Various and sundry – this page is a mess, apologies. Unfortunately, my compositions are too few and far between, most of my writing work is in orchestration/arranging. I enjoy writing so much, though.
Mister Black – for FUSE (album: Studio)
I wrote the piece for the group FUSE – for their album ‘Studio’. I was also fortunate enough to supervise the recordings of the CD (produced by Ronald Trijber) and co-produce the following 2 albums, ‘Studio 2’ and ‘Studio 3’. The piece made the rounds at live concerts and on TV, and I’m proud of it.
Watch the tune here, being played live on TV:
The Monster of Nix (Autour de Minuit/CinéTé/Studio Rosto A.D.)
Aside from orchestrating the film (and getting to arrange for Tom Waits, The Residents and Terry Gilliam), I composed the music for the opening credits and some other cues. Thanks to my amazing late friend and colleague, Rosto A.D.
Simple Things – for cellist Mascha van Nieuwkerk/NJSO
I was commissioned by the Nederlands Jeugd StrijkOrkest (Dutch Youth String Orchestra) to write a 15-minute feature for awesome cellist Mascha van Nieuwkerk. I hope to get a studio recording someday.
Check the premiere here:
Bach Re-Invented (Sony Classical Catalog # 1941682)
Tini Thomsen’s Max Sax – lots of stuff
I play guitar for a band called Max Sax, headed-up by bari sax virtuoso Tini Thomsen. I write tunes for the albums, which are all on Spotify/YouTube.
Here’s a link to “Big Boys,” which is on the album ‘Shift.’ It’s also coincidentally on my own album, The Cowboy:
Letter J – for The Amsterdam Cello Biënnale
My working relationship with the Biënnale is very good, and I’ve arranged many things over the years for them, and I was asked to write a piece for 150 Cellos, all children. The piece is called “Letter J.” Then I got to conduct the orchestra (premiere was sold out at the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ in Amsterdam) with solo cellist Annie Tangberg – which resulted in several weeks of very awesome work with some very awesome young people.
AID – for the Adrian Belew/Amsterdam Electric Guitar Festival
I was commissioned by my wonderful colleagues Jack Pisters and Wiek Hijmans to write a 20-minute piece (called “AID“) for Adrian Belew, and 200 amateur electric guitarists and bassists. I got to conduct the premiere in the Melkweg in Amsterdam (with giant pieces of cardboard), and it was tremendous fun working with everyone.
Brown and Nocturne – for Absolute Ensemble/Carel Kraayenhof/Concertgebouw
I had the pleasure of writing this 25-minute fiasco for the great bandoneon player Carel Kraayenhof, thanks to my friend Kristjan Järvi and his Absolute Ensemble. It was toured and well-received. Hopefully, it’ll get properly recorded and you can hear it someday. I’m working on getting it on a CD.
On The Job Training (Consortium Films)
I wrote the music for the movie (nearly entirely comprised out of processed samples, with some live strings added). Writer/director Geff Zamor is a friend, and generally funny as hell.