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Photo by: Kelly Thoma
About: 7Fish
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About: @ Technopolis, Athens
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About: Anamkhara
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About: @ MIT chapel with Ross Daly
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About: lyras with sympathetic strings
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About: Live @ Houdetsi Festival, Crete, Greece
Kelly Thoma was born in Piraeus in 1978. Since 1995, she has been studying the lyra with Ross Daly and three years later started traveling with him and his group, "Labyrinth," participating in concerts in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the U.S. She has taken part in many projects with musicians from various different traditions from other countries.

Being a member of "Labyrinth" and Labyrinth Musical Workshops, she has had the chance to meet and play with many important musicians such as the Trio Chemirani, Omer Erdogdular, Derya Turkan, Zohar Fresco, Pedram Khavar Zamini, Dhruba Ghosh, Ballake Sissoko, Erdal Erzincan, Mehmet Erenler, Yurdal Tokcan, Ustad Mohammed Rahim Khushnawaz, and many more. She participates in many of Ross Daly's projects: Ross Daly Quartet, Seyir, Iris, White Dragon, etc., as well as in Tokso Folk String Quartet (with Anne Hytta, Eleonore Billy, and Leonor Palazzo) and has performed in Carnegie Hall, Theatre de la Ville, Queen Elizabeth Hall, San Francisco WMF, Rainforest WMF, Womadelaide, Rudolstadt, and many important venues and festivals around the world.

She has graduated from the English Literature department of Athens University as well as from the "Rallou Manou" Dance School.

She has released two albums of her own compositions, Anamkhara (2009) and 7 Fish (2014).

Bio in GREEK - Ελληνικά

The term "contemporary modal music" has been created by Ross Daly and describes the sum total of contemporary compositions created today by musicians working within various modal traditions. This music is the continuation of the procedure of modal composing through a very free perspective and is not at all connected with the goal of "preserving traditions." It is the contemporary expression of the beauty of modality (phrase-oriented non-harmonic music which often employs non-tempered intervals).

Kelly's lyras are made by Stelios Petrakis and Leonidas Spanos.

The design of this type of lyra was created by Ross Daly in 1991. The first one was constructed in Athens by Nikos Bras. This lyra has three playing strings (A-D-G) and 12 to 22 sympathetic strings.
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