Ross Daly


Lyra, Laouto, Oud, Rabab, Saz / bağlama


, , , Greek - Cretan, Greek, Ottoman & Turkish


Although of Irish descent, Ross Daly does not really fit into any particular ethnic stereotype given that he has spent his life in many parts of the world, living the past 35 years on the island of Crete in Greece.

Ross discovered early that music was “the language of my dialogue with that which I perceive to be sacred.” This dialogue led him to the great modal traditions of the Middle East, Central Asia, and the Indian subcontinent, where he found the musical archetypes that he had been searching for — music which was not merely a vehicle of self­ expression, but which carried one beyond what is normally perceived as the boundaries of self, into transpersonal realms of experience.

This discovery led Ross to give up all other activities and dedicate his life to the study of the innermost secrets of these musical traditions as well, as to the art of composition. He subsequently travelled extensively, studying under many of the world’s greatest masters of modal traditions. Based since 1975 on Crete, he is a recognized expert on the island’s rich musical tradition. He is also well respected for his ability to bring artists of different and seemingly unrelated traditions together in collaborations of unique quality and depth.

After many years of intensive training in a variety of musical traditions, Ross Daly turned his attention largely to composition drawing heavily on all of the knowledge which he acquired during his long apprenticeships. Today he has released more than thirty eight albums of his own compositions as well as of his own arrangements of traditional melodies that he collected during his travels. The island of Crete in Greece still provides a base for his personal and musical research as he continues travelling around the world performing his music.

Today, Ross Daly continues travelling and performing in Greece and abroad whilst simultaneously directing the Musical Workshop “Labyrinth” in the village of Houdetsi on Crete, which he founded in 1982.