Ross Daly
© Manolis Mathioudakis
© Nikos Alexandrou
  • country:Greece
  • label:not signed
  • type:Quintet
  • instrumentation:instrumental
  • artist posted by:Listen Loud

Line up

  • Giorgos Manolakis (lute)
  • Kelly Thoma (lyra)
  • Pavlos Spyropoulos (bass)
  • Ross Daly ( lyra, tarhu, rabab, saz )
  • Zohar Fresco (frame-drums)


Ross Daly together with his fellow musicians, present a program that includes his own compositions belonging to the genre "Contemporary Modal Music". These compositions reflect his long journey through the broader range of musical traditions of Modal Music that extends geographically from Northwest Africa to India. Ross Daly is the founder and artistic director of the Labyrinth Musical Lab in Crete, which annually brings together hundreds of students and teachers from around the world to seminar circles that offer a unique experience of learning the musical traditions of the entire range of Modal Music.

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 more than 35 years has been the island of Crete in Greece. 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 these traditions, he encountered music that was not merely a vehicle of self-expression, but music that was able to take one beyond what was normally perceived to be the boundaries of one’s self into other trans-personal realms of experience.