Acapella Solo Loop: Dimitris Spyrou
Dimitris was born in Limassol and began experimenting with music, song-writing and theatre at a very young age. He soon realized that music can be used as a catalyst for communicating with your inner self. Dimitris has a unique approach to music. His creative process focuses on his voice as an instrument and uses every day objects and beautiful and unexpected looping progressions. As Acapella solo Loop he has created the album Ανησυχίες ενός ήρεμου μυαλού, and has composed music for theatrical plays and is often involved in theatrical performances
Melodic, meaningful and modern take on Cypriot folk roots
These three men claim that they "specialise in smoking, drinking Grappa and playing music from the island of Cyprus". Thankfully it appears to be the latter pursuit that they concentrate on most as they draw deep from the musical well of their homeland. They do this through acoustic guitar (often slide), the bouzouki-like tzouras, and woodwind, especially flute and trombone. But the respect they show Cypriot folk music doesn't prevent them from cutting loose; they shift from heavy to playful in the blink of an eye. It's an approach that's seen them nominated in the Best Newcomer category at this year's Songlines Music Awards. And then there's their own songwriting, often satirical, often outspoken on the plight of young Cypriots in an economically volatile world. "The wheels will finally turn/And the poor people will smile again/We cannot suffer this any more/We won't be obeying you any more…"
Nige Tassell - WOMAD 2014
Dr. Panos Zavos
Panos Zavos is Professor Emeritus at the University of Kentucky in Reproductive Physiology/Andrology and other Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ARTs). He is recognized worldwide as a leading researcher, public speaker, pioneer and a strong authority in the areas of male reproductive medicine, gamete physiology, male infertility, smoking and reproduction, Andrology and study of human reproduction along with other ART procedures.
Dr. Zavos was the first scientist to successfully perform intra-uterine inseminations in humans and the first to create human SCNT prepared embryos for reproductive purposes and use them for ET in women. His many television and radio appearances include: CBS 60 Minutes, Dateline NBC, BBC World, BBC Talking Point, Tech TV, The Larry King Show with Larry King (CNN), CBS’s This Morning with Bryant Gumbel, National Geographic TV, The Discovery Channel and numerous other global media outlets.
Simon Beck was born in London and grew up in Southern England. Simon went to school at Millfield, Somerset one of the most influential schools in England for young talents. Following that Simon graduated from University Oxford (Engineering science) (Wadham College). However, he never settled into office jobs and therefore spent the majority of his working life surveying orienteering maps. Although he was reasonably good at competitive orienteering he never took part in the world champs. In 2004 he “bo...ught” as he says, an apartment in the ski resort of Les Arcs and did a lot of skiing but soon started making patterns on the snow and gradually started to take the drawing more seriously until now he does much more drawing than skiing.
Simon also makes drawings on the beach, and likes hiking, bell ringing and photography. Finally, in his own words, “I also used to like surfing the internet for fun before they ruined it.”