This band is my pride at this moment. We recorded an album in May 2018 with music that I wrote in the fist half of 2018, and which has been published by Galileo Music. Starting in October 2019, we’ll be playing a release tour with over 30 concerts in Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany and Austria. Check out the Calendar tab for dates.

We’ve had a bunch of reviews, and here are some quotes from those reviews:

“An album that I can barely get enough of.” – Rootstime Magazine
“This truly is one that is not to be forgotten!” – New Folk Sounds
“A complete klezmer album, offering a lot both to the connoisseur studying and recognising different influences and to the amateur looking for smooth dances and real melancholy.” –
“This is an amazing orchestra and a sublime album.” – Moors Magazine

You can find more reviews on our Facebook page.

Halva plays klezmer music- new klezmer music, with most tunes written by myself and some by our accordionist Ilya Scheyveys. Most of them are traditional Yiddish dance forms like sirba, kolomeyke, freyekhs, sher, terkish and so on, although there is some more freewheeling stuff in there as well. Musically, Halva is very much inspired and intrigued by the combination of consonance and dissonance in Greek traditional music and modal music in general, and also by the sound of Hungarian fiddle bands (as you will see/hear in the trailer if you can spare three minutes to watch it). And then, of course, there is some influence of classical music and jazz in there as well. The main ingredient though, is klezmer music.

I am grateful and proud to have recorded this first Halva record with some good friends and fantastic musicians: Ilya Shneveys on piano and accordion (Ilya also contributed two tunes to the album), Georg Brinkmann on clarinet, Eline Duerinck on cello, Alina Bauer on violin and Robbe Kieckens on percussion.

I’ll tell you a little secret: I’m already thinking and dreaming about the next album.