Enjoy browsing the Artists Profile of all Artists who are performing at GRIASDI 2018 (listed in alphabetic order):
Adam Maalouf (USA)
Adam Maalouf’s music is found where the modern meets the ancient, where the Pantam(or handpan) meets ancient or traditional styles of music from around the globe brought together using electronic beats and synthesizers. Pan-tam is the name of the “flying saucer” instrument invented in year 2000, and the word stems from the combination of the Pan from Trinidad, and the Ghatam (clay pot drum) from South India. Adam’s unique musical style is channeled through genre-bending compositions for solo and ensembles that incorporate musicians from around the globe. As a dedicated music student, Adam has traveled through Europe, India and the Middle East to study under renowned percussion masters and in 2013 received his BA in Percussion Performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. As a teacher, Adam regularly hosts workshops and retreats in New York and North Carolina and hopes to bring cultures together through his teachings and performances.
A New York City based composer and performer, Adam has shared his music in venues across the world including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, MoMa, St. Basil’s Cathedral, Tanglewood, Wolf Trap, The BANFF Center and Austin City Limits. As a collaborator, Adam has performed with ensembles such as The Brooklyn Raga Massive, Pink Martini, Ensemble Signal, The Atlanta Symphony, The National Arabic Orchestra, The Asheville Percussion All-Stars and The Gil Evan’s Centennial Project, and with artists such as Steve Reich, Eugene Frisen, Kygo, Drukmo Gyal Dakini, Lizz Wright, Jamey Haddad, Farah Siraj, Morley and many others. Adam performs regularly as a solo artist and with his world music project “Future Tribe”.
Adrian J Portia (AUS)
Adrian started playing drums from the age of 10 and touring the country in his fathers band at 12 years of age. Performing every week he gained a lot of experience in his younger years, which helped him become the musician he is today.
At the age of 19 adrian was runner up in Australien’s best up and coming drummer competition, which led him to endorsement deals with premier drums sabian cymbals and vater drumsticks.
He has performed with many musicians over the years and is still an in demand musician in the Melbourne music scene.
About 7 years ago he started experimenting with different hand percussion and is continuing to explore world percussion instruments.
His love and desire to play a Handpan began when he first saw a “Hang” in 2018, althought it wasn’t until august 2013 that he received his first Handpan. In this short time Adrian has been recogniced internationally as one of the top players and educators on the instrument and has been traveling all over the world performing and teaching. He is widley known for his speed, control and command over the instrument and has been given´the nickname “the hummingbird”.
Having his own unique, versatile, percussive and melodic stile, Adrian is dedicated to continue to develope in the craft of playing these amazing instruments.
Alexandre Lora (BRA)
Lora achieved his Bachelor’s degree in Drumset Performance in 2002 at FAAM (Faculdade de Artes Alcântara Machado). He has studied classical percussion for 3 years at the EMM (Escola Municipal de Música de São Paulo), and got his Master’s degree in Musicology and Music Education at the UAB (Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona) in 2009.
In 2010 has performed in 33 cities around Spain, participating in the project “DiverSons” (Banco La Caixa).
In 2011, as member as the XLJazz Orchestra, he had performed in Amsterdam and Rotterdam along the great piano player Ramon Valle.
Since 2012, Lora is a faculty member at Centrum Choro Workshop (Port Townsend-USA) and has performed with his Trio Brasileiro in major US cities such as New York, Chicago, Boston, Seattle, Miami and Portland.
Alexandre has collaborated with accomplished musicians such as Anat Cohen, Jovino Santos Neto, Mestrinho, Ramón Valle, Mariana Aydar and Brazil Guitar Duo.
In 2015 he has released his first solo CD, with all original compositions, entitled “Oriente”.
In 2016 and 2017 has performed at “GRIASDI”, Hand Pan and World Music Festival (Áustria), solo performance.
His second Solo CD entitled “Hand Pan for Peace” was released in July – 2017.
Grammy nomination 2018: “Rosa dos Ventos” – Best World Music Album” Anat Cohen + Trio Brasileiro.
