Discography

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Lunar (double CD)

€ 18 

Lunar (double CD)

Ever since the most ancient times, the moon has always been a source of fascination, but equally of apprehension for all peoples of all civilisations. The fact that it is the largest luminous body in the dark night sky gives it a special place in the firmament both as the harbinger of the coming dawn but also as an object of mystery of a somewhat ominous nature. Perhaps this is because the light of the moon is reflected light, light whose source is elsewhere where we are unable to see. In this sense it resembles music itself which becomes manifest in the world through us, although it does not originate in us. All music pre-exists in a non-manifest realm of possibility and it is only through our perception of these possibilities that it comes to realisation in the world as we know it. This process is in many ways reminiscent of that of reflected light. Only if we can serve as a clear surface on which it can “shine” can we hope to be worthy servants of the grand art of music, thus reflecting its true luminescence and clarity.
Ross Daly 
Archanes,
October 2017

Our profound thanks to Saam Schlamminger, Zohar Fresco, and Marijia Katsouna, who so skillfully and tastefully accompanied us on percussion on these recordings. We are also most grateful to Vangelis Apostolou and Efrén Lόpez for their technical support in the recording and mixing of this project, as well as to Vasiliki Pantelaki for her artwork.

CD 1
1) Lunar - comp. Ross Daly
Kelly Thoma - Soprano Lyra
Saam Schlamminger - Bendir, Cymbal
Ross Daly - Afghan Rabab, Tarhu, Bass Rabab, Lyra, Bendir

2) Nishakara* - comp. Ross Daly
Kelly Thoma - Soprano Lyra
Saam Schlamminger - Bendir
Ross Daly - Afghan Rabab, Bass Rabab, Tarhu, Bendir, Tanpura

3) Mahzarin* - comp. Ross Daly
Kelly Thoma - Soprano Lyra
Saam Schlamminger - Bendir
Ross Daly - Saz

4) Anigma - comp. Ross Daly
Kelly Thoma - Soprano Lyra
Maritzia Katsouna - Bendir
Ross Daly - Tarhu

5) Hecate* - comp. Ross Daly
Kelly Thoma - Soprano Lyra
Saam Schlamminger - Bendir, Cymbal
Ross Daly-Tarhu

6) Kontylies of Messara - Cretan Traditional
Kelly Thoma - Lyra
Saam Schlamminger - Bendir
Ross Daly - Lyra

7) Mirza* - comp. Ross Daly
Kelly Thoma - Lyra
Maritzia Katsouna - Bendir
Ross Daly - Lyra

CD 2
1) Altan* - comp. Ross Daly
Kelly Thoma - Soprano Lyra 
Ross Daly - Sazes, Bendir

2) Chandrakala* - comp. Ross Daly
Kelly Thoma - Soprano Lyra
Saam Schlamminger - Bendir, Cymbal
Ross Daly - Lyra, Afghan Rabab

3) Aylin* - comp. Ross Daly
Kelly Thoma - Lyra
Saam Schlamminger - Bendir
Ross Daly - Afghan Rabab, Lyra, Tarhu

4) Dilkeşide Saz Semâi - comp. Ross Daly
Kelly Thoma - Soprano Lyra
Zohar Fresco - Bendir
Ross Daly - Tarhu

5) Çoban - comp. Talip Özkan
Kelly Thoma - Soprano Lyra
Saam Schlamminger - Bendir
Ross Daly - Saz

6) Mehrangarh - Rajasthani Traditional
Kelly Thoma - Lyra, Soprano Lyra
Saam Schlamminger - Bendir, Cymbal
Ross Daly - Afghan Rabab, Bass Rabab, Tarhu

*Nishakara: The Night Maker. 
In Hindu mythology Nishakara is a personification of the moon. A somewhat tragic figure always longing for completeness, for return to a place of origin despite being himself the very substance and process through which one attains completeness, through which one gets a taste of eternity.
*Mahzarin: Golden Moon in Persian
*Hecate: Hecate was a pre-Olympian goddess of the Ancient Greek Pantheon who was associated with magic, crossroads, death and rebirth as well as with the moon. She was said to have been the bestower of dreams on humanity which, if interpreted wisely, led to greater clarity. 
*Mirza: Mirza in Persian denotes a person of aristocratic or royal lineage such as a prince. In this case it was the name of our most beloved dog who sadly left us in 2015 and to whom this piece is dedicated.
*Altan: in Turkish Altan means red dawn. Traditionally sailors have considered the red dawn to be a warning that a storm is on its way. 
*Chandrakala: chandra is the name of the moon in Sanskrit, depicted in mythology as a young and beautiful man with two arms carrying a club and a lotus. Chandrakala denotes moonbeams.
*Aylin: Aylin in Turkish means “moon halo”, a particularly beautiful natural occurrence caused by minute ice particles in the earth’s atmosphere.

