The Lopez-Petrakis-Chemirani trio (Efrén Lopez, Stelios Petrakis, Bijane Chemirani) is a musical encounter of three young musicians who compose and perform their proper music, baring the influences of various musical styles of the Mediterranean region. Stelios Petrakis is a young composer and virtuoso lyra and lute player coming from the island of Crete – Greece, and was always interested in the musical dialogue between musicians coming from different musical genres ; Efrén López is a multi-instrumentalist (hurdy gurdy, rabab, oud, fretless guitar, kopuz, rabab) and composer, coming from Valencia – Spain and has travelled and studied for years various musical idioms of the Mediterranean, Middle East and Afgnistan region, is also the founder and director of the Valencian group L’ham de foc; Bijan Chemirani is Zarb, Daff, Bendir player, who was 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 Lopez-Petrakis-Chemirani project is based on the musical and personal relationship of three musicians who have many things in common in their way of considering music, styles and creation. Their instruments, originating from various traditional music styles, influence the Trio’s creation and their music bares influences from the Cretan, Iranian, Turkish, Armenian, Azerbaijanian, Afghanistan, Spanish, French and even Early or ancient music.
The Trio released its first cd called “Mavra froudia” (meaning Greek black eyebrows) in 2011. In 2017 the Trio’s second album TAOS was released by Buda Music, France.
Efrén LOPEZ – cretan lute, daf, oud,
Stelio PETRAKIS – cretan lyra, cretan lute
Bijan CHEMIRANI – zarb, daf, bendir, doira, riq