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Kepera Trio & Yoram Lachish

Levantasy (East-West Intercultural Adventures in Music)

  • Type CD
  • Label Kepera Records
  • UPC 0608917406023
  • Catalog number KEPERA 104901
  • Release date 25 November 2010
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About the album

The Kepera trio was formed when its members discovered they shared an interest in the music from the Middle East, particularly the Arabic and Persian traditions. Rembrandt Frerichs lived and worked in Cairo for a number of years in his early twenties, soaking up the cultures and sounds of the orient. Tony Overwater has played with many musicians from the region and consequently visited the Levant on numerous occasions. More recently, Vinsent Planjer, through his studies of the Persian Tombak, discovered the warmth and improvisational expressiveness of Persian music. Rooted and educated in the rich history of jazz (all three hold a master’s degree in jazz, obtained from the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, Holland), they wondered how to materialize their shared passion. They quickly found a fourth collaborator in Yoram Lachish, who possesses the same mix of talent, training and ambition. Born and raised in Israel, he spontaneously absorbed the fusion between eastern and western cultures manifested in Israeli daily life and culture. Classically trained on the oboe, he later developed an improvisational style, making him one the few oboists in the world to successfully improvise on their instrument and making him a perfect fit for the Kepera trio. This became Levantasy. In the music the members of Levantasy attempt to incorporate the sounds and concepts of middle Eastern music into what’s essentially a jazz environment, never losing  sight of the ultimate goal, which is to create things of beauty.   Although it is tempting to interpret the seemingly effortless mixing of Arabic, Persian, Jewish and western styles as a metaphor for the search for harmony among the peoples of the Middle East,  the project does not aim to carry a political message. However, if the music would inspire the listener, at least momentarily, to forget the politics and appreciate the boundary-breaking power of art, Levantasy would consider that to be a mission accomplished.


Mark Korvin

June 10th 2019 13:47
A superb musical offering

Challenge Records International

March 1st 2011 09:39
Beste Monir,
Je kunt een demo sturen naar Challenge Records International, Maanlander 41, 3824 MN Amersfoort, t.n.v. Sara Lambrecht, inclusief bio-info e.d.Groeten, Challenge Records International

Monir Goran

February 27th 2011 12:27
Beste vrienden,
Vanochtend heb ik jullie horen spelen in Vrije geluiden. Wat een mooie muziek. Ik ben zelf met iets vergelijkbaars bezig. In december heb ik mijn cd 'Onder een andere hemel' gepresenteerd met ud, piano en klarinet. Ik kom uit Irak, woon in Utrecht, speel ud en gitaar en componeer muziek die een verbinding is tussen westerse en midden-oosten-muziek. Ik wil graag mijn cd naar jullie opsturen. Misschien kunnen we samen iets doen.
Kunnen jullie mij laten weten naar wie ik de cd kan opsturen?
Groeten van Monir Goran

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