The time has come, the Walrus said, to remind y’all that Alexandria Schultz, Edu Diez Garcia, and I will be tearing it up this Sunday at Podium 111. The theme-du-jour is Spanish-influenced chamber music. Come on out for a delightful morning of coffee, conversation, and chamber music.
Denizens of the Internet!
Last month, Alex, Edu, and I played a lunch concert for the lovely folks at Muziekgebouw Fritz Philips in Eindhoven. The hall was glorious, we had a blast, and the engineering staff were kind enough to record the show for us. Those recordings are now up on the Media page for your listening pleasure! Don’t forget, we’ve got more where this came from. If you’re in the Tilburg area at the end of next month, come join us on November 26 for a lazy Sunday morning of great music at Podium 111 (details on the Calendar).
I’d just like to highlight a last-minute addition to my concert schedule. This Saturday, I’ll be performing Kevin Clark’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” as part of De Link’s festival, “De Opening.” There will be three performances of the piece, starting at 20:00, 20:30, and 21:00. The venue is at Noordstraat 101, Tilburg. Admission is free. Hope to see you all there!
For those of you afflicted with misfortunes that prevented you from hearing me last Tuesday, there are now videos from my performances of God Bless the Child and Night of the Thumpasorus Peoples up on YouTube! Be advised, these’ll probably be up for only a month or so, while I try to find a quieter place to make follow-up recordings of these, and other pieces from that program. Enjoy!
For anyone who has somehow managed to avoid my excited babbling thus far, this is your friendly reminder that my final Masters recital is coming up! The program will begin at 16:00 on June 13th, in the Muziekzaal of the Fontys Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Tilburg. For all of you lovely folks in commuting distance of Tilburg, I hope to see you there. For all of you lovely folks not in commuting distance of Tilburg, I’ll have some material from that program to share with you here later in the month. Alas, preparation for this program has forced me to delay the next few installments of Sounds from the Basement until after the recital is taken care of. That said, I’m really quite pleased with the way this program is shaping up. If you’re curious, you can find more details regarding the program on the Calendar page.
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!
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:
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!
The program for my performance at the Toonzaal in Den Bosch this Wednesday has been updated. I will be performing “Jackdaw,” by Wayne Siegel, instead of Wim Henderickx’s “On the Road.” Hope to see you there!
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.