Complete Solo Piano Music
Jeroen van Veen, piano
Sandra & Jeroen van Veen, piano duo
Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic, Thierry Fischer
1. Saudade 05’55”
2. Klarsichtdose Mozartkugeln 01’03”
3. Sound 01’06”
4. Merry Xmas 06’05”
5. Postnuclear Winterscenario No.1 10’38”
6. Where the Heart is 11’18”
7. Toccata 12’06”
8. Honky Tonk Blues 02’01”
9. Views from a Dutch Train* 10’23”
10. The Body of your Dreams 08’40”
11. Off & On Situation Blues 01’53”
Total time: 71’15”
1. Piano Concerto No.2 ‘Sky Falling’** 18’29”
2. Pianoboek 1, Jazz at Zero 00’54”
3. Pianoboek 1, Symmetrie 01’02”
4. Pianoboek 1, Kurze Freude 00’45”
5. Pianoboek 1, Zondagen 00’56”
6. Pianoboek 1, Boogie 01’00”
7. Pianoboek 1, Beërdigung des Dornröschens 02’31”
8. Pianoboek 1, 1956 00’56”
9. Pianoboek 1, Armseligkeit in F-Dur 01’09”
10. Pianoboek 1, Die Überraschung 01’03”
11. Pianoboek 2, Mystery 02’17”
12. Pianoboek 2, Mirror of Time 01’48”
13. Pianoboek 2, Maelstrom 02’03”
14. Pianoboek 2, Circle 02’43”
15. Pianoboek 2, Caterpillar 01’25”
16. Pianoboek 2, Butterfly 01’46”
17. Pianoboek 2, Row 02’32”
18. Pianoboek 2, Reconcilliation 03’44”
19. Pianoboek 2, Centre 01’33”
20. Intervallen (12 Studies for piano) 12’33”
Minor second – Major second - Minor third - Major third – Perfect fourth - Diminished fifth – Perfect fifth - Minor sext - Major sext - Minor seventh - Major seventh – Perfect octave
Total time: 61’20”
Jeroen van Veen, piano
* Sandra & Jeroen van Veen, piano duo
** Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic
Ronald Brautigam, piano
Thierry Fischer, conductor
Live recording Het Zondagochtend Concert – March 7, 2010 Concertgebouw Amsterdam (AVRO)
Recordings: 2010 (Piano Concerto) 2012 & 2013
Van Veen Productions, Studio 1, Concertgebouw Amsterdam
Culemborg, The Netherlands
In 2001 I played Postnuclear Winterscenario in concert for the first time. I was touched by this music from the very first sounds. In the next few years, I discovered more piano works by JacobTV and I recorded Postnuclear Winterscenario for my Minimal Piano Collection, volume I-IX in 2004. A few years later I recorded his two piano piece Views from a Dutch Train for the Minimal Collection volume X-XX. In 2007, I contacted JacobTV about doing a whole album with his piano music. It was in 2012 that we decided to make two instead of one CD, since the track list exceeded what would fit one CD. I started recording in December 2012, but the majority of recording sessions I did in 2013. After some revisions we were happy that I finally recorded everything he wrote for piano. For the final sound balance in the Boombox pieces Sound, The Body of your Dreams and Off & On Situation Blues, I went over to his studio to work together on the finishing touch. I firmly believe that the Music by JacobTV is the music of the future!
Jeroen van Veen
Notes by the composer:
SAUDADE was composed July 2012 for Jeroen van Veen. Saudade is a unique Galician-Portuguese word that has no immediate translation in English. It describes a deep emotional state of nostalgic longing. Saudade has been described as:
-a vague and constant desire for something that does not and probably cannot exist
-the love that remains
Saudade was premiered on April 28 2013 by Jeroen in The Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam.
Klarsichtdose Mozartkugeln was written in 2008 on request by of Jeroen. The International Student Piano Competition 2008 commissioned the work which was performed by the participating students.
Sound , for piano and boombox, is based on an interview with John Cage back in the 70s, and part of from a 1992 documentary by Miroslav Sebestik. It was composed in July 2012 and is dedicated to the memory of John Cage.
It gets louder and quieter
and it gets higher and lower
and it gets longer and shorter
different sounds coming from different places and lasting
sound is acting and I love the activity of sound
I do’t need sound to talk to me
I don’t want sound to pretend that it’s in love with another sound
I just want it to be the sound
we don’t see much difference between time and space
we don’t know where one begins and the other stops
It gets louder and quieter
and it gets higher and lower
and it gets longer and shorter
This is a short piece for piano, written in 1997 in a rather slow tempo.
