Summer concerts 2024

  • May 20 from South East With Love – Concertgebouw Amsterdam
  • May 25 Succes XL – Rotterdam
  • May 31 Rob Mostert Hammond Group – Rijswijkse Schouwburg Rijswijk
  • June 1 Succes XL – Amsterdam
  • June 7 Michael Simon & Asian Connection – Red Light Jazz Festival Amsterdam
  • June 17 Blue Moonday Big Band – SKVR Jazzschool Jazz Night – De Doelen Rotterdam
  • June 21 Fra Fra Sound – Jazzclub NoLimit Amsterdam
  • June 22 Masalsa – Silverdome Zoetermeer
  • June 27 Fra Fra Sound – Jazzcafe Dizzy’s Rotterdam
  • June 28 Michael Simon & friends – Markthal Rotterdam
  • June 29 Atlantic Crossing Ensemble – Muziekgebouw Frits Philips Eindhoven
  • June 30 Fra Fra Sound – Stadspodium Rotterdam
  • July 1 Atlantic Crossing Ensemble – Burgerzaal, Stadhuis Rotterdam
  • July 5 Majazzu – Markthal Rotterdam
  • July 6 The Congruent Five – Markthal Rotterdam
  • July 6 Succes XL – Opera Zalen Den Haag
  • July 7 River Big Band – Jazz in Charlois Rotterdam
  • July 20 Masalsa – Summertime Festival Den Haag
  • August 2 Grupo Chontaduro – Colombia Festival, Zuiderpark Den Haag
  • August 16-18 Summer School Workshops Rotterdam


The Atlantic Crossing Ensemble makes a transatlantic musical journey from the African west coast, via Cape Verde to the Caribbean and South America, conducted by Michael Simon.
The ensemble was founded by musician and artistic producer Dennis Winter.
It is intended as a tribute and reminder of the enslaved who involuntarily made the crossing from Africa to the Americas and the Caribbean. The initiative is primarily a commemoration of the abolition of slavery, which is an important element in the musical program of the ensemble.

The cultural richness of mother Africa is an unmistakable handover element in the music of the Americas and the Caribbean. This element will be both tangible and audible in the music of the Atlantic Crossing Ensemble. From this African origin, the 10 musicians make smooth musical transitions through countries such as the Netherlands Antilles, Venezuela, Brazil and Suriname, in search of connection and dialogue.

Michael Simon (Venezuela/Curacao) – musical director, trumpet and flugelhorn
Delbert Bernabela (Aruba) – tenor and soprano saxophones
Paulinho Paes (Brazil) – guitar
David Bernabela (Aruba) – bass
Urvin Doornkamp (Suriname) – drums
Gerardo Rosales (Venezuela) – congas and afro percussion
Evelyn Vera Gallardo (NL/Ecuador) – piano
Isia Da Luz (Cape Verde) – vocals
Jalli Lamin Kuyateh (Gambia) – kora

The Atlantic Crossing Ensemble performed in 2019 during Heritage Day in Theater a/h Spui, in The Hague, in 2021 at the Delfshaven Festival, and in 2022 in De Doelen in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.



With The Congruent Five, Michael Simon presents a brand new band of emerging musicians who are already making their mark in the music scene. Spanish, African, Latin American and Asian elements fuse into an exciting melting pot!

Social distancing is no longer there, but a post-Covid era is certainly different than before. Deep connection, harmony, congruence and an inspiring perspective are valuable elements that people pay more attention too. Likewise, the quality of a relationship, a good and familiar feeling of like-minded people is important for what can be made together. With this mindset, Michael found the members of his new band. With a wealth of diverse cultural backgrounds in The Congruent Five, Michael will put a new spin on his own compositions.


Michael Simon – trumpet, flugelhorn

Andrew Moreno – guitar

David Gutierrez Franco – piano

Ildo Nandja – bass

Greg Smith – drums