SAM MILLS: UK (Guitar)



Christos Chalkias (vocals) was born in Berlin in 1970. He received the Byzantine Music Degree of Excellence from Macedonian Conservatory of Thessaloniki and studied oud at the Municipal Conservatory of Thessaloniki. He was a soloist and choir member of the Municipal Traditional Assembly of Thessaloniki and went on to be a cantor, first in Lagadas Cathedral and then in the Holy Church ‘Assumption of Maryin Sarasota Ekklisies-Thessaloniki. Christos was appointed professor at Athoniada Ecclesiastical Academy in 1995 where he remained until 2000 and now teaches at the Church School of Thessaloniki. He has worked with major singers of Greek folklore music and performed in concerts, with singers such as Helen Tsaligopoulou and Eleftheria Arvanitaki, in many festivals in Greece and abroad, as well as appearances on various television shows. He took part in Manos Achalinotopouloss recording ‘Hyacinth’ (Sony Classical) and was a soloist in the 2012 Byzantium and Islam exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of New York. 

Manos Achalinotopoulos (clarinet) mixes the traditional style of playing the clarinet and its special idioms with contemporary Jazz, Balkan ethnic and other global influences. He has also studied and teaches Byzantine music. He was born and grew up in Athens and started learning the flute and clarinet from a very early age. He has performed clarinet, cawal, shawm and flutes in more than 20 countries all over the world, while participating in international concerts and festivals including the Montreux Jazz festival. As well innumerable Greek artists and composers, he has collaborated with international artists, composers, soloists and international singers such asSusheela Raman, Goran Bregovic and Xaos. Career highlights include performing at both the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and he has performed on over 1,000 recordings, his own include the acclaimed ‘Hyacinth’, ‘Zopirin’, and ‘Flight on Light’.

Vrujr Ananikyan first tenor
Alexander Gorbatov second tenor
Alexander Kamyshintcev baritone solo
Konstantin Senchenko bass-baritone
Bekseit Ryspaev bass profound
Doros is a polyphonic male vocal ensemble, founded in 2002 by Konstantin Senchenko in 2002. Konstantin is both Artistic Director of Doros and employed by The State Historical Museum on Red Square, Moscow, a position which gives Doros the opportunity to sing every day in the iconic St Basil's Cathedral on Red Square. Their daily repertoire at St Basils draws on Russian Orthodox Church and sacred music traditions, however the ensemble also aims to preserve all authentic vocal traditions, both religious and secular, of Russian male a cappella singing. All the members of Doros are classically trained musicians, with diplomas in music and music education, and work professionally in Russia and abroad. As well as St Basils, the group performs in France: in the Basilica of St Nazaire and St Celse, Carcassonne, and in Albi.

Haig Yazdjian (oud, vocals) is Syrian born, of Armenian origin, Greek resident and Global citizen. An oud soloist, composer and a singer,  he has performed in international concerts; festivals and tours including Spain, Scandinavia and Germany, and has collaborated with the most prominent Greek composers and singers as well as with international soloists, including recording and touring with the Canadian Diva, Loreenna McKennitt. His groundbreaking albums include Talar and Garin named after his daughters, and Beast on the Moon (2000), the stage music for Richard Kalinoskys play which brought international recognition. His recording, Amalur (‘Mother Earth) chronicles five years of travelling around the world with his band and experimenting with the electric oud. Haig tours in Greece and Europe with the same musicians with whom he began his career; they stay close to their roots, playing at least once a week in the same small den at Café Asante in Athens. 

Alexis Parharidis (vocals) was born in 1971 in Kozani Greece and is of Pontian-Greek descent, a region which is located in north central Turkey. He began singing in 1989 after being encouraged by the unforgettable Chrysanthos Theodoridis, probably the most notable Pontian-Greek traditional singer. Ever since, he has performed in festivals around Greece and abroad as well as on many folk music platforms. He has recorded six personal albums of traditional Pontian-Greek songs. In 1998 he took part in Manos Achalinotopouloss album Hyacinth and performed alongside him for the next two years. He has participated in many Greek folklore albums, either as a singer or a songwriter, mainly in the Pontian-Greek dialect which is considered to be the closest living dialect to ancient Greek. He has also participated in two modern Greek music albums alongside Alkistis Protopsalti and Sofia Papazoglou.

Samuel Yirga (piano) is from Ethiopia and after early struggles he claimed the piano for his own. Against the odds, he found his way to music school in Addis Ababa and despite still being in his 20s and only having left music school relatively recently, he developed at a pace remarkable for someone of his age. He combines contemporary and classical jazz, celebrated pop songs from the golden era of Ethiopian music, traditional Ethiopian rhythms and deeply-felt classical piano undertones to open up a whole new door on a musical genre. He plays with Addis funk band, Nubian Arc and is a member of the UK/Ethiopian collective, Dub Colossus, which has brought him wider international recognition through touring. He released his debut album Guzo in 2012, recorded in Addis Ababa and Real World Studios, and produced by Dubulah (aka Nick Page), the British musician and producer behind Transglobal Underground, Syriana and Dub Colossus.

