Calista Kazuko shares beautiful, important video ‘Ode to Genevieve’
“Nostalgic musicality with a gritty edge, sophisticated and innovative” Get In Her Ears
“Darkly alluring, chic sonic bliss” Fame Magazine
“An undoubted talent ” Sir George Martin
“Grandiose and majestic” Conversations About Her
“The femme fatale seduces her listeners into an unsettling and dark world” PureMZine
About ‘Ode to Genevieve’
The second release from Calista Kazuko’s forthcoming ‘Empress’ album, ‘Ode to Genevieve’ finds the ‘High Priestess of Pop Macabre’ stripped back to her acoustic piano roots for this beautifully simple, sensitive record. An uplifting celebration of trans women, their strength, success and stories, Calista wrote the song as a gift for a friend.
The stunning accompanying music video made by filmmaker Enya Belak Gupta tells the story of 'Genevieve' (portrayed by trans actor CJ Boyd), beautifully celebrating friendship, bravery and love with a powerful message of empowerment:
“You can let your life just be a performance for others, but to allow people to see who you truly are, is the choice to be alive. I am a woman, your daughter, your sister.” CJ Boyd
Released to celebrate Pride 2019 and 50 years since the Stonewall riots, Calista partners up with Brand Advance to support their ‘Voice of Trans’ campaign. Please visit VoiceofTrans.com to find out more.
The record closes with a self-arranged string quartet, an homage to Calista’s father the late, great violinist Paul Robertson, leader of the Medici String Quartet. In a poetic tribute, the quartet featured comprises of Medici cellist Anthony Lewis, violinist Natalia Bonner, Calista’s mother Chika Robertson and Calista herself.
“Powerful women throughout history are massively sexualised, even objectified. Is it because history is written by men? Or were these Empresses using their female prowess to rule the world?” Calista Kazuko
Calista’s highly anticipated debut album ‘Empress’ considers the power, sexuality and stories of women in history. Co-produced by award-winning film composer Guy Dagul and recorded at London’s Rattle Studios, 'Empress’ finds Calista continuing to modify the norms of modern songwriting. Each track tells a story about a different Empress, resulting in a stunning concept album that challenges complex themes while never losing its sense of fun: the song ‘Cake’, for instance, finds Marie Antoinette on Tinder!
Over the coming months Calista will be sharing a series of themed releases from the album, noting:
“Along with celebrating fierce, fabulous women, the ‘Empress’ album addresses hardships women are continuing to fight globally. Although we’ve come a long way, the struggle for equality continues.” Calista Kazuko
Accompanying each release will be awareness-raising campaigns, working with leading partner charities to address themes including LGBTQ+ rights, FGM, prescription-drug dependency and domestic abuse.
Out on 1st November, ‘Empress’ is fan funded and supported by Help Musicians UK’s Do it Differently Fund. Pre-order your copy exclusively at: www.calistakazuko.com/shop
About Calista Kazuko
High art, high class, high gloss, high drama – meet Calista Kazuko, the High Priestess of Pop Macabre. Hers is a femme-fatale fusion of sophistication, glamour and smart lyrical garrottes.
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.
Following the success of the critically acclaimed ‘Project: Love Me’ EP, Calista is now sharing tracks from her highly anticipated debut solo album, ‘Empress’, out this autumn. She founded and launched charity-based arts collective Voice of Aiko in 2018 and is currently penning her first feature length piece of 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.
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