Yesterday was the first night of our new concert series in the Ysbreker at the Amstel in Amsterdam. We had a great night and the audience seemed very enthusiastic as well. Our intent was to create a less formal and more relaxed concert series with good music and good musicians. Not necessarily new music, or being hip, but just good music, whatever music, music that we feel strongly about.
We hope to reach people in their thirties and we hope to be competition for a night's out. Hence the concert space with a bar in the same building. And it worked, most people stayed until late.
I did another version of Berio VIIb... which was ok, anyway better than last week. It's a difficult piece. I think I did better after the session with Anner Bylsma and Vera Beths. I tried to make more characters (a word very often used by the soprano player of my quartet' He thinks a lot of times in characters and he's right!) in stead of focusing on the text solely. I tried to read more between the notes...
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