Wonderful evening at the Maastricht Conservatory where students of my former composition professor Vykintas Baltakas presented their annual new works. Nikolas Agrafiotis, Hon Ning, V. Noel, Konstantinos Loumpas, Jien Chir, Asja Kasic, Nader Adabnejad presented a wide range of musical ideas ranging from the thoughtful to in-your- face percussive to the hilarious with audience participation. However they all had one thing in common: the understanding that composition deals with the careful development of the musical idea in order to create coherency. Hope to see you all again next year.

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It has been a busy week so far visiting the Graduation Festival of the Jazz Department of the Maastricht Conservatory at the Maastricht Muziekgieterij. Tonight saw a wonderful set by my friend and double bass player Julien Fraipont and his sextet performing his wonderful original Hard Bop compositions. Check him out on June 10 at the Horse's Tale in Hasselt when he plays in my trio together with drummer Kris Duerinckx.

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Updated: Apr 20

Just finished making a new YouTube movie with a recording of my piece Waarom Vraagt de Boom .....which we premiered on April 8, 2022 in the Domincanen during the Museumnight: Waarom Vraagt de Boom.........Joep van Leeuwen - YouTube

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