Discover Eindhoven, The Netherlands in this catalogue of creative happenings

Face to face with Joan Baez Face to face with Joan Baez
April 13th, 2011

I was enjoying my sunny Saturday like everyone else when an email popped into my mailbox from a guy from Portland called Ian who needed a haircut. Seems kind of random, right? But when it turns out that he’s the lighting guy for folk legend Joan Baez and would be in town for a few days and needed a few tips, I didn’t hesitate to put together a bespoke itinerary for Ian and his crewmates. In my reply email I was also cheeky enough to venture for a ticket to tonight’s concert, and maybe even an interview with the great lady. Let’s just say Ian was pleased with his new hairdo.

A perfectly lyrical, Virginian balance A perfectly lyrical, Virginian balance
September 28th, 2010

There are several things that struck me about this gentle folky man and wife I-thought-duo based in Virginia, but two things stood out. One was that they told us how they don’t often tour or play together (they do other things together, ooh-la-la); the other was that in the beginning of this concert at Meneer Frits – brought to us by the talent-scouting genius of Ad van Meurs – I felt that Devon watched and listened to her husband in spellbound admiration, and perhaps it was not equally reciprocated. It turns out that Paul courted her for “a few years”, plying her with custom-written songs for his sweetheart before she acquiesced to his advances. My newest additions to my CD collection: Songs for Devon Sproule by Paul Curreri (oh, so romantic!), and Devon Sproule live in London, by Devon Sproule.

Murderous melodies, bringing us back to life Murderous melodies, bringing us back to life
September 10th, 2010

The audience of the Flux-S concert this evening were broad-minded, with varied expectations of the programme. Whether we knew it or not, we were to be captive listeners of many of the numbers from the song cycle The Island Moved in the Storm, an album by Matt Bauer with an extraordinary arrangement for string quartet for this performance. It’s about the murder of a young woman near Matt’s hometown back in ’68. Grisly of topic but pearlescent of execution thanks to the musicianship, care and deliberation of the playing. And then other songs from other albums such as Nandina gave us the titles with wonderful word combinations like “Jordan in a plastic bag”. I spoke to Matt after the show, who is really a shy, genuinely warm and bear-like man … There is a mis-match with this image and the sombre mystical poetry layered with velvety textured music swirling in the abandoned looking space of the former Philips building at Strijp-S.