To prepare for Robert Bekkers’ solo guitar tour (2-page PDF) in mid-February, we are releasing two CDs of live recordings of concerts in Hawaii and North Carolina.
We will release our next CD first online in digital format for download (as entire album or individual tracks). The physical album will only be available at the forthcoming concerts of Robert Bekkers in Massachusetts, Maine, New York, Texas, and Arizona. [Correction: the physical album will also be available by ordering through CDBaby.]
Release date: Tuesday 25 January 2011
Where? On CDBABY.COM [the exact link is http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/bekkerspianoguitarduo2]
What’s inside? 70 minutes of music from our first public concert in the USA.
Album cover art: Piano Guitar in Acryllic by Rob Judkins, January 2011
Ebb and Flow Arts presented this free concert on 29th December 2007, preceded by a lot of publicity (colour posters, radio clips, newspaper mentions and listings, etc). One of the sponsors was the Hawaiian Tourism Authority.
We had not had the time in these past 3 years of marathon-like existence to review the live recording until we returned to Maui again. Otherwise this CD would have been released much earlier. The public would have then heard music of living composers Lan-Chee Lam in Toronto, Allan Segall in Amsterdam, Erik Otte in Haarlem, and Henk Alkema in Utrecht.
Makawao means “edge of the forest.” The Makawao Union Church is located on Baldwin Avenue on the way to Maui’s famous volcano, the Haleakala. As I recall, its wooden interior and architecture provided excellent acoustics for the Baldwin grand piano that stood below the stage. We had stayed in a yoga master’s cottage in nearby Paia (a hippy town) to be within the vicinity of the church.
Over the next few days, we will blog about the works on the CD.
For a preview, download the programme notes (164 kB PDF).