Biography

L’Chaim makes music that leans on Eastern-European traditions, and interprets these in an entirely unique and energetic manner. The band started in 2006, and consists of seven musicians from the Netherlands, Spain and Italy. With a background in the klezmer, Balkan, pop, jazz, Iranian and Spanish music they create a refreshing and danceable mix.

Both the albums “Gipsy Trouble” (2011) and “Animal Bazaar” (2015) show the diversity of the band very well. There is singing in eight languages and the songs vary from lively polka to melancholic songs. With their energetic liveshow they get every public to dance and they have become experts in party-making, both on the street and on stage.

Valerio
Saxophone

The crazy Italian saxophone player. You can expect anything from this guy during the show.

Myrthe
Violin

The first lady of the band. A componist and great live performer.

Wijbrand
King of String

The king of string instruments, with a special flavour of Eastern European melodies. An inventive and sharp player.

Polle
Drums

Although he looks like Van Gogh, give him drum sticks instead of a pencil and you will add a groovy and steady touch to the music

Ghaeth
Clarinet

Syrian clarinet player adding to L’chaim the real vibe from the middle east

Pepijn
Accordeon

Behind the scene, his accordeon is the column of L’Chaim

Just
Bass

The “wise man”, the creative mind of this band. The grooves you hear would not be the same without his bass lines.