Fb: Ross M. Daly
Official Website: www.rossdaly.gr
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.
Fb: giorgos papaioannou
Giorgos Papaioannou was born in Athens in 1982. He studied music from an early age at Atticus Odeum. Since the age of 15, he has been playing with numerous groups of classical, rock, Greek folk & art music.
Muhittin Kemal, born in Karlsruhe, Germany, first came across music at the age of 5. Under the supervision of composer and lutenist Ismet Alpaslan he learned the basics of classical Turkish music both in song and theory. At the age of nine he gained his first experiences with an instrument on a violin participating in a choir founded by Ismet Alpaslan.
Fb: kelly thoma
Official Website: www.kellythoma.com
Kelly Thoma was born in Piraeus (1978). Since 1995, she has been studying the Lyra with Ross Daly and three years later started traveling with him and his group, “Labyrinth”. She has taken part in many projects with musicians from various different traditions from other countries.
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.
Fb: Taxiarchis Georgoulis
Taxiarchis Georgoulis was born in Kalamata (1993). The first contact with music began at the age of eight, with the bouzouki. Some years later he started to play the Greek mainland lute under the guidance of Eliah Kappakos and later of Christos Zotos, while he was participating in festivals and concerts throughout Greece.
The laouto was originally the most important instrument of accompaniment in Cretan music, but, in recent decades, it has also developed into a solo instrument in its own right. Giorgos Xylouris has played a very important role in this process, not only due to his numerous technical innovations, but especially due to his aesthetic approach. He studiously avoids any innovations which compromise the aesthetic individuality of Cretan music, whilst simultaneously working in a very creative and imaginative way with any elements which compliment it.