To best understand Ioanna Gika and the world that she has created, it is best to shatter all that you know to be reality and toss on a druid robe as you embark on a personal journey of monastic sorcery. There is something witchy and transformative about her music which has been easily captivating to new audiences. The music bares something traditional while bridging into soft techno undertones that has created such a strong narrative for those who balance the moods of raving and meditating.
Her album Thalassa, released earlier this year, is an amalgamation of the conflicting feelings she had experienced while going through a break up as well as coping with familial sorrows. Taking refuge in Greece to write the album, the musician took to her Greek mother-tongue as well as English to construct her poems which were amplified through her vocals which evoke spirits of sirens songs. Hey lyrics have even been quoted by Booker Prize winner Arundhati Roy in her best-selling book The Ministry Of Utmost Happiness. These unified layers of complexities pared with previous collaborations with electronic maven and Grammy nominated TOKiMONSTA can be heard throughout as the album slips and slides through the varying emotional extremities.
Having recently come back from a spring tour opening for Garbage, we managed to slip in words with Gika ahead of her recent announcement of a fall tour with Chelsea Wolfe....
Ioanna Gika will be supporting Chelsea Wolfe on her acoustic tour this Fall in N. America.
OCT 18 San Diego, CA @ Observatory North Park OCT 19 Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom OCT 21 Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall OCT 22 Estes Park, CO @ Stanley Hotel OCT 24 Chicago, IL @ Metro OCT 25 Detroit, MI @ Senate Theater OCT 26 Toronto, ONT @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre OCT 27 Montreal, QC @ Le National OCT 29 Boston, MA @ Royale OCT 31 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer NOV 01 New York, NY @ Brooklyn Steel NOV 03 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club NOV 04 Charlotte, NC @ McGlohon Theater NOV 05 Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West NOV 06 Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge NOV 08 Dallas, TX @ Texas Theatre NOV 09 Austin, TX @ Levitation NOV 10 Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall NOV 12 Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf NOV 13 Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress NOV 15 Los Angeles, CA @ The Palace Theatre NOV 16 San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom NOV 18 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom NOV 20 Seattle, WA @ The Showbox NOV 21 Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre
Tickets on sale, Friday June 21st at 9am PST / 12pm EST
Thalassa is the debut album from Ioanna Gika, a Greek American musician signed to Sargent House. Formerly of Io Echo, Gika has spoken about how “Thalassa is about going through change that is unwanted yet unstoppable.” Gika conveys that musically by combining classical tones with cool, dark, and modern electronic moods. Thalassa means “spirit of the sea” in Greek, and like the ocean, there is a lusciousness to this breathtaking album.