New work space in Amsterdam!

Since mid September Thriza Lourens (manager and producer van Carel Kraayenhof) works two and a half days each week at the Herengracht in Amsterdam. Office H247 is a great place in the middle of the city centre, on the canal, right next to an area known as ‘the nine streets’. It is a place for inspiration and creation. On September 30th Thirza celebrated her birthday there with coffee and cake!
Herengracht 247

On the past months she had to drive often up and down between the Beemster and Amsterdam for meetings, etc.. So when the offer came about for this flex office, she grabbed it straight away. Sharing a beautiful office with creative people also fits in perfectly with our vision of ‘new business’.
For the time being, Thirza does not have specific days of the week (or weekend) when she will be in Amsterdam.

Lavinia Meijer & Carel Kraayenhof Live In Concert

Press release
Lavinia Meijer & Carel Kraayenhof release a live CD
On the past few years harpist Lavinia Meijer and bandoneón player Carel Kraayenhof have met several times on festivals and concerts. On the stairs of the artist café at Carré Amsterdam the idea popped out: ‘Let’s sit together, play a bit and see if we can come up with a concert repertoire.’ The concerts that quickly followed that idea were a great success and most of them sold out. Thus the idea of recording a live album together. “In Concert”, was recorded on the 7th and 9th of September of this year at Tivoli Vredenburg (NL) and will be available in stores on October 9th!

The choice for a live recording was certain one. Both musicians were filled with the warmth of the audience. Those moments can only be registered with a live recording. In one of the songs a mistake was made. This “mistake” sounds actually better than the notes which were on the paper, so we decided to keep it, and it sounds like it was meant to be.

The repertoire consists of milongas, tangos and other beautiful Argentinean, Spanish and Italian compositions from Piazzolla, Bacalov and Morriconne (among others) and three compositions from Carel Kraayenhof himself; one of them is the tribute to his three legged cat ‘Witneus’. Lavinia Meijer makes het debut as composer with het tribute to her niece, who was borne last year, Hello Stranger.
In total the album consists of 15 compositions, one of which is an impressive interpretation of Piazzolla’s three piece Historie du Tango. The already warm sounds from the harp and the bandoneón complete and strengthen each other in this beautiful, passionate repertoire. Kraayenhof and Meijer have made special arrangements to pretty much every piece because for this unique combination of instruments there are no already written compositions.
The photos for the album were taken by ‘Zilveren Camera’ winner, Peter van Breukelen. The author Abdelkader Benali wrote a poetic story line about music, longing and coming home.
On the next months Meijer and Kraayenhof will perform this repertoire is several locations. Most concerts are sold out. For the complete agenda please visit:
management: Thirza Lourens 0299.690821,
management: Eric van ’t Groenewout 06.24862308,

Newsletter September

Dear friends and colleagues,
After a quiet summer we find ourselves in the autumn and already full on a theater season.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank and welcome the new recipients of our newsletter, specially the ones who signed up during the live CD recordings of ‘Lavinia Meijer & Carel Kraayenhof in Concert’ at Tivoli Vredenburg in Utrecht. Around the 10th of October you will receive a new newsletter with a link; you will be the first ones able to order the CD.
As a gift to all our newsletter recipients, and as a thank you for your support and enthusiasm during our concerts and projects, we offer you (only for official subcribers) the sheet music for piano from Carel’s composition: Te Llevo en mi Alma (I carry you in my soul). This composition was dedicated by Carel to his late father and it was recorded on the Fuerza CD (available in our webshop).
On Friday 2nd of October the CKE will perform at a brand new theater just outside Utrecht, in Leidsche Rijn. The theater is called ‘Podium Hogewoerd’ and the performance will be a concert version of ‘Liberación’. Tickets are still available.
On Saturday 3rd of October, Carel and Juan Pablo drive up north to Winschoten, to perform at the Theater de Klinker. They will play two short sets during the Accordion Orchestra Con Brio jubilee celebration. For tickets please visit the theater’s website.

Reminder! If you would like to be present in one of the concerts of Lavinia Meijer and Carel Kraayenhof, pay close attention to our concert agenda, on our website. Most of the concerts are already sold out, such as 10th of October in Eindhoven and 17th of October in Heemstede. There are still tickets for some concerts, for example 9th of October at Parkgebouw, Rijssen and Grote Kerk in Naarden on the 22nd of December.

That is all for now! Until next time.
Warm regards,
Carel and Thirza