Carel Kraayenhof Ensemble to Indonesia.

Yogyakarta paleisFor the second time in the existance of the ensemble the musicians will travel to Indonesia, invited by Ton van Zeeland, director of the Erasmus House in Jakarta, to give a number of concerts and workshops.
During the stay in Indonesia Dennis van Driel will replace our sound-technician Rimmert van Lummel. We are very grateful towards the Fund for the Stage-arts, because it promised us a travel-subsidy for the 9 flying-tickets (6 musicians, manager, sound-technician and cello). Without this financial support this journey would not have been possible.
The first concert will take place in the ‘Komunitas Salihara’ in Jakarta. This is a beautiful theatre/galery in which western as well as local projects are being programmed. The day after this concert, 29 May, our musicians will give a workshop Argentinian tango in the Erasmus House. From our experience of two years ago we know that this always will draw very motivated musicians. We already enjoy this special day. The workshop-musicians recently received the tango-compositions from Jaap Branderhorst, our double-bassplayer and coordinator workshops, so that they can prepare themselves.
Our concert in the Erasmus House, in which also the workshop-musicians will participate, will take place on 30 May.
On 31 May we will travel to Yogyakarta, university-city and known because of the batik-industry. On the conservatory I.C.I. of Yogyakarta we will give a masterclass Argentinian tango that day.
That we ever should give a concert in the ‘kraton’ of the Sultan was just a dream. And yet this dream comes true! On 1 June we will give a concert in the middle of the palace ‘Keraton Ngayogyaka’. Tickets for this concert are available on May 28, Indonesian-Dutch Cultural Center,Suryodiningratan 37-B, accross Hotel Brongto, Yogyakarta.
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Concerts in Doha Carel Kraayenhof & Juan Pablo Dobal

van ambassade met ministers en YvetteWith two sponsored KLM-tickets Carel and I flew to Doha on 28 April. Juan Pablo and Rimmert followed us in a flight by Qatar Airlines. We travelled on invitation of the Dutch ambassador in Doha, Yvette van Eechoud, to celebrate ‘Kings Day’ there on 29 April in the National Theatre together with The Dutch community.
When you arrive on the airport it is immediately clear that you landed in a totally different world. It is a country where the smell of Musk overwhelms and fascinates you completely, where most men walk in a thob with gutra, a white robe with a white headscarf, and many women in a niqaab, a black robe under which the eyes are still visible.
Qatar is a country, that is lead by one family, the Al Thani family and where the local population is a minority (200.000 Qatari, 2 millions of foreigners). The heat in June, July and August is so extremely high that for us it was immediately incomprehensible why the Fifa has planned the World Championships to take place there in summer!!
Most of the Qatari are sunni muslims, all the other inhabitants are foreigners who do most of the work and took their own religions and traditions. In this special country we were going to give a concert.
That concert took place in the National Theatre in Doha. It is not very known by the ‘common’ Qatari, but it does have all the facilities of a theatre in a middle sized Dutch city. Unfortunately for Rimmert his sound-table was placed at the utmost left side of the hall, because in the middle, where it is normally situated, stood the unmovable chair of the emir. Fortunately Rimmert dealt with bigger problems and he mixed the sound perfectly. For Juan Pablo it was a feast to drink in the artists foyer, which very much looked like a Bedouin tent, the Arabian coffee with five (!) lumbs of sugar. Strange people those Argentinians!
From the Dutch community 400 people had come to the with orange flowers decorated theatre to attend the alcoolfree reception and to listen to our concert. Our ambassador received many CEO’s of Dutch companies in Qatar, she also welcomed minister Mohamed Bin Saleh Al Sada, the minister for Energy and Industry, and also ambassador Ibrahim Fakhroo, head Protocol of the Foreign Office.
The ambassador opened her speech in Arabic, followed by a beautiful text in English, in which she explained that music unifies peoples and cultures.
As soon as both the national hymns were finished the concert of Carel and Juan Pablo started. For an hour the audience listened breathlessly to these musicians, to finish after the encore, with a hit: the presentation of the song ‘Aan de Amsterdamse grachten’, sang by our ambassador.

The next day it was Carel who performed solo in ‘Jazz at Lincoln
Center Doha’, in one of the towers of the famous St Regis Hotel. This Jazz Club, with the head-office in Lincoln Center in New York, presents a free admissable concert every evening. The owner of St Regis and the Jazz Club is Omar Al Fardan, who also was present this evening. The performance was so successful that Carel was invited to return at the end of this year as Artist in Residence for possibly two weeks.

The next day we attended a beautiful concert of the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra. At the end we met Kurt Meister, the artistic leader of this orchestra.
Perhaps maybe in the future can be listened in Qatar to Carel’s ‘Suite Compasion’…..

To be continued……