Archer & Tripp (GBR / DEU)
Centred around the Hang, multi-instrumentalists Samantha Archer (UK) and Jaron Tripp (GER) create a unique blend of world music that varies from acoustic trance to complex polyrhythmic compositions. Whilst offering an intricate listening experience to the knowledgeable ear, their emotional and dynamic playing opens the space for a joyous sound journey at the same time.
The two first met at the 2014 edition of the world’s first Hang gathering – Hangout UK. Since realising their similar approach and understanding of music as well as a passion for travel, it was inevitable to go on a journey together. During this journey, which literally took them around the world, Samantha and Jaron developed a shared vision of creating a new sound. Although still frequently travelling to share their music, the two are now based in West Germany enabling them to work and integrate more and more of their rare and unique instruments steering them closer towards their idea of ‘Acoustic Trance’.
Samantha’s classical training during her child and teenage years in piano, clarinet and vocals allowed her distinctive and instinctive sense for melody to flower into a skill for both improvisation and composition.
Jaron’s development as a musician is driven by the grounding power of rhythm. When starting to play the Hang in early 2006, the freedom of no tradition matched perfectly with his approach to music.
Since studying complex rhythmical structures in a meditative way, whilst becoming a Taketina teacher (from 2010 – 2012), Jaron’s deep understanding of rhythm and pulse uniquely blends with Samantha’s enchanting melodic tone.
Video Links: http://archerandtripp.com/videos/
Christian Amín Vàrkonyi Project (AUT)
Researching therapeutic aspects of sound and music.
Since 2003 he plays Hang & Percussion and more recently Pantam, Charango, Handpan & Flutes.
Amín has released a variety of solo CDs as well as band projects focusing on healing and consciousness as human beings.
As an artist he has performed around 500 concerts on stages throughout Europe, Russia and South America, where he spends extended periods of time learning from shamans, master musicians, culture and people.
Afro-Cuban and Brazilian grooves are an influential part of his music, as well as the harmonic door of overtone music which, for him, is an invitation, into a world of inner peace.
Edoardo Striani (ITA)
Edoardo started playing percussions in 2010, and began his journey in the world of Handpans in 2012. He used to work as astrophysicist in the day, while playing in the streets of Rome in the evenings. Since then, he performed at the Milano Handpan Festival Milano in 2013 and 2014 and several events of modern dance and meditation around Europe and India. In 2016 he created “Music from the stars”, a format where he plays his handpans while showing images from the universe and tells about the misteries of the cosmos. His aim is to merge his two passions, handpans and stars, in an emotional experience that provides feelings of wonder and connection.
Born in 1989, Giacomo Cella is a musician, composer and sound designer based in Milan. As a child he studied guitar, piano, electric bass, drums and singing; in 2011, he qualified with top marks as a Sound Designer at the IED in Milan. Over the last six years he has composed music for fashion films (Armani, Valentino, Hugo Boss and Etro, to name but a few) and commercials, plus soundtracks for films and documentaries, as well as teaching musical technology at 4cmp; in 2013, he began releasing albums of electronic music and performing live as “Jacky 0”.
In 2014, his passion for musical instruments and sound led to his discovery of the strange mushroom-shaped instrument known as the handpan. While researching the subject on the web, he came across the contact details of Emma Grassia, who performs under her stage name Mumi and is one of the most talented handpan players in circulation. Their work together has resulted both in an album that mixes electronic music (made using synthesisers, electronic drum kits and ambient sounds) with handpan music and live performances at events all over Italy.
Emma, who is also from Milan and has studied piano and choral singing her whole life, discovered the handpan in 2011 and fell in love with it. For about a year now, Emma has been busy not only performing with Giacomo at various events and concerts, but also making her own handpans.
(Kabeção , Ze Cruz, Sebastiao Bergmann, Joao Jardim)
Khayalan is an Ethnic-Contemporary and World music project based and born in Lisbon, Portugal.
The name comes from Indonesian culture and means Notion & Imagination at the same time. A word that is very related to the music created by this musical project. It’s a gathering of different beings that explored through their life journeys the sound of ethnic and fusion instruments, that musically affect the senses and conscienceness of either those who play or hear them. Their message combined, takes the audience through a journey of sounds, sensations and feelings, feelings that take us back to the various cultures that created and defined our modern culture.
