So! THIS is happening ends of August at Labyrinth Online. What better way to begin the year, than with a seminar that will give you some more musical alzheimer? Meaning, you’ll forget everything you know about music, and learn new things that you will very soon – also – forget. Ok, i’m just kidding, for a serious description of this course read on 😉
IMPROvising COMPOsitions, compoSING improVISAtions:
“Improvising and composing are often seen as two distinct processes in music-making. Usually, improvisation is related to orality, freedom, and spontaneity, while composition to writing, structure, systematization as well as disposing of time to go back and revise the created piece(s).
The possibility of recording sound in the 20th century, as well as the increasing awareness of the importance of improvisation in most of the musics around the world, has questioned their separateness and led to a redefinition of their relation: we now tend to think about them as parts of a continuum, instead of as contrasting concepts.
Modal musical systems and modality in itself is an interesting case as it can help us expand further the way we see composition and improvisation as well as the relationship between them: Here we are not dealing with a continuum, nor with structure vs freedom, but with a set of pre-composed building blocks of possibilities, that everyone, the composer, the improviser, the interpreter, the student – and even the listener, some would argue – use with a varying degree of freedom, in order to (re)create and communicate meaning through music.
With these things in mind, in the course we will study and try to understand modality through this prism in order to unlock it’s potential for enhancing creativity: employing the flux and the live dimension that improvisation provides us with in the process of composition, and at the same time, animating and possibly structuring our improvisations with ideas coming from the area of composition. We will do so through the study and analysis of compositions, listening sessions, and transcriptions of recorded improvisations, as well as an in-depth practice of both composition and improvisation in the span of two weeks.
This course wishes to highlight the importance of composition and improvisation in all aspects of music-making, so even though composers and improvisers from other styles of music are very welcome, we also welcome interpreters and musicians that wish to deepen their understanding and enrich their performances in the instrument or modal traditions they are studying.”

US$ 240 for 30 hours of instruction (10 classes x 3 hours)

Registration includes access to video recordings of all classes.

Register now to hold your place:

* Can’t afford it? Apply to become the Course Assistant here:

This August 12-17 i will returning to Crete & Labyrinth Musical Workshop for the 5 days seminar “Composition in Modal Music”, part of the amazing programming and group of teachers in Labyrinth in Crete. Are you coming?!

Και αυτό το καλοκαιράκι επιστροφή στην Κρήτη και το Μουσικό Εργαστήρι Λαβύρινθος με το σεμινάριο “Σύνθεση στην Τροπική Μουσική”, μέρος του καταπληκτικού προγράμματος και της ομάδα καθηγητών του Λαβύρινθου. Τα λέμε εκεί;! 😉 12-17 Αυγούστου!

Very excited for our concert at “Palau de la Musica” in Valencia: a non-stop 12 hours improvised concert with the title “‘Mentre estigues viu, brilla'” inspired by Efrén López Sanz! You can watch aaalll (can you?) of the concert Live Streaming on  Sunday 07/07, from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Spanish Time..!!!

Efrén López: lutes, harp, hurdy-gurdy, guitars, theremin
Ciro Montanari: tabla, udu
Aleix Tobias: percussions
Alba Asensi: harp, voice
Christos Barbas: ney, piano, gaida, voice
Sandra Monfort: guitars, voice
Manolo Lopez: double bass
Raül Bonell: warr guitar
Kilian Estrada and Sagar Malé (Mapasonor): video
Juan Castelló Andrés: sound

More info about the project in the website of Mapasonor:

Here are some photos from the concert

Magnanimus Trio Trio week!

2 July Barcelona / Nota79 (feat. Juan Pablo Balcazar)
4 July Porto / Casa da Música

Join us!…/…/magnanimus%20trio/events

Σε λίγες μέρες θα βρεθούμε με τους Magnanimus Trio για 2 συναυλίες στην Βαρκελώνη και το Πόρτο. Ακολουθούν συναυλίες στη Σουηδία και την Δανία, ελάτε αν είστε κοντά! 

