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June 8, 2020 Ralph van Raat

Performance ‘Music for Empty Spaces’ now on YouTube

On May 28th, Ralph took part in a special and memorable live-stream concert, straight from an empty Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam. This project, called Music for Empty Spaces, was initiated and produced by composer, pianist, musicologist and organizer Heather Pinkham. For this project, Heather has asked twelve composers, residing in The Netherlands, to write a 4-minute piece for a specific soloist (twelve in total as well), reflecting on the lockdown corona situation. For every performance, the composer was the only audience member. Composers involved were a.o. Jacob TV, Heather Pinkham, Chiel Meijering, Aspasia Nasopoulou, and Anthony Fiumara. Joey Roukens wrote a concise but dramatic piano work for Ralph, called Roaming Empty Streets.  Besides the live stream, the concert was live broadcasted by the Dutch national radio. The entire concert can now be watched back here, with Ralph’s performance starting at 49’30”.