Vocalist Erini (aka Erini Tornesaki) blurs the lines between genres and explores intercultural dialogue through music. Born and raised in Heraklion, Greece, Eirini is a vocalist of jazz, Greek traditional music, and contemporary styles. Growing up on Crete, she was always moved by the stories of her family who were refugees from Smyrna (Izmir) in 1922. Fascinated by the Greek culture of Asia Minor, she became passionate for the traditional music of the region.
Erini is currently an assistant professor at Berklee College of Music. In 2014, Erini became the singer for the Cirque du Soleil show Kurios, touring Canada and the U.S. for three years. Between 2014 and 2017, she performed 1,074 shows. She was the original singer of Kurios and performed the vocals on the show’s soundtrack album, appeared on the DVD, and appeared at the Daytime Emmy Awards, winning the virtual reality short film award for Inside the Box of Kurios
Erini has performed in multiple countries including Cuba, Colombia, the United Arab Emirates, Greece, and the U.S., and has collaborated with artists such as Danilo Pérez, George Garzone, Luciana Souza, Daniel Hope, and Saw Doctors, among many others. She had her Carnegie Hall debut in June 2017, opening for the Gabby Awards. She has also performed at TD Garden, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, the Panama Jazz Festival, Abbey Road Studios, and Harvard University, among other prestigious venues.