Spinifex seeks out the challenge of crossing stylistic borders.

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Spinifex, an ensemble led by Gijs Levelt (trumpet) and Tobias Klein (altosaxophone,clarinetts) is based in Amsterdam.

The current Spinifex projects are:

Spinifex Indian Spin [FX]

Karnatic music provides an inexhaustible source of musical material enriching Spinifex. Gijs Levelt, Tobias Klein and Ned McGowan share a long history of collaboration with musicians from Southern India. In the Indian Spin [FX] project, Spinifex joins forces with the internationally acclaimed violin master Dr. Mysore Manjunath and percussion virtuosos B.C. Manjunath and Pramath Kiran. Together they combine Karnatic music and European jazz in a truly wonderful way.

• Dr. Mysore Manjunath – violin
• B.C. Manjunath – percussion
• Pramath Kiran – percussion
• Ned McGowan – flute
• Gijs Levelt – trumpet
• Tobias Klein – alto saxophone, bass clarinet
• Joost Buis – trombone
• Dion Nijland – bass
• Uli Genenger – drums

Spinifex Quintet meets Gevende

The famous Turkish psychedelic folk band GEVENDE meets the top improvisors of the Amsterdam-based SPINIFEX QUINTET.
When Spinifex saxophonist Tobias Klein met Gevende in Istanbul in 2006, it was the beginning of a musical and personal friendship. Mutually inspired, they performed together in the Netherlands, in Turkey and in Portugal.
A collaboration between Gevende and Spinifex seemed the next logical step. Trumpet player Gijs Levelt, along with Tobias the driving force behind Spinifex, has made name internationally with the Amsterdam Klezmer Band. He has collaborated extensively with prominent Turkish musicians, but until now he has never shared the stage with Gevende, the band that makes music without boundaries.
Actually that is exactly what Spinifex also does. The typical basic ingredients of their music are forceful grooves, intense improvisation, virtuoso solos, psycho-rhythms and extreme dynamics. Their new quintet includes top math-metal drummer Philip Moser, the Dutch guitar prodigy Jasper Stadhouders and Portuguese bass virtuoso Gonçalo Almeida.

Spinifex Quintet:

• Gijs Levelt – trumpet
• Tobias Klein – alto saxophone, bass clarinet
• Jasper Stadhouders – guitar
• Goncalo Almeida – bass
• Philipp Moser – drums


• Ahmet Kenan Bilgiç, guitar, vocals
• Okan Kaya, bass guitar, vocals
• Gökçe Gürçay, drums, percussion
• Ömer Öztüyen, viola
• Serkan Emre Çiftçi, trumpet


participating in

  • WOMEX 2011


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