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Madiba – Carel Kraayenhof- Liberation concert 2015

Nelson Mandela
As a addition to our special theater show ‘Liberación’ on Liberation Day, May 5th, at the Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ, Carel Kraayenhof has written a new composition. This special composition will be presented for the very first time during the Liberation meal by the Carel Kraayenhof Ensemble, proceeding the theater show.

When Carel was asked to write a new piece for this special event he thought immediately on a homage to one of the greatest fighters for freedom, Nelson Mandela. He, who during his long life won friends and enemies on his fight for freedom and equality for everyone. As a lawyer, as an ANC leader, from prison and finally as president from a new South Africa. His commitment, his patience and optimism are sources of inspiration for mankind.

Nelson Mandela

Kraayenhof’s new composition breathes happiness, just as the irresistible laugh from Madiba (as his friends called him and as this composition is called). It sounds just like a film where he starts a speech and then starts dancing and partying.
Bandoneón and strings form a South African choir and the piano and bass lead a contagious rhythm, where the pianist almost seems to play the kora.
At the end of the composition the serenity comes back, as the sound of a choir at a night camp fire.

We are looking forward to the 5th of May, so we can share this and celebrate with you!

Carel Kraayenhof – Thirza Lourens and team

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

Muziekgebouw aan het IJ
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