Obsculta-Bilder von Astrid Koemptgen
Meine Komposition Obsculta, die 2012 für das Musikvideo des Videokünstlers Vitùc entstanden ist, wurde im Januar/Februar diesen Jahres gleich mehrfach von der luxemburgischen Künstlerin Astrid Koemptgen neu interpretiert. Im Januar schrieb sie unter dem Eindruck des Videos und der Musik einen wundervollen Text.
Diese Woche hat die Muse sie nun erneut geküsst, und Astrid hat nicht nur ein, sondern gleich drei Bilder zu „Obsculta“ gemalt. Es ehrt und berührt mich, dass dieses Werk (das übrigens das Eröffnungsstück meines in Kürze erscheinenden Albums Prayers of Silence ist) Astrid Koemptgen zu solch wunderschönen Kunstwerken inspiriert hat.
1. Obsculta – Höre hin…
2. Stille Welt
Die Bilder sind in der Ausstellung Salon de Printemps der Künstlervereinigung ARC vom 12. April bis 22. April 2014 im Centre Culturel A Rousen in Petingen (Luxemburg) zu sehen (Öffnungszeiten 15:00 bis 18:30 Uhr). Vernissage ist am 11. April um 19:30 Uhr.
2013 in review
1. Looking back
- January was the month of my musical fairy tale De Klenge Gnom (The Little Gnome). I very much enjoyed the rehearsals and the performances with the children and young adults of the CMNord. I hope to have the opera performed again over the next years. After the world premiere I wrote my first piece of 2014: All Grace, a setting of a poem by Blessed John Henry Newman, composed for solo soprano, mixed choir, string orchestra and piano.
- In February I composed my first film score for a very moving short documentary by my friend Vitùc about homeless people in Luxembourg. I think that Follow Me Home will be published online sometime this year. It has been screened at competitions, in schools and on several private occasions. The music is available on SoundCloud.
- In March I was invited by Paddy Kelly to join him on stage in Linz, Austria. I had composed a piano version of his song Thanking Blessed Mary in 2012 and was happy to perform it for his fans.
- Inspired by his friendship and his music, I arranged Paddy Kelly’s song Hope in April.
- My next works would be a piece for the fantastic chamber music group Spark (preview here) and another song by Paddy to complete my “Paddy trilogy”, Rain of Roses, on which I worked from May until August.
- I was relieved and happy to finally present a complete redesign of my homepage in September.
- In 2003 I had composed my Piano Sonata No. 1. Ten years later, in October 2013, I came back to the sonata form and completed my Piano Sonata No. 2 within two weeks. The world premiere will take place on Monday, 24th March 2014 at the Philharmonie Luxembourg (see Agenda).
- After having composed two sets of works for schola and piano (Chant — Amor et Passio in 2011 and Chant — Stabat Mater in 2012), I took on the challenge to write a series of pieces for piano solo based on Gregorian chants in November and December. A couple of days after Christmas I recorded this new cycle called Adoratio as well as Paddy’s Songs at the famous Wiener Konzerthaus with Georg Burdicek, who did such a fantastic job recording my collaborations with the Cistercian Monks of Stift Heiligenkreuz as well as my last solo album Prayers of Silence (to be released in March 2014).
2. Looking forward
- Premiere of Adoratio on 8th February 2014 at the Castle of Wiltz (Luxembourg).
- Release of Prayers of Silence on OehmsClassics in March 2014.
- Release concert for Prayers of Silence on 24th March 2014 at the Philharmonie Luxembourg. I will also play the premiere of my Piano Sonata No. 2 at this concert.
I hope to have more good news to announce during the course of 2014. My plan is to have Adoratio and Paddy’s Songs released later this year. If things turn out well, there will be some exciting news concerning my choral music. Let’s keep fingers crossed! I will do my best to have some more concert dates added to my Agenda.
May 2014 bring peace, happiness and good health for all of us. I thank everyone who sent me kind messages and comments via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Email and who listened to my music. I will always compose — so Gott will — regardless if there is an audience or not. But I assure you, it is a gift to know that a handful of you has been giving me so much of your precious time to let my music into your lives. God bless,
Played on 31.12.1997.
I improvised this music at a difficult point of my life. I was 18 and did not know if being a concert pianist was my true vocation. At least it did not make me very happy, although I was successful and had a promising career ahead of me.
It was this very improvisation that gave me the confidence to become a composer. I knew that I would still be able to play concerts with the wonderful classical pieces that I love so much – but from now on composition would be my first priority.
There is a lot of pain in this music. It was the beginning of my spiritual quest for truth, which I pursued so intensely for the following 7 years. I travelled the world, studied different religions and philosophies. In 2003/2004 it was a simple rosary that made me find the Blessed Virgin Mary, and through her Jesus in the Eucharist.
In all the happy moments I’ve had since, I still happen to feel this pain, a stinging solitude inside of me, that will only be relieved if I pray or make music – which is one and the same for me.
There is so much love to receive and to give. That’s our mission. Deep inside, we know.
Source: SoundCloud / David Ianni
Genug ist genug
- Mein Sechsjähriger hört mir seit zwei Stunden beim Üben zu.
- Ich: Soll ich als nächstes die Paddy-Lieder spielen?
- Antonio: Nee, mir ist schon ganz schwindlig vor lauter Liedern!
“Poetry, for me, means expressing, in a complex way, the deepest part of ourselves. It means waking up other person’s forgotten emotions and feelings. It means sharing emotions, loving somebody and wanting to be loved. Poetry is about making the invisible visible.”
… and it even has a lovely 404 landing page!
These last one and a half weeks, I was completely absorbed in the work on my new homepage. A new design has long been overdue, and I am so glad that I finally got around to tackle this ambitious project. If you have a bit of spare time, please browse and (hopefully) enjoy my site. And don’t hesitate to contact me if you stumble into any issues with these pages.
It is fully responsive now and should look nice and crisp, especially on Retina devices like the new iPad. You will also see a special design if you browse the site on your smartphone (although I personally prefer the iPad landscape browser width).
I want to thank Monika Schulz-Fieguth, Pierre Grandidier, Vitùc and Georg Burdicek for the beautiful banner photographs. They give my website its very unique personality. I also couldn’t have done this without some brilliant web designers out there, whose work I was completely relying upon. Thanks, RapidWeaver!
And thank you, Martina, for you loving support. You made this happen by letting me sit unshaved all day behind my computer!
I am now using Songkick, which seems to be a great service. Songkick will embed my concert dates on my homepage as well as on the social networks I use (have a look at Connect in the sidebar). It still has a few drawbacks, but I think it is the right decision. Now let’s get more dates in there!
The reason that I sing is for Jesus. Oftentimes I imagine Him sitting in the audience, and I sing for Him.
Die Noten sind ja nur Zeichen. Was steht dahinter? Wenn du das erspürst, wenn du weißt, genau das möchte ich ausdrücken, dann kriegst du eine ganz spezielle Ebene. Ich nenne das die kosmische Ebene. Diese mystische Energie zwischen Musikern und Dirigent ist ein Gottesgeschenk, eine Gnade.