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.
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.
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Evgenia Toli- Damavoliti 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.
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.
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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.
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WebsitePassionate from a young age about rock music from America and overseas, he quickly became the nightmare of the best electric guitar teachers in the area.
At 20 he was dazzled by interest in modal music from outside Europe thanks to the work of Ross Daly and took up the study of Turkish oud and other cordophones played with a plectrum, making frequent trips to Greece and Turkey. There he visited some of the most renowned maestros: Yurdal Tokcan, Omer Erdogdular, Murat Aydemir, Daud Khan Sadozai and Ross Daly himself.
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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.
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.
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Zohar Izhak Fresco is known as a pioneer of the tof miriam, the ancient frame drum originated in the Middle East more than three thousand years ago. Born in Israel to a family with deep roots in Turkey and as a descendant of Tamburi Izhak Fresco, remarkable, well known Jewish Turkish composer who lived in 18th-19th centuries, Zohar was drawn to music at an early age and revealed a major influence of the music of his origins.