Bekkers America Tour: a documentary

Starting a documentary of the Bekkers Piano Guitar Duo America Tour including an interview with Robert Bekkers and the Duo on KPFT Houston radio station


“You should make your tour into a documentary,” advised Marc Parella of the international artist management agency Price, Rubins and Partners.

We have heard this before. Graphics animator Andrea Love, who created an 8 minute animated documentary film of the birth of a harpsichord, had suggested that we video and interview the people we meet along the way.

I have interviewed and taken hand-written notes of house concert producers in Massachusetts and Connecticut. We have taken photos and videos. But it has not been systematic.

Perhaps there’s a way to interview everyone else by telephone or ask someone local to film them? We have packed a tight schedule of 23 places in 9 states in 40 days before settling down in Maui to escape the Dutch winter.

We have to start somewhere. Why not now?

Below: a first attempt to interview Dutch guitarist Robert Bekkers while he is waiting for his gourmet burger lunch at Flippers Restaurant on Hayes Street in San Francisco, after a visit to the San Francisco Conservatory.

The previous Friday, we were interviewed on KPFT Houston, a Pacifica Radio Station. After the first 5 minutes, the announcer Michael Woodson asked us about house concerts, cocooning, and social media networking. “Welcome to LivingArt. It’s Friday November the 12th. Today on LivingArt, we are going to talk to two musicians who are from Europe. A very classy show today.”

KPFT Houston LivingArt radio programme on 12 Nov 2010 (1 hour radio show – mp3 audio)

Birth of a harpsichord: an animated documentary

What do harpsichords and pianos have in common? Find out in Durham, North Carolina

Duke University, Durham, North Carolina

I am practising on a Steinway grand piano next to a room containing three harpsichords. The newest one — full of colour and history — Opus 333 is documented in a short 8 minute film on the website of Alienor — the Foundation for competition of compositions for new music for the harpsichord. Watch the 8 minute clip from here.


Opus 333 harpsichord commissioned by Elaine Funaro
Opus 333 harpsichord commissioned by Elaine Funaro

The animation film by Andrea Love is giving me new ideas for documenting our concert tour of the USA. It’s our fourth state in 2 weeks and tomorrow we leave for Phoenix, Arizona.

Tonight we give a concert at Duke University, in the same concert hall where I gave my senior piano recital nearly 25 years ago. It has been renovated since, but the atmosphere is still the same bringing back memories of those days long ago. The Steinway is a new one, not that featured in the photo below on the website of Duke’s Department of Music.

Free concert tonight 8 pm 2 November 2010: Bekkers Piano Guitar Duo (1 hour) – followed by a visit to a local microbrewery.

Nelson Music Room, East Duke Building, Duke University
Nelson Music Room, East Duke Building, Duke University