When Greek laouto player Vasilis Kostas and Iraqi/Jordanian violinist Layth Sidiq met while studying at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, they quickly formed a musical bond that challenged genre limitations and sought to push the traditional limits of both their instruments and cultural backgrounds. Vasilis Kostas was born in Ioannina, Greece and started his musical education aged six, first on guitar and then laouto, for which instrument he has opened new horizons in both the Greek traditional and jazz worlds. Layth Sidiq grew up in Jordan, attended the Music Conservatory in Amman and now lives in Boston after attaining his Berklee master’s degree. He is director of the Arab Music Ensemble at Tufts University and leader of the Layth Sidiq Quartet, whose new album Son of Tigris is an innovative amalgam of Iraqi music and jazz.
Vasilis Kostas - laouto
Layth Sidiq - violin