Naragonia’s Pascale Rubens and Toon Van Mierlo present a delicious feast of beautiful music for your dancing and listening pleasure. Naragonia’s music ranges from intimate and delicate to voluptuous and passionate and is pervaded by a timeless and steady energy. You won’t want to miss a single note.
Naragonia was formed in 2003 at the Andanças Festival in Portugal and have recorded since then 6 albums . In addition to playing in their home country of Belgium, Naragonia has toured through France, Germany, The Netherlands, England, Portugal, Spain, Poland, Italy…
The music of Naragonia are compostions of Toon and Pascale.
Toon Van Mierlo studied oboe for several years as a child at the music academy in Turnhout. Ten years later at twenty-one, Toon fell head-over-heels for uillean pipes (Irish bagpipes). French pipes, clarinet, soprano sax, and button accordion soon followed. In 2003, Toon joined the band Fluxus and after that was soon asked to join Floes, Embrun, Harakiwi, Manimoen, and other bands. Today he plays with Naragonia, Naragonia Quartet, Hot Griselda, and occasionally in Amorroma. Toon has recorded eight albums with these groups and played as a guest artist on many more. Toon teaches bagpipes and button accordion at the music academies of Genk, Herentais, and Maasmechelen and at workshops worldwide.In zijn jeugdjaren volgde Toon Van Mierlo hobo aan de academie van Turnhout.
Pascale Rubens began playing classical violin when she was only nine years old but at eighteen fell in love with the button accordion. In 1999 she began the duo Musaraigne with cellist Hannes Pouseele. In 2005, the duo released their first album, “Convoi exceptional”, and represented Belgium in the International Radio Festival in Gdansk. In 2002, Pascale became the box player for the band Griff, who also released a debut album in 2005. In 2003 Pascale and Toon formed their duo. Naragonia quickly gained popularity in the folk world, both in Belgium and abroad. Pascale teaches button accordion at Schoten and Genk music schools and is in demand as a workshop instructor worldwide.