Kabeção – Handpan / Pantam
Zé Cruz – Trumpet / Hulusi / Kalimba
João Jardim – Didgeridoo
Sebastião Bergman – Percussion
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/khayalanmusic/
YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/c/Khayalan
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/khayalanmusic/
Bandcamp – https://khayalan.bandcamp.com/
Soundcloud – https://soundcloud.com/khayalanmusic
Kabeção is a widely sought after multi-instrumentalist, master handpan player (and teacher), who plays all around the world, creates inspiring music, and performs in various settings with talented musicians from all walks of life. Kabeção’s road to stardom has been painted with memorable milestones. He was a finalist on Portugal’s “Got Talent” and his highly anticipated album, “Touching Souls” (released in September 2017), was long awaited and completely crowd-funded by music lovers and players from all around the world. “Touching Souls” exceeded expectations and goals during its conception and the album holds true to its name. It is like nothing you have experienced before. With his gentle spirit, playful nature, and emotive playing, Kabeção’s music seems to transcend time and space. He is a standalone player in terms of combining the skills of a percussionist with the great essence of a melodic storyteller, encapsulating experiences through the channels of singing steel.
MAHAAN – Marcel Hutter & Andy Huber Band Project (AUT)
In the center of MAHAAN stands a new, modern instrument – the Handpan / Pantam.
The use of this wonderful instrument was up to now primarily a solo instrument!
The project MAHAAN, which was initiated by Andreas Huber and tries to change this, tries to change this. Marcel Hutter has found a congenial partner.
The handpans are said to be part of a wonderful band with many nuances of sound, with influences be different styles – part of a whole – new is to emerge!
On equal footing, an overall sound evolves that turns the various instruments into a whole merge!
Due to the diverse background of the musicians (jazz, world, classical, reggae, meditation …) was born a varied, colorful repertoire that stimulates dance as well as meditation.
Handpan player since 2012! Self-taught. For a long time he was primarily street musician!
A welcome guest at many Handpan Festivals (France, Greece, England, Germany, Portugal, Austria ……)
Highlights were performances at the court of the Prince of Montenegro and with former Austrian Federal President Dr. Heinz Fischer.
Studied classical percussion at the Anton Bruckner University Linz, Austria
Music school teacher and Adult education,, teacher training, kindergarten teachers,Afternoon supervisor, music school teacher, ……
Ensemble member and others: “Hallucination Company”, “Chameleon
Orchestra “; “Manuel Ortega Band”, “10 strings 1 sheet”, … ..
Played u.a. with: Marianne Mendt, Napoleon Murphy Brock, Andy
Baum, Folke Tegethoff, Hansi Lang, Vienna Boys’ Choir, ….
Learned the most different flutes autodidact
He also plays alongside the “conventional” C, alto and bass flutes
exotic like Bansuri (India), Shakuhachi (Japan), Tin Whistle
Plays mainly solo projects and in experimental formations like “art of experiance”, “voiceXperiance”, …
Studied at the Bruckner University (Linz, Austria) and College of Music Los Angeles (USA)
One of the most sought after and most accomplished bassists in Austria!
Double Bass, Fretless, E-Bass, Gamba and much more
masters and teaches the multi-instrumentalist!
He plays u.a. with: Anna Laszlo, Alegre Correa, Jackson Allen, Sabine
Stieger, Dawn Bishop, The Pilots, Ms Grace, Chaun Horton, Patricia
Breiteck, Linda Frey, Goethe – grooving…..
MAHAAN Videos (Youtube):
Mark Lupescu & Leonardo Trincabelli (DEU/ITA)
& Special Guest
Leonardo Trincabelli absorbed the african cultural heritage in the tradition of his native Uruguay. He started his involvement in music in Montevideo as a percussionist, singer and stage producer, while dabbling in folklore and afro-latin rhythms. Later, he moved to Barcelona and developed a passion and the technique for playing the Hang. Along side this new instrument, he also developed into Flamenco, Brazilian and Indian cultures. The highlights of his creations are summarized in 5 albums: Nara Trio 2009, Release (solo) 2010, Xalat Bu Rafet 2011, Lhas (solo) 2012, Vol.A.R. (solo) 2013 and 3 collaborations in documentaries. Currently defined as a multi-instrumentalist and composer, he is on a never-ending search of new sounds and music.
