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Kombos Collective Receives $5K Grant, Upcoming Album Tour May 11-15

BERKELEY, CA – Ellie Falaris Ganelin, director of the Kombos Collective (formerly Greek Chamber Music Project), shared an update with The National Herald about grants and projects.

“I’m so happy to share news that Kombos Collective just won a grant of $5000 from the Fleishhacker Foundation,” she said. “This award will support artistic activities in the Bay Area over the next year.”

“This spring, I’ve been quite busy applying for grants and producing the album Uproot: Greek Refugee Songs from Asia Minor,” Ganelin noted. “Like past albums, this was a long-distance collaboration, with recordings happening in DC, London, Amsterdam, and San Francisco. On top of our core quartet, we had special guests contributing percussion, cello, mandolin and qanun on a few tracks. I’m really proud of this album. Putting it altogether has been a career highlight for me.”

The Greek Chamber Music Project has a new name and is now known as Kombos Collective. Photo: Kombos Collective

“The official release date for Uproot is June 21, available on CD, LP, digital download and streaming platforms,” Ganelin said. “Starting on Friday, [May 3] you will be able to pre-order the album. The platform I use for digital and CD orders, Bandcamp, will remove their service fee this Friday, which which means 100% of the sales that day go directly to the artists. This is huge for independent artists, which is why I continue to use Bandcamp for my releases.”

Ganelin also noted that the Bay Area album tour takes place May 11-15. More information available online: https://shorturl.at/uwHIU.

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