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Rabobank Amersfoort Jazz festival with Carel Kraayenhof y su Sexteto Canyengue

Carel Y Su Sextet
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Attention tango dancers and tango lovers! On Sunday afternoon, 14th of June, Carel Kraayenhof y su Sexteto Canyengue, our traditional Argentinean tango orchestra, will play on the stage of the Lieve Vrouwkerkhof in Amersfoort.

The concert starts at 16:15 and will end at around 18:00hrs.

This is the start of the outdoor summer concerts in The Netherlands.

Book Carel Kraayenhof as DUO or with the Carel Kraayenhof Ensemble

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Often we receive phone calls with questions about the possibility of booking private concerts (home concerts).
We are glad to say that it is possible!
Carel can play together with his Carel Kraayenhof Ensemble or with the pianist Juan Pablo Dobal. The DUO have a gorgeous program full of Argentinean Tangos and Argentinean regional music.
Unfortunately the music which is played is not meant as background music, but as a musical “intermezzo” at a dinner event, or as the opening of the evening for example.
For us, it is alway better to receive as much information as possible about the location, number of guests, etc.
Please feel free to call or email us.
We will then make a proper offer for the event.

Carel Kraayenhof gets an important role in the show Julia, which will be performed by the Rotterdam’s Philharmonic Orchestra on June 12 and 13 at Ahoy Rotterdam. Carel will perform as soloist on the well-known piece Libertango, van Astor Piazzolla.

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PRESS RELEASE
13 March 2015
Carel Kraayenhof gets solo part in Julia
Carel Kraayenhof gets an important role in the show Julia, which will be performed by the Rotterdam’s Philharmonic Orchestra on June 12 and 13 at Ahoy Rotterdam. Carel will perform as soloist on the well-known piece Libertango, van Astor Piazzolla.

Mike Schaperclaus, innovator at the Rotterdam Philharmonic, about the newest addition to Julia: “Everything falls on the right place: that is the feeling we got when we heard that Carel Kraayenhof will perform with us in Julia. From the beginning we knew that tango needed to get a key role in this show. This because Julia is a passionate love story, told in music and dance – right there you have the soul of the tango. If there is anyone who can reach tango’s soul, that person is Carel Kraayenhof. That is the reason why he was on the top of our list of musicians with whom we wanted to work with. And now it is conformed: Carel will work with us, he will be the soloist during Astor Piazzolla’s Libertango.”

Carel Kraayenhof has worked together with tango’s great heroes such as Astor Piazzolla and Osvaldo Pugliese and has shared the stage with several other artists, from Ennio Morricone and Sting to Janine Jansen and Yo Yo Ma. For Carel joining Julia is also an experience. “How much better can it get?”, says Carel. “Playing at Ahoy with an amazing orchestra, which is the Rotterdam’s Philharmonic, and to top that working with no one less than Guy Caron – this will be fantastic. I cannot wait until June!”

A new experience with classical music
With Julia the Rotterdam’s Philharmonic is taking a big and exciting step. In Ahoy, outside the privacy of a concert hall, the orchestra will create a show where symphonic music gets all the room necessary to let its fantasy shine. The large repertoire, from Prokofjev and Sjostakovitsj to Falla and Piazzolla, forms the heart of the show. The orchestra allows itself to be surrounded by colorful company: from dancers, singers, actors, air acrobats and tangueros at head spinning heights. The thread linking it all is Julia’s story and her search for love.

The makers
In Julia the Rotterdam’s Philharmonic works together with an international team of artists, creative young talents (e.g. from the circus and dance courses from Codarts in Rotterdam). Guy Caron, the man who made Cirque du Soleil famous, works closely together with Josep Vicent on the development of the show. ‘Music, dance, poetry, theater, circus, magic, décor and costumes merge and inspire each other in a heart capturing love story’, says Guy. ‘Music becomes movement, movement becomes music – people are used to listen to music, but in Julia they will have to see music. The audience won’t have eyes and ears enough.’

