Being the winners of the Dutch Balkan Blues Contest, organized by International Gipsy Festival Tilburg, Amariszi played a concert with Kurdish kaval player Emrah O&487;uztuerk (former member of e.g. Kardes Tuerkueler and Aynur Dogan). It turned out to be a sublime combination, resulting in a very special concert, with great reviews.
For 2013 Amariszi is planning to continue the collaboration with Oguztuerk by performing at European World and Jazz Festivals.
"Amariszi realizes a vivacious performance with a huge amount of enthusiasm. By collaborating with O&287;uztuerk an extra Eastern dimension is added. This resulted in a stunning duet between O&287;uztuerk and Kay Krijnen, who for a couple of songs exchanged his accordion for the exotic flute instrument. Over all this performance was very well done and outstandingly conductive for the festive mood."
"The excellent kaval player Emrah O&287;uztuerk from Turkey has a whole arsenal of flutes and even plays a big drum for a while."
"...a fine chance to catch up on the greatness of the band around singer Merel Simons. (...) Star accordionist Kay Krijnen exceeds: like a tornado he's sliding over the keys. And guest musician O&287;uztuerk does his thing with excellence."