The new album

September is album number 7. A number that can be found in different forms and shapes within this project, which contains one long piano improvisation that’s exactly 43 minutes long (4 + 3 = 7). For example in the name (sept = 7), the 7-point star on the album cover and many more.

Above all September is a musical story. A narration in which similar musical expressions change over time. Just like a sentence can get a different meaning according to the context it is used in, the impact of the same melodie will drastically change according to the way it is expressed.

September: a month in which rain can mean happiness or sadness. A month in which sunshine can bring hope or despair.


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The piano

Since the release of his previous album ‘In de Spiegel’ Jef has been searching for a very specific sound that can be described as a ‘mysterious colourful diamand’. Sparkling, but at the same time very deep and dark. An instrument that could surpass the piano he has been using in his 6 previous albums in which he used the famous Steinway D.

After a selection process that took more than 2 years Jef found the sound he was looking for in a Yamaha CFX. A carefully selected handmade grand piano from Japan. By making the hammers a bit harder than usual, a perfect sparkling sound could be created without losing any depth.

Yamaha CFX
concertgebouw amsterdam

A perfect shoe-box

On September you can hear emotional acoustics produced by an architecture that has been a mystery for many years. We are talking about The Royal Concertgebouw of Amsterdam. One of the best concert halls in the world.

Recently researchers have discovered the hall gets its mysterious power cause of the way it is designed. Cause of the shoe-box-like shape, the hall produces sounds that make the hairs on the back of the audience's neck stand up.

Jef attempts to build bridges between seemingly different worlds: Classical- pop- jazz- and contemporary music. All of this is done through improvisation.

Other albums

in de Spiegel
In de Spiegel (2013) | iTunes | Spotify
Better sorry than safe
Better sorry than safe
Bedtime Stories
Bedtime Stories
Annual report
Annual report
Piano improvisations
Piano improvisations

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