Workshop's Teachers
The teachers that are currently participating in the Workshop's activities

ManwlakisGiorgos Manolakis was born in Heraklion, Crete in 1982. He started practicing the laouto at the age of 8 under the guidance of his father, Kostas Manolakis, who was one of the foremost laouto players of his generation. 

Papaioannou GGiorgos Papaioannou was born in Athens in 1982. He began his musical studies at an early age at the Attiko Conservatory. Since the age of 15 he has participated in several classical orchestras as well as in many other music groups incorporating various styles.


Bijan Chemirani, learned to play the zarb with his father Djamchid Chemirani and his brother Keyvan. Encouraged by them, he began at a very early age to work in concert and make recordings with musicians such as Ross Daly, Dariush Talai, Ballaké Sissoko, Jean Guihen Queyras, Sylvain Luc, Sting, Socrates Sinopoulos, Serge Teyssot Gai, Renaud Garcia Fons. Living in Marseille, Bijan is in close contact with the Mediterranean culture and with that of Occitania. His open mind enables him to increase his capacities constantly.


Nikos PapNikos Papaioannou was born in Athens in 1991. He was graduated in music from the Music School Alimou of Athens and has a diploma in cello performance from the Attico Conservatory of Athens with Professor Marina Kislitsina.

kelly newKelly Thoma was born in Piraeus in 1978. Since 1995, she has been studying the lyra with Ross Daly and three years later started travelling with him and his group, “Labyrinth”, participating in concerts in Europe, Asia, Australia and the U.S. She has taken part in many projects with musicians from various different traditions from other countries.

ΛαμπράκηςHarris Lambrakis, gives seminars and Master Classes in Greece and throughout the world and he has participated in more than 150 albums in Greek and international discography. He started music at a very young age and his first music teacher was his father, the painter Giorgos Lambrakis.

tobias 1Born in 1976, he studied drums at the Escola de Música de Badalona and Taller de Músics de Barcelona with David Xirgu, Àlex Ventura and Tito Busquets, and percussion with Ernest Martínez and Enildo Rasúa. He complements this academic training with long stays in West Africa and Turkey. Percussionist and drummer attracted by world music and new sounds. He travels through all continents, being able to know different languages of percussion, until, thanks to Eliseo Parra, gets in touch with the tradition of the Iberian Peninsula. He is the creator and director of Coetus, Iberian percussion orchestra, project in which he has managed to give his own language to these traditional instruments adapting the proposal to the current context. In addition to playing for half the world with the orchestra, he teaches countless workshops spreading the Iberian percussion and everything that surrounds it.

NegarNegar Bouban is an Iranian musician, oud player and musicologist, born in 1973, Tehran. She got her Master’s of Architecture at the faculty of fine arts, University of Tehran with a design for Tehran’s music conservatory, and her PhD in Art Studies with an interdisciplinary study of Rhythm in Persian Music and language.


Efren Lopez, is one of today's most innovative and creative artists working in the field of Modal Music. He is a highly original composer whose works rests on a sound foundation of extensive knowledge acquired during the course of many years of intensive study under the guidance of some of the world's foremost master musicians.

Ross B 1

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.