LAVALUMIDAIR: OUT NOW
ON HER ALBUM SOLITARY HIGH (2017):
“It is so breathtakingly beautiful, that indeed she resides at a lonely height.”
“LAVALU’s low volume music has inner-circle favourite written all over it”
Here Comes The Flood
“Desolate and hauntingly beautiful.”
As an artist LAVALU scratches the back of classical music
while poking the fires of pop.
She is in the midst of creating a contemporary song cycle,
inspired by composers such as: Debussy and Chopin.
Piano. Voice. Honest and bare.
Lyrics that can be read as stories about blunt desire.
The Rise Trilogy is her finest work to date.
Part one, Solitary High, received much critical acclaim.
Now she skyrockets the second chapter, named:
LAVALU has succeeded in developing a style
in which influences of the great singer-songwriters
and the classical composers can be heard combined.
This is today’s chamber music.
Vastpakken. Doen. Niet meer dromen. Dit is mijn leven. Ik doe wat ik ermee wil. Midair. Midden in de lucht. Liefhebben. Ervoor gaan. Niet terughouden. Niet bang. Geen schaamte. Adem. Adem diep. Ga.
Het nachtelijke dromen van haar vorige programma ‘Solitary High’ zet pianiste en zangeres LAVALU nu om in léven. Satie maakt plaats voor Bach.
En Debussy voor Rachmaninov. Als je de waterval eenmaal laat stromen gutst hij zó de snaren in. Sommige songs kabbelen als een beekje.
Andere stormen de piano door om je op te laten springen uit je stoel en te roepen: “Ik wil ook liefhebben, nú!!” Met verhit bloed verlaat het publiek de zaal.
LAVALU haalt de hekken voor je hart weg met haar ‘Kamermuziek voor nu’.
Droom weg met beide voeten op de grond.
De muziek kronkelt en streelt.
1st of Juneindie pop duo
Het pauperparadijsIndie pop opera
Het Pauperparadijs tells one of the most dramatic, hidden histories of The Netherlands. Back in the 19th century general Johannes van den Bosch wanted to help the extremely poor, but what started out as a beautiful ideal turned dark in the end.
The play is based on the book by Suzanna Jansen and is performed on the historic site where the actual events took place. Last summer it sold out completely: 40.000 people saw our indie pop opera. This season we’ll be performing yet another 45 shows.
For me as a composer Het Pauperparadijs has been one of the biggest challenges ever. How do you capture the outcries, the laughter and the weeping of people who have never really been heard in music? Even tough I write mostly for classical ensembles and piano this opera needed to be about pop music: blues pulled from the peateries, a northern European kind of chain gang songs and a dutch classic singalong Bij ons in de Jordaan… only in a minor key.
We’ve created an album these past months featuring the songs I’ve written.
The record has been produced by Gerhardt, mixed by Peter Schmidt (Berlin) and mastered by Bob Olhsson (Nashville, USA).
It has turned out beautifully.
You can purchase it after the shows in Veenhuizen or via www.bol.com.
in your living room
Back in the 19th century people used to host evenings
with live music and other arts at their own homes.
In their “salon”.
Composers like Schubert or Chopin wrote piano pieces
and songs especially for these evenings.
I love to bring this tradition back.
Solitary High is even inspired by this chamber music.
Would you like to hear Solitary High in your very own salon?
Please feel free to send me an email through email@example.com
The only real requirement is that you have (or hire) a real piano.
It can be an upright one or a grand one, as long as it’s an actual one.
Looking forward to hearing from you!
photo by Stefan Maria Rother
Piano dayCelebrating piano music
Happy Piano Day!
Piano Day celebrates music for the piano in all shapes and forms.
Dozens of events take place around the world on the 88th day of the year to honor the piano and it’s music.
As I love to break boundaries and mix genres, in the past 2 years I have received artists ranging from
Jeroen van Vliet (jazz pianist) to Nikola Meeuwsen (classical concert pianist) to Marianne Oldenburg (singer from Ode to the Quiet).
The idea for Arnhem (NL) is a maximum of 100 people all seated around a grand piano and so far it’s been magical.
The next event will take place on March 28th, 2018.
Location and line up will all be revealed in the weeks leading up to our evening.
Keep an eye out for the invite on the LAVALU Facebook page!
And be sure to enlist as soon as you can, because it sells out pretty fast!