Labyrinth with Afghan and Iranian musicians
afghaniran_smallThis project started in 2003 in Houdetsi, Crete. It is a meeting of the musical traditions of Afghanistan, Iran and Crete. The traditions of Afghanistan and Iran have an obvious connection which goes back many centuries. Afghan music however, has been very much affected by Indian music in recent times and has lost many Persian elements which were essential to its individual nature.

afghaniran1_smallIn this project many of these elements are re-examined in a new light, not musicologically, but in the context of a living, creative artistic project. The element of Cretan music gives this meeting a totally different centre of balance, given that it is very different from both Persian and Afghan music, but that it has an inexplicable "underground " affinity with both of them that works more on the level of a common musical spirit than on that of exterior form.

Μusicians: click on the names and view photos and bios
Ross Daly (Cretan lyra,tarhu)
Κhaled Arman (rabab)
Hussain Arman (vocals)
Gholam Nejrabi (zerbaghali)
Hamid Khabbazi (tar,vocals)
Pedram Khavar-Zamini (tombak)
Spyridoula Toutoudaki (vocals)
Kelly Thoma (Cretan lyra)
Perikles Papapetropoulos (saz, laouto)
Giorgos Xylouris (Cretan laouto, vocals)
Stelios Petrakis (Cretan lyra, laouto,saz)


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