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Ross Daly and Kelly Thoma
May 29 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
One event on July 19, 2019 at 7:00 pm
MODAL MUSIC MASTERS FROM CRETE ROSS DALY AND KELLY THOMA ANNOUNCE NORTHEAST TOUR
Greece based Ross Daly and Kelly Thoma will hit the road for their fourth annual Northeast U.S. tour on the back of their new double record “Lunar.” They’ll kick things off in Upstate NY at the award winning Folklife Center, tour listening rooms across New England including historic Club Passim, and close things out in the Green Mountains at Brandon Music. They will tour as a quartet with musicians Tev Stevig and Michael K. Harrist of Çe?ni Trio.
ROSS DALY AND KELLY THOMA TOUR DATES
5/23/19 – Glens Falls, NY @ Folklife Center at Crandall Library – 7 PM
5/24/19 – Bellows Falls, VT @ Stone Church Arts – 7:30 PM
5/25/19 – Nashua, NH @ Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar – 8 PM (w/ John Hughes) 5/26/19 – Portland, ME @ St. Lawrence Center for the Arts – 7 PM (w/ Zapion) 5/28/19 – Cambridge, MA @ Club Passim – 8PM (w/ Aya and Tano Collective) 5/30/19 – Sheffield, MA @ Race Brook Lodge Barnspace – 7 PM (w/ Maria Manousakis) 5/31/19 – Brandon, VT @ Brandon Music – 7:30 PM
Sponsors: Labyrinth Musical Workshop Ontario, Stone Church Arts
Music doesn’t understand national borders. It can’t be so easily constrained. Music grows, it travels, and it resonates. Traditions, sounds, styles all interconnect. The modal music that Ross Daly and Kelly Thoma explore seems to exist outside time, weaving strands from so many parts of the world and combining past, present, and future together in gliding, mesmerizing melodies. “Modal music – music that’s based around tones or modes rather than Western scales – covers a region that stretches from the north west of Africa to west China,” Daly explains. “All of those areas have things in common, and they’re all constantly changing and evolving.”
Daly and Thoma are masters of the Mediterranean lyra, a bowed fiddle that also has more than a dozen sympathetic strings. Daly has spent his life exploring the possibilities and connections in modal music, recording and performing all over the globe as well as hosting the annual Labyrinth music workshop in his home village of Houdetsi on the island of Crete. Daly and Thoma appeared at New York’s Carnegie Hall in 2015 and are regular visitors to the U.S. almost every year. Their new release “Lunar” has spent several months in the top of the Transglobal World Music Chart, rubbing shoulders with releases from Boubacar Traore, Anouar Brahem and Jivan Gasparyan. Jan Willem Broek in subjectivism.nl writes, “This music we hear on ‘Lunar’ is a contemporary expression of the beauty of modality from the various global traditions. These traditions are completely transformed into a new and visionary musical universe. Daly and Thoma know how to take you effortlessly into their grip. Only at the end of this wonderful world trip will you return to reality.”