Bird, Candle & Ignorance (2009)
for alto saxophone and piano
Written at the request of Duo Beumer & van Ham (Sander Beumer and Hans van Ham)
Premiered by Duo Beumer & van Ham at Theater Kikker, Utrecht on 5 February, 2010.
Duration: approx. 7'
There are some major events in our world of which we have no idea whether news reports about these issues are reliable: 9/11, swine flu vaccinations, RFID chips and so on.
Also we are gradually being manipulated by control systems, intimidated by a small circle of rulers until we finally probably will have ended up, being consuming-driven and ignorant citizens.
People like David icke, Alex Jones and films like Zeitgeist, which warn us against these, what I would call threats, have had quite an impact on me and these threats are worrying me,
A rather burdening and non-musical starting point, it surely is. But it was this that served as a starting point for this composition.
Candle expresses human creativity that will finally become almost extinct.
Ignorance is the indifference and apathy.
Bird stands for freedom, like the bird, soaring freely in the air. A freedom which should always be our right to have.
This is not the same order as in the title, in which I chose the order in favour of rhythmic preference.