A DUTCH PERCUSSION CONCERTO
It was a big challenge to study this concerto written by the young Dutch composer Joey Roukens. Written for a big Setup, Marimba + instruments, Xylophone + instruments and Vibraphone + instruments my studio was totally full for 4 weeks. I think this concerto shows exactly what percussion can be: versatile. Beautiful chords for Vibraphone with effects by bowing the bars, funny, hectic and virtuosic Xylophone playing, grooving on a lot of drums and a virtuosic part followed by a beautiful choral for Marimba.
The concerto lasts for 30 minutes and requires a big imagination from the soloist. Next to that I feel that it asks for a big technical capability from the soloist. It is quite difficult to play all the correct tempo's and phrasings how Joey wrote it. But if you manage, if you put enough effort in this piece, it will pay back. I experienced a personal growth in this preparation. It feels like climbing a mountain, parts where you bike in the rain, you feel like stopping and returning home, but then the sun shines, new energy arrives and you survive the first difficult part. Then you are halfway, there is not turning back. On a certain moment you already see the top, you know that you are going to make it. Ones you arrive above, you see the beautiful surrounding, you feel the space around you and you look down to the climb, victory!
Then the descending starts but you are not alone anymore, you descend with a group, like the concert, exciting, controlled, passionate, fun, sometimes even dangerous. You are the leader of the descend, the rest follows you. You decide the speed, the lines, the road. But always you keep track of the rest, are they still there, where can they support you? Where can you tease them? Where can you give there descend an extra vibe?
I'm working on a short video of the first performance which I will upload here soon!