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Open call

Open Call Grachtenfestival

Win a concert at the Grachtenfestival in Studio150!

Are you a young musician with a challenging idea that we are looking for? And do you want to play at the famous Grachtenfestival this coming summer? Then do not hesitate and apply for this open call. The Grachtenfestival is collaborating with Amarte Studio Concerts and will organize four concerts both live and online on the 14th and 15th of August. The concerts will take place at Studio 150, which is a beautiful concert hall in the lively area of Amsterdam-Noord and has outstanding recording and streaming equipment. Also, the venue has a beautiful Steinway grand piano. 

Who? Professional, or at a Dutch Conservatory studying musicians, with a maximum age of 31.

What? We are looking for unique collaborations between musicians and interesting crossovers between two or more musical genres. Be inspired by classical music and jazz from all over the world.

How? Send your idea (with a maximum of 200 words), a recent recording and your biography before the 5th of June to A jury of three musical experts from the classical, jazz and world music scene will review the submissions and select a maximum of four concepts.

Which musicians or ensembles will be selected for these (payed) concerts will be announced on the 12th of June.

The open call is closed! The selected artists will be announced by June 12th.

No Take, Only Throw

Allison Wright

Allison Wright received a project grant for her project No Take, Only Throw.

My girlfriend and I got a dog last year around the same time that I found my dream Tascam tape recorder on marktplaats. The inevitable happened; I now have an 8 track synth pop album of songs from my dog’s perspective. Having financial support from Amarte will enable me to form a 5 piece band, flesh out the arrangements and record it onto 2 inch tape at the Lullabye Factory.



Jazz band Vondelier received a grant from Amarte for their debut album!

Vondelier is a jazz band with the unusual line-up of vocals, two guitars and double bass. William Barrett writes the music for Vondelier together with Amsterdam poet Mark Opfer. Mark’s lyrical lyrics and Williams jazz compositions are forged into a musical work. In the fall of 2020, Vondelier recorded her debut album in the legendary studio Fattoria Musica. Eight rock-solid pieces of music came to life there. In the summer of 2021, Vondelier will present its first record “Vondelier”.

How do you keep your humanity in an increasingly less human world?

Nothing connects us more than language. We have been read about it, use it to make the best
friendships and express our love with it. After making many trips,
repairing houses together and reading each other poetry, poet Mark Opfer and composer
William Barrett found a symbiosis in music and language. With clear, warm sounds and narrative texts Vondelier creates a world in which you step into a dreamy adventure.

The music is brought to life by Laura Dooge (vocals), William Barrett (double bass), Gijs
Idema & Linus Eppinger (guitar).


Leonard Luka

Leonard Luka received a project grant from Amarte for the music video for his single ‘Crossfield’.

The clip strengthens the (painful) past between the Netherlands, Indonesia and the Moluccas by means of animated cut-up archive footage.
These images were designed by collage art artist Irie Wata and animator Tessa Rose Jackson.


Arthur Klaassens

Arthur Klaassens received a grant from Amarte for his debut album Ratio.

Record for five years, layer by layer; a whole new bass instrument; brand new music and a modern take on old masters. That’s a glimpse into the world of Ratio, the debut CD by oboist Arthur Klaassens.

Blue Soil

Thomas Pol

Bassplayer Thomas Pol received a grant from Amarte for his solo bass album.

Blue Soil is an expression of the melancholy of the sublunary. The sound of the double bass provides depth and core, the compositions vary greatly from each other but come together in the whole.

Singing Sparks

Görkem Arıkan

Görkem Arıkan received a grant from Amarte for his project Singing Sparks.

“Singing Sparks” is a sound installation and a video documentary, emerging from an artistic research co-created by sound artist Görkem Arıkan and car mechanic İbrahim Tokkaya. The project focuses on establishing a close relationship among the artist and car mechanic in order to bring out the use of sound and explore the cultural aspects of listening by researching noise in society and its mediation among diverse backgrounds living on the same land together.


Outer Space

Peter Somuah

Peter Somuah received a project grant for the development of his album.

Outer Space will be the debut album of jazz trumpeter Peter Somuah. The album will feature a collection of groovy and narrative songs, reflecting Peter’s Ghanaian roots.


Soheil Shayesteh

Soheil Shayesteh

Soheil Shayesteh received a development grant for his project Illustrator Kamancheh, in which the kamancheh, live electronics and visuals come together.

‘Illustrator Kamancheh’ is about the further development of a new Audio-Visual instrument (Kamancheh, Live Electronics and Visuals).
Soheil started by studying the physics of the sound of the Kamancheh to learn more about its characteristics and following these studies how to combine the acoustic sound of Kamancheh with the electronics and also how to utilize the data from the spectral analysis of the Kamancheh to add a new dimension to this instrument which is the Audio-Reactive visuals. The visuals are being generated regardless of any timeline and only based on the changes of the spectrum of the sound.

He is now working on a new Audio-Visual album for this unique setting.

Manu van Kersbergen

Manu van Kersbergen & .multibeat

Manu van Kersbergen & amp; .multibeat received a development contribution from Amarte for the development of the music performance ‘De herontdekking van de hemel’.

With this project, spoken word artist Manu van Kersbergen investigates the need to rethink our concepts of reality. In collaboration with .multibeat (keyboard player Boudewijn Pleij, bassplayer Thijs van Zutphen and drummer Aron Smit), in-between world consisting of text and compositions they search for a new language to redefine our rapidly changing world. The result will be a 45/60 minute musical performance, in which the spectator is sucked into a sometimes alienating and sometimes recognizable world that is full of explosive word art and confronting stories.