Sousan Eskandar (Violin and Voice) was born in 1986 in Aleppo, Syria. She is the daughter of the Noury Iskandarwho was director of Music Conservatory of Aleppo and was known as a composer of Syriac music and for his work with sacral choral music Sousan learnt music from childhood and eventually studied at the High institute of Music in Damascus. Until 2012 She was performing as a violinist with the Syrian National Orchestra and with the Orchestra de L’Accademia del Maggio Musicale in Florence amongst others. Since moving to Germany she has been member of the Morgenland chamber Orchestra in Germany and is a principal musician in the Syrian Expat Orchestra who performed at Glastonbury in 2016. She recently performed at Elbphilharmonie with Yo Yo Ma .

Jehad Jazbeh was born in Aleppo Syria in 1985.  He was a member of the Syrian National Symphony Orchestra and National Orchestra of Arabic Music in Damascus. Well versed in composition and improvisation, he has worked with such notable artists such as Feyrouz.  Jehad moved to Germany in 2013. As well as playing his own compositions on stages such as the Berliner Philharmonie and Konzerthaus Berlin, Jehad is a concertmaster of many orchestras and projects including the Syrian Expat Philharmonic Orchestra. He is a founding member of Damascus String Quartet which presents the work of Syrian composers.

Basilius Alawad was born in Damascus, Syria in 1994.  He studied Cello from the age of ten and went to The High Institute of Music in Damascus. He soon joined the Syrian National Orchestra. Basilius also studied traditional Syrian music and performed with many ensembles as well as recording for many film and television scores. Resident in Germany since 2014,  Basilius is a member of Syrian Expat Symphony Orchestra as well as the Nuri Eskandar Trio and The Damascus String Quartet. He recently performed at Elbphilharmonie with Yo Yo Ma.

Pirashanna Thevarajah (percussion) is a senior disciple of the mridanga vidwan, Sri. M. Balachandar. A versatile performer, he is one of the few percussionists of his generation to have command of various Indian percussion instruments including the mridangam, kanjira, ghatam and morsing; and is also proficient in the art of konnakol (Indian spoken rhythm). He has collaborated and performed with many of the worlds foremost Indian classical and contemporary musicians, such as Pandit Ravi Shankar, Anoushka Shankar, Dr M. Balamuralikrishna, Mandolin U. Srinivas, violin duo Ganesh and Kumaresh, Gingger Shankar, Susheela Raman, Nitin Sawhney, Talvin Singh and Karsh Kale, to name a few. His busy schedule includes performances in leading venues and festivals across Europe, India, the Middle East, USA and Canada. Pirashanna has also featured on recordings, including Concert for George and Anoushka Shankars Grammy-nominated albums Traveller and Traces of You.

Sam Mills (guitar) was born in London in 1963. He first became involved with music as part of the early 1980s post-punk experimental band 23 Skidoo, He has a PhD on The Anthropology of Religion, specifically on South Asian Sufism. He returned to music-making in the mid-90s, putting his insights into global culture. In 1997 he teamed up with Bengali singer Paban Das Baul to make a groundbreaking crossover album entitled Real Sugar for Real World Records and collaborated with Paris-based West African musicians, becoming a member of the group TAMA. He enjoys a long and fruitful collaboration with British Asian singer Susheela Raman with whom he has made seven best-selling albums, winning BBC awards and shortlisted for a Mercury prize. Their 2014 album Queen Between  featured work with Sufi Qawali signer from Pakistan and musicians from Rajasthan. He is currently working with Javanese Gamelan composer Gondrong Gunarto.    

Susheela Raman (voice) was born in London to Tamil parents in London and raised in Australia. She was trained in and performed South Indian classical music from an early age before branching into varieties of western music. Returning to live in London in 1997 she teamed up with Sam Mills to create a string of highly acclaimed albums, starting with the Mercury shortlisted Salt Rain in 2001 and most recently Queen Between in 2014. She also established


1) Konstantin Senchenko, art director, founder of Doros, born in 1967, bass – baritone singer. Graduated a Nizhny Novgorod Choral College in 1988, graduated Nizhny Novgorod Conservatoire in 1993 as an orchestra and choir conductor. In 1993-1995 did postgraduate course in orchestra and choir conducting, teaching choral conducting, history of choral art, choral singing. Founded Doros in 2002, the ensemble performed in Novodevichij Covent, Moscow in 2002 - 2012. The ensemble started performing in St Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow from 2006 up to nowadays.

 2) Alexander Gorbatov, born in 1980, second tenor graduated from Nizhny Novgorod Conservatoire 2002 as a singer and choirmaster, regular singer of Doros since 2002.

3) Alexander Kamyshintcev, born in 1989, baritone solo. Laureatе of international completions in Russia and Europe. Gave more, than 500 concerts as a cellist and singer. Studied Saratov Theological Seminary. He has been performing in Doros since 2012

 4) Bekseit Ryspaev, born in 1976, bass profundo. Graduated from Saratov Conservatoire as a vocal singer in 2007, has been performing as a Doros singer since 2008