Silence Presents: Babylonia

Silence Presents: Babylonia

Friday, February 10th

Doors: 7:30 PM

Show: 8:00 PM

Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

Born in Toronto, ON, on March 24th, 1972, Greek-Jewish Canadian musician Ilios

Steryannis started drumming at the age of 12. Inspired by the power and artistry

of Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, he pounded on a practice pad and an old

set of bongo drums until his father lovingly presented him with a brand new Tama

Royalstar drumset, with Paiste cymbals, for his 13th birthday. Since then, Ilios and

the drums have been inseparable.

Ilios’ latest project, the Babylonia Ensemble, pays tribute to his Iraqi Jewish and

Greek roots with a six part suite of Middle Eastern jazz. The instrumentation is an

entrancing mix of clarinet, cello, piano, bass and drums. A variety of moods and

rhythms are explored, and there is traditional Iraqi Jewish music in the mix as

well, composed by the legendary Al-Kuwaity brothers of Baghdad.