christosChristos Barbas: ney/voice

He is performing, composing and teaching a variety of music genres ranging from contemporary and improvised to Ottoman classical music.

Christos Barbas was born in 1980 in Thessaloniki. He has been playing and studying music from a young age: ney with Ömer Erdoğdular and Markos Skoulios, Kaval with Nedyalko Nedyalkov, Blockflöte with Kostis Papazoglou and Bernhard Böhm, theory of Western Tonal Music with Nikos Solomonidis and Vasilis Kitsos. He has taken courses in piano and cello, moreover he has attended Shakuhachi seminars with Kiku Day. He studied Byzantine music with Panagiotis Neohoritis, Bansuri and North-Indian music with Shiam Sunders and Nicolas Magriel; he is self-taught in whistling, accordion, Galician bagpipe, tin whistle, guitar and more.

He holds a degree in Musicology from the School of Fine Arts of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and a Master in Ethnomusicology from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He is interested in a variety of music genres ranging from contemporary and improvised music, medieval, Renaissance, baroque and classical music to music for theatre and dance, modal jazz, Greek traditional music, Turkish ritual and classical music, Bulgarian, Indian, Afghan music etc.

Christos Barbas’ engagement with music spans from composition and interpretation to performance and teaching. He has collaborated with some of the foremost bands and musicians in the area of modal music, such as: L’ Ham de Foc, Ross Daly, Kelly Thoma, Efren Lopez, Aman Aman, Evgenios Voulgaris, Ensemble Calixtinus, Mara Aranda, Daud Khan Sadozai, Magnanimus Trio. He has toured extensively in Spain, Germany, France and Italy, as well as outside the European scene, travelling to China, Israel and Morocco; he has worked as a collaborator with the prestigious Cirque du Soleil from Quebec – Canada.

In 2010 Christos Barbas produced a CD for the group Yeden (Nomeolvides Records 001). He has taught ney, kaval and given courses of traditional music at the University of Macedonia, Department of Music Science & Art, in the city of Thessaloniki (2007-2011), and at the School of Traditional and Popular Music of TEI, Arta (2006-2009). He has worked at Labyrinth Musical Workshop, Crete as seminar coordinator. He regularly teaches ney and Ottoman classical music in seminars in Spain, France and Italy.


taskouViktoria Taskou: oud/voice

She is profoundly interested in the process of creating music, either as the result of group collaboration, improvisation or composition.

Victoria was born in Athens. She graduated from the University of Athens, Department of Music Studies. She studied theory of Western Classical Music and in parallel Byzantine Music with Giannis Arvanitis.

Her main instrument is the Oud, which she initially studied with N. Parali in Lesvos. She furthered her studies with Antonis Apergis, Katerina Papadopoulou and Ross Daly. She studied Ottoman classical Music in Istanbul with Necati Çelik, Mehmet Emin Bitmez and Ömer Erdoğdular. Recently she has been focusing also on the Yaylı tanbur. She is profoundly interested in the process of creating music, either as the result of group collaboration, improvisation or composition. She has performed in concerts with traditional and contemporary music groups in Greece and abroad.

Viktoria has participated in the organisation of the “Musical Workshop for Interpretation and Composition”, held on the island of Kythira in 2004 & 2005. On this occasion young composers and musicians worked together with the goal of composing and discovering new means of expression in their performances.

Since 2004 she has been regularly attending seminars at the Labyrinth Musical Workshop. In 2006 she held a seminar entitled: “Introduction to Modal Music for musicians with a European musical background.” In the last 7 years she has been teaching Oud, traditional Greek and Byzantine music, as well as Western Music Theory in music high schools in Greece.

The music group Vuslat, of which Viktoria Taskou & Cihan Turkoglu were members, published a CD in 2010.


giorgosGiorgos Papaioannou: violin/cello

Giorgos is versatile both in the traditional as well as in the classical style of violin playing, often performing with symphony orchestras.

Giorgos Papaioannou was born in Athens in 1982. He studied music from an early age at Atticus Odeum. Since the age of 15 he has been playing with numerous groups of classical, rock, Greek folk & art music. His involvement with traditional music commenced during his studies at the University of Crete, department of Sound Engineering.

He has participated in numerous music festivals in Denmark, France, Bulgaria and Turkey. He has followed seminars in Turkish and Arabic violin techniques as well as in Bulgarian music. He won a scholarship to attend a seminar of Indian music with Dr. L. Sumbramaniam from the Royaumont Foundation in France.

Giorgos has been living in Crete since the year 2000. Currently he is a member of the Symphony Orchestra of Heraklion Municipality. He also teaches violin at the Minoan Odeum, at the Music School of Archanes Municipality and at the Concerto Odeum of Moires in Heraklion, Crete.

He has collaborated with numerous artists, such as Ross Daly, Ivan Varimezov, Hainides, Kostis Avyssinos, Mario Papadeas a.o., He has partecipated in recordings with Afentoula Razeli, Psarantonis, Yianni Paximadaki a.o.


pavlosPavlos Spyropoulos: contrabass

Besides being a contrabass player in many projects of traditional and contemporary music he is also a teacher of music theory.

Pavlos Spyropoulos was born in Athens in 1984. He began studying piano and cello at the Conservatory of Trikala “Tassia Kassiola.” In 2003 he started studying contrabass with Haralambos Himarios (State Conservatory of Thessaloniki).

He graduated from Aristotle University of  Thessaloniki, Department of Music Studies, in 2008 and holds a degree in Harmony, Counterpoint and Fugue, along with a degree in Piano (class of Markella Tsouva). He regularly attends seminars of music theory, piano, Ottoman music, traditional drumming, as well as composition and orchestration of modal music. Since 2004 he has been teaching music theory at the Conservatory “Tasia Kassiola” in Trikala.

As a contrabass player, he participates in projects involved in traditional and contemporary music. In 2009 he entered the nuevo flamenco band “Caja Secreta”. In 2010 Pavlos, together with Christos Barbas and Dimitris Tasoudis, formed the Magnanimus Trio (modal jazz). He is also a member of the groups “Modal4”, with Evgenios Voulgaris, and “Zurlia trio” (both bands play contemporary modal music). Since 2010 he has been often performing with the “Labyrinth” ensemble and Ross Daly. He was also a member of the theatrical-musical group “Mousiko Polytropo” (directed by Giannis Kaimakis).

At the end of May 2013 he performed with Erkan Oğur & Derya Türkan in two concerts, at the Museum of Greek Folk Instruments in Athens and at the World Music Festival on the island of Tinos.

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