Date: May 26, 2019 to May 26, 2019
Where: St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress Street, Portland, Maine, United States, 04101
Ticket Price: N/A
Ross Daly is the originator of the term Contemporary Modal Music, which refers to contemporary compositional works which draw their influences and inspiration from the broader world of Modal musical traditions which are found primarily (although not exclusively) in the vast geographical region between Western Africa and Western China. On his tour his U.S. band including Mike Harrist, and Tev Stevig, St. Lawrence Arts and Portland with be elevated to a new plain as they bring us music that does not actually belong to any single tradition, rather drawing its inspiration from a wide variety of ancient and timeless traditions deriving from the broader world of modal music. These elements are incorporated into a new genre which Ross Daly refers to as Contemporary Modal Music, oscillating between sounds that might have been played several thousand years ago or sometime in the distant future. Central to their work is a rather obscure and little known instrument, the Lyra, a small upright knee-fiddle used in a number of middle eastern and Balkan traditions as well as in the music of the island of Crete where Ross Daly resides. The music played by these artists is inspired by a profound belief in the transpersonal and transcendental nature of the ancient archetypal modal traditions of the east, having have studied these traditions extensively with some of the worlds greatest master musicians. The knowledge acquired from these sources is then integrated into compositions of their own which reflect their perception of the sacred nature of the art of music. Opening the evening will be Zapion. A student of the late Udi Alan Shavarsh Bardezbanian, Eric LaPerna, formed Zapion in 2010. Zapion plays folk, classical, Sufi, and art music from the Turkish and Arab traditions, as well as Armenian, Iranian and Balkan music. Zapion got its name from a Greek Taverna Udi Al used to perform at in the 70s, and are doing their best to keep the music he loved alive.