The Epichorus performs the music of roots – contemporary songs based in ancient sounds. They are lineage holders of traditions from India, Egypt, Greece and Syria. They are led by Priya Darshini, classically trained in Indian raga who serenades in sounds that transcend linguistic boundary, moving fluidly between Hebrew, Hindi and Aramaic backed by Oud, Violin, Accordion, Hammered Dulcimer, Percussion and Upright Bass. An evening with the Epichorus transports audiences by ethereal music reminiscent of a loftier home.
Priya Darshini – Vocals
The Indian Express calls her music “soul stirring,” five-time Grammy winner Roy Wooten calls Priya Darshini “an inspiration,” and Tracy Silverman, calls her “one of the most influential artists from India.” Taking her roots from Indian Classical music, Priya’s vast knowledge of a variety of music from all over the world has resulted in a fresh, imaginative and fascinating new sound. She displays an enviable combination of range, technique, unconventional compositions and a prodigious voice that truly sets her apart from other vocalists and has the ability to both, intrigue and captivate any audience
Priya has shared the stage and collaborated with some of the most influential international and national music leaders of the century, including Pearl Jam, five time Grammy award winning drummer and composer Roy “Futureman” Wooten, three time Grammy award winning saxophonist Jeff Coffin, four time Grammy award winning trumpeter Philip Lassiter, Grammy nominated Louis Banks, virtuoso ukulele player Jake Shimabukuro, virtuoso hammered dulcimer player Max ZT and more.
Based out of Brooklyn, Priya has sung for over a hundred television and radio commercials as well as recorded for several award winning and chart topping movie sound tracks. She is also an actor, ultra marathoner, entrepreneur and philanthropist.
Zach Fredman – Oud, Composer
Zach Fredman is awad (oudist), artistic director, and composer for the Epichorus. He grew up on classical guitar and studied that instrument as an undergraduate at NYU before passing to the Oud at the spell of Hamza El Din. He has studied with Arabic master Bassam Saba, on the Oud, Violin and Nay, and spent time at the feet of leaders of the Arabic musical communities in Jerusalem: from Iraqi and Moroccan Piyut music, to the Baqashot night ceremonies of the Aleppo Jews.
Zach also serves as the rabbi at The New Shul in Manhattan, a community renowned for its dynamic programming, which seeks to envision how ancient and modern wisdoms can create a place for thriving spiritual investigation.
Megan Gould – Violin
Megan Gould is one of NYC’s most versatile performers of Middle Eastern, Greek, and popular music. Her comfort within a wide range of styles, her responsiveness to other musicians on stage, and a soulful improvisational style make Megan a sought-after element in many musical projects. Since completing a Master’s Degree in Ethnomusicology (with a concentration on the Middle East) from the University of London, she has performed around the world in cities as far-flung as Paris, London, Budapest, Copenhagen and Dubai, and has toured extensively throughout the US, appearing at venues including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, and on TV and radio broadcasts for NBC, PBS, MTV, and NPR. She has performed onstage with popular artists such as David Byrne, John Mellencamp, Sean Lennon, and Donovan, with jazz notables Fabian Almazan, Wayne Horvitz, and Jenny Scheinman, and with legendary Greek composer Giannis Markopoulos and the beloved Greek singers Alkistis Protopsaltis, Kostas Makedonas, and Vasilis Papakonstantinou. Her work has appeared on many and varied recordings and film soundtracks for artists including Lou Reed, Philip Glass, Metallica and Nico Muhly. While taking on a significant amount of freelance work, her ongoing positions include Assistant Music Director of the New York Arabic Orchestra under Lebanese master musician Bassam
Saba, the violinist and ensemble director for singer Monika Jalili’s Iranian music ensemble, a member of Greek oud virtuoso Mavrothi Kontanis’ Maweandros Ensemble, and the violinist for the popular Greek bands Synolon and Mikrokosmos. Currently she resides in the New York City area, where she performs and records with groups ranging from traditional Arabic to rock.
Max ZT – Hammered Dulcimer
Lauded as the “Jimi Hendrix of Hammered Dulcimer” by NPR, and a “Force of nature” by NY Music Daily, Max ZT is an innovator of the instrument. Taking his roots from classical Irish folk music, Max has transplanted his compositional techniques to both Senegal, where he studied the Mandinko technique with the Cissoko griot family, and to Mumbai, India, where he received a grant to study under the great santoor master Pandit Shivkumar Sharma. His fresh perspective and bold experimentalism have been the backbone to beautiful, complex, and genuine compositions, while his unorthodox playing style has been a pioneering force in revolutionizing dulcimer techniques.
Max has enlivened the conceptual framework of traditional folk music by fusing multi-cultural roots and traditions to create a truly compelling sound.
Max ZT has shared the stage with some of the most influential international and national musical leaders of the century including Pt. Ravi Shankar, Jon Bon Jovi, Karsh Kale, Bela Fleck, Victor Wooten, Tinariwen, Jimmy Cliff, and more. With his eighth record released, he is, as Timeout NY states “A sight to behold.”
Uri Sharlin – Accordion
Uri Sharlin is a Brooklyn-based composer, accordionist pianist and arranger. Born in Israel, he moved to New York where he earned a BFA degree with honors in Music Performance from the City College of New York.
Upon graduation Uri formed collaborations with prominent musicians such as Antony and the Johnsons, Natalie Merchant, Avi Avital and Frank London. Uri was also featured as a pianist and composer in the acclaimed HBO series Flight of the Conchords.
He has become known as a “wonderfully free flowing accordionist” (All About Jazz), as well as for his “masterfully crafted arrangements” (AllMusic.com). Throughout his career as a composer, musical director, pianist and accordionist, and over years of traveling and studying with World Music masters, Uri has been strongly influenced by different musical genres.
Daniel Ori – Upright Bass
Daniel Ori is an Israeli born bassist and composer, and a prominent young voice in the New York contemporary jazz and world music scene. He has performed worldwide and has shared the stage with renown musicians. Ori is a scholarship recipient and graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston as well as a winner of the 2009 ASCAP Jazz Composers Award.
Daniel has released two solo albums, So it Goes (Art of Life Records 2010) and Emuna (BluJazz Records, 2012). He is currently leading and co-leading multiple projects – Daniel Ori quartet, electric groove trio Mindset and multi national acoustic Balkan group Tavche Gravche. Daniel’s music has been described as fresh, communicative, lyrical and rhythmic. A blend of modern jazz with Middle Eastern roots and pan African influences.
Rich Stein – Percussion
Rich Stein hails from Virginia Beach, VA and plays all kinds of percussion. He got his start at the age of 10, stating it was a typical instrumental style for a kid since he was always banging on pots and pans. Even at that early age Rich knew he wanted to rock for a living and began to take drum lessons. Rich played in school band and continued percussion throughout college in Boston. After Boston Rich felt it was a “natural progression…to move down [to NY] and do music professionally. Where else are you gonna go if you wanna play music?”