Boi Akih plays people music, colourful, organic and always passionate. Boi Akih's music is a tapestry of folk, contemporary sounds and imaginative improvisations.
Guitarist en composer Niels Brouwer and vocalist Monica Akihary are the core of Boi Akih,
which began in 1996.The duo has developed a distinctive repertoire for the ensemble, one
in which cultural roots - musical traditions from the Moluccas, Sunda and Bali, Dutch
(European) jazz and improvised music, classical Indian music and traditional African music
- form the basis for composition, free improvisation and text. Boi Akih has grown into an
ensemble with a striking sound and its very own unmistakable musical idiom.
The search for its ‘own’ roots has led to Boi Akih’s unique sound. Sound exploration,
compositional forms, improvisation and performance have been essential facets from the
very beginning. The development of Monica Akihary’s and Niels Brouwer’s distinctive vocal
and guitar styles have given sounds and elements from various musical traditions a new
meaning within the national and international music world.
Boi Akih is becoming increasingly well known internationally. The media has been full of
praise for their concerts. The Norwegian Jazznytt wrote: ‘ Through a movingly pure musical
journey we experienced all the essential elements of being human, an artistic antidote to
the din which surrounds us in our daily life.” The French newspaper (Dernières Nouvelles
d'Alsace):” The simple is connected in a light-hearted manner to the complex, presenting
unexpected moments in which the disparate audience felt as one.”
Boi Akih proofs, yet again, with Circles in a Square Society, their versatility and
demonstrates convincingly that it is impossible to label them. The musicians move
effortlessly from jazz to pop to world music and improvisation. Boi Akih succeeds afresh
with each production to distinguish themselves through their engaging and unique musical
style, in which boundaries between musical genres fade away or are actually ingeniously