Kay Krijnen

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  • WOMEX 2015
  • WOMEX 2014
  • WOMEX 2013
  • WOMEX 2012
  • WOMEX 2011

Amariszi blends the Balkan influence within their music in an inventive way – a refreshing mix of pop, reggae, and folk. Original compositions with feel-good arrangements create an accessible music attracting a wide audience: this approach has helped the group acquire a respected position within the Balkan scene. Merel Simons’ clear timbre and beautiful expressiveness is an outstanding contribution that undoubtedly attracts attention. The Amariszi line-up of bass & drums, guitar, horn section and accordion creates exciting music and their appearance, animation and enthusiasm makes every performance a party!
Amariszi was founded in 2007 by accordionist/composer Kay Krijnen and drummer Dolf Huybers. Four years later their remarkable debut album ‘Balkan Chaotika’ was released, critically acclaimed and appreciated, with coherent teamwork, originality and inspiring virtuosity.

Being the winners of the Dutch Balkan Blues Contest, organized by International Gipsy Festival Tilburg, Amariszi played a concert with kaval player Emrah Oǧuztürk (former member of e.g. Kardes Türküler 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 Oguztürk by performing at European World and Jazz Festivals.

“Amariszi realizes a vivacious performance with a huge amount of enthusiasm. By collaborating with Oğuztürk an extra Eastern dimension is added. This resulted in a stunning duet between Oğuztürk 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.“ 

Kay Krijnen

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