Am 24.12. im Radio Aktiv Livestream unter radio-aktiv.de/stream.html
We are combining my Rock / Pop / R&B / Country influences with Pascal’s Jazz / Classical piano music. Pascal is not only an accomplished pianist/improvisor, he is, like me, a composer. Whereas my main composition objective was, and still is, “the song is everything”, his forte is harmony, variation and originality. Pascal is also giving me, for the first time, the opportunity to write lyrics and/or melodies to another composer’s music. His “stand alone” piano arrangements also afford me the opportunity to sing, play flute, saxophone, guitar and bass on stage in a duo formation.
I think we compliment each other’s music the same way that salt and pepper compliment a good soup.
Our last concerts have been very successful and we are now looking forward to playing in venues that will bring our music to a larger audience.
Thank you for listening!
Es Lebe Die Liebe
End of the Show
Where did I go wrong
Mit Pascal Palamidessi, Piano, und Unterstützung von Sue Sheehan, Trompete:
Auf Deutsch, mit Text von Tanja Flügel:
Nach dem Erfolg im April kommt Alan im November wieder in den Ratskeller in Salzhemmendorf. Diesmal wird als Special Guest Liedermacher Ingmar Schütte mit seinem Programm Lacher, Kracher, Liedermacher dabei sein. Eine kleine Kostprobe gibt es hier:
Der Eintritt beträgt 10 €, Kartenvorverkauf im Ratskeller oder per Anfrage über das Kontaktformular.
I thought I should write a small explanation for the series of cover song videos I will be posting. As I listen to and watch various music videos on You Tube or Face Book, I am always
impressed by the excellent level of instrumental ability, dancing ability, singing ability and technical work, (staging,lighting, editing, etc), achieved by the new generation of creative artists. On the other hand, I am not so impressed with their song writing skills. I think that we, as musicians, have concentrated far too long on rhythm and arrangements, and not enough on melody or song structure.
This all begs the question: What makes a great song great?
In my opinion, a great song has the following characteristics:
- Great Melody
- Great Lyrics
- Great emotion or image impact
- The inexplainable power to grab and keep your attention from the beginning to the end.
In order to demonstrate my argument, I am going to play and sing songs from various song writers, who have proven over and over, that they understood what makes a great song great. The artists are ALL people who have written any number of great songs. There will be no „one hit wonder“ artists represented.
Starting with Willie Nelson…
… and German songwriter Herbert Grönemeyer:
Es gibt neue Termine!
Am 15. April 2016 in Salzhemmendorf
Ratskeller, Hauptstraße 43. Eintritt: Vorverkauf 5,- € / Abendkasse 7,- €.
Vorverkauf im Ratskeller; falls ihr vorher nicht hin kommt um Karten zu besorgen, gerne bei Alan über das Kontaktformular melden.
Am 16. April 2016 in Burgdorf
„Beim Doktor“, am Brandende.
Here are edits from „End Of The Show“ and „Mon Rêve“. The blues was written with the help of Michael Geyer, but all the tracks are home grown.
Yo! I played a gig on Saturday night near Hannover. This song was written many moons ago with the help of one of my oldest and dearest friends, Jim Sawyers. He wrote second verse and the guitar riff in the middle of the tune. (Welcome to the middle of the tune).