The performances of Nera East Collective involve a musical trip starting from the Ionian coast, through the mountains of Albania, Epirus and Macedonia, stopping over in Thrace and ending in the musical melting pot of Istanbul. The band deploys diverse and dynamic arrangements to faithfully reproduce traditional forms and give a new improvisational dimension to popular folk tunes from the region. The Near East Collective is a 6-piece ensemble based in London exploring and performing rebetika and folk music of mainland Greece, Asia Minor, Istanbul, the Balkans and the Aegean sea. The performances are both esoteric and energizing and bring the fresh Aegean air and Istanbul atmosphere to the international music scene!
Sotiris Georgiou – Voice and guitar (Greece)
Nicki Maher – Clarinet (UK)
Kostas Glynos – Kanun and voice (Greece)
Mihalis Iskas – Violin (Greece)
Gizem Altinordu – Percussion (Turkey)
George Maglaras – Lute and oud (Greece)