I love spending time with piano music, trying to find ways to transfer the essentials to guitar, it gives me a fresh perspective. This week I was tackling Chopin´s Ballade no.1 and found this arpeggio and decided to spend some time with it and find ways to play it in all 12 keys.
"Από ξένο τόπο” or "from foreign lands" is a traditional song from the greeks of Anatolia. It seems to be a quite suitable and natural piece to work an arrangement for my time in Kraziai - Lithuania since I'm not only away from my homeland but also from my family in Berlin. Therefore it quickly became the soundtrack of our stay here at this Art Residency together with my new friend and great artist Matthias Jun Wilhelm.
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Music can be quite a spiritual experience, this Sunday I went to the church in Kraziai - Lithuania. In spite of the subfreezing temperature, the woman who was playing the organ kept singing this mournful hymn even a few minutes after everybody has left the church. The moment stayed with me and here is my interpratation.
I was granted an art residency in Kraziai - Lithuania, to compose music, do some workshops and performances, here is the a vlog about my first day there waking up in -20 degrees and setting up everything. More videos will follow.