Postnuclear Winterscenario No.1
On January 23 1991, shortly after the Gulf War broke out, I felt speechless and unable to compose. In the media, meteorologists predicted apocalyptical consequences for the climate and the environment, similar to the effects of a nuclear war. They called it a ‘postnuclear winterscenario’. I decided to express my speechlessness in music. In only a few hours time Postnuclear Winterscenario No.1, for solo piano, was written. It is probably the most simple music I ever wrote. All musical material was reduced to a minimum. The 'melody' consists of one single note, an E, that is repeat-ed endlessly. The harmonic accompaniment consists of only four different notes: B, A, G, F#.
There are no real rhythmical, melodical or harmonical developments in Postnuclear Winterscenario. The main way of expression is in the repetition and the delivery.
No.1 was performed numerous times worldwide by Kees Wieringa , even in Iraq, on the ruins of Babylon. Soon musicians asked me to arrange other ’scenarios’, based on the first one, and so I wrote variations for string quartet, for choir, for percussion, for one and two electric guitars, for saxophone quartet, string orchestra and finally in 2005 for symphony orchestra. Each scenario is different, but they all have the same mood in common: speechlessness about war and devastation.
Where the Heart is
‘WHERE THE HEART IS’, opus 74b for piano and huge hammer was written July 1996 for Kees Wieringa. and was commissioned by the Dutch FCM.
Instructions: Appear on stage with a huge hammer. Place it carefully on the instrument, visible for the audience and easy to reach. Near the end of the piece, the performer grabs the hammer, holding it high in the air, pretending to hit the piano, but then dropping the hammer behind him on the floor.
First cd recording.
Toccata was written in 1988 for Kees Wieringa, to whom it is dedicated. Staying in the Spanish countryside in the spring of 1987, I discovered a remarkable sound one night, a sound i had never heard before: High and short tones produced with a clock-like regularity of test signals. They made me think of transmitters from circling satellites... one year later I was in Italy where i had the same experience. After some ornithological research I found out that the sounds were coming from a bird: the scops owl, or otus scops, a rather shy and small owl with grey-brow feathers. I was fascinated by the lonely cries at night, when several birds circled over the woods simultaneously, each with their specific pitch and pace, creating fascinating aleatoric ‘melodies’. Back home I tried to simulate this with the help of my computer. The background noises I heard in Spain, from distant traffic or a plane was simulated by sustained pedal tones. As density increases, extreme virtuosity leads to symmetric contrary motions in which D becomes the real tone center of the piece. Eventually, the music becomes so complex, that the pianist has no other choice than to use his nose to play the central D, like a prey catching owl, pecking with its beak while spreading its wings. The prescription of the nose with its delicate touch (from ppp to mf) in contemporary piano literature aroused great excitement among composers and musicologists at the Darmstadter Ferienkurse of 1992, where the work was presented during a lecture recital.
Honky Tonk Blues
Honky Tonk Blues for piano was written in 1999 for the Dutch pianist Marcel Worms who recorded it on CD. First performance: North Sea Jazz Festival 1999.
Views from a Dutch Train*
Views from a Dutch Train, for two accordions or two pianos ( 1992)
Written for the Classical Accordion Duo with financial support of the FCM.
When you travel through Holland, a small, densily populated country- by train, you will see that literally every square meter is brought into use; rectangular pieces of land divided by straight ditches, canals and dikes, long rows of trees and narrow parcels of green, expanding concrete districts and industrial parks, towns and villages. The composition process resembles the process of cultivating waste land. In Views from a Dutch train, repetition and variation of simple musical material passes by like the Dutch landscape as seen from a train. Both instruments describe the panorama of the streamlined Dutch landscape from the left and right train windows.
The Body of your Dreams
Jacob TV turned once again to American television, using a cheesy advertisement for a weight-loss product. The presenters enthusiastically demonstrate an electronic slimming belt, a device whose fine-turned wave transmissions will vibrate fat away: no sweat, no workout. ‘It’s one of the easiest ways ever to get your body in the shape you want it. It helps to tone and tighten your upper abs, lower abs, arms and legs with no sweat at all!. It's one of the simplest, smallest and most comfortable toning devices ever. You can use it while watching television, doing the dishes, mowing the lawn.....you decide. It also works great as an abdominal toning device while you are working out on your elliptical trainer or your treadmill; or while you are out for your daily walk. It's easy and effective. And no sweat!
