A versatile and bold programme that is full of joie de vivre. Music that originated on the street, or was inspired by daily life on the streets, is of all times. With a soundscape and casual presentation Calefax creates an atmosphere that opens doors to new musical possibilities.

The programme offers music by blind buskers like Jacob van Eijck and Moondog and vivid musical descriptions of urban life by George Gershwin and Joe Jackson. “Streetwise” can also be defined as “selfmade” and that’s where Georg Philipp Telemann comes in, who was forced by his mother to study law but instead followed his passion to compose. Teleman breathed music; he was more productive than J.S. Bach and Händel combined and loved by more people than his famous peers.


Raaf Hekkema Comagain (A tribute to Jacob van Eyck)
Celia Swart A 20-minute walk to the city (2024, première)
George Philipp Telemann Oboe concert in e (arr. Oliver Boekhoorn)
Florence Anna Maunders Dropp’d Hard | winner of the audience award of the Calefax Composers Competition 2022
Joe Jackson Loisaida (arr. Raaf Hekkema)
Raaf Hekkema Mali Maybe
Abing Er Quan Ying Yue
Moondog New Amsterdam/Runic writing (arr. Raaf Hekkema)
George Gershwin An American in Paris (arr. Raaf Hekkema) with choreography by Sanne van der Put

Steve Wonder Overjoyed (arr. Raaf Hekkema)

Calefax is accompanied by:
Raphael Martirossian (accordion) — Stadsgehoorzaal, Leiden  
Amine Aydoun (piano) — TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht

Past concerts

Thu 9 May '24 20.15 Streetwise Cultureel Centrum Drommedaris (try-out) Enkhuizen / NL
Fri 10 May '24 20.15 Streetwise Stadsgehoorzaal Leiden / NL
Sun 12 May '24 15.00 Streetwise Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ Amsterdam / NL
Sun 19 May '24 11.00 Streetwise TivoliVredenburg Utrecht / NL