While of Greek, Italian, and Lebanese, Stroutsos is acknowledged to have made a distinctive contribution to the preservation of American Indian music and culture, and plays with some of the finest American Indian artists working today, including collaborating with Navajo flute maker Paul Thompson, a work which expresses the enduring legacy of the American Indian flute and its recent revitalization into today’s society.
In a recent interview about his work, Stroutsos comments: “I have had a unique career of recording flute music inspired by travels and really awesome masters. My passion is to share with listeners the cultural legacies which my teachers have shared with me, particularly my journey with my friend and mentor, the Navajo flute maker Paul Thompson. We brought to life traditional love songs learnt from American Indians, and recorded these flute songs live inside Canyon de Chelly, the spiritual ancestral lands of the Navajo. I continue to discover more of the wealth of flute traditions, these time-honored traditions which span many generations: this history is the real mystery of the flute, both haunting and enduring. Bringing music to life for new listeners is part of my vision of my own work, because music touches the soul, making it our true universal means of communication.”
In over twenty releases, Stroutsos has created a body of work which expresses a passion for sound travelling: music without borders.