With the theatre performance 100 jaar Piazzolla, the musicians of the Carel Kraayenhof Quartet honor their musical idol Astor Piazzolla, in honor of it being his one hundredth birthyear.
For bandoneonist Carel Kraayenhof, Astor Piazzolla is a musical godfather, a true hero, who influenced and shaped his whole life. From that first moment in that hotelroom, where Piazzolla asked Kraayenhof: "Play me something, son", the love was mutual. The life of the tall Dutchman with his Argentinian heartbeat will forever stay linked to the Argentinian genius Maestro. As father of the tango nuevo, Piazzolla personally invited Carel to give a solo performance in his Tango Apasionado. Because of Kraayenhof's performance at the royal wedding, 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, had a strong bond with Piazzolla's music from a young age. He accompanied Amelita Baltar, Piazzolla's love and the first interpreter of his ballads and songs.
For more than 10 years, these four tangueros have travelled the world together, with their Sexteto Canyengue and with the Carel Kraayenhof Ensemble. They recorded 8 CD's together. Now, especially forr this theatre concertprogram, they formed the Carel Kraayenhof Quartet.
In 100 jaar Piazzolla instrumental juwels are exchanged with colourful, personal stories by Carel and his musical compañeros.
'The Carel Kraayenhof Quartet creates a glorious image of the posessed tanguero Astor Piazzolla in both music and word.'
Carel Kraayenhof - Bandoneon
Juan Pablo Dobal - Piano
Jaap Branderhorst - Bass
Bert Vos - Violin
Juan Pable Dobal
light & sound
Rimmert van Lummel