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Valia Caldas’s music draws inspiration from the traditions and struggles of the world.


Founded by Greek brothers Thodoris and Nikos Ziarkas in 2013, the music combines their mutual interest

in writing music and the influence of their native Mediterranean upbringing whilst weaving through

the liberating paths of free improvisation.


A diverse rhythmic language and a vast variety of sonic possibilities combining acoustic

and electronic aesthetics are brought into the compositions. The eclectic material is embraced by each member’s unique approach and creativity, exploring collectively the group’s musical boundaries.

" the collective expression that attracts me the most with Valia Calda sinces it is quite unique‘’

Tor Hammero, Tor De Jazz, Norway


It’s wonderful to hear the two worlds of freedom and space; discipline and musical intelligence brought together’'

Rob Edgar for the LondonJazz News, U.K

‘’[...] the compositions are creativly arranged, approaching perfection at times

 [...] albums like “Methexis” should be placed very forward – on the first row‘’

 Fontas Trousas, Diskoryxeion, Greece

‘’Their vision... It’s typically one of majesty ‘’ Voted on ‘’The Best Jazz on Bandcamp: May 2018’’

David Sommer, Bird is the Worn, USA

Valia Calda have toured nationally and internationally, performing at established venues and festivals such as

the London Jazz Festival, BBC Late Proms, Cambridge Jazz Festival and the Vortex Jazz Club,

also receiving many radio plays in the US and in Europe.

Valia Calda is:

Sam Warner - trumpet /flugelhorn

James Allsopp - bass clarinet/tenor sax

Nikos Ziarkas - guitar/electronics

Gaspar Sena - drums

Thodoris Ziarkas - double bass 

photos by Nina Kay



- Technical Rider

- Hi Res photos


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