The Oorkaan Ensemble

The Amsterdam-based Oorkaan Ensemble bring explosions of colour and dramatic musical flair to the stage thanks to their unique instrument combination of harp, bass clarinet, bayan and percussion.

The Oorkaan Ensemble musicians are all about embracing bold and thrilling musical adventures. They’re not only pushing the boundaries of what music has to offer with their arrangements of classical masterpieces and the array of original compositions penned just for them, they also explore the repertoire of diverse musical cultures. Their staged concerts, Whoop Whoop(s)! (2021) and Gong and the Four Noses (2023) delve into the worlds of Turkish and Indonesian classical repertoire. The results can be heard on their acclaimed debut album Shimmering, released at the end of 2023. Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant on Shimmering: "The colours burst from their very first recording! [...] Sliding, scraping, drumming, and clattering, they create fascinating blends of sounds." – Jenny Camilleri

Since their founding in 2021, the Oorkaan Ensemble has performed staged concerts in various Dutch and European concert halls, including the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Concertgebouw Brugge, Konzerthaus Wien, Bozar Brussels, Philharmonie Haarlem, Brucknerhaus Linz, Philharmonie Luxembourg, and at festivals such as Wonderfeel, Grachtenfestival Amsterdam, and Gent Festival van Vlaanderen. The ensemble was selected by an international jury from Classical:NEXT to perform a showcase in Berlin in May 2024 and in September 2024, they will make their debut in the small hall of the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam.

Since their founding in 2021, the Oorkaan Ensemble has performed staged concerts in various Dutch and European concert halls, including the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Concertgebouw Brugge, Konzerthaus Wien, Bozar Brussels, Philharmonie Haarlem, Brucknerhaus Linz, Philharmonie Luxembourg, and at festivals such as Wonderfeel, Grachtenfestival Amsterdam, and Gent Festival van Vlaanderen. The ensemble was selected by an international jury from Classical:NEXT to perform a showcase in Berlin in May 2024 and in September 2024, they will make their debut in the small hall of the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam.

The Oorkaan Ensemble is made up of Michele Mazzini (bass) clarinet), Robbrecht Van Cauwenberghe (bayan), Michela Zanoni (harp) and Veysel Dzhesur (percussion) and was founded by Caecilia Thunnissen, artistic director of Oorkaan.

Michela Zanoni
Michela Zanoni
harp
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Michele Mazzini
Michele Mazzini
(bass) clarinet
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Robbrecht Van Cauwenberghe
Robbrecht Van Cauwenberghe
bajan
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Veysel Dzhesur
Veysel Dzhesur
percussion
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Shimmering, released at the end of 2023.

The musicians of the Oorkaan Ensemble bring a new sound to the horizon of Dutch ensembles! The Oorkaan Ensemble's debut album "Shimmering" was released in December 2023. A musical milestone in the flying start of their career. Read more here.

Concert programs and bookings

Concert programs and bookings

SHIMMERING
Presenting the music from their debut album ‘Shimmering’, they enter into dialogue with the fascinating musical worlds of Türkiye and Indonesia. New compositions, age-old traditionals and own arrangements of famous classics are being juxtaposed and spiced up by continuously switching all different kinds of instruments. With music by Fazıl Say, Claude Debussy, Iwan Gunawan and Steven Kamperman, among others. This program is offered for concerts between 30 minutes and 1.5 hours.

GROOVES & COLOURS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Scientists say that humans can perceive ten million different shades of colour. The Oorkaan Ensemble will present you with as many as possible, and from all over the world. Count on Turkish party vibes combined with bluesy spirituals as well as a brand-new composition by Anne-Maartje Lemereis, Dutch Composer Laureate in 2024. To finish off, some Gamelan-inspired music on steroids and a proper global tango. Cheers to that! With music by Margaret Bonds, Steven Kamperman, Anne-Maartje Lemereis, among others, Michele Mazzini and Ayuo Takahashi. This program lasts 45 minutes.

CONTACT AND BOOKINGS
Are you interested in booking the Oorkaan Ensemble? Or do you have a question? We'd love to hear from you!
Contact us at +31 20 620 28 28 or bookings@oorkaan.nl.