21st of September is the release of the newest album of TOEAC; 'Moving Rhythms'. Pieternel and Renée will present the album from an air-balloon. After a short moment of 'waving goodbye', TOEAC will make a ride with the balloon while playing. A couple of solid speakers will take care of the sound, which is audible from the ground.
De CD contains 'Petrushka' by Igor Stravinsky and some tango's. In the second decade of the 20th century a dance from Argentina, the tango, swept the United States and Europe. Salons were enraptured by the emotional intensity of the dance and its music, the way it captured desire in its movements, the play of attraction and rejection. The instrument expressing these contrasting emotions, pairing desire with the desperation of loneliness, is the bandoneón. Its relative, the accordion, became the instrument of choice in countries such as Finland, that embraced the music. Playing tangos that range from the piece that Igor Stravinsky originally wrote for piano, via the innovative tango composer Astor Piazzolla to works that were written especially for them, TOEAC trace a path through a personal history of tango music. Renée Bekkers and Pieternel Berkers approach these well-crafted and witty pieces as dances. They play Stravinsky’s Tango at a pace that is faster than what the score prescribes, matching a tempo that could be suitable for dancing. Their instruments give the Piazzolla compositions orchestral depth and substance. Gerard Beljon’s It takes 2 (to tango) provides a direct link with Petrushka, as he has incorporated distinctive phrases from that work into this piece, which he wrote especially for and in close collaboration with TOEAC. In Tango Orgánico Benjamin de Murashkin, currently composer-in-residence with the Copenhagen Philharmonic, starts out with immediately recognizable tango gestures, deviating from that well-trodden path as he goes along, until only faint stylistic traces remain. At the remotest point he returns to familiar regions in one great leap, almost as if he tried to find out how far a tango can be stretched before it snaps. Both Beljon and De Murashkin have become personal friends of TOEAC. The two accordionists describe Caricias by Sebastian Klein as their signature tune, a piece that they have been playing for years, and the reason why they wanted to record this set of tangos in the first place.