Atlas Ensemble - Nomads
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Jean-Guihen Queyras & Atlas Ensemble
Ed Spanjaard conductor

Joël Bons Nomads (première)

The Atlas Ensemble and renowned cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras will perform the brand new programme Nomads. In this work, composed and curated by Joël Bons, the cellist will enter into dialogues with instruments from different cultures. Queyras meets musicians like the Indian sarangi master Dhruba Ghosh, Turkish Neva Özgen on kemençe, Azerbaijani kamancha virtuoso Elshan Mansurov, the Persian setar player Kiya Tabassian, Chinese sheng phenomenon Wu Wei and the Japanese shō magician Naomi Sato. Thus, a continuous stream of one hour of music conducted by Ed Spanjaard will form a richly varied mosaic.

The Atlas Ensemble is a unique chamber orchestra uniting brilliant musicians from China, Japan, Central Asia, the Middle East and Europe. The ensemble brings together instruments from various cultures which, whilst originating from the same ancestor, have travelled and developed over the course of centuries. Thus, a wide variety of instruments came into being. By uniting these descendants and combining their timbres, beautiful and previously unheard blends are obtained. This concept embodies the essence of the Atlas Ensemble. The repertoire consists of newly written works. More >


past events

free concert, open for all
Mon 5 September 2016 Conservatorium van Amsterdam 20.00H
Haitink Hall

Hua Yifei sheng (China)
Kiya Tabassian setar (Iran)
Elchin Nagijev tar (Azerbaijan)
Elshan Mansurov kamancha (Azerbaijan)
Neva Özgen kemençe (Turkey)
Naomi Sato sho (Japan)

Musicians of the Atlas Ensemble play traditional music from China, Iran, Azerbaijan, Turkey and Japan.

Atlas Academy has been renamed to Atlas Lab
lectures Huib Schippers and Jonathan Stock online >

The sixth Atlas Lab took place at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam between 27 August and 5 September 2016. The Atlas Lab is an international meeting place for composers and musicians from all over the world. Devoted to the development of new intercultural music the Atlas Lab offers a wide range of presentations, demonstrations, lectures, composers practical workshops on Asian instruments and seminars about eastern musical cultures and composing for intercultural instrumental combinations. More >

Atlas Lab 2016

Atlas Festival 6 and 7 September 2014 >
Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ Amsterdam

In its 2014 festival the Atlas Ensemble welcomed, amongst others, the Indian master of the sarangi Dhruba Ghosh, and the world-famous Armenian duduk-player Gevorg Dabaghian.

The 48-hours experience of music without boundaries, offered a combination of traditional and brand-new music. Meetings between musicians from different cultures rendered unheard new experiences: Indian raga principles, ecstatic playing from the Caucasus, quiet Japanese sounds and thrilling Chinese virtuosity stood alongside Western composition techniques in pieces that were specifically written for the ensemble.
Programme & website >

Atlas Academy 20 – 31 August 2014 >
Conservatorium van Amsterdam

From 20 to 31 August 2014 the Atlas Ensemble organized the fifth edition of the Atlas Academy at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. The Atlas Academy is a laboratory for the creation of innovative intercultural music.

Composers and musicians applied to develop a piece or experiment during the two weeks, working closely with musicians from all over the world in individual or group sessions.
More information >