Concert tip: Dino Saluzzi – October 26 in Amsterdam

We would like to share with you that the bandoneonist Dino Saluzzi will perform on the 26th of October at the Bimhuis in Amsterdam and on the 11th of November at the Lantaren/Venster in Rotterdam. We will for sure be present at the concert in Amsterdam.

With El valle de la infancia the now 81 years old Argentinean bandoneonist/composer/arrangeur Dino Saluzzi returns to his roots in the North West of Argentina. Together with musicians out of his own family Saluzzi explores a wide pallet of rhythms and melodies, from zamba to carnavelito or even a chacarera. But the music of Buenos Aires will also be present. In Saluzzi’s refined and versatile tango interpretations you can feel the base of their origins, the milonga.
Dino Saluzzi received in 2014 the Edison World award for El valle de la infancia. With an amazing interaction the CD touches “not only the base of the volk music, but also the essence from Saluzzi’s own extensive works”; words from the Edison jury.

Dino Saluzzi was only seven years old when his father, the composer and multi-intrument player Cayetano Saluzzi taught him to play different instruments. The bandoneon quickly became his favourite and at 14 he dominated the instrument well enough to start and lead his own band, Trio Carnaval. Somewhat in the shadows from Astor Piazzolla he has created works at least as impressive as the works from the other great Argentinian masters. Saluzzi always distanced himself from Piazzolla’s ‘tango nuevo’ and highlighted in interviews that he was not involved in making intellectual art music, but music that could touch the widest range of emotions possible.

Saluzzi’s music is composed of a complex, but always accessible, mix of tango, jazz and volk music, with some traces of classic music. He has performed with famous jazz musician such as Gato Barbieri, Charlie Heden, Charlie Mariano and Al DiMeola. In 2010 he has recorded with his trio and The Metropole Strings a beautiful, and by now well sold, album entitled El Encuentro. This was the debut from The Metropole and Jules Buckley at the ECM records label.

Dino Saluzzi is unparalleled. That is another reason why last year ECM records brought out the album Imágenes, with Saluzzi’s compositions for piano. Dino’s style is absolutely unique and deviates from Piazzolla’s style because he comes from Campo Santo, an isolated village in the north of Argentina. When his father put a bandoneon for the first times on his hands the message must have been clear “Go ahead and start playing tango, but don’t forget to put in it the influence of the indians from our region and the imprint that breath taking beauty of the nature has left on us”. (

This is an unique chance to see this, 81 years old, legend on stage in The Netherlands!

Dino Saluzzi – bandoneon
Jose María Saluzzi – guitar
Félix ‘Cuchara’ Saluzzi – tenor saxophone / clarinet
Matías Saluzzi – double bass
U.T. Gandhi – drums / percussion

Festival Michiel Borstlap, Lavinia Meijer en Carel Kraayenhof

It was an idea from Eric van ‘t Groenewout, to create an own mini festival. It became a festival with three musicians: Michiel Borstlap (piano), Lavina Meijer (harp) en Carel Kraayenhof (bandoneon).
Last December the blueprint of this minifestival went on premiere at a sold out Schouwburg in Cuijk.
On October 2nd, at 14:15hrs at the Schouwburg de Kampanje in Den Helder the second edition of the mini festival will start. The next edition already has a date, on September 3rd 2017 at the Caprera Theater in Bloemendaal.

About the 2nd of October:
Starting at 14:15hrs Lavinia Meijer, Carel Kraayenhof and Michiel Borstlap will step on stage to introduce themselves and their, not so usual, instruments. At 15:00hrs the will be a kick off of the concerts, where the artists perform in interchangeable combinations. The audience gets to see three different versions of each musician. For example the duo Kraayenhof and Meijer will perform pieces that are present in their album. Songs from Astor Piazzolla, Ennio Morricone, but also Kraayenhof’s own compositions. Michiel Borstlap will show a new side of his performance during his solo performance.
Lavinia Meijer
The afternoon will have a grand finale, with all three top musicians sharing the stage. All three have performed with world known artists, some examples:
Lavinia Meijer has performed with Philip Glass and Iggy Pop; Carel Kraayenhof with Sting, Yo-Yo Ma and recorded and album with Ennio Morricone; Michiel Borstlap has performed with Gino Vanelli, Nick Mason (Pink Floyd) and Ludovico Einaudi.

Leoni Jansen and special guest Carel Kraayenhof

On 26th of November Carel will be a special guest at the ‘t Kerkhuys in Spanbroek.