Marlies Verlinde
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Liberation Day Concert – 5 May, Liberación, Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ Amsterdam

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For the special event of our theater show Liberación on Liberation Day, 5 May 2015 at the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ in Amsterdam, I have composed a new piece which I will perform together with the Carel Kraayenhof Ensemble during the exclusive Liberation Dinner, prior to the show.

When asked to compose a new piece for this special occasion I thought immediately on an homage to one of the most important freedom fighters of all times, Nelson Mandela. During his long life Mandela made friends and won over enemies on his battle for freedom and equality to all. As a lawyer, as the leader of the ANC, from jail and finally as president of a new South Africa. His clear purpose, his patience and optimism are sources of inspiration for the entire world.

My new composition breathes happiness, just as Mandiba’s irresistible laugh, as his friends would call him. That is also the name of my composition. It is just like a movie, where he is at first calm and emotionally speaking, after that he starts to dance and party.
The bandoneón and the strings will form a South African choir, where then the piano and double bass will light up a firing rhythm. At times it sounds like the piano player is actually playing a kora.

The calm returns at the end, just as a choir sings around the bonfire deep in the night.

We are looking forward to the 5th of May, so we can celebrate freedom together with you!

Carel Kraayenhof

for more information: www.muziekgebouw.nl

Carel Kraayenhof and Juan Pablo Dobal are going to Finland (Joensuu)

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Invited by the Dutch conductor Jurjen Hempel, Carel Kraayenhof and Juan Pablo Dobal will play on the 21st of February a concert together with the Joensuu City Orchestra in Finland.
Carel will play as a soloist with the orchestra:
*Aleppo (CK)
*Bamestra (CK)
*Aconcagua (A.Piazzolla, Deel III)
*Adios Nonino (Astor Piazzolla)

After that the duo will play a set including the following numbers:
1. Hotel Victoria (tango) – Feliciano Latasa
2. Enny (valsecito) – Carel Kraayenhof
3. Ñata blanca (aire de zamba) – Carel Kraayenhof
4. De allá (chacarera)- Polo Giménez
5. Cueca de las nubes – Juan Pablo Dobal
6. Remanso (guarania) – Juan Pablo Dobal
7. Cuando despierto mañana (chacarera) – Juan Pablo Dobal
8. El duende de tu son (milonga campera) – Carel Kraayenhof
9. Te vas milonga – Abel Fleury
10. Vamos a chayar (chaya) – Atuto Mercau Soria

For more information visit:
https://www.joensuu.fi/orchestra/english

Dutch Chamber Orchestra and Carel Kraayenhof Ensemble – Valentine’s concert

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Last weekend the Carel Kraayenhof Ensemble played a short series of concerts together with the Dutch Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of concert master Gordan Nikolić.
The well known guitar player Izhar Elias made a special soloist participation, as well as Carel Kraayenhof played as a soloist in a few pieces together with the Orchestra.

Something also very special in this program was the number of Carel’s own compositions.
The concert played on the 15th of February will be broadcasted on the 19th of March on the Dutch channel NPO 4.

Program (guideline)
1. Astor Piazzolla-dubbelconcert for guitar, bandoneon and strings
2. Alexander Borodin- Nocturne
3. Isaac Albenniz – Suite Espanola, op.47:
4. Leo Brouwer – Danzas Concertantes for guitar and strings
5. PAUZE
6. Astor Piazzolla from: De Jaargetijden: ‘Ivierno Portenos’
7. Astor Piazzolla from: De Jaargetijden: ‘Otono’
* Kraayenhof – Aleppo
8. Carel Kraayenhof – Suite Compasion
9. Carel Kraayenhof – Bamestra –

for more information:
www.orkest.nl
www.izharelias.com

Overwhelming reactions to the Liberación theater show

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Carel Kraayenhof and Thirza Lourens, together with the musicians and Liberación’s entire crew, are more than happy with all positive reactions from the different theater audiences. Our social media is glowing.
We hope that this will bring even more people to the shows, so they also can enjoy this special evening.

Great review on AD Curaçao

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This article came out on Saturday 22 november on the AD Curaçao newspaper. An interview by writer and journalist Giselle Ecury with Carel Kraayenhof about his project Liberación (Carel Kraayenhof Ensemble).

