Projects 2017-2018

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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’.

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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

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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.’

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Viva Dalida!

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).

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Solo

2018-2019, www.gwencresens.com

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.’

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Kommil Foo

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.

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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…

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Bossier Quartet

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.

Biografie

Gwen Cresens

accordion & bandoneon

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Gwen Cresens is a Belgian accordion and bandoneon player, arranger and composer. He studied classical accordion at the Antwerp conservatoire and followed many masterclasses with internationally acclaimed maestro’s.


Founder of

Trio Dor, Orquesta Tanguedia, Papillon, Duo Anne Niepold & Gwen Cresens, Orquesta Tipica Belgica and recently the Gwen Cresens Quartet venturing into jazz.

Since 1993 Gwen Cresens freelances with:


Orchestras

Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic, Rotterdams Philharmonic Orchestra, Métropole Orkest NL, Brussels Jazz Orchestra


Theatre and dance companies

Les Ballets C de la B, Muziek Lod, Braakland ZheBuilding, de Kolonie MT, Compagnie Heddy Maalem Toulouse, Niek Kortekaas, het Paleis, Federico Ordoñez


Artists (live / CD)

Wannes van de Velde, Guido Belcanto, Tom Barman, Tine Reymer, Roland, Ozark Henry, Bart Peeters, Rocco Granata, Fernando Lameirinhas, Boudewijn de Groot, Het geluidshuis, Stéphane Eicher, Axelle Red, Adamo, Luciano Pavarotti, Ute Lemper, Taraf de Haidouks, Alex Roeka, Esmé Bos en Bart Voet, Vaya con Dios, Paul Griffiths, Spinvis, Wannes Capelle, Stef Kamil Carlens, Henny Vrienten, MandolinMan


Sideman with

Arno, Jo Lemaire, Kommil Foo, Raymond van het Groenewoud, Filip Jordens’ Hommage à Brel, Kadril, Riguelle, Bord du Nord, Hark!, Frédérique Spigt, Zefiro Torna


Recorded with producers

Wim de Wilde, Wouter van Belle, Werner Pensaert, Jo Francken, Dick van der Harst


Soundtracks

Terug naar Oosterdonk, De Smaak van de Keyser, Het varken van Madonna, Suske en Wiske, Blinker, S, Van Vlees en Bloed, Oud België, Firmin, Amateurs, Tytgat Chocolat

 

Disco

NEW

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    Gwen solo
    with BXL Philharmonic
    2017
    Order
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    Plaisir d'Amour
    Gwen solo
    2017
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PROPER PRODUCTIONS

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    Monochromatic
    Duo Anne Niepold
    & Gwen Cresens
    2016
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    Georgina
    Orquesta Tanguedia
    2014
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    KonkordiaPlatz
    Orquesta Tanguedia
    2013
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    Alfonsina
    Orquesta Tanguedia
    2011
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    In bocca al lupo
    Orquesta Tanguedia
    2005
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    Hotel Bergerac
    Papillon
    2005
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    Sarà verso il mattino
    Sexteto Tanguedia
    2002
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    Le jambon fâché
    Trio Dor
    2002
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    Radio 3 en Jeugd en Muziek Vlaanderen
    Trio Dor
    1998
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    Live in deSingel
    Trio Dor
    1995
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PRODUCER

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    Liefde zonder meer
    Kommil Foo
    2017
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    Breken
    Kommil Foo
    2012
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    Songbook
    Kommil Foo
    2010
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    Kommil Foo de Luxe
    Kommil Foo & Orquesta Tanguedia
    2010
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    Marguerite
    Bodixel
    2006