Mark Lupescu was born in Romania and emigrated at the age of 14 to Germany. He graduated from the conservatory in Leipzig as a percussionist. The music took him to many countries and the influence of different cultures is reflected in his music. In his travels in Gambia and Mali discovered the Kora, a Harp of 21 strings, which is his main instrument now. Currently he lives in Barcelona where he plays in different projects like Nara Trio, Rasakan, Nais, Nakany Kante and others. Apart from his activity as musician, he is also building handpans.
MATSUMOTO ZOKU (JAP)
Originally from Japan, Matsumoto Zoku are based in Melbourne and Vienna.
Koji Matsumoto plays Hand Pan and Didgeridoo.
Reo Matsumoto is a Human Beat Maker, Hand Pan Player, Percussionist and Electronic musician.
Matsumoto Zoku’s career started on the streets of Melbourne. They are currently recording their Fifth album.
Their debut album MATSUMOTO ZOKU was released in 2014 after their demo TRIBARHYTHM DEMO, released in 2013 sold more than 8000 copies on the street.In 2015 they released their Ho-High EP. Their follow up ZOKU CAMP DEMO EP was released in 2016 and their new album MATSUMOTO ZOKU 2 will be released soon.
Since forming Matsumoto Zoku have performed in 14 different countries, covering 41 cities.
Highlights include playing the OZORA FESTIVAL for the last 3 years, headlining on the Dragon Nest Stage in 2014, touring Europe 3 times, Russia twice and Japan twice. In 2016 they opened the OZORA TOKYO FESTIVAL.
Matsumoto Zoku merge urban vocal beats with the soft sounds of the Hand Pan and Didgeridoo creating a playful, serene yet vibrant sound. Their intuitive and unique music is inspired by their extensive travels busking internationally, resulting in an original and emotive style and groove. Their music crosses over many genres including HipHop, Rock, TripHop, Dance, Psy, Dn’B, Chill Out and Meditative. Their music finds harmony where the urban and the natural meet.
On a hot day on a rooftop in Varanasi India, Koji and Reo met for the first time.
Then they began jamming together. After, they realized they wanted to make music together in the near future. At the moment they continue to tavel to refine their personal skills. Koji went to Australia and Europe and Reo went to Japan and NewYork.
Then came the crisis in Amsterdam, Holland 2012. Koji and Reo met again after waiting since 2009 to make music together‐3years later!
They started busking on the streets of Amsterdam, but only earned 3 euro because of the speaker Reo bought in Thailand. Thai brand doesn’t work well. It seems funny now. The Matsumoto Zoku story continues…
Last year she released her EP “S I V E L A D O”. A response to having spent some time touring and traveling abroad.Currently Mayiia is touring with her solo program “Following Neptun”. She sings and plays her own music by playing Handpan and Ravdrum and using her natural voice, experimenting with different noises and musical elements. Her EP features danceable songs with ripples of melancholy, spiced up with some electronics. Wide nordic spaces and poetic lyrics create a new space for the gentleness of open heartedness and the connection of the inner sound.
As Mayiia says, “All music comes from silence and end in silence”.
The Berlin based PanDub duo brings on stage a live performance combining percussive harmonic beats and acoustic illusions.
Blending Genres that go from Reggae, Dub, Ethnic, Electro-Folk, Progressive Chillout, Ambient, Recreational and endless inspiration sources.
Several different instruments come into play from, Handpan, Flutes, Melodica, to Percussions, Sax, Voices, and a lot more sound textures.
Jamming is one of the key words of this project which means there is always something different and unexpected being created.
