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Demetrios Petsalakis

Bandleader, multi-instrumentalist

Originally from Athens Greece, Demetri Petsalakis is a Toronto-based musician performing in a variety of styles with a focus on Greek and Middle Eastern lutes. An active member of the Toronto world music scene, Demetri has composed for, recorded, and performed with many groups including Kune, Niyaz, Tafelmusik, Ventanas, Near East Trio, Zephyr, Turkwaz, Moneka Arabic Jazz and Moskitto Bar. Demetri has been studied with many great teachers including oud masters Bassam Bishara, and Christos Tsiamoulis, and master of the Cretan Lyra Astrinos Zaharioudakis and renowned jazz guitarist Lorne Lofsky.