cover-7fishIf 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 musicians interpret her compositions as well as improvise with virtuosity and sensitivity.  Each composition is named after a specific fish and the last piece called "S", which reveals the movement of the fish, seeks to take the listener to the most profound recesses of his personal ocean.



  • DalyMany years before what we call "World Music" appeared on the scene, certain individuals had already understood the enormous value and vast variety of the world's various musical traditions and had dedicated their lives to their study. One such person is Ross Daly.

    Although of Irish descent, Ross Daly does not really fit into any particular ethnic stereotype given that his life has been spend in many different parts of the world and his home for the last 35 years is the island of Crete in Greece.

    Ross Daly, at a very early age, discovered that music was, in his own words, "the language of my dialogue with that which I perceive to be sacred".

    This dialogue eventually led him to the great modal traditions of the Middle East, Central Asia, and the Indian Subcontinent where he finally found the musical archetypes that he had been searching for all his life.

    In these traditions he encountered music which was not merely a vehicle of self-expression, but which was able to take one beyond what one normally perceived to be the boundaries of one's self into other trans-personal realms of experience.


New Releases

Latest Reviews

  • Ross Daly & Labyrinth, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

    by Chris Williams

    The group opened the proceedings with an original arrangement of an Azerbaijan folk song led by Daly on the rabab. This lute, which is rather like the Indian sarod, has a deep, melancholy voice exactly suited to the yearning mode of this song.

  • Jerusalem International Oud Festival
    By Eyal Hareuveni
    The Ninth Jerusalem International Oud Festival
    Jerusalem, Israel
    November 20-December 4, 2008
    The ninth edition of the Jerusalem International Oud festival predated the current, painful Middle-Eastern round of hostilities in a month, but still offered a much better alternative to the local leaders' militant vision for this region.
  • In the Labyrinth of Ross Daly’s music

    In the Labyrinth of Ross Daly's music
    By Eleni Kallimopoulou
    Sitting down to write a brief presentation on Ross Daly, my friend and teacher, I wonder which aspects of his work might be meaningfully foregrounded in a context such as that of WOMEX.


Latest Projects

  • 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.

  • Labyrinth

    labyrinthlargeA musical experience with the time machine built up by Ross Daly and his workshop "Labyrinth". One of the most active and creative musicians of the world initiates us to his music which connects us with the natural current of ancient traditional music and the most sophisticated expectations of the contemporary listeners.

  • Ross Daly Quartet

    DalyThe Ross Daly Quartet is a smaller but very versatile version of Labyrinth which performs his repertoire with new orchestrations.

    In this group special emphasis is laid on the use of two bowed instruments together (sometimes two lyras, sometimes lyra and tarhu) played by Ross Daly and Kelly Thoma.


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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