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Introduction

When I recorded my own music for the first time, in Greece, without an actual plan what to do with the results, one of the musicians said: “you should make a proper album out of this.” I said OK. Somebody back home heard the album and said: “I want to write a review of it, but this means that the readers should be able to buy it.” I said OK. When I approached a distributor, they said: “you need a label.” I said OK, to find out later that this actually entails more than having a sticker or logo. So here it is: TouMilou. A micro record label that exists primarily to share my own music. Indie, for sure.

Autograph

Michiel van der Meulen

Kairos Collective

Albums

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Erato / Contemporary Modal Music / Michiel van der Meulen  & Kairos Collective  / TouMilou #6, 2022 (forthcoming)

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Európe / Contemporary Modal Music / Michiel van der Meulen & Kairos Collective / TouMilou #3, 2019

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Pîrî Reis / Contemporary Modal Music / Michiel van der Meulen & Kairos Collective / TouMilou #1, 2017

About

Kairos Collective is the occasional ensemble that, to date, recorded three albums with contemporary modal compositions by Michiel van der Meulen. Kairos, in ancient Greek mythology, is the personification of the right moment, the time to act or an opportunity to be seized, representing inspiration and enthusiasm. This perfectly matches the atmosphere and co-operation during both recording sessions, the results of which are genuine collaborative efforts that carry the ideas of each contributor.

Testimonials

Čalgija

Recent releases (2017–2021)

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Üçayak / Music from the Balkans and Anatolia / Čalgija  / TouMilou #5, 2021

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Unforgotten / Music from the Balkans and Anatolia / Čalgija / PAN 2056 & TouMilou #4, 2020

Vintage albums (info and liner notes)

Music from the Balkans and Anatolia #2

Music from the Balkans and Anatolia #2 / Čalgija  / PAN 2007CD, 1991

Music from the Balkans and Anatolia #2

Music from the Balkans and Anatolia #1 / Čalgija / PAN 7425, 1978, 2013

About

If you are Dutch and enjoy Balkan, Turkish, Arabic and/or Central Asian music, then you are bound to know the famous Dutch ensemble Čalgija, which existed from 1962 to 1967 and from 1969 to 1995. Even if you are not Dutch and don’t particularly like Turkish, Arabic and Central Asian music, you might know them because their music features in a song by Kate Bush (‘The Sensual World’) and was covered by Andy Irvine and Davy Spillane. Čalgija released three albums: Balkan Orchestra Čalgija (EP, 1966), Music from the Balkans and Anatolia #1 (LP, 1978) and Music from the Balkans and Anatolia #2 (CD, 1991), and contributed to the compilation album Mosaique Vivant (1995). TouMilou Records reissued the EP and produced, in co-operation with Pan Records, two additional albums from unreleased studio and live material from the late 1970s and early 1980s: the ensemble in its heyday.

Testimonials

Miscellaneous

Traditionele Turkse Kunstmuziek

Traditionele Turkse Kunstmuziek (book, in Dutch) / W. Swets / 2e editie bewerkt door M.J. van der Meulen / ISBN 978-94-641829-9-6  / Verwacht eind 2022

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Microtonal tambura / built by Remco Busink in 1988 / fretboard modified in 2019 for Erato album

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Balkanika | Online sheet music archive / website, members only / M.J. van der Meulen / 2010

Ordering information

Kairos Collective

  • Albums are streamed on all major platforms
  • Digital albums are available at Bandcamp
  • CD’s can be purchased online from the distributor Xango Music, resellers such as bol.com and amazon.com, and directly from TouMilou at Bandcamp
  • Hardcopies of score books can be purchased online at Bandcamp (€ 5.00, shipping excluded)

Čalgija

Bandcamp is an online platform that allows you to buy music directly from the people who make it. Unlike other channels, most revenue goes to the makers. Streaming platforms are a great gateway to music, but you must bear in mind that only massive numbers of plays will generate a significant income. Independent artists need independent listeners!

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