‘Beyond The Borders’ is the programme in this meeting of remarkable artists brought together to interpret traditional music of Greece, Turkey, Lebanon and Armenia, and to play original songs by Anatolian saz player Cihan Turkoglu and lyricist Agathi Dimitroukas.
In the spirit of the project, the new songs also bridge traditions and idioms and emphasize the potential of shared expression. Legendary Greek singer Maria Farantouri / Μαρία Φαραντούρη excels in this music beyond the borders, shaped also with the active participation of producer Manfred Eicher. German cellist Anja Lechner here draws on a knowledge of traditional folk forms gained partly through playing music of Armenian-Greek philosopher composer Gurdjieff. Armenian kanon (zither) player Meri VardanyanVardanyan has previously appeared on ECM as a member of the Gurdjieff Folk Instruments Ensemble. Ney player and ethnomusicologist Christos Barbas, from Thessaloniki, has played everything from music of the baroque to ragas. Percussionist İzzet Kızıl grew up in Eastern Turkey in an environment dominated by Sufi rhythms and has worked in many transcultural collaborations, evolving new approaches to traditional percussion.

Next weekend i’ll be travelling to the country-side of Bologna, at Massa Lombarda and the wonderful space of Sala Rossa for a 2 days seminar on the music and songs of Greece and Turkey, plus a solo concert for Ney / Keys / Electronics on Saturday night!Benvenuti!


Για όσους βρεθείτε αύριο στο κοντα στο Αιγαίο, Σάββατο 15 Ιούνη στην Τήνο θα κάνω μια σόλο συναυλία με νέυ / πλήκτρα / effects στην γκαλερί Soul Food, Tinos!

The Short film by Artemis Anastasiadou, “Into the Fields”, where i had the pleasure of writing music & songs is now online!

Plot: “During a short walk into the Texas fields, a mother and a daughter get confronted with their conflicting needs and desires.”

Next concerts coming up, next month!

As part of the Festival “Les Nuits du Labyrinth” we will travel with Milo Ke Mandarin Quartet to Geneve, to join a powerfull programing of two weekends with over 15 concerts and events with artists of Labyrinth coming from around the world! Check the festival’s programming here.

Then off to Athens for another collaboration with the Guitar/Cello Trio with Tabakis Giorgos and Stavros Parginos, as well as two days presenting our “No Time” cd with Magnanimus Trio

Last but not least i’ll participate in the concert/release album of dearest friend and co-musician from Crete/Athens Giorgos Papaioannou, namely “Anamesis”

4/11 Milo Ke Mandarini Quartet / Geneve – Festival Les Nuits du Labyrinthe
16/11 Barbas Tabakis Parginos / Athens –  The Zoo
17/11 Magnanimus Trio Live at Underflow / Athens
18/11 Magnanimus Trio Live at Underflow / Athens
19/11 Giorgos Papaioannou, Anamesis, New Album Presentation

See you on the road 😉

Μέρα γενεθλίων σήμερα και το καλύτερο δώρο ήρθε σήμερα από την Eleni Lomvardou τη φίλη και συνεργάτιδα, γραφίστρια η οποία επιμελήθηκε το εξώφυλλο ενός νέου δίσκου. Τα συναισθήματα είναι ανάμεικτα, γιατί η φωτογράφος και καρδιακή φίλη στην οποία ανήκει η φωτογραφία Alexandra P. Kavouraδεν είναι πια μαζί μας. Η Αλεξάνδρα είχε βγάλει μια σειρά από φωτογραφίες για το εξώφυλλο και για το εσωτερικό του cd, σε αυτό που έμελλε να ήταν το τελευταίο της ταξίδι στο Νεπάλ.

Έτσι, μέσα από αυτά τα ανάμεικτα συναισθήματα που αναδύονται από τη ζωή και το θάνατο, τη χαρά και τη λύπη, το φως και το σκοτάδι έρχεται να ταξιδέψει αυτή η νέα μουσική η οποία ηχογραφήθηκε το καλοκαίρι του 2012 και για διάφορους λόγους άργησε τόσο να έρθει στο φώς.

