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Greta Kelly
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Greta Kelly

Greta plays violin and shahkeman in a number of projects including Mzaza, a world music six-piece who have recorded three CDs. She also performs and tours internationally with DeepBlue who have released four CDs and one DVD.

After studying at The University of Queensland she lived in Prague for four years where she got a taste for Eastern European folk music. Greta began studying violin at a young age and also studied shahkeman (Persian spike-fiddle made by luthier Peter Biffin) including two summers at the Labyrinth Music Workshops in Greece, and a tour of Turkey to study classical, folk and sufi music. She also received an Arts Queensland professional development grant to study music in Iran with sufi musician Ostad Zolfonoon and kamanche teacher Saman Samimi.

She teaches violin privately and facilitates workshops that Mzaza and DeepBlue conduct nationally and internationally. She also plays occasionally in Kashkul a Persian sufi music group based in Adelaide, and Safar a Persian/Turkish group based in Brisbane. In her spare time she likes to make friends and learn new songs at the Brisbane detention centre.