Translation:
Carel Kraayenhof’s dream: unification

Much has been written about him. Roughly 55 million people from all over the world watched him play the bandoneón at the wedding of our present royal couple. He has performed with the greatest on earth. But what strikes the most about him, is his modest and open look, his honest simplicity and peace of mind, as if everything amazes him and keeps amazing him. Carel Kraayenhof. A guarantee for a good conversation.
By Giselle Ecury

As soon as Alkmaar is behind you, you cross vast polders, where cows are still in the meadows and sheep graze. Mills spin a northwester away. Will there be rain? On a cloudy Monday morning I’m on my way to his home, following the instructions of his wife and manager, Thirza Lourens. The statement: “Behind every successful man stands a strong woman” for sure applies to her, although she certainly will deny that. And yet I will state that. Because she is always there, arranging everything in an adequate way and she does that with a smile. Besides that she is caring. “I will give you one hour. I want Carel to have some rest before his next interview. Is that OK for you?” This last sentence says it all. She has also stayed true to herself and is simply kind. How easy can life be? And so I stand, after a short ride, in the middle of the North-Holland’s Beemster. By many people only known due to its’ delicious cheese, but perhaps among some elder people also because of Jan Adriaanszoon Leeghwater; who by using 43 windmills managed to transform this polder into dry land in 1612. Since 1999 the Beemster is on the Unesco World Heritage list.
This completes the circle for the Dutch boy who became a first class world musician and who, lovingly, received from the country Argentina the official name ‘Tanguero’ . In 2005 he also received in the name of the Argentinian parliament, out of the hands of the tango-poet Horacio Ferrer, the country’s highest cultural decoration for his inexhaustible effort for the Argentinian tango world wide. Later he was also named as Officer in the Order of Oranje Nassau for his personal effort, vision and qualities with which our society provides from. In this way Kraayenhof and his Thirza not only search for connection, they also experience it. As if it should be that way. And that it is.
Actually, I know that for them it is not at all about decorations and praise. That is exactly why I want to mention it. Because it makes this great musician, who completely stayed true to himself and wants to keep it all close to his heart (and manages to do so) to come to a state of connection and interconnectedness, only more unique.
“If my bandoneon, in one way or another, could convince people to bring themselves to also play this instrument with pleasure, and maybe success, then I would know that my playing served a cause”. These were Carel’s words, after he told me about a special meeting on a tango-festival in the South of France. There a bearded Spanish speaking man left a group of friends and held Carel with tears in his eyes. He introduced himself as somebody who was able to work his way up to being a music teacher, thanks to a tango school in Buenos Aires helped by Kraayenhof. “And that’s why I am here now far away in the South of France. Who could ever have thought of that?”
These are heartwarming stories told by the man who now would like to unite refugees and immigrants, preferably also with the common Dutchman, so that new things can arise and our cultures can actually integrate. Halfway November there will be a unique cooperation between Refugee Work The Netherlands and the bandoneón player and his ensemble. “The different forms of art will help us in that matter: the drawing together, the writing of stories together, poetry. We should come forward more, make ourselves better known. The way it goes right now in the Netherlands …… It worries me”, he says. “There is much more than an economic system, in which we are urged to more and bigger. If we keep on going this way, the earth will soon be exhausted, there will be more dissatisfaction, the stream of refugees will increase immensely and not only be a problem for Lampedusa or for the fugitives themselves. The ethic morality should come first instead of always looking at the technical possibilities. Our hearts must begin to speak. Nowadays for instance, robots are being developed to help in the healthcare. Is this still ethical? I don’t think so. What appeals to me so much in Argentina? There people care for each other. With love. I saw that on Curaçao as well. That island has a big place in my heart. The island has something of the two worlds, in which I really feel at home. Although it start to sneak up on me that here I get more and more the feeling that I want to leave, because I miss the involvement that they have. What if you have suddenly must flee. Just think about it.
Kraayenhof, who from his eighth year learned to play the piano, feels for deprived children. His piano of those days has, in the meantime, introduced many other people to music. “An old instrument does not belong in a museum, to look at. An instrument should be played on.” And so, his piano is nowadays in Nijmegen, but will shortly be moved to Ter Apel, to an asylum for refugees.
Together with Lourens, Kraayenhof dedicates himself to the preservation of the bandoneon in Argentina. Too many instruments disappear there, because tourists take them as souvenirs. Together with local people they try to get as many instruments as possible back to Argentina. Also attention is given to training in maintenance and reparation of these instruments. This way unprivileged young people can learn a profession.
We talk about a project in Jujuy, a province in the northwest of Argentina, near the borders of Bolivia, Chili and the foothills of the Andes. Together with the Foundation Tango por los Chicos, started by a tango school in Engelen (near Den Bosch in The Netherlands), it became possible to gather bandoneóns, so that the children in Jujuy no longer have to play on cardboard instruments (this was also possible by holding a benefit concert during a salón evening).
“Do you know that it (the bandoneón) actually has its origins in Germany?”. Indeed Wikipedia tells me that the bandoneon was invented in 1854 in Germany and soon became a popular instrument in Italy as well. From there it probably ended up in Argentina via the season workers. There, the melancholic sound of the bandoneón fitted particularly the tango. In Germany the instrument disappeared during the Second World War. “Actually it is an immigrant” says Kraayenhof with a laugh. “And now that people know him, they learn more and more to appreciate him. So you see: music connects, speaks all languages, makes contact.” And not only that, it seems to have a healing effect on all our body cells. When I look at musicians, I always see (in spite of the concentration) the joy in creating something together, the interaction, eye contact.
I feel the sounds in my body and I can hardly sit still, whether it is a classical concert or the new album of Kraayenhof and his Sexteto Canyengue, with which he already performs about 25 years. Music always touches.
“It is great to perform for an audience that is so involved”, confirms Kraayenhof. “We experienced it on Curacao, now a year ago. There you can feel the love and pride for their own composers and musicians. To, there, play ‘Sabrosita’….” It is like listening for a moment to that piece, before Kraayenhof continues: “Or ‘Atardi Korsou ta Bunita’. That ‘softly singing’ from the audience. Then I feel the bond you have on such a moment. The solidarity. That is where we have to go world wide. That is a dream of mine, a deep desire. That we really leave the narrow minds behind and unify. Then nobody has to be lonesome or to flee.

