• 21 Aug. '18

    Recap of inJazz 2018: Lingua Franca Ensemble

    Michalis Cholevas (left) and Giannis Koutis - Lingua Franca Ensemble at inJazz 2018
    In June this year Dutch Performing Arts commissioned a special Dutch World Stage at networking and showcase festival inJazz, in collaboration with World Music Forum NL. Four Dutch acts presented themselves to an audience of Dutch and international music lovers and presenters. How do they look back on their performance? And what does the future hold for them?
    Dutch Performing Arts caught up with Michalis Cholevas, band leader of Lingua Franca Ensemble. The group is made up of tarhu/ney player Michalis, violinist Michalis Kouloumis, singer/ guitarist Giannis Koutis and drummer/percussionist Ruven Ruppik. Lingua Franca Ensemble blends Eastern Mediterranean traditions with Western music elements to compose colourful soundscapes. Last year they released their album Ephemera.

    What was playing at inJazz like? Was it what you hoped or expected it to be?
    Michalis: ‘Looking back on our performance I'd say it was a rather intimate one. The kind that allowed us to connect with the audience and share emotional moments with the people present. And it connected us with the industry people we were hoping to meet. We were expecting to connect with the local community of musicians and entrepreneurs as well as with professionals from the scene such as agencies, venues and programmers from abroad.‘

    How has the support of Dutch Performing Arts been of help to you?
    ‘I’m very happy that we got the invitation of Dutch Performing Arts to play as a non-jazz group. Our music lends itself well for a niche market so in that sense the showcase was instrumental in helping us build up towards our next steps and wishful future. It brought a lot of attention to our music, allowed us to play a full house and for a very active audience that created a wonderful vibe. Opportunities like these help us make a smoother transition to an outer circle of people and audiences that could be interested in our music.‘

    Which places in the world would you really like to play at?
    ‘We’d like to take our music to places that make a good fit with it. Our music allows people to deeply connect with the art of music and the emotions that it can convey. In that sense, we’re looking for venues and audiences that are interested in emotional journeys. That, in my opinion, asks for small to middle-sized stages but…the sky is the limit. This October we will have the chance to experience the impact of our music on a stage of a completely different scale, during our performance at WOMEX in Las Palmas - the most important international networking and showcase festival for world music.’

    You were born in Athens, Greece and have been living in Rotterdam for the past 10+ years. Which place do you call home?
    ‘As I divide my time between different areas and time zones it’s getting increasingly difficult to feel at home in one particular place. I have nostalgia for Greece when I’m in Holland and I have nostalgia for Holland when I’m in Greece. My feeling of home lies more in the creative part of my life and when there are people to share that creativity with. I like to create music with people I appreciate and have this feeling of enjoyment together.’

    Where do you see yourself in ten years?
    ‘I see myself still making music as part of my work that also includes education, performance and research activities. Looking back I never thought I'd become a musician. My first dream was to become an astronaut. In my late twenties I even took a break from music and did some Physics and Biology. I then came to the Netherlands for my Masters at Codarts because Rotterdam was the only place where you could study Turkish or classical Ottoman music. From that moment on things got on autopilot and I just knew music will always be part of my life.’

    What do you hope for the future of Lingua Franca Ensemble?
    ‘We hope to be healthy, to be able to keep growing musically in an organic manner. Right now we’re building up the concept of our next recording work. We don't feel the need to publish an album every year but we’re constantly revisiting and creating new music material until we feel ready for the next step.'

    Visuals and text: Robbie van Zoggel

    We also met up with the group shortly before their performance at inJazz. Check out the video below for a heart-to-heart about the DNA of Lingua Franca Ensemble and making an emotional connection with the audience.

    Also check out our interviews with Shishani & Namibian Tales and Tabanka.
    Lingua Franca Ensemble at inJazz 2018
    Lingua Franca Ensemble at inJazz 2018
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  • 18 Sep. '18

    Research on musical mobility in the Lowlands

    Dutch Performing Arts and Flanders Arts Institute took the initiative to closely investigate the musical mobility in the Lowlands: What opportunities are there for Belgian artists to perform in the Netherlands and vice versa? And what room or need is there for improvement?
  • 22 Aug. '18

    Call for proposals: Classical:NEXT 2019

    The call for proposals for Classical:NEXT 2019 is now open.
  • 14 Aug. '18

    For residents of Egypt, Morocco, Russia, and Turkey: Apply for ISPA´s Netherlands Fellowship Programme 2019

