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Platres: alive with the sound of music

By Maria Gregoriou

Limassol is becoming the place to go for music of a somewhat ethnic kind – while Ayia Napa still remains the city for music to make you jump up and dance – and this coming-out of Limassol on the world music scene is partly owed to the Cyprus Rialto World Music Festival, which is celebrating ten years of existence this year.

Everything will kick off tomorrow, but we’ve already covered that and promised to update you on what is coming next. As we always keep our promises – well, most of the time – we are here to let you in on the next world music event taking place this weekend, the performer being renowned international musician Ross Daly.

Daly was born in the U.K. to Irish parents and travelled with them to many countries. These travels made him realise his deep passion for music. His first instrument was a cello, and at 21 years old he went to Japan to study the guitar.

At the tail-end of the 60s he found himself in San Francisco. Having experienced the discipline of classical training, as well as the air of freedom and experimentation of the era, he came into contact with the musical tradition of the East, something that completely changed his life.

The virtuoso musician, playing a variety of instruments, has established a number of music synergies with many renowned musicians from across the globe. He works on the musical discipline of Eastern traditions, exploring new musical forms and creative improvisation. Among other instruments, he plays the Cretan lyra, Afghan rabab, lute, Constantinople lyra, sarangi, oud, saz, and the tambur. He is a unique composer, creating his compositions from wonderful combinations of several of the traditional sounds he has studied.

Daly is joining in the music festival as part of the Rialto Residency, something that has become a tradition during the festival. The residency has been running since 2012 and began in Omodos but for the past three years it has been in Platres.

The residency is designed to give Cypriot musicians the chance to meet and collaborate with guest artists from abroad.

Daly will perform on Saturday at the Platres Cultural Centre with Petros Kizas on percussion, Alkis Agathocleous on the ney, Yiannis Koutis on the oud, Antreas Lardis on the violin and Antigoni Manari on the santouri.

On Sunday the performance will move on to the leafy and unusual setting of Caledonia Falls.

Ross Daly: Rialto Residency
Live performance by the musician. July 4-5. Saturday: Platres Cultural Centre, Platres, Limassol, Sunday: Caledonia falls. 8.30pm. Free. Tel: 77-777745

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