About the album
Eef van Breen: "In Playing Games I have set out to draw from all the music that has ever influenced and/or inspired me. Be it the first children song, pop song or all the jazz and classical that I have encountered, I have set out to scour the well if I may. I feel for the first time in my creative life I have been able to distill a “sound” from this rich array of sonic textures and ideas.
Three of the twelve compositions on this work (the title song included) were written for the play ”Antonioni-Project” performed by “Toneelgroep Amsteram”. In that project I was challenged to write music based on images and impressions of which I found a very interesting way to write as it forced me to find the essence of the image and the composition simultaneously. The end result, if successful is that having brought the two together, the image and the composition should become one. The personal result of this exercise has lead me to approach the creation of music with a sort of freedom from the ordinary conventions that come with any creative craft. In Playing Games, the compositions and the improvisations are in fact playing together in a mutual agreement of push/pull, tension and release, alternating and overlapping. This concept along with my vision of creating music drenched in history while liberating the music from all conventions and traditions is my ideal musical world. My first step towards this ideal is, Playing Games. "
The summer concerts of the Robeco Series have started in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam. Every year, the Robeco Concerts make sure that the summer is filled with great music, even though many concert halls close for the summer. This year again, many concerts feature Challenge Artists. 07-07-2011 Tineke Postma 19.3008-07-2011 Tineke Postma 21.3008-07-2011 Thomas Zehetmair & Ruth Kilius e.a. (ECM) 20.1509-07-2011 Leo van Doeselaar 13.0009-07-2011 Thomas Zehetmair & Radio Kamer Filharmonie ...