Monika is a singer-songwriter who has been hailed as Greece’s most promising young artist. Her long-awaited debut album “Avatar” was released in 2008 to enthusiastic critical acclaim and introduced a wider audience to the burgeoning indie rock scene of Athens. Her platinum first record and sold-out concerts, both solo and as a festival headliner, have made her a worthy antidote to most pedestrian mainstream trends. “Avatar”’s follow-up, “Exit”, was in the spring of 2010 and was one of the most long-awaited albums of the year. “Exit”, a sprawling, sentimental work, solidified Monika’s status as the country’s “indie darling” and over a 3-month span became her second gold release.
For two consecutive years, Monika played at the ARK Festival, the biggest music festival in Athens, serving as headliner in 2011 in Athens and Thessaloniki. In 2012 she headlined under the moniker “One Night Onlys”. She appeared at a special acoustic show at the prestigious Athens & Epidaurus Festival in July 2011.She wrote her first original composition for a stage show, “Mom – Life Is Wildly Incredible” by Angela Brouskou, which premiered November 2011.In January 2013, Monika co-created “Primal”, a multimedia-enhanced series of live concerts at the Onassis Cultural Center in Athens, based on her two personal albums. Joined by a live orchestra and chorus singers, she performed 5 sold out shows, drawing rave reviews from critics for her most ambitious and successful project to date. Monika also wrote the music score for the stage adaptation of Sophocles’s “Antigone”, which debuted at the Benaki Museum Atrium, directed by Natassa Triantafylli, Bob Wilson’s assistant director on “Odyssey” at the National Theatre of Greece. She also recently completed the music for the new stage version of the Russian classic “The Brothers Karamazov”.
Monika’s latest release is “Secret In The Dark”, her third and most ambitious album yet. As a decidedly up-tempo amalgam of American sounds such as funk and R&B, and incorporating her signature melodies, the album was recorded in analog in New York with the help of producer Homer Steinweiss and an array of excellent musicians from the Dap Kings (who have collaborated with Sharon Jones, Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse) and the Menahan Street Band (The Black Keys, Lee Fields) and was presented live at a sold out concert in the Odeon Of Herodes Atticus on July 16. It was followed by her U.S. live debut at Manhattan’s The Box in December 2014.