Maggid Klezmer Ensemble

was founded in 2006 by Nicolaas Cottenie (violin) and Jonas De Rave (accordeon) as a traditional klezmer duo. After some years of studying the genre, the group was enlarged to be a quartet, with a complete rhythm section consisting of Ruben Lamon on double bass, and Robbe Kieckens on percussion.

When arranging and playing, the group can draw on the extensive and varied musical background of each of its members, ranging from classical to jazz, and from latin to blues. All these elements and personalities are joined in Maggid’s repertoire to constitue an experiment with world music that is only at the beginning of a long and interesting musical journey.
The 19th and early 20th century jewish melodies have remained the starting point, but they are mixed with improvisation, bold harmonies and surprising rhythm’s.

Nicolaas Cottenie - Violin
Jonas De Rave - Accordeon
Robbe Kieckens - Percussion
Ruben Lamon - Double Bass