ANOTHER Recording, Housekeeping, and a (Sortof) New Project

Hello again,

So, Perry Goldstein was kind enough to give me his blessing to share with you lovely people a demo recording I made back at the start of February of his piece, “Total Absorption.” It’s now up on the media page. You know what you must do! I really wasn’t expecting that to go as quickly as it did, or I’d have planned the spacing better between that and yesterday’s recording of Prufrock.

You may notice that the layout of the Media page has been updated somewhat. I’ve enjoyed my mini-recording sessions from whatever corner of Fontys seems most quiet at the moment, and I’ve got a lot of music in the works that I’m eager to share. The plan going forward is to try and do one of these recordings every month or so. Rather than treat each of these recordings as a separate thing (resulting in a truly unwieldy collection of soundcloud widgets), I’ve decided to consolidate them all in one place and, because I’m a sucker for giving cute names to things, I have dubbed this project “Sounds from the Basement.” So, do please check back here every now and again to hear what’s escaping from down there!

New Recording: “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”

So, I perform Kevin Clark’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” more often than all but a handful of other pieces. It’s beautiful music, and an absolute joy to play. That said, I always have difficulty describing it to people who haven’t yet heard it. Thankfully, I remembered that we live in the 21st century, and have a solution for such problems. Check out the Media page for the fruit of yet another late-night recording session! Or, y’know, just look below:

Merry Christmas!

The second recording from my impromptu session on Thursday is now up on the Media page. And, I guess, also here. Maybe go find some family, friends, pets, or kindly strangers and share it with them!

Last Minute Performance Announcements

Hey folks,

Turns out, it’s a helluva week for short-notice performances. To set the record straight, here’s the full agenda between now and Sunday (lifted straight from the Events page, for your convenience):

27 October, 2016 – Grand Theater, Groningen (16:30)

I will be performing JacobTV’s “Grab It,” to accompany Kenniscafé Studium Generale with JacobTV, Micha Hamel, and Bas van Putten. The performance will have video accompaniment from JacobTV. The program is organized by Sounds of Music. You can learn more about this event at the Sounds of Music website. There’s also a masterclass with Helmut Oehring, and a concert by Perforator. It will be sweet. 

29 October, 2016 – Gastatelier Leo XIII, Tilburg (19:30)

I will be playing three sets of about 50 minutes each, switching off with pianist Seoie Jung. The sets will begin at roughly 19:00, 20:30, and 22:00. In between sets, there will be short presentations by some of the artists working at Leo XIII. Because the performances are part of Tilburg’s annual Cultuurnacht celebrations, it’s assumed that guests will walk in and out between sets. While we’d be glad to have you stay longer, be advised that there will be significant overlap between the three sets. The program will be announced from the stage. 

30 October, 2016 – “Hard Reset,” Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Amsterdam (20:15)

This is a concert organized by my teacher, Ties Mellema, to benefit research into Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. I will be performing John Cage’s “Four5,” as part of the Fontys Saxophone Ensemble. The program will also include performances by numerous other talented artists (the Amstel Quartet, the Four Baritones, Remy van Kersten, and others too numerous to name). More details can be found here. Seriously, it’s a helluva lineup he’s put together, and it’s all for a good cause. You should come. 

Studio Café is Live

The footage from the Studio Café video shoot back in March is now live on YouTube! My performance of Jacob T.V.’s “Pimpin” starts right after the opening credits. As a bonus, at 4:30, you’ll see one of the luckiest escapes from a technical malfunction I’ve ever experienced. S’what makes live performance exciting, right? Right! Remember kids, friends don’t let friends perform with decrepit equipment.

Unfortunately, my rendition of Benjamin Taylor’s “Drum ‘N’ Bari” was omitted from the YouTube video. Possibly for timing? Your guess is as good as mine. Already, I can feel my memory of that take turning rose-tinted. I’ll be talking it up as the Take That Got Away for awhile yet.

Last-Minute Performance

Theaters Tilburg has asked me to play a couple musical interludes for the upcoming Studio Café taping on March 6th. My performance will feature two pieces for baritone saxophone and electronics: Jacob T.V.’s Pimpin’, and Benjamin Taylor’s Drum ‘N’ Bari. Entrance to the event is free, but Theaters Tilburg asks that guests reserve tickets in advance, which you can do here. Hope to see you there!

Trello is a Glorious Thing

So, Kevin has been experimenting with Trello as a means of both organizing his thoughts on “Finishing the Rose” and letting Hanna, myself, and the rest of the consortium follow along as he works. It is truly heady stuff, to get a glimpse inside this man’s thoughts. Rather than try to describe it to you in detail, I will instead encourage you to read his words for yourself.

Also, for those of you who can’t wait to join us, Kevin has concocted a lovely little widget to manage the consortium fees. Once Paypal processes your consortium fee, we’ll email you a copy of the contract. Or you can email either of us first, and we’ll be glad to talk the project over with you.

Consortium Commission