GUEST MUSICIAN

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    Liefde zonder meer
    Kommil Foo
    2017
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    Contemporary Folk From Flanders
    2016
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    L'amour n'a jamais tort
    Adamo
    2016
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    Alles is anders
    Henny Vrienten
    2016
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    On n'oublie rien
    Patrick Riguelle
    2015
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    Schandalig content
    Raymond Van het Groenewoud
    2015
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    Esmé Bos
    Esmé Bos
    2015
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    Risquons tout
    2014
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    Para Cinco
    Sexto Sentido
    2014
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    Radio 1 sessies
    Raymond Van het Groenewoud
    2012
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    Breken
    Kommil Foo
    2012
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    Ha Ilovido (single)
    Esmé Bos
    2012
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    De laatste rit
    Raymond Van het Groenewoud
    2011
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    Een man als ik
    Guido Belcanto
    2011
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    De Bremerstadsmuzikanten
    Het Geluidshuis
    2011
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    Carrousel
    Amorroma
    2011
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    Songbook
    Kommil Foo
    2010
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    Kommil Foo de Luxe
    Kommil Foo & Orquesta Tanguedia
    2010
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    O, Monde aveugle!
    Zefiro torna
    2010
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    Wat hou ik van die vrouw (single)
    Alex Roeka
    2009
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    Gracious
    Kathleen Vandenhoudt
    2009
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    Best of (box)
    Arno
    2009
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    Comme on est venu
    Vaya Con Dios
    2009
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    Vreemd
    Frédérique Spigt
    2008
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    Winterslag
    Carlo Nardozza Quintet
    2008
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    Bord du Nord
    Sam Vloemans
    2008
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    Covers cocktail
    Arno
    2008
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    Terrifiant (single)
    Frédérique Spigt
    2007
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    Spoon River Songs
    Chris Carlier
    2007
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    De Verstekeling
    Frédérique Spigt
    2007
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    Wielen
    Hans Mortelmans
    2007
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    Profondo Blu
    Alano Gruarin
    2007
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    Een kus
    Spigt
    2007
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    A fool's attempt
    Storybox
    2007
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    The ultimate collection
    vaya Con Dios
    2006
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    Chansons
    Les p'tits belges
    2006
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    Various artists
    Mo Bizar
    2006
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    Marguerite
    Bodixel
    2006
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    Sol y sombra
    Wanda Joosten
    2006
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    Kinderliedjes
    Bumba
    2005
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    Hamza
    Djamel
    2005
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    Hotel Bergerac
    Papillon
    2005
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    Koning & Clochard
    Guido Belcanto
    2004
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    French Bazaar
    Arno
    2004
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    Oode
    Klezmic Noiz
    2003
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    Zanzibar
    Adamo
    2003
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    Long box
    Axelle Red
    2003
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    Muziek voor kinderen olv Bo Spaenc
    Attakatamoeva
    2003
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    Route Manouche
    Geert Vermeulen en Walter Poppeliers
    2002
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    Long box
    Arno
    2002
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    Arno Charles Ernest
    Arno
    2002
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    Morire in Buenos Aires
    Jopie Jonkers Groep
    2002
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    Come Prima
    Les P'tits Belges
    2001
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    Le best of Arno
    Arno
    2000
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    Davka
    Klezmic Noiz
    2000
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    Mystica
    Elisa Waut
    1998
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    Diverse artiesten
    Brel op 1
    1998
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    Soundtrack
    Terug naar Oosterdonk
    1997
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    Christmas in the world
    Euridike De Beul en Michel Puissant
    1997
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    Up and down again
    The Holzbein Brothers
    1997
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    Hark!
    Het Muziek Lod
    1996
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    Jaja
    Bazaaar
    1996

SOUNDTRACKS TV

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    Amateurs
    VTM
    2015
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    Van Vlees en Bloed
    VRT
    2009
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    De Smaak van De Keyser
    VRT
    2008
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    Terug naar Oosterdonk
    VRT
    1998
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    Recht op recht
    VRT
    1996
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    Kloosters en Abdijen
    VRT
    1995

SOUNDTRACKS CINEMA/DVD

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    Het Varken van Madonna
    2011
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    Hommage à Brel
    Filip Jordens
    2008
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    Firmin
    Dominique Deruddere
    2007
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    Groenendael
    Steven Dhoedt
    2005
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    Trois petites filles
    Jean-Loup Hubert
    2005
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    Suske en Wiske
    Rudi Vandenbossche
    2005
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    Olivetti 82
    Rudi Vandenbossche
    2003
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    S
    Guido Hendricks
    1999

    Price:
    CD Gwen solo with BXL Philharmonic 20€
    CD Plaisir d’Amour Gwen solo 10€
    Other CD's:
    1 CD 15€
    2 CDs 28€

    Shipping:
    Belgium: +2€
    European Community: +9€
    rest of the world: +10€

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    3. as soon as payment is received, the cd(s) will be sent over to you

