Erini featuring Naseem Alatrash
Erini is a vocalist of jazz and Greek traditional music who blurs the lines between genres and explores intercultural dialogue through music. She is a 4th generation descendant of Smyrna Refugees, whose music has been passed on to her through her ancestors. This music transcends cultural and national borders, drawing influences from Greek, Turkish/Ottoman, Arabic, Armenian and Byzantine idioms, with many of the same songs and melodies being shared amongst the different cultures. Erini is accompanied by classically trained musician and improviser of diverse styles, Palestinian cellist Naseem Alatrash who has earned a reputation for fearlessly broadening the horizons of the cello on the world stage. Naseem continues to be a voice for Palestinian culture and an advocate of its music. Together with Erini they present the traditional songs of Anatolia in a new light, carrying them forward for new generations, while helping to dissolve stigma and create empathy for refugees and immigrants living around the world. Erini featuring Naseem Alatrash recorded and released the Greek Traditional Song 'Korasion Etragoudage' in November 2018, which received raving press reviews and went viral on social media, exceeding 700,000 views.
Erini - Voice (Greece)
Erini (aka Erini Tornesaki) is a vocalist of jazz and Greek traditional music who blurs the lines between genres and explores intercultural dialogue through music. Growing up on Crete, she was fascinated by the stories of her family who were refugees from Smyrna (Izmir) in 1922, and became passionate for the Greek culture and traditional music of Asia Minor. After Western classical music studies from the age of 6, Erini’s curiosity for music from around the world led her to England to study Contemporary Vocal Performance, and then on tour with the show Kurios by Cirque Du Soleil for 3 years. Erini completed her Master’s Program at the Berklee Global Jazz Institute where she is now an Assistant Professor. She has collaborated with Danilo Perez, Luciana Souza, Christos Zotos, Daniel Hope, Mario Frangoulis amongst others and has appeared at Carnegie Hall, NYC, Panama Jazz Festival, Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, Abbey Road Studios and more. Erini is currently based in Boston, MA and performs around the world as a soloist, a collaborative vocalist or with her Greek traditional music group ‘Pharos Ensemble’.
Naseem Alatrash - cello (Palestine)
Acclaimed Palestinian multi-style cellist/composer, Naseem Alatrash is a striking example of a unique musical voice from the Middle East. An accomplished classically trained musician and improviser in diverse styles, Alatrash has earned a reputation for blending Arabic, jazz, and classical music into his performances. After studying at the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music in Palestine, Alatrash was awarded a full scholarship to attend the Berklee College of Music in Boston where he received his Bachelor and Masters degrees for cello performance studying with Eugene Friesen, Owen Young, Rob Thomas, and Simon Shaheen. He currently serves as a Tufts faculty directing the Arab Music Ensemble. He tours with Danilo Perez’s Global Messengers and Amir Elsaffar’s Rivers of Sound Orchestra. He has performed at the Detroit Jazz Festival, Boston Celebrity Series, Bimhuis in Amsterdam, Lebanon’s Beit Aldeen Festival, Jerash Festival, The Kennedy Center, Wigmore Hall, Kennedy Center, and within the Aldeburgh World Orchestra’s London Olympic tour appearing at The BBC Proms in The Royal Albert Hall and at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw.