Tour Carel Kraayenhof Ensemble

We started touring with our new show celebrating 30 years of the ensemble. The music is an overview of music that the band played over the years and of course there are new compositions as well. Of course there will be a lot of tango music, a song by Sting, and even a piece that has a Chinese atmosphere.

This tour will also be the last tour of this ensemble. There is an interview with Carel in Dutch about why he had to take this decision on his website. You can find it here.

Check this link for all the tourdates.

Overview 2017

As we are diving into 2018 it is a nice moment to look back at the beautiful moments of 2017. One that I will remember is the concerts at the Ziggo Dome with Dutch singer Anouk. With 4 cellists we joined her and her band on stage. It was great working with her and her team and of course it was big fun to perform for 17000 people. Here are some pics and a video:

Tango in Buenos Aires and NL

Since 2012 I am a member of the Carel Kraayenhof Ensemble and Sexteto Canyengue and I started dancing the tango in 2013. How lucky I felt being able to spend a full month in Argentina in July August!

I met old and new friends and among them the lovely duo Luna Ibañez tango. They invited me to record two songs together and to make a videoclip. We played a concert in Club de Musica in Palermo, Buenos Aires. Later in september this year, they visited the Netherlands as part of their European tour and we performed together in various milonga's and this lovely beach club.

Here is the videoclip we made together with a loveley team of filmmakers and dancers:

Cello and Durum...

Part of my daily life as a cellist is performing the famous masterpieces of the baroque and classical period with choirs and orchestra's. So one evening after a concert me and Soprano Nicole Fiselier went for a dirty snack around the corner of the church in Gouda. There a man asked me repeatedly to play something, so I did... The video starts with Sombre Dimanche, a Hungarian traditional and after that I play Campo afuera, a milonga, the happy version of the tango. The image is a bit slower than the sound, but you get an idea of the atmosphere :-) Nicole filmed the moment and added some percussion on the table!

Troost & Drost on Spotify

In january 2017 me and Roeland Drost made a tour in the south of Japan, performing in beautiful halls, in a hospital and in an intimate house concert. We also gave workshops to teenage music students. Fortunately enough our tourmanager has a music studio at his house where we stayed. The last day of the tour we recorded 5 pieces from our repertoire and since december 1st they are available online.

Me and Roeland shared 13,5 years of our life together and I am very happy that we have this music recorded as a memory of that beautiful period.

Via this link you can listen online and even download the album
https://open.spotify.com/artist/4Knp2pTk6NrHjjtlyHmyXQ#_=_

News december 2017

New tango CD

After the christmasbreak we will prepare the CD presentation of 30! Tango years, with the Carel Kraayenhof Ensemble. We recorded this new album last august and it includes the music of our new show that we will perform in the theatres from april 2018.

News april 2017 

Concerts with Anouk @ Ziggo Dome.

Coming may me and 3 great cello colleagues will join Anouk on stage for 3 concerts at the Ziggo Dome Amsterdam. The dates are may 24th, 27th and 31st and we will play 5 songs in the set. 2 of those will be just the 4 of us and her, so this will give an intimate counterpoint in the set.

Recording new CD with the Carel Kraayenhof Ensemble.

The coming months we will work a lot together to prepare the recording of our new CD "30 Tango's". The recording will take place in july and the release is scheduled for february 2018.

 

news October 2015

New Opera "El limonero real" big succes in Buenos Aires
Last July we had 5 performances of the new opera from Ezequiel Menalled in the CECT of Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. The collaboration between Ensemble Modelo62 and the Argentinean singers and crew was great and the audience loved the piece. We had good reviews in the main national newspapers and we are currently looking for possibilities to bring this opera to The Netherlands.
El limonero real has received the RFI Award - given by Radio France Internationale and Radio Cultura - for Best Performance of the 2014 - 2015 season.
You can listen to the whole opera on soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/ezequiel-menalled/el-limonero-real/s-YCDs5
Here are some pictures:
 
In the meantime I had the chance to play a few tango's at a beautiful old tango restaurant:
CD presentation RE: Orchestra
November 1st the 3rd CD this year of my own groups will be presented in De Doelen, Rotterdam!
Shotakovich and folk music by RE: Orchestra.
Theatre show Liberación
The coming period you still have the chance to see our theatre show "Liberacion". Check the website www.carelkraayenhof.nl for details. Below is a fragment of the show:

CD Liberación
And we recorded the music of the theatre show on CD. Available via bol.com