4 stars review – Dagblad de Limburger

De Limburger 21 nov 2014
On the 21st of November another great review came out for the CD Liberación. This time at the Dutch newspaper Dagblad de Limburger.

Translation:
CD REVIEW

WORLDMUSIC
Artist: Carel Kraayenhof
Title: Liberación
Record company: Bando Dreams

He will stay forever the musician who brought Maxima to tears. On his new album Liberación, bandoneón player Carel Kraayenhof is going, together with his ensemble, on a search for freedom and happiness. It is pretty much a given that a piece of composer Piazzolla is also present on the CD, the man who lifted the Argentine tango to a form of art.
Kraayenhof himself also signs for a number of compositions. He was inspired by Lampedusa and the African boat refugees who set foot on land in Italy. Ida y Vuelta is an homage to the Jewish writer Ida Vos, who during the Second World War as a young girl who had to go into hiding. Liberación is full of boundless music crying for freedom. Kraayenhof brings the numbers to life with his musicians full of passion and inspiration. Instrumental songs to dream of.

PETER VAN DE BERG

Carel Kraayenhof on TV show “STA OP TEGEN KANKER” – in collaboration with John van Eyk and Paul de Leeuw

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STA OP TEGEN KANKER – Wednesday 19 November
Paul de Leeuw will sing the song “Als je ooit weg gaat”, from his new album “De Leeuw zingt Long”, on the live TV show ‘Sta op tegen kanker’ (A benefit TV show for cancer research). Carel Kraayenhof and John van Eyk collaborate with Paul on during this song.
LIVE ON TV, 19 November – at 21.25 hrs on Dutch TV channel NPO 1.

for more information: www.staoptegenkanker.nl