Jef de Roode - Piano music by improvisation

Jef is a Dutch pianist mainly known for his improvisations based on famous pop and rock songs. Even though he was classically trained he doesn’t follow the rules set by academics.

“To improvise implies you're forced to be naked. You can't hide behind safe rules. You're free to fly. But always aware that you could fall.”

Next to his improvisations based on famous themes you can also listen to his own compositions. You can find examples of that on his last two albums ‘In de Spiegel’ - which was recorded live - and ‘September’ - which contains one long piano improvisation.

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The latest album

September an album that contains one long piano improvisation that’s exactly 43 minutes long. The music takes the listener on a journey in which every step is different from the previous one. Even there is a recurring theme, the theme always exposes itself in another musical shape. Those can be complex shapes, containing complicated musical harmonies. However, they always return to essential shapes: the recurring melody carried by simple 3 note harmonies.

September can be seen as 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.

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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Book Jef!

Jef would absolutely love to perform at your musical event! Every performance is an unique, once in a life time experience, cause of the nature of Jef’s improvised music. Please send an email to know more about the possibilities.