Manos Achalinotopoulos, considered by critics, composers and musicologists as the best clarinet performer of the new generation in Greece. He has traveled playing clarinet, cawal, shawm and flutes in more than 20 countries all over the world, while participating in concerts and Festivals of great prestige. What makes him so special is the mixing of the traditional style of playing the clarinet and its special idioms with Jazz, Balkan Ethnic style and influences of the western music.
Born in 1976, he studied drums at the Escola de Música de Badalona and Taller de Músics de Barcelona with David Xirgu, Àlex Ventura and Tito Busquets, and percussion with Ernest Martínez and Enildo Rasúa. He complements this academic training with long stays in West Africa and Turkey. Percussionist and drummer attracted by world music and new sounds. He travels through all continents, being able to know different languages of percussion, until, thanks to Eliseo Parra, gets in touch with the tradition of the Iberian Peninsula. He is the creator and director of Coetus, Iberian percussion orchestra, project in which he has managed to give his own language to these traditional instruments adapting the proposal to the current context. In addition to playing for half the world with the orchestra, he teaches countless workshops spreading the Iberian percussion and everything that surrounds it.
Kelly Thoma was born in Piraeus in 1978. Since 1995, she has been studying the lyra with Ross Daly and three years later started travelling with him and his group, “Labyrinth”, participating in concerts in Europe, Asia, Australia and the U.S. She has taken part in many projects with musicians from various different traditions from other countries.
Yorgos Mavromanolakis was born in 1978 inHeraklion, Crete. At an early age he attended the Greek Conservatory of Heraklion and he subsequently began to study traditional instruments such as the laouto, mandolin, guitar and later the oud. He has studied many different kinds of traditional Greek music as well as Rembetiko and modern Greek music. In recent years he has focused on eastern musical traditions.
Hooshang Farahani was born (1967) in Farahan (the central province of Iran).
He is a graduate of Psychology, Educational science and Ethnomusicology (Art University of Tehran). He has started learning Tar and Setar at a young age and later has continued with the music composition.
Christos Barbas, multi_instrumentalist and composer is one of the most multifaceted and creative musicians coming from Greece. From an early age he studied the recorder, baroque music, harmony and counterpoint, finishing his studies of Western music in 2002. He studied musicology and ethnomusicology (Mmus) in the Department of Music at the University of Aristotelio (Thessaloniki) and the School of Oriental and African Studies (London). Since 2003 he focuses on the study of Ney, Sufi and classical Ottoman music with outstanding performers in Greece, Bulgaria and Turkey. At the same time he studies and plays several instruments of different musical cultures (kaval, piano, bansuri, irish whistles etc.)
Ahmet Erdoğdular started studying music at an early age with his father, neyzen Ömer Erdoğdular, and continued his musical development with the guidance of the renowned musician Niyazi Sayın. He participated in various concerts as a lead singer while still a teenager. Ahmet holds a BA degree from the Istanbul Technical University State Conservatory where he also completed his Masters degree in Turkish Classical Music under the guidance of Professor Alaeddin Yavaşça.