dinsdag 15 december 2015
dinsdag 8 december 2015
zaterdag 28 november 2015
vrijdag 27 november 2015
donderdag 19 november 2015
vrijdag 16 oktober 2015
maandag 12 oktober 2015
Over Peter Aleksejevitsj Kropotkin:
donderdag 24 september 2015
dinsdag 22 september 2015
maandag 21 september 2015
zaterdag 19 september 2015
These are some of the pictures I won with:
woensdag 16 september 2015
maandag 9 februari 2015
I have some time again.
And I was at two concerts last week and tonight I will go to Martin Fondse at the Kring in Amsterdam.
Last week I went to Guy and Roni in Amstelveen, their last show. There was a lot going 'round about this show so I wanted to check it out. The music by David Dramm I enjoyed very much, and the playing Monica Germino, Anne LaBerge and Tomoko Mukaiyama was great.
Saturday I went to de Zaterdagmatinee at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. I didn't expect too much, it being at the Concertgebouw, tiny seats, you have to be quiet, etc. But it was a great concert by the Musikfabrik. They played a program about virtuosity. A concept that didn't mean anything. What I heard was a program with a variety of works that were all played extremely well and with great passion. I didn't care too much for the Paganini which, I guess, was in the program because of the concept, but other than that, it was great.
I came in the first place for Anthony Fiumara's new piece for string quartet. Very minimal, with a clear form and story. The piece was original and I believe that Fiumara will be around for a long time if he keeps writing pieces like this. I loved it.
Ligeti's piano concerto was unbelievable. Wow, what a piece. I think I heard this before, but this time it left un everlasting impression on me.
There was also an ensemble piece by Lachenmann. I am not sure what I thought of this, but I was comfortable and at ease. I just let everything come over me. And that was the experience... almost zen-like.
And of course: On Jimmie Yancey by Andriessen. I heard this many times before. A fantastic piece, one of the Dutch high lights in the repertoire. Musikfabrik plays very well, but I do miss the Volharding a little bit in this case :-)
woensdag 21 januari 2015
Unless I get in another Uber taxi with an Einaudi lover, ...
...I will not write about him again after this:
Again. I got in an Uber taxi and I heard some piano chords that sounded terribly familiar. I asked the driver who it was.
Ludovico Einaudi, yet again....
Now I told him about my experience from last week right away (http://tinyurl.com/pbqgt4n). Again I asked the driver why he liked this music. It gave him tranquility. He said he drives 80 hours a week and he needs something to make him quiet, something to separate him from the unrest around him. Something that not stimulates him too much, but just makes his mind calm down.
Although this man was not so philosophical as the driver from last week, there were 2 (!) Einaudi lovers in one week in my taxi. And he gave more or less the same reason for loving the music of Einaudi.
He also plays a bit of piano and loves classical music. We started to discuss music in general and came to the conclusion that Einaudi might be good for people to enter the world of classical music that is not Mozart or Brahms. I hope they evolve and discover other music. Music that does move you, in some way, or tells you a story, or whatever.... But music that does something and is not merely grey-ish wallpaper.
I cannot imagine that one would still listen to Einaudi, even to relax or meditate, once you've heard Reich or Glass.
I was in an uber taxi some days ago...
... and the driver and I got to talk. The guy was about 25 years old and seemed very sympathetic. At some point I asked him if he was interested in music. He told he went through a life changing event 12 months ago. I asked him what it was. He said it was the discovery of Einaudi's music. I didn't want to tell him my opinion just yet and asked him what compelled him about this music. He told me that it was the lack of emotion of the music. It didn't impose feeling on him. Einaudi's music enhanced his own emotion.
I love the explanation. Although I do not like Einaudi's music at all, the definition gave me chills.
Later on I told him what I think about this music. I guess one the reasons I do not like this music at all, is the absolute lack of feeling in it. The same reason he loves it.
He was surprised but also very open. I gave him a list of 'homework'. Composers like Glass, Reich and even Nyman.
This man went through a very important life event because of this music. Music that I consider to be the musical equivalant of a MacDonalds hamburger. No nutritional value whatsoever, and you're hungry again after five minutes.
(Sorry for the typos)