Earth, fire and water concert

Wednesday 21 November at 8 PM, the Maltese pianist Gabi Sultana will play a very exciting program in Music centre De Bijloke Ghent for the benefit of two organizations taking care of the burn victims. She’ll perform a short piece ‘Au départ’ of mine and the world creation of my 21st Sonata, Atlantis renascent, which…

Pillars of silence

Finished a piece for two superb recorder players: Tomma Wessel and Ines Rasbach of the Apsara recorder ensemble. I called it ‘Säulen der Stille’. It is a set of 7 short duos – rather frenetic duos I should say. In between these, there are moments of very concentrated silence, the so called ‘pillars of silence’.…

Mozart making waves

Dear friends. Joyful news! Maybe you remember the accident of our son Yann in april 2016. He’s still recovering. But recently is asked to be an extra in the new production of ‘Die Zauberflöte’ in the opera house ‘La Monnaie’ in Brussels. Five male burn victims and five female blind persons have been selected to…

  Dear friends. The end of July is already nearing, which means that for almost three months I didn’t post anything. The only excuse I have is no excuse: I’ve worked rather hard. Completed a little concerto for marimba and orchestra (‘Trip the light fantastic’) for Acorde Deinze, a rather piece for marimba and piano…

End of the road

  Dear friends Finished the 24th sonata today. Thirty-six ones was my initial goal, but I feel that I’ve more or less said what I’m able to say in this form. Without exterior incentive, I might stop here. The title of the sonata is: where the trail becomes a trace. Reaching the end of the…

Rebellion

Another sonata finished: 23rd Sonata three chords rebellion Just sent it to Luc Van Loo who will record this new piece in December. Apparently he’s glad with the new one. One really should admire him for his magnificent stamina: it’s already for the third time that he’ll attack a sonata composed by yours truly. Number…

For the records

  Just finished ‘What Beats Watts’ for Beat Love Oracle. The 13th and largest piece for the idiosynchratic quartet Beat Love Oracle I’ve founded with Ronald, Stijn and Frank last year. This time I was able to come up with a longer piece: 14 minutes of grooviness combined with a more transparent texture. As opposed…

2018

Dear friends. Still a couple of days to go, but let me already wish you an outstanding 2018. Iris and I are just back from Athens, where Katerina Konstantourou magnificently played my Sonata 1B ‘Bruna Husky’.
Walking around the Akropolis in December with your coat lightly wrapped around your arm, while a friendly sun shines upon…

Shared entertainment

Dear friends Just want to let you know that i’ve just finished my 22nd Sonata for piano. It’s composed for Keiko Shichijo who already played the premiere of the 13th Sonata (only two pianists took on the job to learn this difficult piece, Keiko and Liang-yu Wang. Both have Asian origins, both are living far…

Tilburg Blues

Hey hey hey everybody. Back from Tilburg. Maybe I’ll let for once the pictures speak. Hardscore operated in the Fontys Academy as a collective, giving 2 lectures (Stijn Deldaele: Odd meters for the bass) Frank Nuyts: Creativity and conceptual thinking), presenting 4 concerts: Mirek Coutigny and Jonathan Bonny; Carbon Fixation; Annelies Van Hijfte & Frederik…