Grand Band – a New York City-based piano sextet consisting of Vicky Chow, David Friend, Paul Kerekes, Blair McMillen, Lisa Moore and Isabelle O'Connell – honored the recent passing of Simeon ten Holt with a complete performance of the Dutch composer's epic work for multiple keyboards, Canto Ostinato.
Composed in 1976, Canto Ostinato illustrates ten Holt's unique brand of minimalism, which divides meditative, rhythmic repetitions and ultra-melodic motives into multi-measure cells to be repeated as the performer sees fit. The piece's musical structure is open – performance duration can vary between one hour to a day in length – and evolves as each new motive is passed among the different keyboardists.
Born in the Dutch province of North Holland, Simeon ten Holt passed away on November 25, 2012 at the age of 89. He would have been 90 years old on January 24.
This concert was recorded during a live performance at (Le) Poisson Rouge on January 15. Noriko Okabe was Q2 Music's recording engineer.