No wheels, no deal

Installment #2 of the lyrics of the upcoming try out concert of Carbon Fixation. Song number 3 is called ‘Wheels within Weeds’. It’s story of a hiker who discovers on the top of hill a hippie van, painted with all colorful symbols of this bygone era. Even the fauna and flora become part of the semiotic landscape.…

Feeling the Road till 18 February

As I promised last week, I’ll post for three weeks on a row the lyrics of the new songs we’ll going to play on 18 February in De Vieze Gasten. The first song ‘Road Feel’ evokes the need some people feel to leave home, to reach out for people of other cultures, to hit the road…

Beat Love Oracle

  Maybe it’s time to let you know I’m actually working on s omething which nobody asked me to do, but which is nevertheless in some ways the realization of a dream tucked away for many years in one of the furthest corners of my brain. Frank Debruyne, the acclaimed saxophone player of the Hardscore…

The Big Questions

Iris and the other players, Keiko, Gabi, Jolien and Raf,  returned safely from their jaunt to Japan, where they performed at the Hamamatsu Music festival some pieces by me. I stayed at home, for these are times which more invite to ponder the big questions of (artistic) life: outside there’s less light and more darkness…

Busy, always busy…

Dear friends. Three pieces have been presented last week. Gabi Sultana played the 6th sonata in Valletta, the capital of Malta. Apparently, the sonata, which dates already from 2006, went very well. She played the revised version. I cut a big chunk from the first movement. Back then, while composing it, I was very satisfied…

A little more quiet please

Last Monday, 26 September, the first rehearsal week of ‘Chut!’ and ‘Paternel’ started. Raf De Keninck who takes over the baton for the official premiere of these pieces, the stage director Machteld Timmermans, the piano repetitor Iris De Blaere, the narrator/actress Aylin, the three singers, Laurence Servaes, Annelies Van Hijfte and Inês Madeira, all were…

Today there was the first rehearsal with the actress Aylin Yay who will be the narrator in the upcoming joint Hardscore/De Bijloke production, featuring ‘Chut!’ (a world premiere!) and ‘Paternel’. I already conducted ‘Paternel’ in 2013, but this time I invited Raf de Keninck to conduct both pieces. I prefer leaving conducting to the professionals…

Out on a limp (with Rosa)

It’s a rather strange feeling having finished a new work and immediately feel that the result, albeit not bad in itself, is not exactly what one has envisioned. at the onset of composition. It’s the first work composed in what inevitably is the last part of my (creative) life: my educational activities will cease once…