Many years before what we call “World Music” appeared on the scene, certain individuals had already understood the enormous value and vast variety of the world’s various musical traditions and had dedicated their lives to the study of them. One such person is Ross Daly. Although of Irish descent, Ross Daly does not really fit into any particular ethnic stereotype given that his life has been spent in many different parts of the world and his home for the last 35 years is the island of Crete in Greece.
Vangelis Karipis was born in Athens (1971). He studied byzantine music and music theory in the Greek Music School from where he graduated in 1992. At the same period, he started playing frame drums, first as self –taught and then as a student of Tricy Shankaral, Joe Santos, Jammey Haddad, Arto Tuncboyaciayan. Till today he had worked with serveral greek composers and singers (Dionysis Savvopoulos, Thanos Mikroutsikos, Nikos Kypourgos, Orfeas Peridis, Yiorgos Andreou, Socrates Malamas, Christos Tsiamoulis, Alkinoos Ioannidis, Eleftheria Arvanitaki, Yiorgos Ntalaras, Domna Samiou, Chronis Aidonidis).
Evgenia Damavoliti –Toli studied and worked on Exercise Physiology, while her big love till today remains traditional dance and singing. She comes from Platanos a village in Kissamos (Chania, Crete) and from Preveza (Epirus). Thanks to her grandfather, Stefanis Andronikakis who was a singer in Kissamos, Evgenia came in contact with the music and dance traditions of Kissamos area since her childhood. Beside her grandfather she met old great singers of Kissamos such as Naftis, M. Kounelis and S. Karefillakis.
Daud Khan, was born in Kabul/Afghanistan in 1955. He studied Robab (a traditional lute-instrument of Afghanistan) with Ustad Muhammad Umar, who was the most famous Robab-interpret of the classical style as well as the traditional folklore style in his country. The knowledge about building as well as playing the Robab has become rare, and only a few artists still keep the tradition of the classical robab-style which was mainly represented by Ustad Muhammad Umar in Kabul. Daud Khan is trying to preserve this authentic style of his master’s school.
Kourosh Ghazvineh was born in 1982 in Sahneh of Kermanshah in Iran. At a very young age he started learning the Persian santur with Nouzar Rezai. In 1997 he studied the classical Persian Kurdish Makam for Tanbur focusing on the repertoires of Ostad Taheri, Yar Veisi, Seyid Khalil, Seyid Amrolah Shah Ebrahimi, Ali Akbar Moradi.