At the end of the evening we made our way to Delft’s Markt where we were treated to a free concert. These free Marktconcerts in the city’s cobbled market place have become, if maybe not the high-spot, certainly one of the focal points of the Festival. In past years they have been a sort of showcase for the Festival as a whole with many of the participating musician turning up to do a turn. This year was slightly different with the bulk of the show being performed by a band that was not in the main Festival
Argentinian tango music became very popular a few years back due to the amazing Astor Piazzolla and last night as the moon rose behind the Stadhuis, the Carel Kraayenhof Quartet re-created that sound with Mr Kraayenhof himself on bandoneon accompanied by Juan Pablo Dobal on piano, Bert Vos on violin and Jaap Branderhorst on bass. Their hour-long set was mesmerizing with traditional tunes and original compositions. The audience may well have been tangoing in the aisle but, as we were at the front, we couldn’t see them. Altogether a very entertaining start to the 2023 Festival where a good time was had by one and all.