Initially, this blog started as a way for pianist Anne Ku to share the adventures of her piano guitar duo with Dutch guitarist Robert Bekkers as they travel throughout the Netherlands and abroad to share their music with the world. Since 2011, the blog has evolved to include concert reviews, arrangements for easy piano, ukulele, voice, guitar (and ensemble), and other related themes.
From mid-October 2010, the duo embarked on a five week tour of selective cities in the USA: Boston and New England in the Autumn, Duke University, Phoenix, Houston, and San Francisco before so-journing in Maui for the winter season. Listen to the Houston Public Radio Interview.
One of the reasons for this blog is to show that live music performances are a means to bring people together. Concerts can happen anywhere as long as there is a will. This blog shows the way.
To introduce live “art” music to new audiences, they have produced house concerts from their home in central Utrecht. Since 2006, many international musicians have performed in the Monument House Concert Series. In Autumn 2009, they began using their experience to help others produce concerts from their home, office, schools, and other locations not normally used for music performance.
Here is a collection of behind-the-scenes stories and reflections on the value chain of concert productions, from individual practice to final performance, from audience development to sponsorship and fund-raising for future concerts, and other topics in cultural economics and creative entrepreneurship that are necessary to sustain independent music professionals today.
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