Peter Gabis & Haider Khan
feat. Azeem Ahmed Alvi (AUT / IND)
Peter Gabis (AUT)
Is a Jazz drummer, percussionist, teacher, Peter_Logosound massage practitioner, dialogue facilitator, etc… He was always interested in exploring the creative process, mostly in music, rhythm, sound and communication and he like the variety of the different fields, that are not so different as they look at the first sight. The single domains of his work affect and interact with each other, they influence each other. That creates a very exciting creative field, that I use for my movement, going here going there… to learn out of a inner need to learn.
Haider Khan (IND)
Haider Khan hails from Rajasthan on the western edge of India from the Thar desert and belongs to a musician dynasty that has passed down its knowledge of generations from childhood on. He convinces with his outstanding ability and richness of facets in the field of Indian classical music and rajasthani folk.
He was also able to prove his talent as semifinalist of the Indian supertalentshow – season 3.
In addition, his enrich numerous current fusion and jazz projects such as [dunkelbunt], the lila – the indian jazz project, kaveri kathak dance & philip sageder (bauchklang). appearances and guest appearences with well-known musicians from the “wiener scene” has already brought her to great stages in vienna, such as gasomether, concert house, porgy & bess. they effortlessly move through various genres, the world music, jazz, the balkan groove supported by musicians of the “wiener tschuschenkapelle”, electro swing, with dj’s and producers, like donjohnston and scheibosan or also on the popfest vienna with skero.
harri stojka was allowed to stand by her during his india express tour 2015 in india.
AZEEM Ahmed Alvi (IND)
Born into the sixth generation of a family of classical Indian music, at the age of 6, Azeem Ahmed Alvi studied traditional Indian music exclusively under his father Ustad Sayyed Ahmed Alvi and Ustad Mohsin Ali Khan. Under his esteemed guidance, he owned his sitar playing skills and went on to master the art of Sitar playing well-known genius – Padmashree Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan.
Azeem Ahmed Alvi gave his first live performance at a tender age of 12. After having been awarded a National Scholarship by the Government of India, he went on to perform at various prestigious music festivals in India and across the world to represent Indian Culture including Japan, Singapore, Germany, Vietnam, China, Austria, UK and many more.
Azeem Ahmed Alvi has travelled the world and has ensured that the sound of traditional Indian music be heard live and loud in a variety of diverse interpretations. This led him to become a prominent music figure in the realm of Indian classical music. Only in his twenties, Azeem Ahmed Alvi has established a strong foothold in the contemporary music scene both, in India andabroad. Already known to be one of the foremost sitar players of the world, he aspires to bridge the gap between Indian classical and western contemporary music. Through his musical expertise, he has dabbled in diverse genres like Sufi, Flamenco, Jazz, and Electronica & Western Classical music.
Sandy Mango & the COSMIC BOAT (FRA/ITA)
She grew up in the suburbs of Paris, and started to play music around 17years old, after founding her first guitar in the bin. Since 2012, she travels around the world, and had the opportunity to accompany many homeless people and to participate in various humanitarian projects. When she came back in France, she decides to make a crowdfunding project to develop her first collaborative album. With the intention of sharing messages of peace and love.
Her music is a tribute to the nature and the various influences and encounters made during her travels. She invites many friends to collaborate. From March to September 2017, it is a crew of 22 pirates in total, coming from various horizons, who will contribute piece by piece to the development of this project. Through Poems, instruments and illustrations…
And with the help of his friend Little Pablo, producer and instrumentalist, they translate the richness of the poetic universe of the Cosmic Boat. A spatial trip-hop with captivating melodies, tinged with influence from all over the world. Mauricio Rodriguez from Italia, is one of the guitarist who record in the album, they met each other while living and playing on the beach together in « La Caleta » Canary Island.
Two multi instrumentists, Laurent Sureau and Jeremy Nattagh, that studied classical,
african, jazz and modern music, now offer a 4 feet and 4 hands crazy show that
pushes the Hang/Handpans boundaries, whether in precisely arranged lyrical
compositions or in fierce grooves.
Every piece is a new offering to the audience’s senses.
Dive in for an unforgettable experience with two dedicated musicians, always
searching for new soundscapes.