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’ll need a label.” I said OK, to find out later that this 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.
Michiel van der Meulen
Kairos Collective is the expanding 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 the recording sessions, the results of which are genuine collaborative efforts that carry the ideas of each contributor.
- Holly Moors, Moors Magazine (November 13, 2022; in Dutch): “This third album is again one to cherish.”
- Marius Roeting, New Folk Sounds (November 20, 2019; in Dutch): “Van der Meulen deserves a statue!”
- Dani Heyvaert, Rootstime.be (May 1, 2017; in Dutch): “experience the unbelievable power and beauty of its six long pieces.”
- Crispijn Oomes, MixedWorldMusic.com (August 4, 2017; in Dutch): “Michiel van der Meulen […] passed cum laude.”
Recent releases (2017–2021)
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.
- Dani Heyvaert, Rootstime.be (November 3, 2021; in Dutch): “one of the absolute best world music releases of the year”
- Joop Wierenga, New Folk Sounds (August 22, 2021; in Dutch): “a great historical novel about the Balkans”
- Holly Moors, Moors Magazine (July 18, 2021; in Dutch): “A lovely, unexpected discovery from the archives”
- Jan Willem Broek, De Subjectivisten (September 22, 2017; in Dutch): “so overwhelmingly beautiful”
Vintage albums (1978–1995)
The information and liner notes of Music from the Balkans and Anatolia #1 (1978) and #2 (1991) are provided as supplementary material to the streamed albums, distributed by Pan Records. Information about the albums Mosaique Vivant (1995) and Sabâ Kâr-ı Nâtık, İlâhîler, Gregorian Hymns is provided to have a complete overview of the oeuvre of Wouter Swets and Čalgija. CD’s of Music from the Balkans and Anatolia #2 and Sabâ Kâr-ı Nâtık, İlâhîler, Gregorian Hymns can be obtained from TouMilou (use contact form below).
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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- Üçayak: € 12.50 (shipping excluded)
- Unforgotten: € 10.00 (shipping excluded)
- Vintage recordings (1964-1966): € 5.00 (shipping excluded)
- Limited copies are available of Music from the Balkans and Anatolia #2 (Calgija, 1991) and Sabâ Kâr-ı Nâtık, İlâhîler, Gregorian Hymns (Ensemble Al Farabi, 2002): € 7.50 (shipping excluded)