Ένα μεγάλο ευχαριστώ στον Murat Aydemir που εκτός από συνοδοιπόρος υπήρξε, και είναι ακόμη, μεγάλος δάσκαλος και δικός μου και πολλών άλλων.

Επίσης στον Ross Daly που μας εμπιστεύτηκε μια σύνθεση του σε αυτόν το δίσκο, καθώς και τον Bora Uymaz Hayranları που κόσμησε με την καταπληκτική του φωνή δύο τραγούδια, συνθέσεις του Murat και δικές μου, και ένα απίστευτο Gazel (φωνητικό αυτοσχεδιασμό) καθώς και στην Isabel Martín (μήλο ή μανταρίνι; Milo Ke Mandarini!) που πρόσθεσε κρουστά από την κεντρική Ισπανία και τον Carlos Ramírez που τα ηχογράφησε.

Πολλές ευχαριστίες επίσης στον Vangelis Apostolou για την άψογη δουλειά του στην μίξη και το mastering του δίσκου από την Κρήτη, καθώς και τους Onur Özçelik και ömer Taşkın για την ηχογράφηση στην Τουρκία και τα στούντιο της Kalan.

Το cd θα κυκλοφορήσει πολύ σύντομα διαδικτυακά και σε φυσική μορφή.

Επίσης μια σκέψη μου είναι να εκδοθεί σε LP Βινύλιο, όχι πρωτίστως για την μουσική, αλλά πιο πολύ για τις 14 υπέροχες φωτογραφίες της Αλεξάνδρας που θα κοσμούν το εσωτερικό του άλμπουμ, για να τους δοθεί ο χώρος που τους αξίζει… Προσεχώς περισσότερα νέα…

“Entre Creta i el Montseny”
Article de Jordi Alsina, sobre la nova aventura de “Labyrinth a Catalunya”, combinant “fonts” de la música de Tesalonica amb el grup històric “Vorlike”!

Ένα άρθρο στα καταλανικά από τον Jordi Alsina για την καινούργια περιπέτεια του “Λαβύρινθου στην Καταλονία”, συνδιάζοντας πολύτιμες “πηγές” της μουσικής ιστορίας της θεσσαλονίκης, με τους Vorlike!…

Milo Ke Mandarini are Carlos Ramirez & Isabel Martin two wonderful musicians and friends from Toledo / Spain playing and investigating what would be called (in absence of a better term) “Musics from the Mediterranean. They were so kind as to invite me, not only to participate in their new Cd “La vereda de la gitana”  but also to form part of the extended project “Milo Ke Mandarini Quartet” together with wonderful Miriam Encinas Laffite on viela, recordes, percussion and more 🙂

Here is the video of one of the songs included in the new cd (you can buy it on their online shop), stay tuned for more news and concerts about this promising project!

Tomorrow Sunday at 09:00-10:00 (UK+1 time) i will be giving an interview in Spain’s National Radio 3, at Pilar Sampietro Colom’s “Mediterráneo” talking about music-making and traveling from Thessaloniki to Crete to Istanbul and then Catalunya!

I’ll be presenting also “Labyrinth in Catalunya” the new series of seminars & masterclasses ( and of course we will be hearing a lot of music from the last cd’s of Neda, Zohar Fresco’s “Tof Miriam”, Efrén López Sanz ‘s “El Fill del Llop”, Kelly Thoma’s “7Fish”, Ross Daly “An-Ki” and Magnanimus Trio “No Time”, and also playing some live music with the ney 🙂

You can hear online the program in this link, or even download it afterwards here

I am really delighted to announce “Labyrinth in Catalunya”, a “journey for Labyrinth Musical Workshop in Spain/Catalunya on May 2016! 6 new Spring Seminars, taking place in Cardedeu.
In collaboration with Labyrinth Musical Workshop in Crete/Greece, we are working intensively for this new event. Soon we will be ready to announce all the details in a new website:

For the moment here is the full list of seminars and prices. For information & inscriptions write to

5-10 May
Zohar Fresco – Frame Drums & Percussion
Hooshang Farahani – Iranian Music & Tar

