Yasamin Shahhosseini was born in Tehran in 1992. She graduated from the Tehran Music School where she studied the oud. After that, she studied Persian traditional music at Tehran University. Yasamin has played with diverse ensembles of music, such as Tarak Paliz, Avaye Tehran, Derang, Tree Ouds Mahbang etc.
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Hania Luthufi is a vocalist and music educator currently based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Her interest in using the voice began with quirath (also spelled qirat) in her childhood, choral music in school; later, she moved to exploring and receiving informal training in jazz vocals. After that, Luthufi delved into Hindustani classical music at Viswa Bharati in Santiniketan and stayed on in Bengal to obtain a Master’s in the same field at Calcutta University. Luthufi's recent work comprises of abstract, cinematic music compositions exploring the vast possibilities of drone music.
Sakir Ozan Uygan was born in Burdur (Turkey, 1986). He started playing darbuka in young age. He studied at the Anatolian Fine Arts High School (2000) and then in Ege University in the State Conservatory of Turkish Music.
He participated in Concerts in Turkey and abroad (Tunisia,Switzerland, Greece & Germany). He is currently staying in Istanbul where he mainly works as a percussionist.
Isabel Martín has been studying singing and traditional percussion of the Iberian Peninsula and the Mediterranean countries since 2005. She started at the
‘Centro de Cultura Tradicional’ in Salamanca, where an important work of compilation and diffusion of the traditional Castilian culture was carried out for years. Later she continued her training with Eliseo Parra, a well-known folklorist in Spain, of whom she is still a student to this day.
Born and raised in Syros, Vangelis Apostolou was involved in music from an early age, playing the electric guitar, where he got his first contact with sound engineering, with portable multi-channel recorders of that time. He had as well weekly broadcasts behind the console on radio stations. In 2003 he moved to Rethymnon for his studies in Music Technology and Acoustics at the Technological Educational Institution of Crete, during the last two years of his studies he was employed as a teaching assistant and in charge of operations in the University's recording studio.
Avgerini Gatsi was born in Athens in 1989, although her family originates from Epirus. She studied at the Pallini Music High School, where she was taught both theory and the practical aspect of Byzantine and European music using the ney, bağlama saz & piano.
Born in Cairo, Mustafa Said is a musician, composer, musicologist, oud virtuoso and singer. Mustafa has founded Asil Ensemble for Contemporary Arabic Classical Music in 2003. Mustafa Said is a winner of the Aga Khan Music Awards 2019. He was the director of "AMAR Foundation for Arab Music Archiving & Research", from 2009 to 2022, which is the only organization in the Arab world that works in audio archiving Arabic music.
He has first started his cooperation with Amar Foundation in 2008 as an Artistic & Archive Manager (2008-2010) for an extremely rich collection of 78RPM discs (6500), wax cylinders (50) & tapes. He trained 11 engineers who worked on the audio archiving of this 10.000hrs music library. This was an extremely demanding & time-consuming project that Mustafa Said made it possible for his successors to continue.
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Official Website: www.rossdaly.gr
Many 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 the study of them. 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 spent in many different parts of the world and his home for the last 35 years is the island of Crete in Greece.
He was born in 1960 in Istanbul. He studied at Istanbul Technical University turkish Music State Conservatory. In 1981, he got accepted at the Orchestra of the State Radio inTurkey as a percusssion performer.
He has participated s a percussionist in concerts, seminars & recordings not only in Turkey, but lso in the Nederlands, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, U.S.A., Japan, China & many Arab countries. He has managed to obtain students almost all around Europe.
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Pedram Khavarzamini, was born in 1975, in Tehran. He learned to play the tombak alongside to tombak masters Kamyar Mohabbat and Bahman Rajabi.