Rehearsing in Belgium

What a gift, to be set up on a musical “blind date” like this.  I’ve been paired with Maarten Decombel to perform at the Friday night concert in Gooik.  Maarten and I hadn’t really met before yesterday, but we did exchange a few mp3s of some good tune candidates.  This one, “Dodecamedita,” is one that he wrote and sent to me.  It’s been my happy tune for several weeks now, as I’ve been looking forward to Belgium.  Yesterday, Maarten and I treated ourselves to a full rehearsal day, and we put together arrangements for a full set of music.  It’s so wonderful to meet and work with someone who has such compatible musical sensibility.  Right from the very beginning, we were thinking very similarly about what to do with all these tunes, a very natural flow.  I think it’s going to be a respectable performance on Friday, if not downright enjoyable!

Here’s Maarten and I practicing his tune, “Dodecamedita”– although it cuts off near the end, right in the middle of his improv section… camera malfunction.

Thanks to Jan and An for hosting our rehearsal in their paradise of a garden!

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7 responses to “Rehearsing in Belgium”

  1. Marcy says :

    That’s an interesting stand, by the way.

    Amy and I really enjoyed this music.

  2. Richard says :

    Extremely excessively cool! Wish the whole piece had come out. I’m guessing “Twelve Meditations”?

  3. reinbald says :

    thanks for sharing some tunes with us (son Daan on “doedelzak” & me) yesterday evening in Gooik.

  4. Lisa Ferguson says :

    Love that music! Sounds otherworldly Hope you’re having a great time
    in Belgium

  5. Luc says :

    I was at the concert, drove 150 km just for your -way too short-performance. I loved it! Maarten is one of my ab fab heroes, and I reveled in your playing.
    Thanks a million.
    Luc

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