In 1997 I was asked to participate in Ed Wubbe’s ballet Nico (the famous Velvet Underground singer) for Scapino Ballet Rotterdam. John Cale composed the music for te ballet, and Corrie van Binsbergen was asked to play the guitar parts.
Corrie’s performance was fantastic, and the string sounds around her inspired her to set up a project called “Links” . That is where my collaboration with the pianist Albert van Veenendaal started. After a period of experimenting, home recording and loads of listening we recorded the album Midday Moon with the great Alan Purves (slagwerk) en marvellous Hans Hasebos (marimba) in 2009.
The exploration of freedom didn’t stop there. Albert, Jodi Gilbert (voice) and I set up Rara Avis in 2017. Our very different musical backgrounds lead to a special world where Jodi’s vocal acrobatics meet my classical soundworld in a cinematic setting provided by Albert’s prepared piano. I love the highly personal side of improvising, finding my own idiom and mixing that with others like a painter. No music stands, open connections, open mind, listening in a broad way.