Tony OverwaterBassist Tony Overwater, has been involved in the Arabic musical scene for over 15 years. His love for the music makes him an enthusiastic advocate of this genre. He won the podium prize 1989, the VPRO Boy Edgar Award in 2003 and an Edison for his cd OP. Tony Overwater has been one of the most prominent jazz musicians in the Netherlands for over 25 years.

Bassem AlkhouriSyrian Bassem Alkhouri plays the canun (Arabic cimbalom) and a trained singer of western classics. He plays regularly with the atlas ensemble. Al-Khouri is based in the Netherlands.

Michalis CholevasMichalis Cholevas is a Greek multi-instrumentalist musician playing Ney, Saz, Yayli Tanbur and its descendant, the Tarhu.

His path starts in Athens, Greece where he studied Byzantine, Jazz and Eastern Mediterranean music traditions.

At the age of 30s he moved to the Netherlands to follow a Master’s program in Turkish Music at Rotterdam World Music Academy (Codarts, University for the Arts, under the Dutch HSP excellence scholarship) where he now works as the Head of Studies.

Michalis studied with Ömer Erdo?dular, Kudsi Ergüner and Erdal Erzincan and he specializes in the eastern mediterranean modal music traditions. He has collaborated with several artists including the Oscar award winner Angelo Badalamenti, Kudsi Ergüner, Apollo Musagette Quartet, Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra, the George Kontrafouris Jazz trio and Louisiana Red.

Michalis holds a Bachelor's Degree in Natural Sciences which was followed by Master studies in advanced Theoretical Physics.

Vinsent PlanjerDrummer Vinsent Planjer is specialized in Persian music. Beside drums Planjer plays the Iranian vase drum, Tombak. He is part of the Kepera Trio.

Rembrandt FrerichsRembrandt Frerichs is one of the most prominent Dutch jazz pianists. He emerged in the Netherlands with his own trio, during the past few years. Yet, his work extends to playing regularly with musicians from the Middle East through the Kepera Trio and Levantasy.

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