Born in Paris to a musical family, Cybèle set her heart on a singing career when aged 7, she first heard Bach's Jesus Joy of Man Desiring. An eclectic selection of recordings were her home fare : Beethoven sonatas, songs by Prevert and Kosma, the Frères Jacques and 'rebetiko' music. Added to an early start, she is comfortable in a wide repertoire ranging from opera to contemporary music as well as jazz and pop. She also acts and has been featured in plays and venues such as DNA by Dennis Kelly at the Théâtre de la Bastille, Mataroa : la Mémoire Trouée (Mataroa, Mutilated Memories) during the 2014-15 season at the Théâtre du Soleil in Paris and the Théâtre de la Liberté in Toulon. With singer Audrey Bentley, she co-wrote the musical comedy Oh My Glotte! (Oh My Soft Palate!'*). A spirited, playfully absurd musical, it has often been performed in France, last at the Théâtre de L'Épée de Bois in Vincennes. In June 2017, she appeared in Farmakonissi by Anestis Azas and Martha Bouziouri at the Chantiers d'Europe festival at the Théâtre de la Ville.
Cybèle has appeared in concerts in France and Greece with Kurt Weill songs, jazz standards and French popular songs with social themes dealing with city life. The latter were commissioned by the Paris Town Hall for the Fête de la Musique. In 2013, for an evening of music from France and Greece, she performed works by contemporary composer Thierry Pécou on the Acropolis, with an orchestra conducted by Dionysios Dervis-Bournias.
Her first CD entitled Sous le Ciel de Paris was issued in 2015 by Greek producer Mikri Arktos featuring Dora Bakopoulos on piano and Iraklis Vavatsikas on accordion. A tribute to the Golden Age of French song, it was received with critical acclaim by the Greek press (Kathimerini, Ta Nea, To Vima etc.) and has toured in the Aegina Festival, in Athens, Kalamata and Tinos.
Since 2014, she has toured with guitarist Orestis Kalampalikis with new arrangements of a worldwide repertoire of songs.
Their album, Songs for a Blue Cloud, has been released in July 2017 and was followed by a tour in Greece (Athens, Patras, Kavala and Aegina).
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