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.’
Gwen Cresens & Bart Van Caenegem
The Gentlemen meet for the first time around the year 2000, on the city festival of Ghent. The Magic Mirrors Tent in the famous Baudelopark, a tribute to Jacques Brel and an instant musical understanding results in a brotherhood. Their common feeling for music across the boundries of genres, triggers them to engage adventures with ao Raymond van het Groenewoud, Kommil Foo and some very exclusif sessions for the Felmish Radio 1. But also the Gentlemen go their own way, as a duo. With their own compositions, exciting interpretations of Bach, Grieg, Morricone, filmmusic and thrilling versions of popsongs. Tango lurks around the corner, flirting with valse-musette. Improvisation alternates with profound arrangements. Most different every time. Met: Gwen Cresens (accordeon, bandoneon) en Bart Van Caenegem (piano)
Gwen Cresens Quartet - Eclectica
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 De Waele, 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).