What was the first instrument you created?
A small rope tension drum traditionally played on the Aegean islands. The young man who commissioned it went on to become a master luthier as well as an internationally recognized composer and virtuoso of the Cretan lyra.
Where do you draw inspiration when creating your instruments?
I am very fond of Greek folk drums that are almost “barebone” - roughly turned wood, a simple chalice of clay, hemp rope, goatskins, sometimes an adornment detail. My preference for clean, unembellished forms and neutral color palettes has become a sort of trademark.
How does being a musician help you in creating instruments?
As a musician, I know what sound qualities are desirable and appropriate for each instrument and what is comfortable and convenient for the players. These two factors inform my design specifications, including dimension ratio, weight and choice of materials.
Do you believe your craft is in danger?
I believe my craft is flourishing. There is a huge demand for percussion instruments worldwide and growing numbers of people are also using drums for spiritual practices, performances, storytelling, community building, entertainment and relaxation.