Arts are the mirror of society is often being said. However, although the world has changed a lot, it never changed so rapidly as, say, the past 25 years. Surprisingly, orchestras seem to behave to a great extend as if these changes don’t affect themselves. But it sometimes looks as if the world of Classical Music has been standing still, with a lack of innovative programmes and very little contemporary music. I am constantly looking for new ways and concepts in order to bring music closer to people through all kinds of projects:
Bringing music to the Corporate Level
Apart from the music making, I am an entrepreneur. With a broad background in sheet music publishing business through a long relationship with Hal Leonard, the world’s largest sheet music publisher. The combination of music and entrepreneurship is very fascinating to me since it’s so different and yet so connected.
With CASCO Phil, the Chamber Orchestra of Belgium.
Company Managers take place in the orchestra surrounded by players, making comparisons between leading a company and leading an orchestra as a conductor. Topics like ‘non verbal communication’, ‘team spirit’, ‘engagement’ and ‘authentic behaviour’ are latterly demonstrated acoustically.
A real eye opener for some of the best and most successful Senior Managers.
Only 30 % of our children up to 5 years old gets acquainted with classical music in our schools. That means 70% is left behind. Governments are funding lots of organisations and orchestra’s but often forget to feed the bottom of the cultural chain: our kids.
A bit of Beethoven & Café Classique
With ‘A bit of Beethoven’ and ‘Café Classique’ I go into schools, talking about instruments, bringing 5 or more players with me. A joyful and interesting way to teach young kids about classical music and learning an instrument.
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH – DIE VIER JAHRESZEITEN (plugged)
You may be wondering if you have read the title properly, or you wonder how it is that you do not know this work.
The answer is simple, it is not an existing work by Bach.
For ‘Die Vier Jahreszeiten’ (plugged), CASCO Phil is working with various guest musicians to find out what you can do with this music without touching the soul of music. The ‘partitas’ for violin and ‘suites’ for cello are serving as base. These were categorized in 4 seasons in terms of atmosphere, color and intent. From there, the process begins by inserting Bach’s music into another formula, from adding an electric guitar to samplers. Hence ‘plugged’.
We work together with several experts, such as Bart Van Caenegem (piano) and Ofer Smilansky (sample and sound artist), and other artists.