    Following our earlier call, ISPA offers an additional place in the Netherlands Fellowship Programme, supported by Dutch Performing Arts. The programme provides access to ISPA's extensive international network of arts professionals to mid-career leaders from the performing arts community. This call is open to residents of Egypt, Morocco, Russia, and Turkey.
  • 13 Aug. '18

    Recap of inJazz 2018: Tabanka

    In June this year Dutch Performing Arts commissioned a special Dutch World Stage at networking and showcase festival inJazz, in collaboration with World Music Forum NL. Four Dutch acts presented themselves to an audience of Dutch and international music lovers and presenters. How do they look back on their performance? And what does the future hold for them?
  • 9 Aug. '18

    Call for applications: International exchange hosted by ASSITEJ Germany

    ASSITEJ Germany invites every ASSITEJ centre to nominate one director from their country to take part in Directors in TYA – An International Exchange.
  • 8 Aug. '18

    Thinking about going to PAMS 2018?

    Are you a Netherlands-based maker in field of theatre or dance, or (artistic) director/ representative of a Dutch theatre or dance company, and thinking about going to Performing Arts Market in Seoul (PAMS) 2018? Then you could get a contribution for your visit.
  • 2 Aug. '18

    Recap of inJazz 2018: Shishani & Namibian Tales

    In June this year Dutch Performing Arts commissioned a special Dutch World Stage at networking and showcase festival inJazz, in collaboration with World Music Forum NL. Four Dutch acts presented themselves to an audience of Dutch and international music lovers and presenters. How do they look back on their performance? And what does the future hold for them?
  • 31 Jul. '18

    Open call for poductions: ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering 2019

    ASSITEJ Norway and the Sand festival are on a worldwide search for interesting productions for a young audience. They're hosting next year's ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering in Kristiansand, Norway on 2-7 September 2019.
  • 27 Jul. '18

    Invitation to K-PAP 2019

    ASSITEJ invites 15 performing arts professionals (such as artistic directors, presenters and promoters) to K-PAP 2019.
  • 20 Jul. '18

    Summer update Going Dutch: Jazz from the Netherlands

    Dutch Performing Arts commissioned the Jazz Promotion Network (JPN) to coordinate the focus programme Going Dutch in 2017 and 2018 to support Dutch jazz musicians and/or groups to perform and tour in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. Check out our overview of upcoming gigs.
  • 13 Jul. '18

    Open calls for international activities in Iran 2018-2019

    The Dramatic Arts Center of Iran (DAC) organises three international theatre festivals in different genres over the period of 2018-2019. Theatre managers and representatives are invited to submit performances.
  • 11 Jun. '18

    For choreographers: Apply now for the Aerowaves Twenty

    Dance network Aerowaves invites talented emerging choreographers based in Europe to apply for the Aerowaves Twenty.
  • 6 Jun. '18

    Dutch artists confirmed for Reeperbahn festival

    The first Dutch artists have been confirmed for the Reeperbahn Festival, Europe’s biggest club festival.
  • 30 May. '18

    Dutch Performing Arts | En France: Upcoming Events

    This coming summer there are several Dutch performances in the context of Dutch Performing Arts | En France.
  • 30 May. '18

    Recap of Classical:NEXT 2018

    De Doelen and Dutch Performing Arts promoted the classical and contemporary music scene at the Dutch Pavilion during Classical:NEXT 2018 from 16 to 20 May at De Doelen in Rotterdam.
  • 30 May. '18

    Update about activities Dutch Performing Arts

    Dutch Performing Arts promotes Dutch music, theatre and dance abroad. These animation and infographics provide an overview of our activities in 2017.
  • 30 May. '18

    Thinking about going to Cinars & Mundial Montreal 2018?

    Are you a Dutch-based musician, composer or (artistic) director of a Dutch music ensemble and thinking about going to Cinars and/or Mundial Montreal?
  • 28 May. '18

    Apply for ISPA's Dutch Fellowship Programme 2019

    The Netherlands Fellowship Program provides access to ISPA's extensive international network of arts professionals to mid-career leaders from the Netherlands' performing arts community.
  • 24 May. '18

    Open Call Music Theatre Now 2018

    The Music Theatre Committee in International Theatre Institute invites makers of operas of all shapes and sizes, which were professionally produced in the past three years, to submit their works.
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