The Kepera Trio (a former incarnation of the Rembrandt 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, 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. – From the booklet notes
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‘Pure beauty. What a gem it is, very compelling’Het Parool
‘Levantasy drew an enthusiastic responses from the audience’Jerusalem Post
‘These musician have internalized the principles of middle eastern music to such an extent, that they need only their western instruments to create an oriental sound’ODE, American Lifestyle magazine
‘Levantasy is about melodic refinement; poetic, subtle and elegant’NRC
‘Big respect’John Jorn
‘Yoram Lachish is one of the few who is capable of ingenious improvisation on the oboe. It was mostly this fantasy rich craftsmanship and the refusal to be branded with any boundaries, which brought this concert to great heights.’Jazzenzo