Oud player, artistic director

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The son of a nomadic family, Tristan Driessens traveled throughout Southern Europe during much of his youth. In Spain, he became acquainted with Sephardic and Andalusian music and first came in contact with the oud.

Between 2009 and 2012, he lived in Istanbul where he trained with the legendary oud master Necati Çelik. Back in Belgium, he earned master degrees in oriental lute at the LUCA School of Arts (Lemmens, Leuven) and musicology at the ULB (Université Libre de Belgique).

Inspired by the wide range of possibilities that the oud offers, Tristan Driessens travels throughout Europe with diverse ensembles. He regularly collaborates with artists like Kudsi Erguner, Dick Van der Harst, Tcha Limberger, Emre Gültekin, Arianna Savall and Derya Türkan, among many others.

He is the founder and artistic director of the Lâmekân Ensemble, a Turkish-Belgian collective started in 2011, which has been a breath of fresh air for the music of the Ottoman Empire.

From 2016 to 2020, he has worked as an oud player and artistic director for Refugees for Refugees, a widely celebrated ensemble founded in Brussels by world music organization Muziekpublique.

In the same year he established Seyir Muzik, an association that organizes master classes and is also very active as a record label.