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Levantasy
 
Tuesday, 6th November 2012 at 6:30 pm
 
Levantasy
East-West Intercultural Adventures in Music
Presented by the Kepera Trio from The Netherlands – Rembrandt Frerichs (grand piano, shruti box); Tony Overwater (upright bass); and Vinsent Planjer (drums, tombak)
With Yoram Lachisch from Israel (oboe, English horn, zurna, shenai)
 
Venue: Rose Garden
 
Levantasy
Kepera Trio with Yoram Lachish
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 late teens, 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 incorporate the sounds and concepts of Middle Eastern music
Classical European music and Jazz, 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.
 
The ensemble was established in 2008 and released its debut album in February 2011. It has completed
several successful concert tours in the Netherlands, Germany and Algeria.

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