Forthcoming Album (April 2021) – Rope Dance: Light-Footed Music For All and None


As a result of the 2016 North Sea Composition Assignment, I wrote a 75-minute suite for bassoon, drums, bass, piano and clarinets. The idea was to combine this music with Nietzsche’s parable of the rope dancer from Thus Spoke Zarathustra. I recorded this music in January 2020; it will be released in the Spring of 2021.

For Nietzsche, dance stands for freedom. It stands for a suspension of old habits and thoughts and not getting stuck with them. Nietzsche wants us to dance in this metaphorical sense: we need to dance in order to ‘become who we are’. We should dance when we play music, but also when we write, think, speak, etcetera. A rope dancer stands for someone who is not afraid to go different places and to take risks. His feet are light: he loves the unknown and the distant future—he loves his fate.

Rope Dance features Bram van Sambeek (bassoon), Martijn Vink (drums), Clemens van der Feen (bass), Bram de Looze (piano) and myself (clarinets/compositions).