Gwen solo with Brussels Philharmonic conducted by Diego Matheuz
The Klara - Warner Classics CD in which Gwen plays ‘Aconcagua’, Astor Piazzolla’s bandoneon concerto and Richard Galliano’s virtuoso ‘Opale Concerto’ for accordion with Brussels Philharmonic conducted by Diego Matheuz will be released on January 19th 2018.
It will be distributed in Benelux, UK, Austria, Switzerland, Germany and Japan. Other repertoire on the CD is a new orchestral version of Gwen’s composition ‘Nobody Likes An Angry Bunny’ and his arrangement of Piazzolla’s famous ‘Oblivion’.
De warmste week
The official Flanders classical music radio channel Klara selected Gwen to record the solo-cd ‘Plaisir d’Amour’, to be sold in favor of the Flanders based ‘Alzheimer Liga’. This CD includes Gwen’s composition ‘De maan is verhuisd’, his version of Grieg’s ‘Anitra’s Dance’ from the Peer Gynt Suite, Bach’s Prelude in c BWV 847 and Jean-Paul Martini’s ‘Plaisir d’Amour’.https://klara.be/dewarmsteweek
Gwen guest curator Airbag Festival Brugge 2018
may-june 2018, www.ccbrugge.be/airbag
From the yearly brochure of Cultuurcentrum Brugge:
‘The eighth edition of the international accordion festival Airbag in Bruges once again promises to be a musical feast not to be missed. The accordion within several contemporary genres will take centre stage again. For the first time, the festival has a guest curator who advises on which music and acts to program, and who will play a central role as common musical thread throughout the program. This will be Flemish accordion virtuoso Gwen Cresens.
The choice for Gwen is not surprising. Since the first edition of Airbag, Gwen has been a yearly guest on the festival’s stages. He is the ideal guide to give the program a broad spectrum and a boundless direction.’
march-may 2018, www.gwencresens.com
Everybody knows Dalida. An iconic figure of artistic Montmartre (Paris) of the 60s : the legendary concert hall l’Olympia, Radio Europe 1, Eddie Barclay’s record label, glitter and glamour at the Côte d’Azur. Beautiful colorful dresses, large sun glasses, long blond hair, that deliciously exotic rolling ‘r’, the tragic love life, … Duets with Alain Delon, Claude François, Charles Aznavour, Johnny Hallyday. Hollywood, but tangibly close.
Time for a respectful homage (‘femmage’?)! Karla Verlie (Orquesta Tanguedia, Kadril) and Patrick Riguelle sing songs from her rich repertoire, written by France’s most talented song writers. Specially for this occasion Gwen Cresens founded ‘l’Orchestre Dalidadaiste’ : top musicians from the entourage of Arno, Arsenal, Gabriel Rios, Wallace Collection and Adamo. VIVA DALIDA!
With: Karla Verlie (vocals), Patrick Riguelle (vocals and guitar), Gwen Cresens (accordion), Sam Vloemans (trumpet), Jan Hautekiet (keyboards), Mirko Banovic (electric bass) and Jean-Pierre Onraedt (drums).
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.
From Penzine Magazine 2016: ‘Since my final exam at the Antwerp Conservatoire in 1998 I’ve rarely played solo. But these last few years I increasingly enjoy studying solo pieces. I feel ready for a reset after a career of twenty years. It’s exciting to throw all familiar formulas overboard and jump into the unknown.’
may-june 2018, www.kommilfoo.be
Gwen Cresens arranged the new Kommil Foo repertoire for the CD ‘Liefde zonder meer’, meandering between jazz, tango and chanson. A new sound for Kommil Foo, an eclectic record.
The Walschaerts brothers Raf and Mich sing their most beautiful, powerful, moving, funny and memorable songs in a concert setting, surrounded by the ‘crème de la crème’ of Belgian musicians under the direction of Gwen Cresens. After successful summer festival gigs, back in the concert halls in Flanders from may 2018 on.
With: Raf and Mich Walschaerts, Gwen Cresens, Ben Faes, Cesar Janssens, Bruno De Groote, Alano Gruarin, Carlo Mertens, Nico Schepers and Dieter Limbourg.
La vie est Riguelle
autumn-winter 2017-2018, www.patrickriguelle.be
‘Paris l’amour’, the new episode of the Klara radio program ‘La Vie Est Riguelle’ on stage, takes you on an adventurous, moving trip through ‘Gay Paree’, during which your familiar radio hosts Patrick Riguelle and Jan Hautekiet will be flanked by Gwen Cresens on accordion, Chris Peeters and Thierry Plas on all kinds of guitars and Sander Goethals on double bass. The bulk of the attention will go to the ‘Grandes Dames de la Chanson’ : Patachou, Barbara, Juliette Gréco and Anne Sylvestre will sing arm in arm with Trenet, Brel, Aznavour and Boris Vian. And whoever is singing, the subject is always Paris…
september 2017, www.jaan-bossier.com
New group centered around Germany based clarinet player Jaan Bossier. From www.jaan-bossier.com : ‘Die Stärke dieses Ensembles liegt in der musikalischen Vielfalt jedes einzelnen Mitglieds. Alle sind in Orchestern wie dem Mahler Chamber Orchestra, dem Lucerne Festival Orchestra oder dem Ensemble Modern tätig. Ihnen allen ist ein offener Geist für alle Formen der Musik zu eigen. Jaan Bossier komponiert und arrangiert die Stücke. Sein Markenzeichen: er kontrastiert, kombiniert und harmonisiert traditionelle Folklore und Klassik mit experimentellen Formen und macht daraus seine.’
With Jaan Bossier, Gwen Cresens, Florian Peelman, Axel Ruge and special guest Amparo Cortez.