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Kairos Collective

The expanding occasional ensemble that, to date, recorded three albums with contemporary modal compositions by Michiel van der Meulen. Kairos is the personification of the right moment, the time to act or an opportunity to be seized, encapsulating the inspiration and spontaneity of the collective’s sessions.

Kairos Collective - Erato (TouMilou #6, 2022)

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

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



Legendary Dutch ensemble led by ethnomusicologist Wouter Swets, which played Balkan and Turkish folk music and released three records during its existence (1962–1995): Balkan Orchestra Čalgija (EP, 1966), Music from the Balkans and Anatolia #1 (LP, 1978) and Music from the Balkans and Anatolia #2 (CD, 1991). TouMilou reissued the EP and produced, in co-operation with Pan Records, two additional full albums from unreleased studio and live material from the late 1970s and early 1980s: the ensemble in its heyday.

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


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Kairos Collective

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Čalgija and Al Farabi CD sale revenues are transferred to the estate of Wouter Swets and used to cover the expenses of a continued effort to safeguard his musical legacy. TouMilou Music contributes to this effort on a pro bono basis.

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