Perizad plays a range of ancient and folkloric including repertoire from the Ottoman court, from Medieval Europe and from the Cretan dance tradition. Through their interpretations this music from another time and yet somehow timeless the group gives new life to it while honouring its aesthetic. The driving force of the group is the collaboration between Greek musician Theo Lais and Zac Gvi, who brings his fluid improvisational approach to repertoire which is often performed ‘by the book’.
The instrumentation features Lais’s Cretan lyra, a bowed string instrument with sympathetic strings similar to the Persian Kamanche, and Gvi’s piano (often dampened with tac and other preparations), clarinets, furulja (a wooden stopped flute), and percussion. Perizad means “born of an angel” in Farsi and Ottoman Turkish.