“Music is the language of my dialogue with that which I perceive to be sacred”

Ross Daly

Ross Daly has traveled the world, mainly in the Middle East, Central Asia and the Indian subcontinent, studying various forms of local music traditions. In 1982 he established an educational institution called Labyrinth Musical Workshop, which  since 2002 is situated in the village of Houdetsi, on the island of Crete.  Seminars and "master-classes" are conducted every year at Labyrinth with some of the greatest teachers of traditional music from around the world. It is a meeting point for musicians and students and is recognized as the leading institution in Greece today, in the field of education of modal and traditional music in general.

Daly has released more than 35 albums of his own compositions and of his own arrangements of traditional melodies collected during his travels.

Ross Daly is the originator of the term Contemporary Modal Music, which refers to contemporary compositional works which draw their influences and inspiration from the broader world of Modal musical traditions which are found primarily (although not exclusively) in the vast geographical region between Western Africa and Western China.

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UPCOMING SEMINARS and CONCERTS 2018-2019 (view full calendar here)


May 11, LUNAR , duet concert with Kelly Thoma , KAG, Dourakis Winery, Alikambos, Chania, Crete, GREECE
May 19, Mediterra Musica and Melina Paxinos Quartet feat.Ross Daly, Fabrik Hamburg, GERMANY
May 23-31 New England Tour with Mike Harrist and Tev Stevig, USA
23/5/19 - Glens Falls, NY @ Folklife Center at Crandall Library - 7 PM 
24/5/19 - Bellows Falls, VT @ Stone Church Arts - 7:30 PM 
25/5/19 - Nashua, NH @ Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar - 8 PM (w/ John Hughes) 
26/5/19 - Portland, ME @ St. Lawrence Center for the Arts - 7 PM (w/ Zapion) 
28/5/19 - Cambridge, MA @ Club Passim - 8PM (w/ Aya and Tano Collective) 
30/5/19 - Sheffield, MA @ Race Brook Lodge Barnspace - 7 PM (w/ Maria Manousakis) 
31/5/19 - Brandon, VT @ Brandon Music - 7:30 PM 

June 3-8 , seminar @Labyrinth Toronto, CANADA
June 15,16 LUNAR @ Roes Theatre, Gazi, Athens, GREECE
June 19, SEYIR (w/ Kelly Thoma, Yurdal Tokcan, Goksel Baktagir, Zohar Fresco) @ Istanbul Festival, TURKEY
June 24-29, seminar “Structure and Phrasing of makams” @Labyrinth Musical Workshop , Houdetsi, Crete, GREECE
June 30, Ross Daly Quintet (w/Kelly Thoma, Vagelis Karipis, Giorgis Manolakis, Pavlos Spyropoulos) @ Theatro Anatolikis Tafrou, Chania, Crete, GREECE

July 3-7, @Forde Festival Ross Daly Quintet (w/Kelly Thoma, Bijan Chemirani, Giorgis Manolakis, Pavlos Spyropoulos), Forde, NORWAY
July 27,28, Freiburg, GERMANY

August 4, Ross Daly with Mitos Orchestra @ Pili Vitouri, Heraklion, Crete, GREECE

September 9-14, seminar Where does this music come from? @Labyrinth Musical Workshop , Houdetsi, Crete, GREECE
September 16-20, @ the Gothenburg University, Resident Artist in the World Music Department, SWEDEN

October 29-November 2, @ the Gothenburg University, Resident Artist in the World Music Department, SWEDEN

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