Full-length album coming in 2024. 

Stay tuned! (:

Oriental jazz since 2022

Ashtabiez brings together distinctive musical voices through the compositions of Yamen Martini. Inspired by genres such as jazz and oriental music and influenced by encounters traversing the Middle East and Europe, the collective fuses genres with personal testimonies – and adds its contemporary touch.

Since 2022, its members explored new avenues while building on both their classical and jazz backgrounds, shaping Ashtabiez into a borderless endeavour that has already captivated audiences on stages across Belgium.


Listen to Expressions

Listen to Ashtabiez’s first single, Expressions.

Artwork by Catarina Santos
Produced by Yamen Martini at Studio666
Mastered by Frederik Dejongh at Jerboa Mastering

First full-length album coming soon!

We are currently finalising our first full-length album which was recorded during an artist residency at De Grote Post, Ostend, Belgium.


Join us for our upcoming

album release

De Grote Post, Ostend, Belgium / 11 October 2024 / 22:00


Meet us

Yamen Martini (trumpet, flugelhorn) has performed on stages and composed music for a wide range of artistic projects across the Middle East and Europe, both as a solo artist and with groups such as 3’Ain. In 2022 he was a resident at BOZAR as part of Halaqat’s Impro Sessions. He is also a musician and coach at kleinVerhaal (Ostend, Belgium).

Victor Khaddaj (drums) studied jazz at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. His commitment to the art of drumming also translates into his diverse musical projects, including BEX, Khassage, and Underwater Fish.

Mehrad Hezarkhani (bass) is a highly skilled bassist with a deep-rooted passion for jazz music. He completed his master’s degree in jazz music at the Koninklijk Conservatorium of Brussel in 2022, following his Bachelor Diploma in Jazz Performance at the Codarts Conservatory in Rotterdam.

Kuan Yu Chen (piano) builds on performances with numerous orchestras and chamber music ensembles. He is currently pursuing his studies in jazz piano at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel and has also contributed to projects like EVIGS and KLP TRIO.

Thomas Decock (guitar) studied jazz guitar at the Lemmens Institute and the Antwerp Conservatory. Since then, he has been active in the Belgian jazz scene. In 2016 he released the album Light Travelers and today he still leads his own quintet with several prominent musicians.

Get in Touch


Bookings and inquiries:
Yamen Martini


+32 485 16 11 77 (phone/WhatsApp)