This is 2013. Does it strike you as well that more and more cities and people look alike?
It’s the same shops and international brands everywhere. That streets you do shopping could be Barcelona, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Berlin or New York. At one point you will surely find a Starbucks.
How different this was in 1804: travelling took time and geographical borders divided different cultures. Napoleon Bonaparte as a gift to the Persian emperor Fath-Ali Shah imported the first piano to ancient Iran. The Persians stood in amazement about what must have seemed a very machine-like instrument to them, while at the same time, 2000 kilometres away, Beethoven used it to express his artistic vision.
Being an improvising jazz musician and composer, he was hearing a different piano sound in his imagination for many years, yet never found a way to express it in the Jazz world.
It was his love and passion for the art music of Iran and the Middle East that directed us towards the possibilities of the Forte Piano, but then out of its original context.
Rembrandt hopes you will join him on his artistic trip. Young musicians taking the Forte Piano out of its context, composing a way into new directions.
There are four things that interest him:
First, the fascinating things that happen when you play today’s contemporary music on Mozart ’s piano.
Secondly, to improvise on music that’s originally composed for other instruments, like Bach’s cellos suites and cantatas.
Then there is the challenge of translating the beautiful sounds of the Iranian Santur and Arabic Qanun on to the European Forte Piano and finally, he would like to compose new pieces for the historic Forte Piano.