Projects 2018-2019

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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.

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.’

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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).

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Gwen Cresens and Ben Faes with Quinn Bachand’s Brishen - Djangofollies 2019

www.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!

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Riguelle chante Brel

www.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)

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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.

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

Tytgat Chocolat, 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

TV
De Laatste Show (één), Vive le Vélo (één), De 7de dag (één), Het zomert met (één), Sterren op de dansvloer (VTM)

Special Projects
Curator Airbagfestival Bruges, edition 2018
MD Lagelandensession Radio 1, De Roma Antwerp, September 2018, with ao Frank Boeijen, Frank VanderLinden, Bart Peeters, Maaike Ouboter, Kommil Foo, Spinvis.

 

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    Gwen solo
    with BXL Philharmonic
    2017
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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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    Klemzer Flamenco
    Jaan Bossier Quartet
    2018
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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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    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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    Tytgat Chocolat
    2018
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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€

    How to order:
    1. send an email to karla.verlie@telenet.be with the details of your order, your name and shipping address
    2. deposit the exact amount into account IBAN BE56 7330 0108 2588 of Verlie’s Belgian Waffle VOF, BIC KREDBEBB
    3. as soon as payment is received, the cd(s) will be sent over to you

Agwenda

12/01/2019
Riguelle chante Brel
OC De Vonke, Heule
http://www.patrickriguelle.be
17/01/2019
Gwen Cresens met Quinn Bachand's Brishen en Ben Faes
Djangofollies 2019
CC Westrand, Dilbeek
Meer info
19/01/2019
Gwen Cresens met Quinn Bachand's Brishen en Ben Faes
Djangofollies 2019
CC Het Perron, Ieper
Meer info
23/01/2019
Gwen Cresens met Quinn Bachand's Brishen en Ben Faes
Djangofollies 2019
CC De Factorij, Zaventem
Meer info
24/01/2019
Gwen Cresens met Quinn Bachand's Brishen en Ben Faes
Djangofollies 2019
CC Ter Vesten, Beveren
Meer info
25/01/2019
Gwen Cresens met Quinn Bachand's Brishen en Ben Faes
Djangofollies 2019
CC Leopoldsburg
http://www.brishenmusic.com
26/01/2019
Gwen Cresens met Quinn Bachand's Brishen en Ben Faes
Djangofollies 2019
CC Lokeren
Meer info
27/01/2019
Gwen Cresens met Quinn Bachand's Brishen en Ben Faes
Djangofollies 2019
De Roma, Borgerhout
Meer info
02/02/2019
Gwen Cresens Quartet
met Janos Bruneel, Alano Gruarin en Matthias Dewaele
CC Nova Wetteren
http://www.ccnovawetteren.be
10/02/2019 - 11u
Gwen Cresens Quartet
met Janos Bruneel, Bart Van Caeneghem en Matthias Dewaele
GC De Wiek Zele
http://www.dewiek.be
03/03/2019 - 11u
Gwen Solo
The Bobby Dasov Songbook

Loft Koffiebranderij Sao Paulo, St-Amandsberg
10/03/2019 - 11u
Gwen Solo
The Bobby Dasov Songbook

De Spil Roeselare
http://www.despil.be
15/03/2019 - 20u15
Gwen Solo
The Bobby Dasov Songbook

Foyer Schouwburg Het Getouw Mol
http://www.getouw.be
17/03/2019 - 11u
Gwen Solo
The Bobby Dasov Songbook

't Kerkske Kapellen
http://www.kapellen.be
21/03/2019
Radio 2 Eregalerij, met Henny Vrienten
24/03/2019 - 11u
Gwen Solo
The Bobby Dasov Songbook

Kerk Ossel Merchtem
www.dezandloper.be
31/03/2019 - 14u
Riguelle chante Brel
Mark Liebrecht Schouwburg, GC Mortsel
http://www.patrickriguelle.be
26/04/2019
Gwen Solo
The Bobby Dasov Songbook

Kapel Psychiatrisch Ziekenhuis St-Jan, Eeklo
http://www.eeklo.be/cultuurcentrum/
27/04/2019
Gwen Solo tijdens terugblik op 'Terug naar Oosterdonk'
CC Lier
10/05/2019
Gwen Cresens Quartet
Eclectica

Zaal 7, Cogels Osylei 23, Antwerpen
11/05/2019
duorecital met mezzosopraan Clotilde Van Dieren
St-Barbarakerk Sint-Genesius-Rode
https://deboesdaalhoeve.be/nl/event/23309/danzas
17/05/2019
Gwen Cresens Quartet
Eclectica

CC Muze, Heusden-Zolder
http://www.muze.be
24/05/2019
Gwen Cresens Quartet
Eclectica
GC Het Huys, Ukkel
https://www.hethuys.be
26/05/2019 - 16u15
Gwen Cresens Quartet
Eclectica

Festival Coté Jardin - De Bijloke - Gent
https://www.bijloke.be/programma/546/Muzikale_pick_nick_in_de_tuinen_van_de_Bijlokesite/C_te_Jardin
30/05/2019
met Isolde Lasoen, Karla Verlie, Patrick Riguelle en Ben Brunin
Ripspiqué Lier
https://ripspique.be/concertagenda/
08/06/2018
solist met Concord Jazz Ensemble in Piazzolla-programma
Kortrijk
12/06/2019
met zangeres Sarah D'hondt en pianist Alano Gruarin
Rootsbar Genk
21/06/2019
Gwen Cresens Quartet
Eclectica

miMuze, Kalmthout
http://mimuze.be/agenda/gwen-cresens-quartet-gc4
22/06/2019
Gwen Cresens Quartet
Eclectica

Quatre Mains Klaviercentrum, Gent
https://www.quatremains.gent/concerts-1
23/06/2019 - 11u
Gwen Cresens Quartet
Eclectica

Auditorium Piano's Maene, Ruiselede
https://www.maene.be/nl/over-maene/evenementen/
21/07/2019
met Jaan Bossier Quartet
Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival, Duitsland
https://www.shmf.de
04/08/2019
duo met zangeres Sarah D'hondt
TAZ Oostende
11/08/2019
Gwen Solo
The Bobby Dasov Songbook

MAfestival Brugge
http://www.mafestival.be/NL/Mafestival/MAfestival_2019

Contact



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