steps, again

Steps, always. Sorry to have left this space unattended for so long. My students have convinced me that 2016 should be the year that I am joining Facebook. So after Continue reading

Small things

Back from China and Japan – oh my, two countries I travelled to for the very first time, discovery!  – we will play a last concert before taking a break Continue reading

Directions

What I might enjoy most of all about working in music, in the arts, is the process of ideas shaping into more concrete things (compositions, records…). The creative process. I Continue reading

the thank yous

I have written before about my love and appreciation for my teachers, and also about my thankfulness to fellow musicians and ECM producer Manfred Eicher. During my career, I have received Continue reading

Missing Jeanne

Still my favourite voice in jazz, and a genre-defying artist, so deep and rich. I miss Jeanne Lee these days.  I think I love just about everything she did. Her Continue reading

Recap

Und jedem Anfang wohnt ein Zauber inne, der uns beschützt und der uns hilft, zu leben.  (from Hermann Hesse’s poem “Stufen”) Happy New Year! It is so wonderful to start. My 2015 Continue reading

Listening

Making music, of course. Composing, writing. And listening, too. Again, again, again. Last Sunday, I was able to spend some hours listening to a recording session by singer Tenzin Ngingthatshang and her group featuring Continue reading

Don’t copy. Create.

There’s not many recipes or rules that I’d call useful in art, and thus in art education. But in the creative field of music, I do think one can’t go Continue reading

Angles

What a month this has been. Calming things down now, but November sure was intensely beautiful. Working with great, creative musicians, a fantastic sound engineer, dedicated promoters, and having a Continue reading

Mercredi, midi & soir

A midi, on était à Rennes, dans le cadre du festival Jazz à l’Ouest. Concert en duo avec Wolfert Brederode. Et Boris Darley était avec nous pour le son. Les Continue reading