Wind Quintet, BOST

One of the finest musicians I ever worked with is hornplayer Ron Schaaper (Residentie Orchestra The Hague; Netherlands Wind Ensemble). He also plays some lovely guitar and sings wonderfully, a typical specimen of a very handy and naturally gifted musician. (with a good sense of humor) Always wanted to write something for him and two…

Consecuencias

Sort of outburst of creative energy over the last month. Over two weeks ago now I finished ‘Consecuencias’ for alto saxophone (or clarinet in Bb) and string quartet (or string orchestra). A three movement piece, first movement ‘de la ignorancia’ (consequences of ignorance), second ‘del amor’ (for my wife Saskia) and third movement ‘de la…

New commission for clarinet solo

When in Porto last week I got a phone call from clarinettist Harmen de Boer. He asked me if I would be interested writing a solo piece for clarinet for the upcoming https://www.facebook.com/klarinetfestival in the Amsterdam Muziekgebouw aan het IJ as he is co-hosting this huge festival. Did not take me too long to answer…

Porto Visit May 2015 (by Saskia Törnqvist)

It is a long climb from Porto’s ancient town centre to the Escola Superior de Música e das Artes (ESMAE), the Porto Academy of Music, but the walk is wonderful. Leading from the Douro river through stairways, squares full of houses covered with traditional azuléjos, the famous blue porcelain tiles from Portugal, and small mysterious…

Premiere of a friend’s music

Yesterday I had the great pleasure of hearing a new work of a dear friend being premiered. Composer Perry Goldstein wrote …shreds and patches… for pianist Gilbert Kalish and it was premiered in the (New York) Lincoln Center Chamber Music series on April 30. I met Perry in 1994 when as a member of the…

Duo for James Barger / Ben Still

Recently I was approached by James Barger from the Mirasol (saxophone) Quartet with a request to write a saxophone-duo to be premiered at the NASA 2016 in the USA. To fund this he and Ben Still started an initiative to be found at https://www.facebook.com/groups/895230693873146/ Looking forward very much to start writing on this duo.

Visit to Porto, Portugal

Looking forward to hearing the ELLE Quartet and the ESMAE Big Band at the Academy of Music in Porto in the beginning of May 2015 at their annual Jazz Festival. ELLE and the Big Band will perform two of my Ciudades and I will give a short lecture on my music. I will keep you…

New Ciudad: Tokyo

A promise I made to the Amstel Quartet when I wrote my first 4 Ciudades was that I would regularly add a new city portrait… Well I did, but maybe less frequently than I had hoped; always too busy of course. Last year I added Köln (Germany; for the Signum 4tet) and now comes a…