What a wonderful surprise in my mailbox a few days ago, right in the dead of winter, a cd reminder of a summer week spent in Gooik, Belgium. I’ve written on this blog before about working with Maarten Decombel, and what a pleasure it was to get to know his music. This recording is from the concert we gave inside Gooik’s giant church. My favorite track is still this one: “Dodecamedita”, a piece composed by Maarten himself. I love the main melody, the harmony that goes with, the interesting rhythm, the improvisation sections.
Maarten Decombel, bouzouki, and Christie Burns, hammered dulcimer, August 2009:
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!