10 years Anniversary of the CKE members Bert and Jaap!

10 jaar Bert en Jaap

On 8th of April Carel Kraayenhof and Thirza Lourens (Carel Kraayenhof’s manager) were invited out for dinner by violinist Bert Vos and bass player Jaap Branderhorst. This to celebrate their 10th anniversary as member of the Sexteto Canyengue and the Carel Kraayenhof Ensemble.
This is a special celebration if you consider the difficulties that musicians face nowadays “to live of music”, 10 years together is unique. If that depends on us, there will be many more years together to come.
During the concert on May 3rd in Amsterdam we will come back to this celebration!

Carel Kraayenhof Resident Artist Amersfoort Jazz

Carel Juan Pablo
This is a summary from the Amersfoort Jazz’s Pers Release

Every year the Rabobank Amersfoort Jazz, held this year from 11 to 14 of June, invites a musician to be its Resident Artist. For this edition it will be Carel Kraayenhof.
Carel will be performing twice during the festival, on the 11th of June during an exclusive concert at De Observant (as a DUO performance) and on the 14th of June he will perform at the main stage together with his Sexteto Canyengue.

Carel Kraayenhof & Juan Pablo Dobal (Thursday June 11, 21:00 hrs, De Observant)
A polyrhythmic Argentinean folklore concert, filled with own compositions. The duo can sound as a full orchestra and still play a fragile milonga like no one else.
Tickets for this concert are available for € 15,00. Reservations via:

Carel Kraayenhof y su Sexteto Canyengue (Sunday June 14, 16:15 hrs, Lieve Vrouwekerkhof)
Carel and his Sexteto Canyengue have a special way of communicating: rhythmical, melodic, and inviting to dance. An addictive event for tango dancers.

For the festival’s complete program please visit
Twitter: @AmersfoortJazz

Rabobank Amersfoort Jazz festival with Carel Kraayenhof y su Sexteto Canyengue

Carel Y Su Sextet

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.

CD Liberación review – tango magazine La Cadena

La Cadena nov. 2014

We are happy to read another positive review on the Carel Kraayenhof Ensemble’s new CD Liberación. This one was published on the Dutch tango magazine ‘La Cadena’ (issued on early November 2014)



Carel Kraayenhof Ensemble

When the bandoneón starts to play in So Long Island, the first track of Liberación, you immediately hear that it is Carel Kraayenhof who touches the buttons. Is it the timbre of his instrument, his playing idiom, his way of composing, or a combination of these factors? I can’t figure it out, but striking it is.
On this CD Carel takes us on a trip around the world. Of course there are also tangos such as Revirado, El Corte and La Muerte del Angel, but the ensemble is not afraid of travelling to other continents or showing other intentions. What touched me most were the socially inspired numbers such as Cry for Freedom, dedicated to the fighters for equal rights between white and black. In this song a true tormented fight can be heard between bandoneon, piano and strings. Also in Lampedusa a threatening beat visualizes expressively the hardships of the boat fugitives during their struggle for life at sea. But yet Carel’s tango roots appear again in a new arrangement of Libertango. A dynamic ‘yumba’ piano twist pours a delicious “Pugliese sauce” over this Piazzolla classic. If there ever was a struggle between these two celebrities it has now been decided in favor of the tango.

Carel Kraayenhof y su Sexteto Canyengue in Heerlen!

Carel Kraayenhof y su Sexteto Canyengue will play Argentine tango’s and milonga’s to be danced to! This, on May 24 in Heerlen!

The second edition of this sparkling tango festival breathes even more Argentine ‘passión”. The steaming ‘Orquestra Típica’ sets the Limburgzaal on fire while dancers dance the night away in a special atmosphere. There will be workshops, demonstrations and films about the Tango’s ‘corazón’. An ongoing ‘milonga’ gives everyone the chance to dance and to experience the feeling of Argentina. Even only watching is pure enjoyment! The complete program will be published in January 2014.

Tango Brutal. Internacional Tango Festival Heerlen 2014 presents for the Grande Finale the Dutch tango-maestro Carel Kraayenhof y su Sexteto Cnayengue. They will kick off on Saturday the 24th of May at the Limburgzaal of the Parkstad Limburg Theaters in Heerlen. For more information: The rest we will keep as a nice secret!

Heerlen SC 24 mei 2014
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