It just arrived: a plan, an idea. I wanted to write a composition lasting a minimum of 45 minutes. I wanted to write music that worked like a play or a film. From my point of view the experience of a performance starts the very moment the audience comes into the concert hall. The music develops into a huge climax at the high point of the performance. When I lived and studied in Boston (in January 2009), I was able to take the time to study my main influences, gain inspiration and of course, write. Once back in The Netherlands a series of rehearsals with my band Square Orange started, and in 2010 we performed for the first time in the Odeon theatre in Zwolle. I initially wanted to document the performance in the recording studio, until an acquaintance mentioned that maybe the ‘experience’ of the performance would come across better on video instead of just audio. This gave me the idea to look for a director to help me with recording this project. This changed the goal of the project from a CD production to a DVD production.
Below you’ll find a compilation of the recording.
We did very well out of these recordings. We got the chance to go on a European Tour and travelled in our band bus, starting in Berlin and ending up in Manchester.
After the tour we were invited to play a piece on the Dutch television programme “Vrije Geluiden”. The interview I gave after this concert can be found on this website under: “interviews”.
On this project I got the chance to work with several fantastic musicians.
Raoul van Herpen – Piano, synthesizers, programming.
Sjoerd Visser – Soprano sax, alto sax, flute, whistles, guitar
Job Noordmans – Drums
Joost Visser – Percussion
Nobert Kogging – Vocals and percussion