Agwenda

21/09/2017
Première La vie est Riguelle
CC Strombeek
www.patrickriguelle.be
24/09/2017
Kadril & Patrick Riguelle
Kleinkunstfestival Oostende
http://www.kadril.be
30/09/2017
La vie est Riguelle
CC De Herbakker, Eeklo
http://www.patrickriguelle.be
06/10/2017
La vie est Riguelle
St Bartholomeuskerk, Zonnebeke
http://www.patrickriguelle.be
26/10/2017
Gwen solo met Brussels Philharmonic
Flagey, Brussel
http://www.flagey.be
28/10/2017
Gwen solo met Brussels Philharmonic
Concertgebouw, Brugge
http://www.concertgebouw.be
09/11/2017
La vie est Riguelle
GC De Zandloper, Wemmel
http://www.patrickriguelle.be
24/11/2017
Kadril & Patrick Riguelle
Kaprijke
http://www.kadril.be
01/12/2017
La vie est Riguelle
CC Nova, Wetteren
http://www.patrickriguelle.be
06/12/2017
Wulong Quartet
CC Ter Vesten, Beveren
http://www.tervesten.be
09/12/2017
La vie est Riguelle
Ysara, Nieuwpoort
http://www.patrickriguelle.be
15/12/2017
La vie est Riguelle
Casino, Blankenberge
http://www.patrickriguelle.be
28/12/2017
La vie est Riguelle
De Grote Post, Oostende
http://www.patrickriguelle.be
13/01/2018
La vie est Riguelle
Stadsschouwburg, Mechelen
http://www.patrickriguelle.be
16/01/2018 - 14u30
La vie est Riguelle
CCB, Berchem
http://www.patrickriguelle.be
19/01/2018
Kadril & Patrick Riguelle
Nazareth
http://www.kadril.be
27/01/2018 - 15u30
Gwen Cresens Quartet
Klara in deSingel, Antwerpen
Rode Zaal
http://www.desingel.be
http://www.klara.be
27/01/2018
La vie est Riguelle
De Roma, Antwerpen
http://www.patrickriguelle.be
01/03/2018
tryout Viva Dalida
GC De Wildeman, Herent
http://www.gcdewildeman.be
07/03/2018
Filip Jordens - Hommage à Brel
Aosta, Italia
http://filipjordens.com
10/03/2018
Viva Dalida
CC De Velinx, Tongeren
http://www.develinx.be
13/03/2018
Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Gwen Cresens, Filip Jordens
Ottawa, Canada
16/03/2018
Bossier Quartet
Frankfurt-Höchst, D
http://www.jaan-bossier.com
17/03/2018
Viva Dalida
CC De Werf, Aalst
http://www.ccdewerf.be
23/03/2018
Viva Dalida
CC De Steiger, Menen
http://www.ccdesteiger.be
24/03/2018
Viva Dalida
CC Het Bolwerk, Vilvoorde
http://www.hetbolwerk.be
29/03/2018
Viva Dalida
CC Diest
http://www.ccdiest.be
05/04/2018
Riguelle chante Brel
Casino, Knokke
http://patrickriguelle.be
07/04/2018
Gwen Cresens Quartet
Casino, Knokke
13/04/2018
Viva Dalida
Stadsschouwburg, Leuven
http://www.30cc.be
14/04/2018
Viva Dalida
CC De Adelberg, Lommel
http://www.ccdeadelberg.be
20/04/2018
Viva Dalida
CC Zoetegem, Zottegem
http://www.cczoetegem.be
01/05/2018
Kommil Foo in Concert
De Roma, Antwerpen
http://www.deroma.be
03/05/2018
Kommil Foo in Concert
CC Het Bolwerk, Vilvoorde
http://www.kommilfoo.be
04/05/2018
Viva Dalida
CC Ter Vesten, Beveren
http://www.tervesten.be
06/05/2018 - 15u
Viva Dalida
De Grote Post, Oostende
http://www.degrotepost.be
08/05/2018
Viva Dalida
Stadsschouwburg, Mechelen
http://www.cultuurcentrummechelen.be
16/05/2018
Kommil Foo in Concert
CC Maasmechelen
http://www.ccmaasmechelen.be
18/05/2018
Kommil Foo in Concert
CC Diest
http://www.ccdiest.be
19/05/2018
Kommil Foo in Concert
CC Het Perron, Ieper
http://www.acci.be
25/05/2018
Viva Dalida - Airbag Festival
Stadsschouwburg, Brugge
http://www.ccbrugge.be
30/05/2018
Kommil Foo in Concert
C-Mine, Genk
http://www.c-mine.be
31/05/2018
Kommil Foo in Concert
CC Zwaneberg, Heist-o/d-Berg
http://www.zwaneberg.be
01/06/2018
Kommil Foo in Concert
CC De Biekorf, Lebbeke
http://www.debiekorf.be
02/06/2018
Kommil Foo in Concert
CC De Adelberg, Lommel
http://www.ccdeadelberg.be
07/06/2018
Kommil Foo in Concert
CC De Schakel, Waregem
http://www.ccdeschakel.be
15/06/2018
Kommil Foo in Concert
CC Westrand, Dilbeek
http://www.westrand.be

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