Welcome to India
I played electric guitar as a child, never took it too seriously though. Just trying really hard to play like Slash.

In 2001 I traveled to India for the first time. For around one year I traveled all around India and at some point, I reached Dharamsala in the north.
I met there a young Indian Guitar player and as I had a very bad but sweet guitar with me I gave it a try.
Varanasi - Benares
I don't really remember when I reached Varanasi (Benares as the locals call her) but I will never forget the impact.
The intensity of the Ganga area, the old city, and of course my first Indian Classical Live Concert. Something inside me fell in love with this music in a way I can't really explain. it felt very strange and not understandable, but at the same time fascinating and I decided I want to study this music seriously.
(Still wanted to play like Slash though)
Indian Classical Music
I embraced a journey without even knowing I'm doing so.
There was a community of foreigners studying music already so it was kind of easy to get along.
I started with Dipankar, the guitar player I met before, and then went to study with DR. J.N.Goswami a renowned sitar player from Varanasi.
At my 5th year with Goswami Ji he took me to meet Ustad Shujaat Khan - a very famous renominate sitar player from Delhi. Shujaat Ji accepted me as a student and for 3 years i took lessons with him that changed my vision and understanding of Indian Music.
(actually any kind of music but that I will understand later).
At some point in one of the visits to Israel, I heard for the first time the Arabic violin and decided i want to study that as well. I took some lessons for around a year and then went back to India to continue the Indian Music adventure.
In 2006 I went for the first time to Istanbul. There i discovered the Keman - the Turkish way of playing the violin and the ottoman makam.
I stayed for one year in Istanbul and really could just taste the very surface of a very deep and beautiful tradition.
Again I don't remember when I first visited Labyrinth Musical Workshop in Houdetsi (Greece). It is a paradise for musicians from practically all Eastern traditions.
Ross Daly is the one behind this amazing project. you can (and should!) visit their website over here.

Labyrinth was a game changer... I came back to study there every year and was even lucky to teach Improvisation in an Indian Music workshop for some time.
The amount of knowledge I got from the teachers and the inspiration I got and still get from Ross Daly is something I really cannot describe in words.
2011 - 2015
Strings - many of them
Labyrinth opened my mind to other instruments and other traditions. In India one plays one instrument and focuses on one tradition for life. Obviously, that's how you get to be a real master of an instrument but it wasn't really my path.
There is a continuous frustration in trying to play as good as a native musician who started practicing at the age of 4(!).
I started playing the Baglama (plucked strings instrument from Turkey), the Kopuz which is from the same family.

Then the world of the frame drums thanks to Zohar Fresco. And finally, the Afghan Rabab which I heard so many times from the hands of Ross and Daud Khan who taught in Labyrinth.
2011 - 2015
2020 - ?
And now what ?
Those days I still try to practice as much as I can, although since I'm a father it's not so easy.
I recorded one Album of Indian Classical Music and 2 tracks - available on all streaming services.

I teach online and offline and try to keep my inspiration for music as high as I can.
Thanks for reading so far (yes, I know you just scrolled)
2020 - ?