Most singers start up alone on the stage with a chair and a guitar. Leoni Jansen does it the other way around. After a series of collaborations projects, the last with eight South African singers, she comes to the ‘t Kerkhuys with her guitar and zither. She sings songs from her Celtic, Americana and, of course, African repertoire. In the small church in Spanbroek, close to where she lives in the Beemster.

She does not come only with her guitar and zither to the stage; because as her good friend and colleague Carel Kraayenhof asked her: “Shall I come and perform with your in Spanbroek?”, and the answer was sounding yes.
So, a bit of a solo, but with a fantastic special guest.
Carel and Leoni know each other for years, from the music world. For the past four years they have been practically neighbours in the Beemster and often sit down to play together. Both have a great passion for Celtic music. The Bandoneon is of course connected to Argentina, but it does sound amazing in the Irish traditional music or in contemporary Scottish songs. Almost like a bagpipe. For the first time they will perform together in Spanbroek. A special collaboration of two enthusiastic musicians.
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Argentina trip – Bandoneons for Jujuy

Bandoneons for Jujuy
After Carel and I saw the documentary ‘El sonido del bandoneon’, by Jiska Rickels, at the end of 2012 we decided to start collecting money to buy bandoneons to bring to Jujuy, one of the poorest provinces in Argentina. We thought it was time to do something back for the country that gave us so much. Above all we believe it is of essential importance that the folklore music (with bandoneon) from the north of Argentina stays alive. After 4 years of savings, a benefit concert by the Sexteto Canyengue, receiving a great donation from the tango school ‘El Fuego’ located in Engelen- NL (Wolter and Nettie Kloppenburg), a lot of help and all sizes of donations from many people involved in the project we travelled last July to San Salvador de Jujuy.
In the country of origin of queen Maxima (of The Netherlands) live children who go to bed hungry. Compared to our country (The Netherlands) there is an enormous difference between rich and poor. Girls who are 10 or 11 years old are getting pregnant and some of them have several children by the age of 20. Unprotected sex is causing an explosion of HIV cases amongst youngsters under the age of 20… Sometimes young mothers with large families only realize after days that one of her children are missing. This gives human traffickers the chance to kidnap and abuse children before they are even missed.
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But Maxima’s country is a pretty country, right? A country of rich culture, beautiful nature and fantastic people?
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Yes, that is correct. One of the most amazing places in the country is the north of Jujuy, a province next to Chile and Bolivia, which is escorted by the mountains of the Andes. The province’s capital, San Salvador de Jujuy, is the home of Daniel Vedia; Daniel is a bandoneon player/composer and teacher with a mission, a mission which could be a great importance for the future of Jujuy. He is trying to fulfill his life’s dream with the project ‘Jujuy Luz’ (“Jujuy Light”). Daniel gives bandoneon lessons to kids and young adults, just as his student Fabricio Aramayo. Daniel wants to prevent that the knowledge of the folklore music gets lost and that is why he makes children aware of their cultural identity. During his lessons he teaches children discipline to study; often this discipline grows into passion for music, leading the children to a better path, away from drugs and prostitution. The music schools are officially recognized by the government. By now there are a few instruments available and some teachers, but they have not received their salaries for the past six months, and not given a reason for that either. This is a direct effect of the cultural policy of the new government from president Macri, which ignores the fact that these teachers in many cases provide vital support and shelter for many children and their parents. Parents who hope that their children will not end up on the wrong path in life. With financial support from parents these teachers have been able to keep on giving lessons, but by now they are reaching a critical limit; If they are forced to stop, the future of the folklore music, and the future of these children, will be uncertain.
Through our Foundation Clavel Rojo we have brought already 7 bandoneons to Jujuy. Another bandoneon will be sent next month to Jujuy by bandoneon maker/tuner Oscar Fischer from Buenos Aires.
In October 2016 Tis Marang (bandoneon tuner and repairer) will travel to Jujuy to teach ten young people who are interested in learning how to repair and do maintenance of bandoneons.
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A very talented candidate to eventually become tuner and repair specialist of bandoneons in Jujuy is Fidel Hoyos.  Fidel is the man who made bandoneons out of wine carton boxes on the documentary ‘El sonido del bandoneon’.
Activities by Carel and Thirza for the project ‘Bandoneons for Jujuy’, in time sequence:
        Talk with Daniel Vedia about his work and vision for the future.
