20:00 - 23:00 | In his teenage years Jan Swerts was mesmerized by Wim Mertens, Philip Glass and Keith Jarrett. More recently, neoclassical composers such as Max Richter and Jóhann Jóhannsson, but also singer-songwriters like Joni Mitchell, Nick Drake and Mark Hollis had a profound impact on his music.
Weg (Gone or A way - released in 2010) was a nostalgic journey through dark streets of his past, only escorted by a sparse piano and a thin voice. Humo, Knack, De Morgen, Radio 1 and Klara...all showered the album with praise. And they repeated this acclaim when Swerts released Anatomie van de Melancholie (Anatomy of Melancholy - 2013), a collection of gorgeous songs inspired by gloomy artists like Luc De Vos, Patricia De Martelaere, Johan Heldenbergh and Jotie T'Hooft.
In September Swerts will display the post-apocalyptic world that is Schaduwland (Shadowland): the soundtrack of a zombified existence after the great catastrophe, the musical score of his horror year 2014. On stage the voyage through Shadowland will be a long, final convulsion: from a whirling and sweltering opening, past a decaying and airy electronic mid section to an extremely desolate 'piano no man's land'...
Jan Swerts will also play
- on 24 November at De Roma, Antwerp
- on 25 November at Cactus @ Biekorf, Brugge
- on 26 November at CC Hasselt, Hasselt
- on 3 December at Handelsbeurs, Ghent
00:00 | "Solipsism" is the debut album of composer and pianist Joep Beving. The title refers to the philosophical idea that reality only exists in one's mind. Everything outside of it, the external world and the minds of others, cannot truly be known and hence does not exist. Beving's music is an experiment in existential communication, a belief in an absolute aesthetic, to prove that a universal and metaphysical reality does exist.
Beving has been one with the piano from an early age. He was forced to end his musical studies at the conservatory and instead continued at university to get a degree in social sciences. However, his love for his instrument never perished. Where once his goal was to hit as many notes per minute as physically possible, his style of playing has changed over the years, searching for a particular aesthetic essence. His path was illuminated by a piano that Beving inherited from his grandmother when she passed away in 2009. This German instrument insisted on a more gentle touch and a gracious pace, which eventually led Beving to adapt to a more classical vocabulary to tell his story.
Joep Beving is a composer and musician, but to the international advertising community he is mostly known as the face of music agency MassiveMusic. After having worked on numerous national and international commercials over the past 10 years, it is time for Beving to let the music speak for himself. In the past year he has composed and recorded his first solo album at home in the still of night. The album is filled with introspective and often filmic piano compositions. Music stripped to its bare essentials, representing a quest for essence and beauty. His album titled "Solipsism" will be launched on Thursday the 19th of March, in the presence of a select audience in a unique location in the centre of Amsterdam.
The production and release of the album (digital & vinyl) is completely independent. The artwork concept and design were in the capable hands of none other than photographe
00:00 | Bruno Bavota is a Neapolitan pianist and composer – his intimate and warm piano recordings expresses a lyrical romanticism, a familiar sound caressing and surrounding the audience. Bavota cherishes the harmonies he creates and his gentle touch forms a peculiar sound recognizable at the very first notes.
His attraction to music came "only" at the age of twenty. Music decided to save his life, covering him with an enormous, warm hug from which the echoes of the deepest emotions of his soul are constantly exposed. Few years later he discovered the piano, whose strings naturally replaced those of his heart, spreading his love song across the world. On 22 December 2010 he published his first self-produced LP "Il Pozzo d'Amor". On 10 March 2013 he released his second album on Lizard entitled "La Casa Sulla Luna". The album release continued with a show on 2 April at the Royal Albert Hall in London – a truly unforgettable and amazing experience. While he was performing at Iceland Airwaves in November 2013, he started recording his third album "The Secret of the Sea", which was released in April 2014.