Yann’s portrait

Last night our son’s apartment caught fire. Severely burnt, Yann’s been sent to a special service within the University Hospital Ghent (UZ). He’s kept in coma… His breathing is assisted, because of the great amounts of soot he swallowed. There’s still no evidence about the circumstances of the accident. Iris and I want to thank…

Scrapped (3)

One could say that the past three months are a perfect example of working to no avail .No results to show indeed. Though the one thing that still drives me on, is this promise I made to myself earlier this year to really try to find a new musical identity. So these empty months have in fact…

Hey librarians, don’t let us kids alone!

I’m reading a collection of short stories about public libraries by the acclaimed scottish writer Ali Smith, a collection larded with statements made by other writers about the necessity and importance of public libraries. Suddenly it dawned upon me how indeed this kind of communal service shaped my own tastes too. Not only for books,…

Shelved life

Yesterday evening I had a diner with the widow of Luc Brewaeys, the Flemish composer who sadly died three months ago. Birgit is a very courageous woman, who, together with her daughters, has to cope with a loss which also goes far beyond the personal… Although the personal of course currently matters most… But at…

A job well done by all.

The concerto week went by. Not unnoticed. Due to the mixed program of Symphony Orchestra Flanders, rather large to very large crowds showed up for the three concerts featuring next to Tchaikovski, Dvorak and Janacek, also the Tumbleweed Concerto. Moreover, there was a live broadcasting on Klara, the third (classical) program of VRT… Tom IS…

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…