Gijs Levelt is a trumpet player, composer and teacher. In his work he explores the boundaries of
world music, improvised music, contemporary composed music and pop music.
As a trumpet player, he is best known for his work with the Amsterdam Klezmer Band, with whom
he has toured the world since 1997, released 15 albums and entered into various international
He was also founder and co-band leader of several crossover bands and ensembles, including
STriCat, the Axyz Ensemble and Spinifex.
As a sideman and guest musician he has played with a large number of artists in different genres,
from the Willem Breuker Kollektief to Chef's Special, in clubs, theaters and festivals all over the
Together with composer / flutist Ned McGowan, Gijs led the Karnatic Lab, a concert series, a series
of festivals, a record label and a number of ensembles for years