice of Aiko and is also penning her first piece of music-theatre, Mary Quake, with playwright Stephanie Martin.

A composer who has written international floor-fillers under pseudonyms, Calista’s impact on the world of music – Sir George Martin has described her as “an undoubted talent” – is matched in that of fashion, where Stella McCartney has used her tracks as catwalk openers and Parisian fashion house Jitrois actually named its 'Callista' couture leather jacket after her. All things considered it seems that stardom has not only come knocking for Calista Kazuko, it’s calling and texting her daily.

Calista and 'Team Empress’ are grateful to be supported by Help Musicians UK.

Pre-order ‘Empress’, Calista’s new album out in spring 2019, exclusively at Pledge Music now:

“An undoubted talent” ~ Sir George Martin

“The femme fatale seduces her listeners into an unsettling and dark world” ~ PureMZine

“Grandiose and majestic” ~ Conversations About Her