I decided next 2018 I will stop focusing on music, to put all my energies back to theatrical performance. Where I feel I belong to. But this week I just got the confirmation that ecce cello will play in two of the greatest classical places of fucking planet earth: the symphony hall of Konzerthaus in Berlin and the Cello Biennale in Amsterdam. Scheiße!! :D
In the Biennale will play giants like Jordi Savall, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Mischa Maisky or Giovanni Sollima. Of course I don’t compare myself to them, but being in the same program is a dream which exceeds all my expectations (but not my ambitions). Despite my lack of skills to be a great cellist or a composer with something to say (musically speaking), my love for music and my strength to create a self-contained-world which represents it with truth, allowed me to create a music project so much personal, that it doesn’t need virtuosity or a genius music. A path of seven years struggling for my music playing in the streets of Madrid, Los Angeles, Leipzig and Berlin will finish in a really beautiful way. I deserve it, and I will enjoy it like a child.
Carles Santos just passed away. This Spanish pianist and composer created a very personal and performative approach to the piano. He met John Cage in the 60`s and received the national music price in Spain. A beast of the scene Cales Santos composed and directed many theatrical plays, operas and performances. He was my inspiration when I was younger to create a personal relationship with my intrument, he opened the path for me… During one year I was working with his manager and I met him … but he was already a bit old. Have a good trip Maestro!!!
What a crazy week we spent together playing last concerts of #freeschubert project… we played for the major of Berlin, we played in big halls, in spaces with all people around us. How good it feels to be part of something else than your own projects. I’m just one more. Even if I was on stage with my cello before some of them were born (my cello companion is 21 years younger than me!!), when I am with them… I don’t know anything… I just let myself go and learn. I mean… obviously sometimes I loose my patience…. but not very often!!! Check it out!! http://www.stegreif-orchester.de/
It’s been seven years since I abandoned theater to focus on music. Today I came back setting up my new theatrical production after so long. With my dear Maureen Lopez always by my side. We had two weeks of artistical residence in Conde Duque Madrid. We enjoyed so much. We did it!!
I can’t believe it. It was two years ago when Juri approached me after being seated listening for one hour while I was playing in the street in Kotti, the most noisy, messy and dirty place in Berlin. Hey guy, we have to talk, I’m gonna crate an orchestra and you have to be part of it. But I have never played in an orchestra. It doesn’t matter, you’ll do fine. But I can’t hardly read music. It doesn’t matter, you’ll get it.
After 6 years of non being related to any other project but ecce cello, I thought it was time to open out, and playing with classical musicians had always seemed an imposible to me. I thought it would be a crazy two months adventure, and that’s all.
But here I am two years later traveling in a bus with all these great young musicians, after many projects and having already ahead a big date next April in the big hall in Konzerthaus Berlin. Wtf
All of it thanks to this guy, who gives you the confidence to be what you can become (not only what you are), and who has been able to create an ego-free concept in which each individual has a place to express and develop him/her self, and where being part of something greater than you makes you feel great. I feel so fortunate and content. :D
Stegreif Orchester, is an improvising symphony orchestra without conductor and playing the music by heart, in which the members form small working groups (financing, repertoire, social media and marketing, distributing…) and also take care of the rehearsals (today you’ll do the warm up, and you the slow movement, and you the singing …) And somehow it works!
Come next Friday July 7th to Delphi’s Kino in Berlin to listen #freeschubert !!