12/18/2017 - 13:09
Advent Calendar, door 18:

Musical Advent Calendar, door 18: In the last week of September I visited my friend Marc Inn Oles in Kraków, and we recorded the two Suites for double bass solo I had written for him. As you see here we had a lot of fun, and depending on the circumstances, sometimes he is taller, sometimes me... Beginning of december I published the music sheet, and now the first music video is ready. WEDWA means "on your own". I hope you like it!

12/17/2017 - 10:49
Muscal Advent Calendar, Door 17

Musical Advent Calendar, Door 17: Today I am proud to present the second video of IXESHA, my African Suite No. 20. This is the second movement: SAD SONG. And it's really one of the saddest pieces I wrote. My biggest thanks to the Boreas Quartet - Elisabeth Champollion, Julia Fritz, Luise Manske and Jin-Ju Baek - for their emotional performance and to Moritz Renken and Henry Döring for filming it. The photos show us all at the recording and filming session in Bremen on October 14.

12/16/2017 - 18:10
Musical Advent Calendar, Door 16

Musical Advent Calendar, Door 16: On September 23 the famous Boreas Quartett from Bremen played the Premiere of my 20th African Suite Ixesha in Michaelstein at the annual ERTA-Meeting in the monastery of Michaelstein, and on October 14 we recorded the piece in the music university of Bremen. My biggest thanks to Elisabeth Champollion, Luise Manske, Jin-Ju Baek and Julia Fritz for their wonderful performance! Here is the Third Movement: CONSOLATION.

12/15/2017 - 11:36
Advent Calendar, Door 15

Musical Advent Calendar, Door 15: In June I started to produce music videos for my pieces. This is the very first one: Hivyo ndivyo (that's it!), played by I flautisti, the London Recorder Quartet at the Premiere in Vienna in March 2016. I took the photographs during the rehearsal. Many thanks to Anna Mikolajková, Jitka Konečná, Doris Lindner und Kerstin Hannah Kubitschek for the brilliant performance and my daughter for helping me with iMovie!

12/13/2017 - 17:23
Musical Advent Calendar, Door 13

Advent Calendar, door 18: On June 18 the famous Flanders Recorder Quartet presented their new album FIVE, including Inxaxheba, my African Suite No.16, which I had composed for them two years ago. A wonderful recording, technically brilliant and still very emotional. I also want to point out to the two pieces of Pieter Campo, Meditativo and Vuur, that open the CD; for me they belong to the best contemporary recorder compositions I know. Here you can hear the FRQ playing the first movement of Inxaxheba, Tell me, what Happiness is:

12/12/2017 - 18:44
Advent Calendar, Door 12

Musical Advent Calendar, door 12: On June 17 the fabulous piano quartet TASTISSIMO played the premiere of my ten-minutes-piece THE CIRCLE in the long night of music in Oldenburg. Part of Tastissimo is my old friend Ronald Poelman, whom I know since 1984 and who since then has encouraged me to compose. Unfortunately, there is no recording of THE CIRCLE yet, but Ronald has recorded some pieces I wrote for our Saxophone/Piano-duet in 1984. So here you can hear how I sounded with 18 years. Only the saxophone is missing. The photo above shows Ronald and me during our rehearsals for our concert THE ART OF FUGUE in 1989.

12/11/2017 - 21:40
Musical Advent Calendar, Door 11

Musical Advent Calendar, Door 11: From March to June Robert Lewinkse and Sebastian Rühmann created this wonderful new website - including the brandnew categories VIDEO, CD, BIO, Newsletter, and a complete French version. You can see a photo of them above. Dear Robert, dear Sebastian, many thanks for you patience, skills, ideas and competence, I am really happy about the site!

12/08/2017 - 10:28
Door 8

Advent Calendar, Door 8: On May 7 the Berliner Blockflötenorchester under the conduct of Simon Borutzki played a fantastic Premiere of Jabal Ram, my first arabic piece, during the festival Neuköllner O-Töne. They played it also on July 16 in Berlin, on the big Jubilee concert in November - and in October they won a second prize with it at the Open Recorder Days of Amsterdam! And I have to say, I was really impressed by their performance. So I am very happy they will record it on CD in January. In the same time I will write a second and third movement!

12/07/2017 - 14:35
Door 7

Musical Advent Calendar, door 7: End of April I gave my second workshop about my African Recorder Music at Mollenhauer in Fulda, and as you can see on the photo above and posted on Facebook today, we had lots of fun. My biggest thanks, to Top-Organizer Susi Höfner and the one and only Nik Tarasov. My next workshop in Fulda will be on the weekend of 16th and 17th of June 2018!

12/05/2017 - 22:45
Musical Advent Calendar, door 5

Musical Advent Calendar, door 5: The whole March I spent composing my very first piece for Symphony Orchestra called TIMKAT. That is the highest religious and national celebration in Ethiopia. It is about the baptism of Christ. Three days hundreds of thousands, well in the whole country millions of people are marching, dancing, chanting and singing in and along the streets, dressed in magnificent clothes, mainly in white and gold. I experienced it one year ago in Addis Abeba myself, and it was simply overwhelming. I tried to catch the characters of joyful celebration, endless procession and religious solemnity in the piece. I wrote it for the composition competition of the Lietze Orchestra Berlin, which I, unfortunately, did not win, so it still waits for its premiere. If you have any suggestions which orchestra might be interested, please let me know!