WHERE EAST MEETS WEST
Levantasy is offering a unique musical concept: an encounter between Eastern warmth and balance and the freedom of Western jazz. It is 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.
YORAM LACHISH | Oboe, English Horn, Zurna, Shehnai, Shofar
REMBRANDT FRERICHS | Piano, Shrutibox
TONY OVERWATER | Double Bass
VINSENT PLANJER | Drums, Tombak
Levantasy is an international cooperation between Israeli oboist Yoram Lachish and the Dutch Rembrandt Frerichs Trio. 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, Israel and India - enthusiastically acclaimed by the audience and the press, also performing at the prestigious North-Sea Jazz festival, 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".
"Groundbreaking", "Pure beauty" and "Fantasy rich craftsmanship" are some of the words journalists and columnists chose to describe Levantasy.