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  • Joep Beving & Maarten Vos
    vision of contentment
    Music

Acclaimed pianist Joep Beving and Berlin-based producer and cellist Maarten Vos share their first collaborative album, 'vision of contentment', via LEITER. It follows work together on 2019’s 'Henosis', Beving’s third album, which came about after the two musicians shared a bill in Amsterdam in 2018. Mixed by Nils Frahm at LEITER studio in Berlin’s famed Funkhaus complex, where Vos also has his studio, the LP contains eight brand new compositions and is available on vinyl as well as via all digital platforms.

For Beving, it was a natural step to take, and arguably overdue. “Doing an album from scratch as a joint project was something Maarten and I wanted to try for a while now,” he says. “When my deal came to an end, we saw an opportunity to start making music. I’m always trying to create small worlds for the listener to temporarily live in. Working with Maarten and Nils has helped immensely in achieving this. Maarten is a sculptor of sound and Nils is, well...the master of sound!”

Most of 'vision of contentment' was written and recorded during July, 2023, after Beving and Vos unpacked their gear – recording equipment, various synths, a cello – to join the upright piano awaiting them in de berenpan, a shed hidden away in the forest outside Bilthoven, a small village in the Dutch province of Utrecht. The friends had already spent time together in Beving’s Amsterdam studio as well as Vos’ Funkhaus setup, sessions from which two further album tracks are taken, but their week in the countryside would prove particularly fruitful, if for uncomfortably poignant reasons. Out of their sometimes-sombre work emerged a universal eulogy to what the pianist calls “Finding comfort in the acceptance of the inevitable,” but the album represents far more than this. It’s also an astonishing personal tribute to Mark Brounen, their friend and, in Beving’s case, manager.

The album will be available via all digital platforms and on limited edition 2LP vinyl on July 19. There are more copies available for pre-order now via LEITER's Bandcamp.

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  • LP Vinyl
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    30,00 €

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Penumbra
A night in Reno
Hades
The heron
02:07
vision of contentment
The boat