News letter – September

Dear friends and relations,

Dancing on Sexteto Canyengue in Groningen

Sexteto Canyengue 25 years!

This year on 28 September we will perform on occasion of the 20th anniversary of the ‘Stichting (Foundation) Tango Argentina Groningen’ (STAG). In 2013 this foundation will exist twenty years and is not dependant on dancing-schools, locations or economic interests. She belongs to and is for all tango-dancers and has as an objective to promote the tango in different ways and keep alive a nice and various tango-climate in Groningen on a short and long term. ‘He who has birthday treats, so send us an e-mail before 27 September with the name of the ‘Godfather’ of Sexteto Canyengue and get a chance on 1×2 free tickets.

Carel Kraayenhof and the Dutch Symphony Orchestra

After the premiere on 30 April of Carel’s composition ‘Suite Compasion’ in an arrangement of Carel himself and Tom Trapp with the Residentie Orchestra, now we will have on 3 October in Enschede the premiere of his composition ‘Bamestra’ in an arrangement  of Sylvia Maes.  Besides this composition especially dedicated to the Beemster Carel will play with guitarist Izhar Elias the beautiful concert for bandoneon and guitar: ‘Hommage à Liège’ by Astor Piazzolla. We can offer for this concert 2×2 free  tickets. You only have to finish this slogan: ‘I love Carel’s music because ……….’

Email this sentence to us before 27 September. We will also by e-mail inform you about the winners.


Sexteto Canyengue 25 years!

In this special year Sexteto Canyengue will give a special benefit-concert and dancing-night on 29 September in Engelen near Den Bosch (see information below). We are happy that Leo Vervelde, co-founder of the sextet in 1988 (!), will come and play a few tangos with us. The benefits will go to the bandoneonists in Jujuy, Argentina.

So a double feast!

Bandoneons for Jujuy

For our project ‘Bandoneons for Jujuy’ we collected money in the past year to a total of €20.588,00, especially thanks to a big donation of the ‘Foundation Chicos por el tango’, which is linked to the tango-school  ‘El Fuego’ of Wolter and Nettie van Klompenburg from Den Bosch.

On Sunday 29 September Sexteto Canyengue will give in cooperation with this tango-school a benefit-concert and dancing-night in ‘De Burcht’ in Engelen. Especially for El Fuego Carel composed the new milonga  ‘El fuego del fueye’ (‘The fire of the bandoneon’), which will be performed on this evening for the first time especially for  this tango-school.

All revenues of that day will be donated to this project. All musicians, dancers and co-workers join in free of charge this day to collect an amount as high as possible. For more information see our website.


Kraayenhof Tango Ensemble to the Dutch Antilles

Between 1 and 10 November KTE will give concerts and school-concerts on Curaçao, Aruba and Bonaire. More info about this in our next newsletter.


Concerts to come

3 Oct.            Carel solo in Deventer with the Dutch Symphony Orchestra

5 Oct.            Duo Kraayenhof – Dobal: Tango-dinner with dance in Château Heemskerk

11 Oct.           Duo: Ottersum – concert –

16 Oct.           Duo: Schijndel – concert – sold out


New theater show- Liberación 2015

Carel Kraayenhof & het Kraayenhof Tango Ensemble


Tour period: January 2015 until March 2015

In an energetic concert the fierce Argentine Tango breaks free from its boundaries. The musical shackles are broken and the Kraayenhof Tango Ensemble goes in search of a new intense musical experience.

In Liberación the musicians will surpass the standards of a theater concert and look for a shared emotional in music with the audience. But above all, Liberación is a journey in a world where music, image, light and space build a relationship with each other. This relationship is supported by impressive video images by Joost Gulien. Joost has transformed the personal images’ archive from Kraayenhof into an essential musical and visual unity.


Liberación takes you to places where people fight in order to conquer their freedom. Kraayenhof traveled, for example, to Curaçao, where over 150 years ago Tula, a leader slave, stood up for the right of individual freedom. This freedom is nowadays reflected in music, and the euphoric happiness of finally having freedom finds in music its apex. Freedom is a basic need for humankind, basic need for musical expression!

An evening full of new musical energy from “the man of the tear drop”, the internationally recognized bandoneón player and his Kraayenhof Tango Ensemble.


Carel Kraayenhof (1958) bandoneón player, composer, artistic leader. ‘Straight from the heart’: his musical ability called the attention of Astor Piazzolla in 1987, where he was invited to work for this great master for three months in New York. Kraayenhof also played as a soloist at the London Symphony Orchestra and the Hong Kong Philharmonic, among other orchestras. In 1993 he received the ‘Golden Nut Cracker’ (an award from the Dutch union for musicians) and in 2003 the Edison people’s choice award for his CD Tango Royal.

More than proud, Carel received in 2005 a decoration from the Argentine government recognizing his cultural efforts on the past 25 years as an Ambassador for the Argentine Tango worldwide. In The Netherlands Kraayenhof has participated in several collaborations with well-known Dutch artists. Some of the most recent and internationally recognized collaborations are with Caro Emerald (TangledUp), Sting, Ennio Morrico and Joshua Bell.

In November 2014 a new album will be released, ‘Liberación’, with the same title of this show.



Kraayenhof Tango Ensemble: Carel Kraayenhof – bandoneón, Juan Pablo Dobal – piano, Jaap Branderhorst – contrabass, Bert Vos – 1st violin, Iefke Wang – 2nd violin, Jan Willem Troost – cello

Concept: Carel Kraayenhof/Joost Groenier/Thirza Lourens, Direction: Joost Groenier, Sound Engineer: Rimmert van Lummel, Video: Joost Gulien, Light Engineer: Uri Rapaport, Manager: Thirza Lourens