What is the best thing that I love about my work? Composing, making so called sound sculptures. I feel like an artist in an atelier who creates from nothing something. When a new music-piece arises it feels like the ultimate happiness. I really love the creating-process. Collaboration with other artist I find utmost inspiring. I love to share my music with the intent to move the listener. And I love being an indie artist, I am my own boss. I have the freedom to make whatever, whenever I like.
My work is about music &love, so I have the best job ever ; the harp is my heart .. music my passion .. creating something new is the ultimate freedom to express myself. In surrender to the enchanted dance with the strings (it feels like being in trance) i can feel my harp/body and soul resonating .. my breathing is my metronome and guide. Sometimes i live a (day)dream during improv. and composition .. i go with the flow and i have such a strong connection with my instrument. There are these rare moments that i have an overwhelmingly open mind : i feel one with the music as if i am truly awake : i am extremely sensitive, aware and focused at the same time, as if i know what i am doing 😉 ― i am also deeply moved when other artists give my music new wings and it touches me to the core when my harp and soul are truly known .. life is good !
What is my greatest fear? That I could not play the harp anymore ; the harp is my heart, my breathing .. I really need this instrument to express myself and to feel well.
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? My inner-world is often a chaos and that manifests itself for example in an untidy desk, I am forgetful and I lose a lot of things. I can lose track of time too, especially when I improvising with my 47strings, when I am working on a composition assignment or during a recording session for a new album. The pitfall is that I can be 24/7 monomaniac with music, my job and that change into a hermit and end up lonely.
What is my greatest extravagance? I am a chocoholic 😉
Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? Philip Glass. The discoverer of minimal music. One cannot deny his work as a film-composer. His music style has influenced almost every (film)composer. I admire him for his open mind, beautiful soul and creativity. He connects young and old people, different cultures (in music) and art-forms ; this is tremendously healing and of a bitter necessity to make this (beautiful) angry and hurt world a better place
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? As I mentioned I have the best job ever .. and yet : I find it very stressful to present new work to (a client or reviewer), I feel very vulnerable indeed .. it is my ‘baby’ that is being sent to the world.
When and where was I the happiest, in my work? The happiest I feel with my harp in my recording-studio.
If I could, what would I change about myself? I would like to have more self-assurance. And that I would no longer have fybromialgia.
What is my greatest achievement in work? My latest CD receives regular airplay, grant reviews and the music videos I made are broadcasted on both (inter)national classical and jazz tv-channels. And all my harp and soul music productions could be heard in a documentary on national television and in the Dutch cinema.
Where would I most like to live? I prefer to work and live where I work and live at the moment. Home is where my harp is.
What is my most treasured possession? My harp.
What is my most marked characteristic? I am a very sensitive, melancholic and introvert person with a rich imagination. I can be touched to the core. My emotions go really deep. And joyful moments I experience with great intensity also.
What is my most inspirational location, in my city? The beach, or the forest, The Hague is a green city and knows wonderful walking areas, great to clear your mind and to find inspiration.
What is my favorite place to eat and drink, in my city? A nice little cafe to go for a drink or a snack is PAVLOV. Such a cool ambiance in a beautiful characteristic building and do not forget the great live jazz music every Sunday evening. Cheers !
What books influenced my life and how? Especially the poems (Dutch) of Jan Eijkelboom. He describes so beautifully clear and very visual about the houses of Dordrecht (NL) and old belief. As if they were film-scenes. Very touching indeed. I have used his voice in a harPoetry project. I wanted to give a musical answer to his story and discovered again the power of spoken word in combination with harp music. Spoken word combined with harp-sounds alter the reality of the original music and text in a wondrous way you see. Such a touching &vulnerable synergy has arisen, the tone of vocals and the singing harp. My love for his poems were the inspiration to start and make harPoetry and has been a true music and love project ever since.
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? The Köln Concert by Keith Jarrett.
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Pippi Longstocking says: “I have never tried that before, so I think I should definitely be able to do that.”
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? “Blessed are the weird people: poets, misfits, writers, mystics, painters, troubadours for they teach us to see the world through different eyes.” Every single person who lives his or her dreams and follow their heart’s desire in life and show us the world with different eyes.
Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? The Piano. An intense and emotional story that is so wonderfully lived through by Holly Hunter. She really carries the film. The impressive images are complemented by her exceptional acting, the landscape and the hypnotizing piano music.
What role plays art in my life and work? ‘Without music, life would be a mistake.’ – F. Nietszche and I read somewhere : “Earth without art would be just : eh.”
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? My greatest love, Pjotr.
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? To me it means that I keep on making music and playing the harp until I am physically unable. The urgency to express myself through my 47strings is profound and vital.
What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on? I am looking forward to produce and share new material, some of the recorded solos will be on Spotify. A museum asked me to record a custom made harp solo that complements an artwork. I am a strong believer in ARTfusion so this composition assignment makes me smile !
Where can you see me or my work in 2018? Online!
How can you contact me ? via my website – harpandsoul.com
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