Stelios Petrakis & Bijan Chemirani
The meeting between Chemirani and Petrakis has been a long time in the making. For several years, they had performed alongside Irish-Cretan multi-instrumentalist Ross Daly. This first joint album confirms all the promise these two young artists have hinted at over the years. "Kismet" explores the rich seam of traditional music forged at the meeting point of Iranian and Greek music. Petrakis is a talented player of the lyra spike-fiddle popularised in Greece, and listeners can enjoy the melodic power of the string instrument in songs like "Efhi" (wish), composed by Petrakis.