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Efren Lopez Trio

Efren Lopez is a major figure on the tradition folk scene throughout Europe, having spent the past 15 years playing and touring with some of the most successful and innovative roots and traditional musicians from all parts of the region.

His trio features hurdy gurdy, bagpipes, flute and percussion and they’ll be playing traditional music from Galicia, Valencia, Castilla, the Basque Country and Ibiza!

Stelios Petrakis: Young composer and virtuoso lyra and lute player from the island of Crete – Greece, who is always interested in the musical dialog between musicians coming from different musical genres,

Efrén López: Multiinstrumentalist (hurdy gurdy, rabab, oud , fretless guitar, kopuz, rabab) and composer, coming from Valencia – Spain who has travelled and studied for years various musical idioms of the Mediterranean area and Middle East and Afgnistan, founderand director of the Valencian group L’ham de foc,

Bijan Chemirani: Zarb, Daff, Bendir player, who is being taught the secrets of his art from the Master of the Iranian Zarb Djamshid Chemirani – his father. Living in Marseille – France, he has a huge experience sharing his art for years with many musicians from different styles.

This trio project is based on the musical and personal relationship of the three musicians who have many common things to share, and it’s the first time that they all meet and play. By using musical instruments that belong to various traditional music genres, the influence from all these local idioms is obvious: Music of Crete – Greece, Early music, Music of  Iran, Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Spain, France.