News letter Carel Kraayenhof

Dear friends and colleagues,

With this beautiful weather, is there anything better than listening to great music in a fantastic setting outside with a delicious drink? This can be done on the weekend of 3 and 4 June at the free accessible festival ‘Music on the Dommel’ in Eindhoven. Carel and Juan Pablo play a few songs on the Saturday evening with the Student Harmony Orchestra Auletes with Paul van Gils. Also the famous violinist Lisa Jacobs will play some songs with this student orchestra.
On Sunday afternoon, Juan Pablo and Carel will talk about the various Argentine rhythms such as the Cueca, the Zamba, the Milonga, etc at the second stage. After that, they will perform on the main stage with the Carel Kraayenhof Ensemble.Muziek op de Dommel

A week later, on Sunday June 11, at 11.30 am, Carel and Lavinia Meijer play together in the beautiful Aegtenkapel in Amersfoort, during Rabobank Amersfoort Jazz. (1×60 min). This very well known jazz festival is always free of charge. Also this year there are dozens of indoor and outdoor locations where performances will take place.

Meanwhile, the musicians of the Carel Kraayenhof Ensemble are busy with the rehearsals for the new CD ’30! ‘. The release of the CD will take place on February 14, 2018. The musicians are also preparing for the new same-name theater concert that Kik Productions booked to theaters this season. The premiere will take place on April 8, 2018 at the Philharmonie in Haarlem. The tickets are already available. We hope to send you the final playlist in the next newsletter.
Rabobank Jazz Amersfoort
Our violinist Bert Vos will keep a video journal that you can follow through Carel’s YouTube channel. If you do not want to miss anything, subscribe to this channel, then you will always be the first to know when we have published something new.

Warm regards,
Carel and Thirza

Extra concert Ede Carel Kraayenhof & Lavinia Meijer

Considering that the concert of 27 January 2017 is already sold out, an extra concert has been confirmed at the Edesche Concertzaal, Ede (NL) for 24 February 2017. For tickets please visit:

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.

Reviews Carel Kraayenhof & Lavinia Meijer

We have received two great reviews from the CD from Carel Kraayenhof & Lavinia Meier!
Music critic Hans Visser says it is the best from 2015!
On the magazine ‘Muziekwerld’, for the professionals in the music business and actors, another great review was printed.

recensie Carel en Lavinia NTB

recensie Carel en Lavinia 2015

Happy 2016! – Carel Kraayenhof

We wish you all a beautiful, healthy and inspirational 2016!
It promises to be great year. I’d like to share with your a quick year overview!
On the first month of the year we will bring out our, long waited, new DUO CD ‘Hotel Victoria’. The CD is full of amazing folklore music from different parts of Argentina. Carel and Juan Pablo have both composed several pieces for this CD.
The CD is now available for our fans via our website and soon will be available in stores and online.


For the second time in his career, Carel will perform in South Korea, this will happen in February. This time he will perform the program Hotel Victoria together with Juan Pablo Dobal. The concert will take place in Pyeongchang, where the classical music festival ‘Great Mountains Music Festival’ takes place. Prior to this concert they shall give a concert in Tokyo, Japan, in a small tango cafe where several tango maestro’s have performed in the past (for more details see our concert agenda).
Further, in February Carel will perform a couple of times together with Lavinia Meijer.
On May the 5th, Carel will be present in Klingenthal, Germany, as a jury for the bandoneon competition. Not he 7th he will perform there together with the Carel Kraayenhof Ensemble. This concert was planned for 2015, but due Carel being sick at that time, the concert (and the trip to Germany) had to be postponed.
On the 2nd of September the Carel Kraayenhof Ensemble will, most likely, perform during the prestigious, and well known, festival ‘Musikfest Bremen’ in Germany.

That is a quick overview of our year! Are you also looking forward to what 2016 will bring? Share it with us on Carel Twitter or Facebook page.

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

Newsletter 25 aug.

Dear friends and colleagues,
After a great summer where we followed a beginners yoga course with Johan Noorloos at the ‘de Nieuwe Yogaschool’ in Amsterdam and then enjoyed a few sailing days in Friesland (NL) we are back home in the Beemster.
We hope that you are also looking forward to the new theater season.

‘Lavinia & Carel Live in Concert’
This is the title from the new CD that will be presented on the 10th of October at the Muziekgebouw in Eindhoven. On the 7th and 9th of September at 20:00 hrs we will record live at Tivoli Vredenburg in Utrecht. Do you want to be part of the enthusiastic audience, and support Carel and Lavinia during the recording sessions?
Sign up ( and receive free tickets to a very special evening.

Carel solo
foto: Emil de Jong

Specially for this CD we have asked the talented writer Abdelkader Benali to write a story in the CD booklet. What the story will be, we don’t know yet, but he will let himself be inspired by Carel and Lavinia’s music. On the CD there will be pieces from Piazzolla, Albeniz, Morricone and Kraayenhof, among others.

The theater show ‘Liberación’ in Haarlem and Heerlen
On the 4th of September the Carel Kraayenhof Ensemble will give a concert at ‘Het Kruispunt’ in Vooschoten. The ensemble will play songs from the theater show ‘Liberación’.
Unfortunately the theater show ‘Liberación’, with it’s unique uneven floor, video wall and beautiful light decor designed by Uri Rapaport, will only be performed twice this season. For these shows you can reserve your tickets by clicking on the following links:
19 November Munttheater Weert (
28 November Philharmonie Haarlem (

We wish you a great end of the summer. Maybe we will meet up soon in one of our next concerts. In mid September you will receive, together with our newsletter, a link to download a special composition by Carel (including music sheet for piano).

Carel & Wouter Hamel
On Thursday 27th of August we will finally be able to see on TV to whom Carel and Wouter play a romantic song to during ‘Linda’s Zomerweek’ (RTL 4 – NL). Last summer Carel and Wouter have recorded this song, and now you can download it via iTunes ( for only €1,29.

Own webshop and Spotify
Often we are asked where people can buy our CDs. For the ones who have not visited our website lately, we have our own webshop ( . Here you can order CDs, with an option to ask for a autographed one. Most CDs can also be downloaded via the webshop ( .
Carel can also easily be found on Spotify! You can just add him to your playlist.

Warm regards,
Carel and Thirza

‘Lavinia & Carel Live in Concert’

‘Lavinia & Carel Live in Concert’,
This is the titel from the CD that will presented on the 10th of October at the Muziekgebouw in Eindhoven (NL).
On the 7th and 9th of September (at 8:00pm) there will be live recordings for this special CD at Tivoli Vredenburg in Utrecht. Do you want to be part of the enthusiastic audience? Please sign up via the following link: LINK IS NO LONGER VALID
Specially for this CD we have asked the fabulous writer Abdelkader Benali to write a story to complement our CD booklet. What the story is, we don’t know yet; but he will let himself be inspired by the music that Lavinia and Carel play together.
On this CD we will record pieces from Piazzolla, Albeniz, Morricone, Kraayenhof, among others.
Lavinia en Carel

Carel Kraayenhof and Lavinia Meijer

On the 7th and 9th of September the duo ‘Lavinia Meijer & Carel Kraayenhof’ will record their first CD at Tivoli Vredenburg in Utrecht (NL). This CD will be brought out by Sony Music in mid October.
This CD will be recorded live and as of the 24th of August the audience may request free tickets for this special evening.
The next regular concert from the duo will be on September 12th in Dordrecht – Energiehuis/Machine 3 – starting at 8:00 pm.

Lavinia Meijer