Ross Daly

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Ross Daly
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Ross Daly in Archanes Crete in 2007
Background information
Born 29 September 1952
Origin King's Lynn, Norfolk
Genres folk, traditional
Website rossdaly.gr
Notable instruments
Lyra (Cretan)

Ross Daly (born 29 September 1952 in King's Lynn, Norfolk) is a world musician who specializes in music of the Cretan lyra. Although of Irish descent, he has been living on the island of Crete for over 35 years.[1]

Biography[edit]

Music is the language of my dialogue with that which perceive to be sacred.

—Ross Daly, Ross Daly biography

Ross Daly has traveled the world, mainly in the Middle East, Central Asia and the Indian subcontinent, studying various forms of local music traditions. In 1982 he established an educational institution called Labyrinth Musical Workshop,[2] in the village of Houdetsi in Crete, twenty kilometres south of the capital city of Herakleion. More than 250 instruments that Daly collected during his travels are on show and hundreds of students from all over the world come to study with renowned international teachers of modal music each year.[1]

In 1990 Daly designed a new type of Cretan lyra which incorporates elements of lyraki, the byzantine lyra and the Indian sarangi. The result was a lyra with three playing strings of 29 cm in length (the same as the standard Cretan lyra), and 18 sympathetic strings which resonate on Indian-styled jawari bridges (the number of sympathetic strings was later increased to 22).

Daly has released more than 35 albums of his own compositions and of his own arrangements of traditional melodies collected during his travels.[1]

In Summer 2004 he was the artistic director of the cultural program of the Olympic Games for the Olympic city of Heraklion on the island of Crete, titled "Crete, Music Crossroads". He organized and artistically supervised 15 concerts with the participation of 300 musicians from all over the world, including: Jordi Savall, Eduardo Niebla, Huun Huur Tu, Habil Aliyev, Dhoad Gypsies of Rajasthan, Mohammad Rahim Khushnawaz, Chemirani Trio, Adel Selameh.[1]

In the European Elections of 2009 he was candidate with the Ecologists Greens.

Discography[edit]

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  • White Dragon Seistron
  • Elefthero Simio Sistron
  • Pnoe Sistron
  • Naghma Arion
  • Mıtos Network Medien Gmbh
  • Selected Works
  • Cross Current
  • Beyond The Horizon Sistron
  • Echo Of Time Sistron
  • At The Cafe Aman Network Medien Gmbh
  • An-Ki
  • Gulistan L'empreinte Digitale
  • Iris Protasis
  • Kin Kin Sistron
  • Spyrıdoula Toutoudaki - Ross Daly / Me Ti Fevga Tou Kerou Sistron
  • Mıcrokosmos Music Of Crete
  • Synavgia Libra Music
  • Live At Theatre De La Vılle / Avec Le Trio Chemıranı Naïve
LPs
  • Anadysi
  • Ross Daly
  • Crete
  • Hori

Concerts at festivals[edit]

Daly has performed in many venues and festivals:[1]

  • Musicaves, Givry (71), France (2013)
  • Kala Kathoumena, Nicosia (Old City), Cyprus (2012)
  • Bourges, France (2008)
  • Al Dhafra Concert Hall, Abu Dhabi (2008)
  • Rainforest World Music Festival, Sarawak, Malaysia (2008)
  • Théâtre de la Ville, Paris, France (1992–93, 2002,2003,2005, 2008)
  • Nikos Kazantzakis Theater, Herakleion, Crete (1996, 1999, 2001, 2008)
  • Jerusalem Oud Festival (2008)
  • San Sebastien Festival, Spain (2008)
  • Purcell Room, London (2007), Clarinet Festival, Bretagne (2008)
  • Emirates Palace Theater (2006, 2007)
  • Nuremberg, Germany (1992, 2006)
  • Migration Festival, Taipei, Taiwan (2006)
  • International Lute Festival, Tetouan, Morocco (2006)
  • Madrid Summer Festival, Sabatini Gardens, Spain (2006)
  • International Festival, Warsaw, Poland (2006)
  • Manresa Festival, Barcelona, Spain (2006)
  • Municipal concert hall, Kayseri, Turkey (2006)
  • Athens Concert Hall, (1993, 2006)
  • Cairo Opera House (2006)
  • Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall, Istanbul, Τurkey (1997, 2005, 2006)
  • National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland(2005)
  • Konzerthaus Mozart Saal, Vienna, Austria (2005)
  • San Francisco World Music Festival, U.S.A (2005)
  • State Theatre Company, Adelaide, Australia,(2005)
  • Skala Aglantza Nicosia, Cyprus (2005)
  • Oslo Cathedral (2004)
  • Södra Teatern, Stockholm, Sweden (2004)
  • World Music Festival, Skopje, Macedonia (1999, 2003)
  • Urkult Festival, Nämforsen, Sweden (2003)
  • Festival de Saint Chartier, France (2003)
  • Copanhagen, Denmark (1995–97, 2003)
  • Thessaloniki Concert Hall (2002)
  • Rudolstadt Festival, Germany (2002)
  • Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, U.K (1998, 2000, 2002)
  • Protestant Church, Brussels, Belgium (2001)
  • Isle of Wight Festival (2000)
  • Archaeological Museum, Madrid, Spain (1998–99, 2001)
  • Festival of Murcia, Spain (1999)
  • WDR, Munich, Germany (1999)
  • Lycabbetus theatre, Athens (1987,91,93,98)
  • Herodion Theatre Athens, Greece (1992, 1998)
  • Aarhus, Denmark(1997)
  • Huset theatre, Ahlborg, Denmark (1995–97)
  • Passionskirche, Berlin (1994,95,96)
  • Les Nuits Atypiques Festival, Langon, France (1995)
  • Luxemburg Concert Hall (1992, 1994)
  • WDR Wuppertal, Germany (1992)
  • Frankfurt, Germany (1992)
  • Epidaurus Theatre, Greece

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Biography at RossDaly.gr
  2. ^ Labyrinth Music Group