An eye for an ear

This has been a rather painful week. For the second time this year, a surgeon had to cut into my right eye. Knowing so many composer who were deaf or blind or suffered headaches, or tried to cut back the drink or worse, just went mad because of alcohol and/or syphilis, I think I humbly…

Aux Armes???? Never mind.

Roland Peelman, one of my oldest friends, the mega-multi talented pianist, conductor, leader and currently artistic director of the Music Festival of Canberra (Austr) recently asked me to consider the possibility of composing yet another sonata for piano. Since Liang-yu Wang got me writing number 19, there’s no escaping the fact that, in order to…

Sharing a no-man’s land.

Dear reader, my main goal today is to share with you the many great books which already  made the first two weeks of 2016 so glorious. It all started with ‘Les équinoxes‘ by Pedrosa, an incredible graphic novel. Multilayered, multi stylistic and heartfelt as well as wise. Who still can express doubts about the 9th art once…

19th Sonata

Yesterday I finished my latest sonata. Commissioned by Liang-yu (see former post). I’ve numbered it ’19th Sonata’, although objectively it’s already the 20th: I composed in the beginning of this year Spnata 1B the Greek pianist Katerina Konstantourou, who will premiere it later in 2016) (And not to count a first attempt of a sonata from 1980,…

Scrapped (2)

Sorry to have let you down for a while folks. It’s been busy times. Saw incredibly good performances: a second try out of ‘Waiting for Godot’ by Ensemble Leporello. Directed by Dirk Opstaele and performed by a stellar cast. A real dream team. Understood at last why Beckett fixed everything in his stage directions… Please…

Scrapped (1)

Writing a blog means one regularly exposes one’s musings. Or shares the fruits of daily endeavors. Currently I don’t have to offer much more than deleted scraps of music. I’ve never done this before, but I think this platform allows people to maybe have a more clear insight in my work as a composer. A…

Carbon fixation takes to the air again!

Today was an important day for Hardscore 2.0 and its upcoming project ‘Carbon fixation’ to be presented in the Bijloke in 2017. All the members present at the meeting agreed that this new project is and remains a multimedia performance combining music and film. Tomas Hendriks, film maker and composer, will join the forces. Hilde Vanderstraeten…

Webern & Quintyn

Yesterday I got from my former student Koen Quintyn the pdfs of Wittgenstein’s ‘Tractatus’ together with a study by James Kenneth Wright concerning the links between the famous philosopher and Schoenberg’s circle. Both are not exactly an easy read, to say the least. But the sheer fact that Koen sent me these, while I still…