Mon 15 October 2018 Arnhem Musis 20.15 >
Thu 18 October 2018 Antwerp deSingel 20.00 >
Sun 21 October 2018 Amsterdam Cello Biënnale 17.00 >

Jean-Guihen Queyras & Atlas Ensemble
Ed Spanjaard conductor

Joël Bons Nomaden (2016)

A highlight of the Cello Biennale Amsterdam 2016 was the premiere of Nomaden, composed by Joël Bons and performed by master cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras and the Atlas Ensemble, conducted by Ed Spanjaard. Nomaden is a richly varied mosaic, a continuous stream of music lasting for one hour. Queyras enters into dialogues with top musicians from different cultures such as the Azerbaijani virtuosi Elshan Mansurov on kamancha and Elcin Nagijev on tar, the superb Zhao Yuanchun on Chinese erhu, the renowned Persian setar player Kiya Tabassian, the poetic Neva Özgen on Turkish kemençe, Chinese sheng phenomenon Wu Wei and Japanese sho magician Naomi Sato

Words of praise
review Het Parool 31-10-16 >
review de Volkskrant 5 stars 31-10-16 >
review NRC November Music 8-11-16 >
excerpt Nomaden from 1H10Min in Podium Radio 4 >
Het Parool interview with Joël Bons 27-10-16 >
de Volkskrant interview with Joël Bons about Nomaden 20-10-16 >  


The Atlas Ensemble is a unique chamber orchestra that unites 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 combining these descendants and 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 >


Atlas Lab in Taipeh, Taiwan
19-24 September 2017
workshops, lectures and concerts at the National Theatre & Concert Hall

Atlas Ensemble + Taiwan soloists

Artjom Kim conductor
Gevorg Dabaghian duduk
Neva Özgen kemençe
Elcin Naqijev tar
Elshan Mansurov kamancha
Ravshan Tokhtamishev  chang

During a week-long workshop, five prestigious Atlas soloists will team up with expert Taiwanese soloists in Chinese and Western music as they explore the differences between oral/improvisational and notational/compositional traditions, expanding their imaginations to co-create musical works of unconventional orchestration.

Lecture – 20/9 20 September 15.00-17.00 at National Taiwan University
Orientations – the other as inspiration
Joël Bons talks about cultural diversity and mutual influence in music  

Lecture/Demo 1 – 22 September 19:30-21:00
Joël Bons talks about building Atlas and his recent work Nomaden; Artjom Kim talks about Collective Composing

Lecture/Demo 2 – 23 September 16:00-17:30
Joël Bons, Artjom Kim and selected performers demonstrate Collective Composing

Concert – 24 September 14:30 at National Theatre & Concert Hall

Ling-Huei Tsai  Traces *
Shiuan Chang  Bian Zhou *
Atlas soloists  traditional music, solo-duo-trio
Atlas soloists  traditional music
Collective composition

* premiere


Makam & Mugam
Sat 16 September 2017 Amsterdam Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ 20.15 >

Gevorg Dabaghian duduk
Neva Özgen kemençe
Elcin Naqijev tar
Elshan Mansurov kamancha

On Saturday 16 September the musical traditions of Azerbaijan, Armenia and Turkey will be presented at the Amsterdam Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ by four top solo players of the Atlas Ensemble. At this concert, Gevorg Dabaghian, Neva Özgen, Elcin Naqijev and Elshan Mansurov will honour their friend and colleague Dhruba Ghosh.
tickets >


Dhruba Ghosh passed away
With intense sadness, we received the news that sarangi master Dhruba Ghosh has passed away on July 10. His superb musicianship, great wisdom, and gentle soul will always be remembered. We are very grateful to have had the privilege to work together with him on many occasions and to have experienced his amazing talents, generosity, and friendship. He has enriched the world with innumerable beautiful musical events.


Fri 28 October 2016 Amsterdam Cello Biënnale 17.30 >
Sun 30 October 2016 Groningen Soundsofmusic 16.15 >
Sat 5 November 2016 Den Bosch November Music 20.30 >

Jean-Guihen Queyras & Atlas Ensemble
Ed Spanjaard conductor

Joël Bons Nomaden (2016)