A week with Tom

The violoncello is a great instrument… A couple of great players of the recent past steered the instrument into the unsure realms of contemporary music (let me mention here- to give only one example- Siegfried Palm), but nowadays there are players like Jean-Guihen Queyras who are now equally recognized and admired for their contemporary choices…

Neo cortexisme

  Dear Friends What a strange week it was. Only yesterday I started to see again with (through) my right eye. Iris got the flu and each day there were moments that I thought my head would burst… Which means that only yesterday I was able to man my computer again in search of the…

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…