Northwest NEWS

February 7, 2000


World Pacific Ensemble to perform

Gary Stroutsos   The haunting tones of native, cane, and alto flutes and bird calls, the rhythm of percussion from natural materials, Japanese koto strings, and North Indian Tabla drums will be featured in a performance by Gary Stroutsos and the World Pacific Ensemble on Saturday, Feb. 12, at 8 p.m. at the Northshore United Church of Christ. It will benefit the church's building fund.

   Currently collaborating with John Serrie, the award-winning sythesizer virtuoso and recording artist, on Earth Sky, the ensemble is also about ready to release their own debut CD. The Northwest-based group members are Gary Stroutsos of Seattle on flutes and birdcalls, Epaminondas (Nonda) Timis of Woodinville on percussion, Elizabeth Falconer of Renton on koto, and Eleftharios (Larry) Mahlis of San Francisco on Tabla drums.

   Stroutsos and Trimis have performed at the White House for President Clinton, toured the East Coast, and have been aired internationally and nationally on NPR and PBS. Their music was heard on the recent Lewis and Clark special.

   Stroutsos is well-known for his CD Cuba L.A. with Narada Records. Trimis has played on more than 50 CDs as a percussionist and drummer, and received an award for best Native-American-based recording for Wind River by Andrew Vasquez on Makoche.

   Trimis, also known as a marathon runner, makes handmade percussion instruments, many out of gourds, which are used in performances by artists such as Madonna and Phil Collins, as well as at music conservatories such as Julliard.

   Falconer has a Ph.D. in Japanese and is a master of the standard and bass kotos. She has performed live at the Kennedy Center. Mahlis, the son of a cantor for the Greek Orthodox Church, has recorded and performed with the Utah Symphony. His work has been featured with Mediterranean and jazz bands throughout the U.S.

   A suggested donation of $8 for adults and $5 for students is requested. The church is located at 18900 168th Ave. NE, Woodinville. Call 425-483-6557, or visit the church website at for more information.