Stage 4 (2007)

The NextSteps Series Solo Projects Stage 4 (2007)

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Solo Acoustic Piano Concerts

Apart from my “digital adventures” on the Roland RD-700 and other MIDI equipment I am primarily drawn to the grand piano or any other well tuned and well maintained acoustic piano. When I learned of an opportunity to perform in the Auditorium on The Strip of the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven I gladly accepted. In May and November 2007 I gave two acoustic piano concerts as try outs for new musical idea’s. It was time for Stage 4 of the NextSteps Series Solo Projects!

As you can imagine my perfect dream is to be alowed to play on for instance a Bosendorfer Grand Imperial (!) or Steinway or Bechstein concert piano. I believe that it is amazing what has been achieved in capturing the sound of acoustic instruments in digital form; but I also believe that they will never be able to capture the total experience of playing on such a magnificent instrument in a concert hall or other acoustically well designed room. I am convinced: the total cognitive mixture of sound, vision and feel will never be caught in mere zero’s and ones…despite astonishing achievements in the digital world of wonder…

The Auditorium on the High Tech Campus offered me a well tuned grand piano, a not too big a concert hall, a fine acoustic environment and the possibility to have the concert recorded on DVD! Since I have also recorded try-outs of the concerts in my studio at home I am able to offer you both MP3-tracks and video tracks, the latter via my YouTube account (see The NextSteps Series Solo Projects Stage 5).

The NextSteps Series Solo Projects

Solo Piano Concert “Contemplations”

Wednesday 30-05-2007

Auditorium, High Tech Campus, Eindhoven

The idea behind this concert is to take the audience on a musical journey through various styles of music, trying to bind them all together on one hand but also to point out that musical styles are not “boxed” in a black and white fashion. Musical styles are like overlapping circles and it is not realistic to, for instance say, “I do not like Jazz” when you haven’t heard the overlap between blues and jazz or pop and jazz. Anyway, that is the thought behind my first acoustic piano concert: find it out for yourself!

Style: Mood Movie Music
(Classical / Pop / Soul / Jazz / Latin / Blues / Free)
Instruments: acoustic grand piano

Concert Program

YTR024 Part 1 Heroes Introduced
YTR025 Part 2 Friends & Foes
YTR026 Part 3 Look: They’re Kissing!
YTR027 Part 4 Hunt or Be Hunted
YTR028 Part 5 Hiding Out There
YTR029 Part 6 Startling Standoff 
YTR030 Part 7 Alone Together Again 

(in Dutch:)

1. Scene 1: Helden Geintroduceerd
2. Scene 2: Vriend & Vijand
3. Scene 3: Kijk: Ze Kussen!
4. Scene 4: Jaag of wordt belaagd
5. Scene 5: Hier Schuilen
6. Scene 6: Frontale Confrontatie
7. Scene 7: Alweer Alleen Samen

(Each part is generally introduced at the beginning of part 1, however, each next part is introduced at the end of each previous part so that each individual concert piece starts without comment) 

Style: Mood Movie Music
(Classical / Pop / Soul / Jazz / Latin / Blues / Free)
Instruments: acoustic grand piano

YTR031 Part 1 Heroes Introduced
YTR032 Part 2 Friends & Foes
YTR033 Part 3 Look: They’re Kissing!
YTR034 Part 4 Hunt or Be Hunted
YTR035 Part 5 Hiding Out There
YTR036 Part 6 Startling Standoff 
YTR037 Part 7a Alone Together Again (a) 
YTR038 Part 7b Alone Together Again (b) 

To view the rest of the video tracks of this piano concert please go to my YouTube account “NextStepsProjects”. Enjoy! Please note that the announcements and comments on these video tracks are in Dutch.

Live Studio Recordings

Take #1

(Recorded in studio on 27-05-2007)

Style: Classical, Pop, Blues, Jazz, Latin and Free
Instruments: Acoustic piano (Roland Superb Grand Piano) 

Track 1. Contemplations Take 1 Part 1

Track 2. Contemplations Take 1 Part 2

Track 3. Contemplations Take 1 Part 3

Track 4. Contemplations Take 1 Part 4

Track 5. Contemplations Take 1 Part 5

Track 6. Contemplations Take 1 Part 6

Track 7. Contemplations Take 1 Part 7

Track 8. Contemplations Take 1 Part 8

Track 9. Contemplations Take 1 Part 9

Track 10. Contemplations Take 1 Part 10

Take #2

(Recorded in studio on 28-05-2007)

Style: Classical, Pop, Blues, Jazz, Latin and Free
Instruments: Acoustic piano (Roland Superb Grand Piano) 

Track 1. Contemplations Take 2 Part 1

Track 2. Contemplations Take 2 Part 2

Track 3. Contemplations Take 2 Part 3a

Track 4. Contemplations Take 2 Part 3b

Track 5. Contemplations Take 2 Part 4

Track 6. Contemplations Take 2 Part 5

Track 7. Contemplations Take 2 Part 6

Track 8. Contemplations Take 2 Part 7

Track 9. Contemplations Take 2 Part 8a

Track 10. Contemplations Take 2 Part 8b

Track 11. Contemplations Take 2 Part 9a

Track 12. Contemplations Take 2 Part 9b

Track 13. Contemplations Take 2 Part 10

Live Video Recordings

To view the rest of the video tracks of this piano concert please go to my YouTube account “NextStepsProjects”. Enjoy! Please note that the announcements and comments on these video tracks are in Dutch.

© Bart Flos – NextSteps Music Productions

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