Michael Struck-Schloen (Deutschlandradio 17-3-03):
‘It's most unlikely that the slim Dutchman Jacob TV, has ever tried out the slimming belt himself. But he has discovered the musical potential of the endlessly- repeated commercial: the kick of feeling good, the joyful cries over pounds lost, and the faked excitement of endorsements. Jacob TV has forged the words together into an artistic polyphony of consumer terror, which he lets blare from a ghetto blaster. The pianist is the first victim: bar pianist, sports-star and keyboard-machine in one, he has to follow the staccato of the speech, and also fit his chords and minimalistic rhythms in between.’
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Off & On Situation Blues
Off & On Situation Blues for piano and boombox was written in 1999 for the Dutch pianist Marcel Worms who recorded it on CD. The voice samples on Off & On Situation Blues are from crack addicted prostitutes who were guests at a Jerry Springer Show. The same audio material was used in Heartbreakers, written for the Houdini’s in 1998.
Piano Concerto No.2 ‘Sky Falling’**
Pianoconcerto No.2 ‘Sky Falling’ was written in 2009. It is dedicated to Ronald Brautigam, commissioned by the Dutch broadcasting companiesTROS/AVRO/NTR with financial support of the NFPK.
Première & radio broadcast took place on March 5 & 7 2010 in Vredenburg Utrecht and the Concertgebouw Amsterdam respectively by Ronald Brautigam with the Dutch Radio Kamerfilharmonie conducted by Thierry Fischer.
At the beginning of the worldwide credit crunch, in September 2008, I heard a reporter on Wall Street say: ‘The sky isn’t falling’, *in an attempt to calm down a bit. We are living in a time where the most obvious certainties seem to fade away. That image of a falling sky was an appropriate metaphor and source of inspiration to me. When listening to a symphony orchestra, I often have nostalgic associations, probably because its repertoire usually dates from long ago and the orchestra itself hasn’t changed much in 200 years. So when I write for a symphony orchestra, I try not to force it into something very contemporary. Instead I try to preserve and ‘sublime’ the sound of the orchestra. My second piano concerto is even neo-classical if you like, probably because I also found my inspiration in the way Ronald Brautigam performs Mozart. A few years ago we were both on the same program and so I heard him play Mozart a couple of times: It was to me as if the sky opened. Except by Mozart, my concerto was influenced by the blues. The groove of Muddy Waters’ Hoochie Coochie Man can be heard in the first tutti. And then there are the bouncing secunds, like in many of my works, , and a lot of sexts, my favorite interval, building mild melodic structures. As a whole ‘Sky Falling’ may have become less dramatic than I initially had in mind, but this highly depends on what the musicians will do with the score.
* The Sky Is Falling, better known as Chicken Licken, Henny Penny or Chicken Little is an old fable about a chicken who believes the sky is falling. The expression has passed into the English language as a common idiom indicating a hysterical or mistaken belief that disaster is imminent.
Pianoboek 1 (Piano Book) 1 was written in 1979, and dedicated to Renate, my first girlfriend, who studied piano at the same conservatory. while JacobTV was studying at the Groningen Conservatory experimenting with the tiny sketches for the piano exploring its possibilities. The 9 movements are all in a different key and in different moods.
Pianoboek 2 (Piano Book) was written in 1986 and commissioned by theFCM. Like Pianoboek 1 there are nine movements, but the pieces are longer and a bit more demanding.
The subtitle is: 12 studies for piano based on 12 intervals. It was written in 1988 and is meant for amateur pianists.
All compositions are published by Boombox Holland except Piano Concerto no.2, which is published by Donemus. www.jacobtv.net
Composer, orchestra, conductor, soloists
Dutch ‘avant pop’ composer JacobTV (Jacob Ter Veldhuis, 1951) started as a rock musician and studied composition and electronic music. He was awarded the Composition Prize of the Netherlands in 1980 and became a full time composer who soon made a name for himself with melodious compositions, straight from the heart and with great effect. ‘I pepper my music with sugar,’ he says. The press called him the ‘Andy Warhol of new music’ and his ‘coming-out’ as a composer of ultra-tonal, mellifluous music reached its climax with the video oratorio Paradiso, based on Dante’s Divina Commedia. JacobTV’s so called boombox repertoire, works for live instruments with a grooving sound track based on speech melody, became internationally popular. With some 1000 performances worldwide per year, JacobTV is one of the most performed European composers. He is an outlaw in the established modern classical music scene, and was accused of ‘musical terrorism’. According to the Wall Street Journal some of his his work ‘makes many a hip-hop artist look sedate’. In 2007 a 3 day JacobTV festival took place at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. His never ending reality opera THE NEWS is constantly updated and various editions were performed in Chicago, Rome, Amsterdam, Hamburg, New York, and new editions are in preparation.
