The Bobby Dasov Songbook : Gwen’s first solorecital
When Gwen was 4 years old, he was enchanted by the mysterious street accordion player Bobby Dasov. Every day their paths crossed at the Antwerp cathedral, on his way to school. The little boy’s enchantment became a grown man’s passion. A passion for music, a passion for the instrument. Forty years later Gwen went looking for Bobby and his music. This quest is reflected in this solo recital : Grieg’s ‘Anitra’s Dance’ from the Peer Gynt Suite precedes a virtuoso Bach prelude resulting in an improvisation transcending all genre boundaries. Rarely performed Piazzolla compositions, movie scores Gwen recorded for soundtracks of the well-known Flemish director Frank Van Passel. The melody ‘Plaisir d’Amour’ brought back to its roots as composer Jean-Paul Martini conceived it.
A landing in melancholy of classical melodies intertwined with jazz, balkan and braziliana, over tango and French valse musette. With Gwen always with a delicate humoristic touch, in music and verbal elucidation.
Kulturradio Deutschland, Hans Ackermann: ‘Dem belgischen Virtuosen Cresens macht das aber nichts aus, ihm gelingt auf beiden Instrumenten ein hervorragender Vortrag - der beim Akkordeon wie beim Bandoneon gleichermassen mit dem meisterhaften Beherrschen des Balges einhergeht.’
GC4 - Gwen Cresens Quartet
Gwen invites three top jazz musicians to work on his repertoire. His own compositions and exciting interpretations of Bach, Grieg, The Beatles, … Movie themes and popsongs. Tango is never far away. The GC4 played its eventful first concert during Odegand (Festival van Vlaanderen, Ghent) for 10.000 eager spectators and seduced a sold out Red Hall of deSingel in Antwerp, during ‘Klara in deSingel’. Accordion is always central, the instrument of many cultures. That’s how Gwen Cresens approaches music. The words ‘genre’ or ‘style’ become superfluous. Classical meets jazz effortlessly, naturally, and tango becomes an organic exponent of the French ‘valse musette’. All in one. Music. With: Gwen Cresens, accordion and bandoneon (Orquesta Tanguedia, Kommil Foo, Arno, Raymond) - Janos Bruneel, double bass (DelVita Group, Jack Van Poll trio) - Matthias Dewaele, drums (De Looze / Machtel / Dewaele trio) - Bart Van Caenegem, piano (De Frivole Framboos, Brussels Jazz Orchestra) or Alano Gruarin, piano (Alano Gruarin trio, Jef Neve).
Gwen Cresens and Ben Faes with Quinn Bachand’s Brishen - Djangofollies 2019www.brishenmusic.com
Canadian born guitar player Quinn Bachand is a natural musician, invested of both body and soul in his quest for musical perfection. From age 11 he was demonstrating his abilities on the acoustic guitar around the world, playing traditional music. By age 17 Quinn was playing over a dozen instruments, recording and producing albums, and collecting multiple nominations and awards. Quinn has invested his love of swing jazz in particular with the 2013 release of his band and same-named debut CD, Brishen (Romany for “bringer of the storm”). Aptly titled, the gale force success of this debut tells the tale, resulting in many awards and nominations. For this exclusive tour in Flanders, Quinn and two of his Brishen sidekicks work with Flemish top musicians Gwen Cresens on accordion and Ben Faes on double bass. Exciting and exclusive!
Riguelle chante Brelwww.patrickriguelle.be
It has been forty years since Jacques Brel deceased. Last year the city of Brussels honored its most famous ‘chansonnier’ with a statue. Now singer Patrick Riguelle and his classy band bring a fervent and honest tribute to the unrivaled Belgian singer songwriter, with classic songs that will survive for generations to come. Daring and painfully authentic. With: Patrick Riguelle (voc), Gwen Cresens (acc), Chris Peeters (guit), Jan Hautekiet (pn), François Garny (db) and Jean-Pierre Onraedt (dr)
Tribute to Brel Deluxe
And Jacques Brel again… 60 years after his performance at the Stadsschouwburg of Louvain, time has come to honor the Belgian chansonnier properly at the same venue. The focus of this exclusive concert is on the women surrounding Brel. That’s why the Dutch Wende Snijders, the Ghent-based Sarah D’hondt and actress/singer Lien Van de Kelder are invited. Master of ceremony is Bart Van Loo, who awoke Napoleon and brought French chanson history to the Flemish public. Gwen Cresens leads the first half of the evening. Filip Jordens takes over with his band during the second half. with Gwen Cresens, Andries Boone, Janos Bruneel, Sarah D’Hondt, Wende Snijders, Bart Van Loo, Jan De Smet, Lien Van de Kelder and Filip Jordens and band.