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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


Kairos Collective - Erato (TouMilou #6, 2022)

Erato / Contemporary Modal Music / Kairos Collective  / TouMilou #6, 2022 (forthcoming)

Kairos Collective - Európe (TouMilou #3, 2019)

Európe / Contemporary Modal Music / Kairos Collective / TouMilou #3, 2019

Kairos Collective - Pîrî Reis (TouMilou #1, 2017)

Pîrî Reis / Contemporary Modal Music / Kairos Collective / TouMilou #1, 2017


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.



Recent releases (2017–2021)

Čalgija - Üçayak (TouMilou #5, 2021)

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

Čalgija - Unforgotten (PAN 2056/TouMilou #4, 2020)

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


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.


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).

Various artists - Mosaique Vivant (MV695, 1995)

Mosaique Vivant / Compilation album w/ 3 tracks by Čalgija / MV695, 1995

Čalgija - Music from the Balkans and Anatolia #2 (PAN 2007CD, 1991)

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

Čalgija - Music from the Balkans and Anatolia #1 (Sloof/PAN 7425, 1978/2013)

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


Traditionele Turkse Kunstmuziek (Wouter Swets, 2022)

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

Microtonal tambura (Remco Busink, 1988/2019)

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

Balkanika (TouMilou Music, 2010)

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 and, and directly from TouMilou at Bandcamp
  • Hardcopies of score books can be purchased online at Bandcamp (€ 5.00, shipping excluded)


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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