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)

The Atlas Ensemble and renowned cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras will perform the brand new programme Nomaden (Dutch for Nomads) under the baton of Ed Spanjaard. In this work, composed 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 sho magician Naomi Sato. Thus, a continuous stream of one hour of music will form a richly varied mosaic.

review NRC November Music 8-11-16 >
review Het Parool 31-10-16 >
review de Volkskrant 5 stars 31-10-16 >
excerpt Nomaden from 1H10Min in Podium Radio 4 >
Het Parool interview with Joël Bons 27-10-16 >
de Volkskrant interview with Joël Bons 20-10-16 >
blog Thea Derks '5 concerten die je niet wilt missen' 3-11-16 >


Atlas musicians at Noorderlicht, FC Hyena, De Ruimte, Mezrab, Zaal 100

Sat 29 october 2016 Noorderlicht > 18.00-21.00H
free entrance, concert during dinner

Elshan Mansurov kamancha
Elchin Nagijev tar
Kiya Tabassian setar
Neva Özgen kemençe

Tue 1 November FC Hyena > 19.00H
admission: € 7,50

screening Atlas-documentary Imagine Utopia and concert by:
Dhruba Ghosh sarangi
Zhao Yuanchun erhu
Harrie Starreveld shakuhachi

Wed 2 November De Ruimte > 20.30H
admission: donation

Zhao Yuanchun erhu
Harrie Starreveld shakuhachi

Wed 2 November Mezrab > 20.30H
admission: € 8,-

Kiya Tabassian setar
Pasha Karami tombak
Dhruba Ghosh sarangi

Thu 3 November Zaal 100 > after dinner in the small hall, free entrance
diner option 18.00-20.00H

Elchin Nagijev tar
Elshan Mansurov kamancha

Kiya Tabassian & Dhruba Ghosh (credit: Werry Crone)


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 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 >


Atlas Ensemble in Helsinki
The Atlas Ensemble was ensemble in residence at Helsinki Musica Nova 2013. Between 9 and 13 February the ensemble gave five concerts with traditional and brand new music at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. >

Amsterdam Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ >

Imagine Utopia
Atlas Ensemble presents intercultural premieres
Thu 5 May 2011 Amsterdam Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ 20.15 DoAv/Proms

Atlas Ensemble

Joël Bons

Artjom Kim
Francisco Trigueros
Sanae Ishida
Fabio Nieder




Artjom Kim and Fabio Nieder
Els Mondelaers (soprano), Wu Wei (sheng),
Naomi Sato (sho), Dhruba Ghosh (sarangi) 

Flame for sheng and ensemble
Mestizo for soprano and ensemble
Vier Melodien from Tierkreis

Pièce for sho and eleven instruments
‘Von Himmel hoch, da kommt ein E
ngel her
zu dir... und fliegt gen Himmel wieder’,              
Choral für Julia

On Liberation Day, May 5, the Atlas Ensemble presented Imagine Utopia, an ode to the spirit of freedom and creativity. Among the soloists were great artists such as the Armenian Gevorg Dabaghian (duduk), the Chinese Wu Wei (sheng), the Turkish Neva Özgen (kemençe) and the Indian sarangi master Dhruba Ghosh.

In August 2010, the second Atlas Academy took place in Amsterdam. Sixty musicians and composers from around the world gathered together to conduct research, experiment, play music and compose. Here are the first results of this Academy, a series of intercultural premieres for various combinations of world instruments. The composers each chose their own point of departure. Their imagination transformed the Atlas Ensemble into a magical orchestra with an unprecedented palette of timbres.

conductor: Artjom Kim