All music composed and arranged by Ross Daly except for :
· Mehrangarh. This piece is based on traditional tunes from Rajasthan which we learned from Ghevar Khan, Darra Khan, and Firoze Khan of the Manganyar family of the desert region of Jaisalmer, together with a Cretan syrtos melody composed by the late Spyros Sifogiorgakis. The Manganyar family have for centuries been the court musicians of the Maharajah of Jodhpur and Marwar. Their primary instrument is the kamaycha, itself a distant relative of the lyra. This instrument was played masterfully by the late Sakar Khan. Ghevar, Darra and Firoze Khan are the sons and worthy successors of Sakar Khan. 
· Kontylies of Messara (traditional Cretan). These melodies were amongst the favorites of my teacher the late Kostas Mountakis from whom I learned them.
· Çoban. This piece was composed by the late Talip Özkan and it was unusual for him to play a concert without it being including in the program. Talip Özkan was one of the foremost virtuosi of the saz of the latter part of the 20th century as well as a close personal friend.

Recorded at Studio Vasmaris, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
Recording Engineer: Vangelis Apostolou
Mixing: Efrén López, Mas de Flors Studio
Photography: Niko Alexandrou (www.eyeonthestage.com)
Manolis Mathioudakis (www.m-mathioudakis.com)
Angelina Demosthenous, Silvano Mangiafico
CD artwork: Vasiliki Pantelaki
Production: Ross Daly, Kelly Thoma
www.rossdaly.gr, www.kellythoma.com

 

 

 

Anamkhara

€ 13 

Anamkhara (2009)

The word Anamkhara derives from the Irish Gaelic language and means "friend of the soul".

All of the tracks on the CD are composed and arranged by Kelly Thoma, who is one of the core members of Ross Daly's "Labyrinth" ensemble for the past ten years. Her chosen instrument is the Cretan lyra which she plays in her own unique way, reflecting the rich experience which she has gained in Labyrinth through her collaborations with master musicians from various countries. Her compositions reveal a rich imagination and a wise and mature balance between the indispensable discipline and austerity which characterize the traditions she has studied, and the creative expression, free of dogmatic attitudes, which is the fundamental need of any young artist. The sound of many bowed instruments in combination with the exceptional percussion work of Zohar Fresco is the hallmark of the album.

Four other significant musicians of international stature participate on the album, Efrén López on the vielle a roué, Pedram Khavar Zamini on the Iranian tombak, Ahmet Erdoğdular with a vocal improvisation in the Turkish gazel style, and Ross Daly on the tarhu and Cretan lyra.

Tracks:


1. Star anise
2. Ice Tree
3. Giouhtas
4. Bir Tel
5. Flutter
6. Anamkhara
7. The dancing owl
Cover photos: Andrzej Lozko

Cover artwork: Kallia Platyrrachou 

 

7Fish

€ 13 

7Fish (2014)

" ...Gorgeous, exciting journey of her sharpely compositions (...) tense, mysterious, floating, with sudden bursts of flickering propulsion, moving out into a dark sea ..." 5/5 Andrew Cronshaw , May 2015, #383 

http://frootsmag.com/ 

If music is an endless ocean of possibilities, this collection is but 7 such...plus 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.


Tracks
1.Piranhas
2.Salahi 
3. Melanouri 
4.Lychnos 
5.Hamsi
6.Dolphins
7.Atherina
8.S 

Recorded, mixed and mastered at Studio Vasmaris, Heraklion, Crete www.studiovasmaris.gr

Recorded by: Vaggelis Apostolou

Mixed and mastered by: Efrén López

Photos: Giannis Karnikis - Athena Tounda (Narciso Corporation Photography)

Cover artwork: Kallia Platyrrachou

Supported by Cretaquarium and HCMR
http://www.cretaquarium.gr/

 

All tracks composed and arranged by Kelly Thoma 

 

 

The other side

€ 13 

 

Tin anixi perimenes

€ 13 

 

Osi hara ‘houn ta poulia

€ 13 

 

 "7FISH" (2014)

Featuring: Ross Daly, Zohar Fresco, Pedram Khavarzamini, Giorgos Manolakis, Aris Kornelakis, Efren Lopez, Pavlos Spyropoulos, Sofia Efkleidou, Taxiarchis Georgoulis, Giannis Papatzanis, Miriam Encinas Laffitte.

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Participations:

“Osi hara ‘houn ta poulia”, Ross Daly, 2016

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"Cor Amant" TOKSO, 2014 ORDER HERE


"Tokso", with Tokso Folk String Quartet, 2011

"Tin anixi perimenes”, Ross Daly, 2015

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‘The other side”, Ross Daly, 2014

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"Beyond the Horizon", Ross Daly 2001

"El Fill del Llop”, Efren Lopez, 2015

http://www.efrenlopez.net

“Ditto”, Giorgis Manolakis, 2013


Kin Kin, with Ross Daly in Australia, 2002


"The Golden Thread", Stellamara , 2008


"Iris", Ross Daly , 2003


"Em Casa", Celina da Piedade, 2012


"White Dragon", Ross Daly- Huun Huur Tu, 2008


"Meditenaneum", Oni Wytars, 2009


"Vuslat" , Cihan Turkoglu, Victoria Taskou, 2011

http://vuslatband.blogspot.com/