For the special event of our theater show Liberación on Liberation Day, 5 May 2015 at the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ in Amsterdam, I have composed a new piece which I will perform together with the Carel Kraayenhof Ensemble during the exclusive Liberation Dinner, prior to the show.
When asked to compose a new piece for this special occasion I thought immediately on an homage to one of the most important freedom fighters of all times, Nelson Mandela. During his long life Mandela made friends and won over enemies on his battle for freedom and equality to all. As a lawyer, as the leader of the ANC, from jail and finally as president of a new South Africa. His clear purpose, his patience and optimism are sources of inspiration for the entire world.
My new composition breathes happiness, just as Mandiba’s irresistible laugh, as his friends would call him. That is also the name of my composition. It is just like a movie, where he is at first calm and emotionally speaking, after that he starts to dance and party.
The bandoneón and the strings will form a South African choir, where then the piano and double bass will light up a firing rhythm. At times it sounds like the piano player is actually playing a kora.
The calm returns at the end, just as a choir sings around the bonfire deep in the night.
We are looking forward to the 5th of May, so we can celebrate freedom together with you!
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