Main works: The Rainbow-, Tallahatchie- and Goldrush- Concertos, the video oratorio Paradiso, Mountain Top, the 2nd Pianoconcerto ‘Sky Falling’, ‘NOW’, String Quartets 1,2 & 3, Drei Stille Lieder, Diverso il Tempo, Laws of Science, Grab it!, Heartbreakers, Buku, Jesus is coming, May this Bliss never end, the Body of your Dreams, Les Soupirs de Rameau, Cities change the Songs of Birds, the Postnuclear Winterscenarios, piano trio Nivea Hair Care Styling Mousse, Cheese Cake, Lipstick, THE NEWS.
JacobTV was performed by The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Tokyo City Philharmonic, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Russian State Academy, the Düsseldorf Symfoniker, the Metropole Orchestra, and by soloists such as Branford Marsalis, James Galway, Evelyn Glennie, Ronald Brautigam, Arno Bornkamp, Kevin Gallagher, Margaret Lancaster, Claron McFadden, Thomas Allen, Loire, Nora Fischer, Andrew Russo, Jeroen van Veen, Robert Buckland, Kathy Supove, Masanori Oishi, and ensembles like Het Nederlands Kamerkoor, Electra, Electric Kompany, Ethel, Fulcrumpoint, Quasar, E.A.R. Unit, Real Quiet, Onyx-, Ruysdael-, Aurelia-, Prism- and New Century Quartet, Safri Duo, Calefax, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, De Volharding, Fireworks, Gending, Nederlands Blazers Ensemble, Nationale Reisopera, Glass Farm & Fifh House Ensemble and many others. Choreographers Hans van Manen, Nanine Linning, Annabel Lopez-Ochoa, Dominique Dumais, Johan Inger and others have created ballets on his music in productions for the Nederlands Danstheater, Het Nationaal Ballet, Introdans, Scapino Ballet Rotterdam etc.
‘Stylistically, Jacob ter Veldhuis is hard to pin down. His classical side is a lush combination of post minimalism and romanticism. While he was working on integrating rock, jazz, and pop culture into his music from one side, he was turning away from high modernism on the other’.
‘JacobTV is preoccupied with American media and world events and draws raw materials from those sources. His work possesses an explosive strength and raw energy combined with extraordinarily intricate architectural design’.
Limor Tomer, former curator of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York
‘JacobTV is one of the most intriguing and engaging European composers of today. His control of energy and momentum, in fact, is one of his music's greatest strengths. His fast-moving pieces have an exciting sense of drive and purposefulness, and his more meditative pieces have a logic and quiet intensity that keep them from being meandering or static. TV’s music is emotionally direct, and he possesses an authentic lyrical gift that never sounds like rehashed Romanticism. His music is marked by a gentle optimism that reflects his deliberate rejection of what he perceives as the negativity of much modern music.’* Stephen Eddins, critic of Allmusic.com
Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic
Dutch Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic, founded in 2005, as part of the former Netherlands Radio Symophony Orchestra. The Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic is a flexible orchestral entity with a penchant for new perspectives. Sixty musicians are at the base of the orchestra, which strength can be varied and expanded to perform Baroque, contemporary music, the traditional chamber orchestral repertoire, as well as scores calling for larger forces. The orchestra enjoys a rich and varied repertoire and continues its traditions of modern music performance and Dutch as well as world premieres.As one of the flagship orchestras for the Netherlands Public Broadcasting, the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic occupies a prominent place in the Saturday Matinee and the Sunday Morning Concerts series at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Friday Vredenburg series in Utrecht and the adventurous concerts series in Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ in Amsterdam. These concerts are broadcast live on the Dutch national station, Radio 4, and disseminated through the international European Broadcasting Union connection. Jaap van Zweden was the RKF's chief conductor from 2005 to 2010, and Michael Schønwandt was appointed chief conductor in 2011. In July, 2013, the Dutch government announced a total cut in the RKF's funding, and the orchestra gave its final performance at the Concertgebouw on July 14.
