HeliStudio, een muzikalerevolutie in de Spillemansstraat!
Wie de geschiedenis van de Baltische staten een beetje kent, heeft vast al wel eens van de Zingende Revolutie gehoord. Voor Estland, Letland en Litouwen is dit een voorbeeld hoe muziek kracht en moed aan mensen kan geven.
Heli Jakobson en Triin Tamm hebben deze bijzondere jaren beleefd als jonge kinderen en hebben hierdoor geleerd hoe muziek je kan helpen om je eigen weg te vinden in het leven
Bram Vervliet is associate professor @kuleuven and also one of many outstanding students in my adult piano class @helistudio_be. Yesterday i attended the presentation of his first book “Waarom we bang zijn” - intriguing title, even more intriguing topic!
So far i’ve seen Bram unravel piano scores note by note, now i’ll discover his ideas word by word. I guess life is kind of a dance between when to be fearless and to learn how it’d also be okay to fear a bit less. As piano teacher i believe we need fear to some degree, to keep us alert, but it shouldn’t take over our mindset. Like Shakespeare said: extreme fear can neither fight nor fly.
So, keep up your piano practice and for extra inspiration discover Bram’s book “waarom we bang zijn” @pelckmans.be
There’s a lot to discover when we learn piano. I think the biggest discovery is that piano mirrors us our own character. How much patience you have, how dedicated you are, how well you listen to your own inner voice.
La Pianista Rafi is beautiful example of this process. She’s very eager to learn and her big curiosity always wins over stage fright.
This week we played in Alberreke primary school in Antwerp. Rafi is great example how we in Helistudio change the world note by note. In March we celebrated Piano Day with 2 benefit concerts for Ukrainian children in Alberreke. Now we can call it a successful ‘mission completed’ and Rafi was with me through the whole journey.
In March we celebrated Piano Day in Helistudio. 2 concerts to celebrate the joy of learning and playing the piano. Alberreke primary school @bartjonckers was at the same time welcoming new students - young kids from Ukraine.
Yesterday we met face to face because finally we delivered our gift - 700 euro’s we had ‘played together’ during our Piano Day. Now is the time for Helistudio kids to learn what a gift it is to be able to play the piano - it’s much greater privilege than we think and i want my students to realise it as well.
La Pianista Rafi was my hero yesterday, it was the day when Rafi ‘talked’ to kids in Alberreke through her piano playing. I want Helistudio kids to learn that music is a currency. You don’t play piano only because you can, but there are times when you do it because it might be a rainbow to someone else. Music connects happiness and sorrow in the most beautiful way. We learn and play the piano in our cozy homes on our beautiful instruments, but music is also needed in many other places far outside our comfort zone. I’m so glad that i could share this truth with Rafi yesterday. She is also one of the piano kids whom i already see becoming a music teacher in the future - she’s got this curiosity and fearlessness written all over her and she means every note she plays!
We will stay in touch with Alberreke - because every kid there deserves to discover how a grand piano looks and sounds like, so our next meeting will be in Helistudio.
Last but not the least, my passion for being a teacher was re-inspired yesterday by meeting the teachers @ Alberreke - the stories they shared, the kids we met reminded me that we - teachers - have the super powers to change young people’s lives from morning to the evening in the class room.
First of all in the classroom, not in a big concert hall.
And now ready for just another piano day along with one of the most beautiful grand piano’s in Antwerp - Kemble grand in Helistudio. 😉
About last night: solo @cinemaplaza2570 in Duffel - a concert hall which is a mini version of De Roma in Antwerp.
Loved every minute of it. Time measured in music makes evergreen memories.
Feels good to have reached the age where i play piano because of love for my profession - all hardships included. I don’t play piano because i want to ‘be the best’, it’s much more about feeling my best. To get through the life behind the scenes - that’s what i need my piano for. Thank you for listening, Duffel city! 🙏
Big thanks also to @peter.pazmany.music for making this project happen. 🙏
In de pianoles met Mia @mia.et.moi - en het gaat over wat kan er nog gebeuren met een gewone drieklank. Terts van de drieklank bepaalt of die groot of klein is (majeur of mineur). Nu hebben we verder gezien hoe verandert de klank als we de kwint van de drieklank halve toon verhogen of verlagen. Omdat Mia ‘gouden oren’ heeft is het gewoon zalig zulke luisteroefeningen met haar te doen - misschien ook een leuke ontdekking voor andere kids!
Welkom naar een notenleer-momentje met La Pianista Mia! 😉
I took some down time from social media, because i needed it. I visited friends, met my piano students outside Helistudio and it reminded me the beauty of my work again. We all go through ups and downs, but music is one constant thing which always remains or maybe better said - music accompanies us through everything. Nathalie @nathaliesertin said it so beautifully the other day: piano is my island.
In our busy and restless lives we are actually all looking for our ‘own island’.
Just like for Nathalie, my favourite island is also my time alone with my piano. Very grateful for the silence i had to look for new melodies.
Next week friday 29th of April a new project “Contemporary piano music with a story” has premiere @cinemaplaza2570 in Duffel. It’s gonna be a zen evening with 3 pianists - @peter.pazmany.music @johan.famaey and myself.
New project needs a new dress as well and i found one @fest.store in Duffel. 🙂 Green is my new blue!
Helistudio Piano Day vibes @wonnevanhoutte 🙏 ‘Yesterday’ he was one of the little piano-kids in Helistudio and today all kids in my piano class look up to him. Wonne studies piano further in Jazz Studio and brought jazz vibes also to our Piano Day concert. Thank you Wonne & Ruben!
Late evening in Helistudio. Just me with my piano and putting together ideas for upcoming Piano Day next week.
Here’s Bagatelle nr.3 op.1 by Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov. May the force be with you day in and out, brave and strong Ukrainian people.
You are fighting for all of us, for the peace in Europe.
Music helps me to believe in miracles - as sad as this Bagatelle sounds in first sight, it also carries hope. Just love to play it over and over.
Deze week in Helistudio is extra zoet! Er is estse snoep van Kalev ‘in the house’ en De Notenspotters hebben het gisteren 100% verdiend door stemopwarming in Ests te zingen! 😉
En wat zingen ze precies: Chocola, chocola, chocola is lekker, estse chocola is lekker!
Daarna: zing nog meer, zing nog meer!
Bach Prelude in d-minor. I recorded it for a student between the lessons. A moment later i realised this is such a beautiful ‘time out’ for myself also.
Practicing and playing are two quite different worlds. I think we should try to bring them closer to each other. Practice with love and patience and play out of gratitude for the time you took to learn something new.
Weather like this reminds us a lot about humility. Nature has always upper hand upon us… I believe it’s important lesson in life to feel afraid sometimes. What we actually feel is humility - drops of humbleness to remember how fragile everything is.
🎶 Humility by Wim Mertens played by Frieda @friedaligtvoet