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.


Musicians: Click on the names and see photos and bios

Ross Daly (cretan lyra, tarhu,rabab, saz)
Kelly Thoma (cretan lyra)
Giorgos Manolakis (vocals, laouto)


Alternative musicians in Ross Daly Trio.
This project can be performed with the addition of the following musicians:

Bijan Chemirani (percussion) or  Zohar Fresco (percussion) or  Giannis Papatzanis (percussion)

Vassilis Stavrakakis (vocals)
Miles Jay (bass)



Ross Daly's News

(02/24/15) “7Fish” new cd by Kelly Thoma

If music is an endless ocean of possibilities, this collection is but 7 one. Eight new compositions by Kelly Thoma rising from the depths of the ocean of music. Influenced by various modal traditions, Kelly and eleven exceptional musi...
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(09/26/14) The Other Side

After a long pause from recording, Ross Daly presents us with his new, self-released album, entitled “The other side” (August 2014). Featuring some of his closest collaborators of the past 10 years, the album is comprised of nine original composi...
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(02/06/10) “Anamkhara” by Kelly Thoma

Kelly Thoma's debut album entitled "Anamkhara" has been recently released. The word Anamkhara derives from the Irish Gaelic language and means "friend of the soul". ...
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(11/03/09) Ross Daly Seminar at Labyrinth

Ross Daly Music Group Seminar at Labyrinth Musical Workshop December 3-8, 2009 register at tel: 00302810741027   ...
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