Thierry Fischer (born 28 September 1957) is a Swiss orchestra conductor and flutist.
Fischer was born in Zambia to Swiss parents who had been missionaries and studied flute with Aurèle Nicolet and began his musical career as Principal Flute in Hamburg and at the Zurich Opera, where he studied scores with Nikolaus Harnoncourt. His conducting career began in his 30's, subsequently directing his first few concerts with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, where he was principal flute under Claudio Abbado.
From 1997 to 2001, Fischer was chief conductor of the Netherlands Ballet Orchestra (Nederlands Balletorkest). In 2001, Fischer became principal conductor of the Ulster Orchestra in Belfast. His contract was extended in January 2004 to 2006. In 2006, Fischer concluded his tenure with the Ulster Orchestra, and stated that he left this position partly because "to be really honest, I didn't get to do all the things I wanted to do."In September 2006, he became principal conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales (BBC NOW), and concluded his BBC NOW tenure after the 2011-2012 season.
Outside of Europe, Fischer became chief conductor of the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra in April 2008. His Nagoya tenure concluded in February 2011.He now has the title of Honorary Guest Conductor with the Nagoya Philharmonic. In September 2009, Fischer became music director of the Utah Symphony, with an initial contract of 4 years. His Utah Symphony contract began on 1 September 2009, but the formal public announcement did not occur until 24 September 2009. In February 2012, the Utah Symphony announced the extension of Fischer's contract through the 2015-2016 season.
Fischer has made several recordings, most notably of Swiss composer Frank Martin's orchestral music for Deutsche Grammophon, which was nominated for a Gramophone Award. He has also recorded several CDs for the Hyperion label, including music of Florent Schmitt and Jean Françaix.
One of Holland's leading musicians, he is remarkable not only or his virtuosity and musicianship, but also the variety of his musical interests. Born in 1954, based inAmsterdam where he studied with Jan de Wijn, he continued his studies in London and the United States with Rudolf Serkin. In 1984 he received the highest Dutch musical accolade: the Nederlandse Muziekprijs. Since then, he has regularly appeared with the leading European orchestras under conductors such as Frans Brüggen, Riccardo Chailly, Charles Dutoit, Ivan Fischer, Bernard Haitink, Philippe Herreweghe, Christopher Hogwood, Ton Koopman, Roger Norrington, Simon Rattle and Edo de Waart.
Apart from modern instruments, Ronald Brautigam's great passion is the historical fortepiano on which he has performed the sonata cycles of Beethoven and Mozart, and has cooperated with such ancient music ensembles as the Orchestra of the 18th Century, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Hannover Band, Concerto Copenhagen and Orchestre des Champs-Elysées. He is also active as a chamber musician, cooperating with Isabelle van Keulen, Nobuko Imai and Melvyn Tan.
Since 1995, he has been working with Swedish record company Bis, recording the piano concertos of Mendelssohn (with the Nieuw Sinfonietta orchestra) and the complete piano works of Haydn and Mozart (on the fortepiano). In 2003, he recorded the complete piano works of Beethoven. For Decca, he has also recorded the concertos of Shostakovich, Hindemith and Frank Martin with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under Riccardo Chailly. In the forthcoming seasons, Ronald Brautigam is scheduled to appear with the Royal Concertgebouw, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Genève, Orchestre Symphonique de Liège, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano, Concerto Copenhagen and Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, among others.
Sandra van Veen
Sandra van Veen studied with the Norwegian pianist Håkon Austbö at the Conservatory in Utrecht where she graduated in 1992. She made her debut with her husband Jeroen in a performance of Canto Ostinato during Lek Art (Culemborg). The concert was live recorded and the CD has sold in more than 40 countries worldwide. After this, many concerts and CDs followed. Sandra is very dedicated to the music of Ten Holt, but nowadays she also plays other kinds of music, ranging from the classical music like Carmina Burana, The Planets, Rhapsody in Blue, to Tangos and Tubular Bells for four pianos. She did the premiere of several pieces written by Dutch composers like J. Andriessen (in Russia) and Ten Holt (in Canada). Concerts and recitals brought Sandra from Miami to Novosibirsk. She takes part in many projects in Holland as well as abroad. She recorded many CDs on various labels. Several concerts and projects have been broadcasted on radio, television and the Internet. Finally, Sandra is a well known, passionated piano teacher as well. Sandra van Veen is a co-founder of the Lek Art Foundation and the Simeon ten Holt Foundation. She runs her own company ‘De Walnoot’ based in Culemborg.
