|Ross Daly Trio|
Ross Daly, together with Kelly Thoma (lyra) and Giorgos Manolakis (laouto, vocals) will present a selection of their most recent as well as of older compositions from their unique and original repertoire of Contemporary Modal Music. Contemporary Modal Music is a new genre created by Ross Daly in the mid 1980s which draws its inspiration and influences from the great modal musical traditions found primarily in the regions stretching from North Africa, through the Eastern Mediterranean, Transcaucasia, Central Asia, and up through India to western China. As Ross Daly himself points out however, Contemporary Modal Music is not defined by specific ethnic or geographical characteristics, nor is it merely an updated variation of regional traditional music. It is a living contemporary art, relevant to musicians and audiences of any origin, which strives to bridge the timeless, archetypal, and sacred dimension of the world's modal musical traditions with the quest for meaningful musical experience of the contemporary listener. Ross Daly and his colleagues have for decades immersed themselves in the rigorous disciplines of various modal traditions acquiring knowledge and experience which they then creatively distill into a new sound of exceptional beauty which could equally have its origins in the distant past, the distant future or anywhere in between. The ethereal and mesmerizing interaction of the two bowed instruments (Lyra and Tarhu) of Ross Daly and Kelly Thoma together with the intricate although often explosive laouto of Cretan virtuoso Giorgos Manolakis take the audience on a magical journey through new, uncharted, but at the same time strangely familiar terrain. Something like music heard in a dream which one only vaguely remembers. Giorgos Manolakis' sensuous vocals, especially his renditions of the ancient and spine-chilling Rizitika songs of Western Crete, add an extra dimension to the trio's sound which "complete the circle" of what is a unique musical experience.
Alternative musicians in Ross Daly Trio.
Vassilis Stavrakakis (vocals)