THE AYA & TANO COLLECTIVE
The Aya & Tano Collective is a Boston/SF-based eclectic musical project led by Aya Safiya and Tano Brock. They play styles ranging from Balkan, Greek, & Turkish music to American Pop.
In the Spring of 2015, Aya and Tano embarked on a journey to Eastern and Southern Europe in search for music. With the songs they collected on their travels, they started to build a repertoire of traditional Italian, Macedonian, Albanian, Greek, Turkish and Romani music. Both musicians have a long history with Balkan and Near Eastern music; Aya started her Greek violin studies at age 7, and Tano began playing doumbek, a Near Eastern percussion instrument, at age 6. In addition, Aya and Tano both have a passion for Pop music. At age 18 Tano released a self-produced Pop album, and Aya’s 2018 debut EP was featured on music blogs and online newspapers such as Atwood Magazine and the East Bay Express. In 2016 they performed a set of original and standard love songs for a wedding ceremony, and since have built a Pop repertoire together.
The extended family of The Aya & Tano Collective are: Alan Davidson, Alber Baseel, Andrew Cohen, Camille Holmes, Cecilia Cassandra Peña-Govea, Dan Cantrell, Dusty Brough, Eleni Govetas, Faisal Zedan, Greg Jenkins, Izzy Wise, Johnnie Gilmore, Keith Terry, Leah Sirkin, Manos Stratis, Mathew Harmon, Miles Jay, Panos Aivas, Panos Georgakopoulos, Polly Ferber, Reed Stutz, Sean Tergis, and Steve Brock.