Jeroen van Veen
Jeroen van Veen (1969) started playing the piano at the age of 7. He studied at the Utrecht Conservatory with Alwin Bär and Håkon Austbö. In 1993 he passed the Performing Artists' Exam. Van Veen has played with orchestras conducted by Howard Williams (Adams), Peter Eötvös (Zimmermann), Neal Stulberg (Mozart & Bartok) and Robert Craft (Stravinsky). He has played recitals in Austria, Belgium, Canada, Colombia, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Russia & the USA. Van Veen attended master classes with Claude Helffer, Hans-Peter & Volker Stenzl and Roberto Szidon. He was invited to several festivals; Reder Piano Festival (1988), Festival der Kunsten in Bad Gleichenberg (1992), Wien Modern (1993), Holland Dance Festival (1998) Lek Art Festival (1996-2007). Van Veen recorded for major Dutch Radio- and Television companies like AVRO, NOS, IKON, NCRV, TROS/Internet, WTBC-TV & Radio (Florida, U.S.A.) and Moscow Television. In 1992, Van Veen recorded his first CD with his brother Maarten as the internationally recognized Piano duo Van Veen. In 1995 Piano duo Van Veen made their debut in the United States. They were prizewinners in the prestigious 4th International Murray Dranoff Two Piano Competition in Miami, Florida. After this achievement they toured the United States and Canada many times. The documentary "Two Pianos One Passion" (nominated with an Emmy Award 1996) documents them as a duo. The various compositions by Van Veen may be described as ‘Minimal Music’ with different faces, crossovers to Jazz, Blues, Soundscape, Avant-Garde, Techno, Trance and Pop Music. Currently Mr. Van Veen is director of Van Veen Productions, Chairman of the Simeon ten Holt Foundation, Pianomania Foundation and artistic director of several music festivals in Amsterdam. Culemborg and Veldhoven. He is also active in the Murray Dranoff Two Piano Competition based in Miami. Over the last 20 years Van Veen recorded more than 100 CD’s and 5 DVD’s for several labels (Mirasound, Koch, Naxos, Brilliant Classics) and his own label PIANO. Being a leading promotor of minimal music, and specific ‘Canto Ostinato’, his audience appreciates his feel for special occasions and inventions. In 2010 he trademarked his successful so called ‘ligconcert’. The recording of Les Noces (Stravinsky) for Naxos was stated in the New York Times as " the best recording ever".
Simeon ten Holt, Complete Multiple Piano Works BC 7795
Minimal Piano Collection, volume I-IX BC 8551
Tubular Bells for pianos BC 8812
Minimal Piano Collection, volume X-XX BC 9171
Complete music for piano four hands, Erik Satie BC 9129
Solo Piano Music, Philip Glass BC 9419
Complete Piano Works, Arvo Pärt, BC 9475
Waves, The Piano Collection, Ludovico Einaudi BC 9452
Piano Music, Jeroen van Veen BC 9454
This Cd production is financially supported by OxArt; an anarchistic society with great interest in arts as communicative language. Arts, and hence music, as an expression of societal developments that often cannot be expressed (yet) in semantic language. Jacob TV is a beautiful example of this meaning of arts. With tonal, auditive and mediative means Jacob TV operates at the brink of modern society. In terms of content, technology or societal context. And in this way Jacob TV helps to interpret and understand the societal actuality, even when words fall short. When emotions surpass ratio. Inspiring, seductive and addictive.
OxArt members are Leon Mommers, Jozef Jansen, Jeroen van Veen, Pieter Mols, Jan Wouda en Ton van Asseldonk.
UPC/EAN Code: 5028421948737
Microphones: NT5, SE 2200, 8 track multichannel ADAT (44 khz 32 bits)
Work published by © Van Veen Productions, Culemborg
Piano: Steinway D, Concert Grand
Recordings: 2010 (Piano Concerto) 2012 & 2013
Van Veen Productions, Studio 1, Concertgebouw Amsterdam
Produced by: Van Veen Productions for Brilliant Classics
Executive Producer: Jeroen van Veen
Engineered & Mastered by: Pianomania
Software: Pro Tools & Sequoia