Dimitris Roumeliotis

'' Music replaces the lost magic sense of the world.
It is the ultimate effort for trance, that's why it functions like a ceremony, purification


"''The point tore through the ambrosial robe which the Graces had woven for her, and pierced the skin between her wrist and the palm of her hand, so that the immortal blood, or   i c h o r  , that flows in the veins of the blessed gods, came pouring from the wound; for the gods do not eat bread nor drink wine, hence they have no blood such as ours, and are immortal''

"So saying, she wiped the   i c h o r   from the wrist of her daughter with both hands, whereon the pain left her, and her hand was healed"

''Homer's Iliad , E' Rapsody''

The word  ''ichor'' -in ancient greek language is written as ''Ι Χ Ω Ρ''
and sounds like ''ehoor''- means the ''blood of gods'',
or better ''the juice of their bodies'' that gives strength to them.

Indian classical music is so ancient and so much enriched by melodies
of so many composers and great musicians,
that seems very similar with the meaning of ''IHOR''.
It's like the main stream of sound in universal music's veins.

''IHOR'' band's members are : Dimitris Roumeliotis on sitar, Satnam Ghai on tabla, Leonardo Zada on percussion, Danae  Roumeliotis on violin, Lydia  Roumeliotis on qanun and Xenia Katsari on tamboura.

''IHOR'' play compositions based on Indian classical music, all of them composed
by D. Roumeliotis and set to music poems written by Nikiforos Vrettakos.
''IHOR'' perform ''Ragas'' also, the main pieces of  Indian classical music.

''Raga'' is a sanskrit word, meaning,
''that which colours the mind'', ''sense'', ''mood''.
Ragas are performed on specific hours of the day and night and
there are different Ragas for any season, any case, any emotion.
They've been built upon very strictly rules and structure.
However Ragas allow musicians to improvise a lot,
but never leaving the mood and these rules.
So, the system of  Indian classical music,
demands deep understanding and devotion.

D. Roumeliotis's teacher is the great sitar maestro Rabindranath
Goswami of Benares.
Rabindranath Goswami has given numerous concerts
in India, Greece, Italy, U.S.A., etc.
The clearness of his playing and the lyrical style of his own expression on Ragas is so recognizable and well known to Indian music lovers.



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