Valvetronic is een 12-koppige brassband uit Amsterdam die in binnen- en buitenland op grote festivals heeft gespeeld. Op dit moment zijn zij, mede dankzij de steun van het Amarte Fonds, bezig met de eindproductie van hun in november 2020 opgenomen debuutalbum!


Lavinia Xausa

“Off-Shore is an album project emerged as a spinoff of the film Further than Hip Hop. Xausa’s work draws a parallel between the word of colonial missionaries of the past and the words of nowadays rappers and spoken-word-artists in The Netherlands. In the album, the spoken word artists and musicians, Neusa Gomes, Kevin Josias, Adeiye Tjon, Rik Zutphen, Kiki Luitwieler, Shiva Willem, Jephan Esseboom, and Kenny Gomes, perform the contributions they wrote in response to a series of conversations Xausa initiated about the effects of Dutch colonial history in The Netherlands.”



Muzikant en singer songwriter Veya kreeg een bijdrage van Amarte om haar debuut singles uit te kunnen brengen.

Als producer en violiste onderzoekt Veya hoe viool op vernieuwde wijze kan worden gebruikt in popmuziek. Hierdoor zijn haar elektronische en akoestische geluiden soms niet meer van elkaar te onderscheiden. Ze probeert in haar muziek onze menselijke potenties en worstelingen te ontrafelen en neemt haar luisteraars mee in een wereld vol viool, zang, synths en drums.

Across A Spectrum

Yoràn Vroom

Amarte ondersteunt het bijzondere project Across A Spectrum, het eerste soloproject van slagwerker Yoràn Vroom. Met dit project geeft Yoràn de luisteraar inzicht in zijn kijk op maatschappelijke onderwerpen, anders dan de manier waarop men die dagelijks via (nieuws)kanalen krijgt toegediend.



Amarte ondersteunde het project ‘Unlocked’ van Chagall met een projectbijdrage.

Chagall maakt een nieuwe live muziek ervaring waarin zij met sensoren en de beweging van haar lichaam en handen alle elektronische elementen in de muziek bestuurt, terwijl zij tegelijkertijd controle heeft over een immersieve licht-installatie. ‘Unlocked’ is een uiting van het samensmelten van kunstvormen zoals technologie, visuele kunst en choreografie en de verschillende talenten van Chagall en haar team.

Ben van Gelder

Ben van Gelder

Componist en saxofonist Ben van Gelder ontving een ontwikkelbijdrage voor het ontwikkelen en opnemen van solo-repertoire voor altsaxofoon, C-melody en dwarsfluit.

Bahghi Yemane

Bahghi Yemane

Musician, singer and songwriter Bahghi is ready to stand in her power with her debut solo project. While exploring her own artistic voice, she brings about transformation, (self-)love and the courage to take up space. Cuase there’s enough space for us all. One Love.

Yanna Pelser

Yanna Pelser

ALBERTINE is het eerste solo-project en tevens de tweede naam van altviolist en componist Yanna Albertine Pelser, die sinds een paar jaar ook haar zangstem heeft ontdekt. Zichzelf begeleidend op de altviool en piano schrijft ze liedjes over wat ze voelt en meemaakt: eind november 2020 wordt haar muziek, begeleid door een band op plaat uitgebracht.

Foto 1: Zelda Bonnet
Artwork foto 1: Filippo Fiumani

Foto 2: Laia Escartin



Perforator ontving een bijdrage van Amarte voor het project Performania, waarin zij klassieke instrumenten combineren met elektronische technologie.

IN:人 [Slow Walk]

Sun-Mi Hong & Alistair Payne

Sun-Mi Hong & Alistair Payne forming a duo is almost as predictable as the sun rise. With a long track record playing together in a wide array of projects and as partners who together form the driving force for the Sun-Mi Hong Quintet, this pair are extremely sensitive to each others ideals in life, and in music. Quarantine time has sprouted some new roots for this duo; the drive to keep experimenting and expressing the moment showing that art is not optional. The debut album “IN: 人” being the fruits of their labour.

The music is the less predictable aspect to this. Trumpet & Drums is not the most common line-up, however it’s easy to forget you are listening to either of these instruments. Expect breath and footsteps, a woman wailing and a door squeak. Long textural passages that resemble the sandy scrapes of a carpenter’s work bench. The experience is dream like.


Rik Cornelissen

(libretto: Ruben van Gogh, compositie: Rik Cornelissen)

RUIS is een vijfdelige multi-disciplinaire opera, waarbij deel 4 een werk van dertig minuten voor de formatie TRIFID (accordeon, vibrafoon en contrabas) en twee zangers zal zijn. Het Amarte Fonds draagt bij aan de compositie van dit werk, dat geschreven wordt door accordeonist en componist Rik Cornelissen.


Milou Mignon

In 3×3=9 onderzoekt zangeres Milou Mignon het lied in al haar gedaanten: als troost, erotisch hoogtepunt, traditie, protest. In drie avonden vol verhalen, muziek en eten nodigt ze op bijzondere locaties in Amsterdam liedmakers en performers uit waar je uren naar zou willen luisteren.

Bring It On

Isla van Hout

De nieuwe band van zangeres Isla van Hout nam tijdens de quarantaine tijd Bring It On op, hun debuutalbum met composities van de hand van Van Hout, over het leven, hartzeer, de liefde voor een ander, maar vooral de liefde voor jezelf.


Felix Schlarmann

A project