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Kelly Thoma

Instruments:

Lyra

Traditions:

, , Greek, Greek (Crete)

Kelly Thoma has been studying the lyra with Ross Daly since 1995 and soon after started travelling with him and his group, Labyrinth, to perform in some of the most prestigious venues and festivals around the world. She has participated in many projects with musicians from various traditions of the world.

As a member of Labyrinth and the Labyrinth Musical Workshop, she has had the chance to meet and play with many renowned musicians such as the Trio Chemirani, Ömer Erdoğdular, Derya Türkan , Zohar Fresco, Efrén López, Pedram Khavar Zamini, Dhruba Ghosh, Ballake Sissoko, Erdal Erzincan, Mehmet Erenler, Yurdal Tokcan, Mayu Shviro, Ustad Mohammed Rahim Khushnawaz and many more. This resulted in a unique sound and a personal style on the lyra, as well as a creative approach to traditional music. She has participated in most of Ross Daly’s projects and has been a member of Tokso Folk String Quartet with Anne Hytta, Eleonore Billy and Sigrun Eng exploring and creating music inspired by nordic and other traditions since 2008.

With Ross Daly, she has performed in Carnegie Hall, Theatre de la Ville, Queen Elizabeth Hall, San Francisco WMF, Rainforest WMF, Womadelaide, Rudolstadt and many other important venues and festivals around the world.

She has released three albums of her own compositions, Anamkhara (2009), 7Fish (2014) and “As Τhe Winds Die Down” (2018) and has graduated from the English Literature department at the Athens University as well as from the”Rallou Manou” Dance School.