        Trip to Palpala to bring a bandoneon which was donated by Arjan Sikking (tango dance teacher and chairman of the Foundation Clavel Rojo) to the music school. Met with the mayor and press and had a jam session with young musicians.
        Went to Pumamarca, where we saw a concert by the children’s orchestra ‘Red Provincial de Orquestas Infantiles y Juveniles’. 200 children from Pumamarca, Palpala, Marmara, Tilcara and San Salvador. Met with general coordinator (Director General) for the Jujuy province Javier Soria.
        In Pumamarca Carel gave a bandoneon lesson to the students of Fabricio Jose Aramaic.
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        Carel gave a TV interview for Canal 7 with Jorge Reales about our project.
        Carel gave an interview about our project to the newspaper Tribuno (this interview was sent to the newspaper Pregón but unfortunately not printed).
        A radio interview was also given on Tribuno with Miriam Wich.
        Masterclass of 6 hours: bandoneon lessons to 12 bandoneon players from San Salvador and area, students of Daniel.
        Visit to the music school ‘E.S.M.’ (Escuela Superior de Musica de la Provincia de Jujuy) where three of the bandoneons donated by our project are placed. We have inspected the instruments and noted the necessary repairs they need to receive during Tis Marang’s trip to Jujuy.
        Visit to the university ‘U.N.J.’ (Universidad Nacional de Jujuy) where three other bandoneons donated by the project are placed and daily played. These bandoneons have been donated by the Prins Claus Foundation). We have inspected the instruments and noted the necessary repairs they need to receive during Tis Marang’s trip to Jujuy.
        Talk with Oscar Fischer (bandoneon builder in Buenos Aires) about the two instruments that are still to be delivered and the reason why we have not heard from him in the past year.
        Talk with Daniel Vedia and Oscar Fischer making clear agreements about the two bandoneons which are still to be delivered to Jujuy; during this meeting one of the two bandoneons was delivered to Daniel by Oscar. 
        Radio interview about our project with Luis Tarantino, on the program La 2x4FM in Buenos Aires.
        Radio interview about our project with Tete Coustarot, on Radio 10
        TV interview about our project on nation channel Canal Crónica with Hugo Ferrer.
        Radio interview about our project with Quique Figueroa for Radio Trelew Noticias FM 96.9 from Patagonia.
        Meeting with Julián Peralta (composer/pianist) about a similar project he has in Santa Cruz in the south of Argentina.
        Meeting with two documentary film makers from Buenos Aires, Carlos Cambariere and Mariana, about possible video recordings of the project.
 Jujuy bandoneonisten
bando's nakijkenGeneral activities:
        In Rosario we met with guitar player/composer Marcelo Coronel (Argentine Folklore)
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        In Buenos Aires:
o   We met with Doña Lidia Pugliese (widow from Osvaldo Pugliese)
Donia Lidia
o   Invited to visit the tango show ‘Romper el piso’ at the Maipo Theater with the dancers: Alejandro Aquino (1st dancer from Osvaldo Pugliese’s orchestra) and Nathalia Hills.
o   Visited Roberto Alvarez, bandoneon player from Osvaldo Pugliese and artistic director from Color Tango
o   Went to a concert at Club Vinilio (Gorrit 3780, BA) by the tango ensemble Astillero
o   Went to the rehearsal of the tango orchestra Orquesta Típica Fernández Fierro at their local club CAFF (Club Atletico Fernández Fierro), Sanchez de Bustamante 772, BA.
o   Went to the tango show ‘Rojo Tango’ at the Hotel ‘Faena’ where Osvaldo Rugierro’s son, Daniel Ruggiero, is the artistic director.
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        There are 7 bandoneons from our project in Argentina, including one which yet has to be sent by Oscar Fischer to Daniel Vedia. (5 were already on location, 1 was taken by us to the music school, 1 was taken to Jujuy by Daniel at the end of our trip).
        There is a big problem which is that music teachers did not receive their salaries for the past 6 months… How long can they keep on giving lessons?
        The bandoneons are being correctly distributed and used by the youth, coordinated by Daniel Vedia.
        The people from Jujuy are very happy and thankful for our donations. Carel and Thirza received a plaque as token of appreciation.
        The music schools have a much larger function in society than we could have imagined.
        Our visit made good impact: finally the press in Jujuy and in Buenos Aires gave attention to the project.
        Just before our departure Daniel Vedia informed us that the city council of San Salvador has honored him with a culture prize thanking him for his efforts. Even though this was not a financial prize, it is a very important acknowledgement which may lead to a greater awareness by the Ministry of Culture of Jujuy. Our hope is that they finally support important initiatives, such as our collaboration with Daniel.
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Daniel Rugiero
Carel and I would absolutely love to keep on sending bandoneons to Jujuy and supporting the music teachers with help from The Netherlands (and any other countries). How are we going to do this and who can we contact to manage this in the most professional way possible?
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