Tombaz

Tombaz brings you moving stories, cheerful songs about women drinking hard liquor, but also operetta songs about quarrelling couples and good-for-nothings. Every song is a piece of music in its own right. In our show with a lot of surprising moments, humor and antique costumes, you feel that you are in an old-fashioned musical cabaret. Tombaz plays its own arrangements and consists of six musicians.

The Tombaz ensemble
Singer Meral performs with a five-member multicultural group of Turkish, Romanian, Greek and Dutch musicians. The musicians play both traditional and classical instruments.


Meral Ari (NL-TR) – Vocal
Emirhan Tuga (TR) – Clarinet
Stijn Schmeddes (NL) – Violin
Gabriel Barbalau (RO) – Contrabass
Takis Grammatikopolous (GR) – Piano
Alper Kekeç (TR) – Percussion

Tombaz was initiated in 1998 by the couple Emirhan Tuğa and Meral Ari. Their fascination for Argentine tango music and its dance sparked their curiosity for the Turkish tango. By listening to old recordings they became even more motivated and compiled a repertoire that was received with enthusiasm in both Holland and Turkey. The ensemble has since extended its repertoire by performing kantos, operetta music and other traditional songs from the beginning of the 20th century.