Second month of 2019, and I’m glad to tell you that I’ve finished a new score. The incomparable Khaldei Trio asked me to compose a piece to celebrate their 100th concert.
I duly obliged and this resulted in ‘Visions of an outcome’. I really loved to compose for a combination of which I thought that it would be hard for me to deliver, me being a percussionist. It will performed on 5 May later this year. I’ll let you know more about it in due time.
Last month Tomma Wessel and Guy Penson performed twice (Candle) Light Music.
I think they’ve made the sun shine for a while in sundry hearts. The Beach Boys licks made the listeners indeed dream of surfing on lazy and warm waves in our cold and snowy january. The whole program and concert was a big success…
Meanwhile, the project ‘Composer in residence’ project in SAMWD Deinze has started. I’ll give master classes, I’ll do open rehearsals with my band Beat Love Oracle , (playing a regular concert too). I’ll give a lecture about concepts and actual realizations of musical projects (bringing in some ideas stolen from Strawinsky, The Police) while shining my light upon some of my own scores and maybe even tell some good jokes :-)….
Three new pieces of 2018 will be performed there: The ‘Suite Paternelle’ for oboe and chamber orchestra. ‘Trip the light fantastic’ for marimba and orchestra. And, rather incredibly, already ‘Code Buster’… Piet Van Bockstal already accepted the challenge. Marc Masson will conduct the ensembles. Schlemozzle an old percussion of the 90‘s piece will be performed too, conducted by Wim Konink.
Last Thursday Spectra Ensemble conducted by Filip Rathé played a concert to celebrate their 25 years. ‘Five penny beats & The seven beats itch’ from 1993 was performed again. It was nice to hear that the piece still hasn’t lost its bite. It’s one of my ‘good time’ pieces (a quite funny stacking of meters) but at the same time it’s quite challenging to play it. I have the feeling that the audience loved it. And again the whole program was a proof that a program which presents a clever mix of styles and idioms is often much fun for everyone involved, players included. On to the next 25 for Spectra now.
On February 22, Gabi Sultana will perform my 21st Sonata in Kortrijk… Speaking of Sonatas; we’re in the last stages of the upcoming release of sonatas 19 till 24 and numbers 1b, 2 and 9. More about this event planned for 16th march later. I’m glad Regis Dragonetti accepted to write the booklet. He’ll force a twinkle in the eyes of his readers, I’m sure 🙂