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“It is very rewarding to hear the music of the next generation of improvisers. Valia Calda have a fresh approach, and a creative sensibility that bonds their diverse influences in a fluid and compelling way

Chris Batchelor



It’s wonderful to hear the two worlds of freedom and space; discipline and musical intelligence brought together in such a convincing and stylish way. Seemingly diverse styles, complex rhythms, and Mediterranean folk-music are distilled into a frequently gritty, more traditional jazz idiom, the end result being music that is at once challenging and unique yet refreshingly accessible.

I very much look forward to hearing what the future has to bring.”  


Rob Edgar, LondonJazz News, Crepuscule Capital, Musical Pointers



“Absolutely riveting debut EP from a quintet that blends modern post-bop, Greek traditional, free improv and Balkan music.  Rob Milne provides sunlight and shadows on bass clarinet & flute.  Trumpeter Sam Warner and guitarist Nikos Ziarkas provide elements of air and earth.  Thodoris Ziarkas and Gaspar Sena set the scene and move it at will on bass and drums.  Electronics, cretan lute, cretan lyra, and tsambuna fit right in with traditional jazz instruments.  The music goes from a late-night jazz club cool to an ambling post-bop to Frisellian eeriness to Mediterranean seaside ease.  All kinds of cool, and a very promising start to their recording career“


Dave Summer, The Bird is Worm