YORAM LACHISH jazz oboe, english horn & ethnic wind instruments
REMBRANDT FRERICHS piano, shruti box
TONY OVERWATER double bass
VINSENT PLANJER drums, tombak
Levantasy international ensemble is offering a unique musical concept: an encounter between Eastern warmth and balance and the freedom of Western jazz. A unique musical concept - not only thanks to the intriguing mix between Israeli-Jewish, Arab and Persian influences with Western jazz but also because musical instruments such as oboe, zurna (Turkish oboe), shofar (Jewish horn) and Tombak (Iranian drum) are seldom heard in jazz.
The ensemble was established in 2008 and released its debut album in February 2011. It has completed several successful concert tours in the Netherlands, enthusiastically acclaimed by the audience and the press, also performing at the prestigious 2010 Hague Jazz Festival and the well-known Bimhuis club in Amsterdam. Dutch National TV show, Vrije Geluiden, featured Levantasy in a special edition of "The Best of 10 Years Jazz".
Levantasy is a cooperation between Israeli oboe jazz musician Yoram Lachish and the Dutch ethno-jazz Kepera Trio.