Santa Semeli And The Monks is an International music group dedicated to bringing excellence to the world of music and entertainment!
Helmed by Semeli Economou aka Santa Semeli, their song catalogue consists of over 100 songs, covering a vast variety of musical genres. Labelled as New Wave, Avant Garde, Punk, Rock, Classic Songwriting, SSATM is driven by poetry and good story telling.
Semeli Economou was born and raised in Munich in an artistic background.
Her father was legendary Cypriot virtuoso concert pianist and composer Nicolas Economou. She studied acting and directing in London under the late Sam Kogan before moving to New York where she started writing.
She collaborates with Icelandic musician Haraldur Agustsson whom she met when she cast him in her short film “The Burning Bush”.
Renowned for their dynamic live performances, Semeli’s volcanic stage presence and theatricality has been compared to the likes of Patti Smith and Liza Minnelli whilst her poetic versatility and cinematic storytelling resembles Lou Reed.
Since their formation in 2014 they’ve performed live in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Germany, Iceland, Cyprus and toured Belgium whilst making an impression on the London independent music scene.
In October 2018 they performed to a sold out 1200 seat venue at the Prinzregententheater in Munich alongside world renowned concert pianist and Kennedy Center Honoree Martha Martha Argerich for her father’s 25th year anniversary memorial concert.
In June 2014 SSATM independently released their first single ‘ARRIVEDERCI BOB’ which Paul Sexton described as ‘A whole lot of fun!’ and the Icelandic national paper Morgunbladid as ‘A poetic explosion!’ The song reached #3 in the Cyprus i-Tunes charts.
In November 2014 SSATM released to critical acclaim their self titled debut album John Hind described: ‘Lovely, stirring, sensitive, clever and funny!’
Tim Foster wrote: ‘Sounding like 'Cabaret' rewritten by Nick Cave and an early David Bowie they are a band who explore the human condition, realising what the atmosphere and content of the early Dadaist events at the Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich must have been like!’
British comedian Frank Skinner is a fan and and often plays their songs on his Absolute Radio show.
Their slogan is WE GIVE GOOD SHOW™