New CD Carel Kraayenhof in the making

After his trip to Buenos Aires with the Dutch popband BLOF for the recording oftheir CD ‘UMOJA’, Carel got to know in Rotterdam (at the live-concerts of UMOJA) the Cuban singer/guitarplayer Eliades Ochoa. Ochoa is the youngest singer/musician of the famous ‘Buena Vista Social Club’. This encounter had such an inspiring impact that a little while later Carel made a trip to Cuba. With the help of Caecilia Wijgers of the Dutch ambassy in Havana he got the opportunity to give a soloconcert there. For Carel this journey was musically so impressive that he started dreaming of a CD on which he integrated the bandoneón in the Cuban music. In 2007 he composed a Cuban bolero, ‘Te llevo en mi alma’ (I carry you in my soul), dedicated to his father, Carel senior, who deceased in 2006. The first time he played this composition was in July 2007 in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, where it was received by the public with great enthusiasm.

As you already could read on our site Carel asked composer/arranger Jurre Haanstra to take care of the arrangements. With soundtechnician Hans Bedeker behind the buttons in Studio 2 of the Wisseloord Studios in Hilversumthe first days passed off successfully. This week and the next one the recording will be continued.

Cuban CD with bandoneón

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