23TH OF JULY, 2016.
I'm on my bike riding along the Museumsquare in Amsterdam. From a far distance I already can see this beautiful building, The Concertgebouw. Today a dream is about to come true, recording a cd of me playing with a small group in The Main Hall of The Concertgebouw.
Canto Ostinato by Simeon ten Holt is a brilliant masterwork. Actually he wrote it for four piano's, but in The Netherlands it is extremely popular and played by many different instruments. Ivo Jansen, our pianist, worked with Simeon ten Holt on his composition. He knew him and also consulted with him about the adaption for mallet instruments. Simeon told him that actually he doesn't think it works. But now we are 20 years further, the mallet instruments developed, and we researched a long time minimal music. The audience knows the sound of mallet instruments because of the sound of Steve Reich's music. His music highly influenced us for this recording. We performed and researched his repertoire the last four years.
I think our version of Canto Ostinato by Simeon ten Holt has some beautiful sound colors. The combination of marimba and piano in the beginning almost sounds like a synthesizer. The piano is an important color of the cd, it is the center of the sound. We tried to imitate the sound of the piano, the length, the color and the toucher. On other moments the mallet instruments are a real contrast to the piano which results into a broader sound spectrum.
We worked with Adams Musical Instruments on the development of two four-octave vibraphones which were used and recorded for the first time on this cd. The extra octave gave us many more possibilities in coloring and we were able to play all the notes we wanted to.
Thanks for listening!