Writings

Sting and Christmas Music

27 December 2016

For years I have been enjoying Sting’s music. For example the live recording of his concert in Berlin, together with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, is something I find endlessly beautiful…

The Music of Happiness (3)

6 May 2015

Call it a beautiful aria, a classic one or a good song: it is all possible. It doesn’t matter whether you like classical, jazz or pop music — it appeals: “Summertime” by George Gershwin…

The Music of Happiness (2)

4 February 2015

“You just don’t have any sense for music” — we know it as an effective clincher in every music preference conversation. But can we never use this ‘sense’ as an argument? …

The Music of Happiness (1)

16 December 2014

When do we consider something beautiful? The question is impossible, but it continues to come back again and again. In his book “The Architecture of Happiness”, Alain de Botton applies this question to architecture. I read the book with great pleasure; through this book I got a better understanding of the reasons we like buildings for. But I also believe that these insights are broader and go deeper than just buildings. Therefore, I want to reflect on beauty in music…

Improvisation by inspiration (2)

24 December 2013

I almost finished my musical education without becoming a real musician. I mainly learned to play the music from the past very well. Only in the last phase of my studies, with my Artistic Research and in improvisation classes with Hayo Boerema, I learned what it is to be a creative musician…

Improvisation by inspiration (1)

4 December 2013

My view on music has changed a lot over the past year. This is mainly due to the musical research I did: the ‘Artistic Reserach’, an important part of the ‘Master of Music’ education program. My Artistic Research was on organ improvisation…