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GEN meeting, July 14 2018 Rotterdam

GEN at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

GEN at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

On Friday night FQM work for King Crimson’s first performance at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

On Saturday morning and afternoon a GEN practice day. Present: PV, FB, JA. Facilitated by PV.

Callisthenics, with a nice secondary primary variation.

Repertoire:

  • Camino de las tropas
  • Blockhead
  • Chuk
  • LTIA I

WdR who came in right before completion agreed to act as an audience and we played all the pieces rehearsed today. Performers and audience were satisfied with the result.

On Saturday night FQM work for King Crimson’s second performance at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

GEN meeting, May 21 2018 Vilt

Present: FB, PV, WdR, JA. Facilitated by JA.

Callisthenics

  • C major
  • “Mika’s exercise”
  • secundaries
  • secundaries Am
  • C major counting to 9

Repertoire

  • Sunken ship
  • Camino de las tropas
  • Blockhead
  • Metamorphosis (Reich) presented by WdR, played in parts
  • any note circulation
  • circulation C, low / high
  • arpeggio circulation
  • Larks I
  • EotN

Talk about communication in the group, and in the near future a FQM commitment.

For the next time:

  • Blockhead
  • Camino De Las Tropas
  • Sunken Ship
  • Metaporphosis
  • perhaps an arrangement for the Pretender (Foo Fighters) by FB

GEN meeting, April 29 2018 Hengelo

Present: FB, PV, JA. Facilitated by FB.

  • strength for the weak
  • C major over two strings
  • 1324 over 2 strings
  • 1423 over two strings
  • Blockhead
  • rehearse the setlist

Than at about 4, a performance for a small audience at a birthday party at FB’s nephew:

  • Larks I
  • Halloween
  • circulation C harmonic minor on string 1 (pick) and 6 (thumb)
  • Blockhead
  • Asturias

For the next time:

  • more practice on Blockhead
  • Camino De Las Tropas
  • Sunken Ship

GEN meeting, October 15 2017, Rotterdam

Facilitated by PV. Present FB, PV, WdR, JA.

Refreshing and rehearsing material

  • scales on string D (major), G (minor), A (harmonic minor)
  • E symmetrical exercise
  • Red
  • EotN
  • VPRO tune by Jacob Klaasse was presented by PV
  • Larks I
  • Blockhead presented by FB
  • progression in Dm
  • Asturias
  • a shot at Impact on Earth

Next meeting will be November 26, focus will be on Maraton, Blockhead and the VPRO tune.

GEN performance, May 21 2017, Voerendaal

GEN perform Pale Blue Eyes with guest vocalist Paul van Loo

GEN perform Pale Blue Eyes with guest vocalist Paul van Loo

GEN is one of the acts performing at the St. Rafael charity party at May 21 2017. Pictured above GEN performing the Velvet Undergrounds “Pale Blue Eyes” with singer Paul van Loo. This was the encore, after performing this set:

GEN setlist for the St. Rafael charity perfomance

GEN setlist for the St. Rafael charity perfomance

GEN meeting, April 23 2017, Vilt

3/4 after a day of rehearsals

3/4 after a day of rehearsals

Facilitated by JA. Present FB, PV, JA.

A day that was intended to be focused on learning one song, it turned out to be more. All of this in preparation for the St. Rafael charity event on May 21.

  • learn and rehearse the song that GEN will be performing with a guest singer. This is new and exciting territory: it’s a song! It’s in four! Still, we managed to manage
  • play through a longlist of possible pieces we can play, make a selection
  • work on refreshing / refining three pieces
  • the set that we established consists of 7 pieces and 2 circulations, in total about 30 minutes
  • make a recording of all this, without audience
  • perform it for a small family audience

Good results for a good day of work.

GEN meeting, February 26 2017, Rotterdam

Celebrity fruit-bowl

“Celebrity fruit-bowl”, objet trouvé at PV’s house

Facilitated by PV. Present PV, WdR and JA.

Starting ~10:40
First, talk about ambitions for this year. Concrete possibilities are:

  • performance at the Stichting Rafael Charity Garden Party 2017. This is on
  • and, at that Party, a possible collaboration with another performer (singer). JA will work out an arrangement for a song and contact the performer
  • WdR’s wife would appreciate a performance for het birthday in May
  • a possible afternoon performance in Utrecht
  • WdR has committed to organizing “Rooms to live” (livingroom) performances in September – October – November 2017. These might be performed by GEN as a whole, or by subsets of GEN
  • and for 2018 the possibility to give “coffee concerts”

And talk done by the guitars:

  • calisthenics RH, LH
  • PV and WdR present an exercise from Mika
  • JA presents counting 3 and 4 simultaneously (this needs more practice)
  • Bach Canon

Lunch, continuing ~13:15

  • The second shot
  • Red
  • Growing circle
  • LTIA I
  • EotN
  • Asturias
  • THRAK, shouting the count while playing
  • and a walk-through of our attention through our body and what is around us

Finishing ~17:45