Astor Piazzolla is a musical godfather to bandoneon player Carel Kraayenhof, a true hero, who influenced and shaped his entire life. From the first moment in that hotel room, when Piazzolla told Kraayenhof: “Play something for me boy,” the love was mutual. The life of the tall Dutchman with his Argentine heartbeat will forever be intertwined with the brilliant Argentine Maestro. As the father of the tango nuevo, Piazzolla personally invited Carel to be a soloist in his 'Tango Apasionado.' Due to Kraayenhof's performance at the Dutch royal wedding of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima, many were deeply moved by the melancholic and powerful music of Piazzolla.
If Carel is the musical child of Piazzolla, then bassist Jaap Branderhorst and violinist Bert Vos are his grandchildren. Pianist Juan Pablo Dobal, from Buenos Aires, also had a warm bond with Piazzolla's music from an early age. He accompanied Amelita Baltar, Piazzolla's lover and first interpreter of his ballads and songs.
These four tangueros have been traveling the world together for more than 10 years, with their Sexteto Canyengue and with the Carel Kraayenhof Ensemble. They also recorded eight CDs together. They have formed the Carel Kraayenhof Quartet especially for this theatrical concert program.
100 years of Piazzolla features melodious gems that are interspersed with colorful personal stories by Carel and his musical compañeros.
Bandoneon: Carel Kraayenhof
Piano: Juan Pablo Dobal
Bas: Jaap Branderhorst
Viool: Bert Vos
Regieadviezen: Leoni Jansen
Arrangeurs: Carel Kraayenhof en Juan Pablo Dobal
Licht en geluid: Rimmert van Lummel
“Tangomuziek Het Carel Kraayenhof Quartet schetst een gloedvol beeld in muziek en woord van de bezeten tanguero Astor Piazzolla.” NRC