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Periklis Papapetropoulos was born in Athens but grew up on the island of Crete. His first musical experiences were with Cretan traditional music and at the age of 16, he participated in village festivals as part of the group of Psarantonis playing laouto and bulgari. In 1985 he met Ross Daly and studied saz and tanbur with him for several years before becoming a regular member of his ongoing musical workshop “Labyrinth”. As a member of “Labyrinth”, he participated in concerts, recordings and television productions in Greece and abroad.
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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.
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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.
Facebook:Arslan Hazreti & Arslan Hazreti Aler
Arslan Hazreti (Aler) was born in Tabriz, Iran in 1976. His childhood period is influenced by Iran's new regime and the Iran-Iraq war. His music life began under the shadow of the new regime and a war-torn country and its harsh conditions he started to learn kamancha at the age of thirteen and took mugham lessons from Cavit Murtezaoglu. The artist, engaging in the Iran and Azerbaijan culture simultaneously, have found the opportunity to internalize the mughams and traditional kinds of music of both regions.
Veka Aler is a singer, and a vocal teacher. She was born in 1980 in İstanbul. Her family is originally from Erzincan where is one of the considered areas of Anatolian culture. She started to learn traditional culture and music in the family naturally. Throughout her life, she interested in different cultures and their kinds of music whereas the languages. Especially Eastern cultures mean a world for her. There is a very common soul and she couldn’t separate these cultures from each other and feels belong to all of them at the same time completely.
Facebook:Tigran Aleksanyan (Tigran Aleksanyan)
Tigran Aleksanyan was born in the historic Ararat Mountains of Armenia and settled in the UK in 2001. Music having been an important part of Tigran Aleksanyan's life from early childhood, his father enrolled him at music school at age nine.
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.
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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.)
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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.
Facebook:Μιχαήλ Ν. Σταυρακάκης (Michail N. Stavrakakis Mandolinist)
Michalis Stavrakakis was born in the village of Armanogia in the Heraklion province and he grew up in the town of Anogeia in Rethymnon where he developed a relationship with music based on the lifestyle of the area itself in which music is a very important part. He became actively involved with the mandolin and the laouto from his childhood years.