12-17 May
Ross Daly & Kelly Thoma – Composition in Modal Music
Ömer Erdoğdular – Ney & Ottoman Music

19-24 May
Giorgos Manolakis – Songs from Greece: Rembetika & Kritika
Giorgos Papaioannou – Violin & Modal Music

Seminars Timetable:
1st day: 17:00-20:00
2nd to 6th day: 10:00-13:00 & 17:00-20:00

Is you are interested make sure you join the group in facebook:

Last December Magnanimus Trio performed at “Stegi” – the Onassis Cultural Center in Athens/Greece, opening the 5th Panorama of Greek Jazz. It was a magical concert and we would like to thank all the crew of the venue for the wonderful sound. We will be posting soon some videos from this performance, for the time-being here are some photos from the night of the concert. A big thank you to Yannis Soulis ( for all the photos ? you can see all the photos in this link in magnanimus trio’s site

m3@stegiWe are delighted to announce that Magnanimus Trio will be opening the 5th Greek Jazz Panorama at the prestigious Onassis Cultural Center / Stegi Grammaton & Tehnon at Athens this December, 4th!

Below you can read the introduction notes from the festival:
“A three-day festival dedicated to the contemporary Greek jazz and improvisation scene. Triumphantly setting the outward-looking tone the festival has always aimed for and achieved, five outstanding Greek combos take to the stage with their invited guests….

…The groups taking part in the 5th Greek Jazz Panorama are impressively varied. Indeed, this year’s event goes beyond presenting to actively encouraging a fertile stylistic pluralism which combines the contemporary with the traditional to feed into the vivacity and dynamism of the Greek jazz scene.

The Magnanimus Trio get proceedings underway on the first evening of the Festival. Their musical world contains elements of modal jazz in conversation with other contemporary and traditional idioms in minimalist compositions, songs and improvised music…

More info here:

Looking forward to see you in Athens this December!

We are excited to announce that our new cd “No Time” will be ready real soon! Here is a short presentation of our new work, filmed and directed by Artemis Anastasiadou…!

Jordi Alsina has given an interview in the Spanish “Radio Nacional 3” about the situation in Greece, also presenting various musicians from Greece/Crete, amongst others Psarogiorgis, Giorgos Manolakis, Kelly Thoma and Neda

You can hear in this link the whole interview (Neda appears in minute 40′)

You can also check & support his verkami page, where he presents his new project for a new book on Greece & Crete, written in Catalan!


Next Tuesday, 18th August, at Swedish Radio P2 Live Live Folk och Världsmusik, there will be a broadcast from Neda ‘s concert from last April in Stallet/ Stockholm.

The second part will be broadcasted two weeks later, Tuesday 1st September. The program begins at 19.03 Swedish time (20.03 Greek time) The concert will start around 19.45 (20.45).

Note that the program can be listen to from the website, 30 days after the first broadcast.

In this video you can see Neda playing “Hikmet” in a sound check in another place in Stockholm, Sofia Church, also from a concert last april in Sweden. Composition by Giwrgos Papaioannou, video shooting by Pavlos Spyropoulos!

Next Saturday 13.06 we will be in Larisa / North Greece,with Dimitris Tasoudis, for a workshop about improvisation in music and also a night concert. We will be playing in Duet in the terrace of “Klimax” right next to the wonderful ancient open theater of Larisa under a starry sky! If you happen to be around we will be glad to see you there 🙂

Christos Barbas Dimitris Tasoudis Improvisation Proect

Last March I spend 10 full days in Israel, with Zohar Fresco, rehearsing, recording and performing for his new project “Zohar Fresco Quartet”. Here you can enjoy a video from our last concert in ‘Elma’ in Zichron Yaakov. It’ s one of the amazing compositions of Zohar’s, with a strong rhythmic element. ‘Ma-ne-gi-na’ is the word he uses to describe & articulate this world of complex polyrhythmic-melodies based on Middle-eastern rhythms but incorporating various other sonorities as you can listen 🙂 Enjoy!