The Man Behind 'Solopsism'
21 July 2016
The man who uses music as an experiment in existential communication..
In the privacy of his own home, neo-classical piano player Joep Beving composed small, minimal pieces for piano. He put them on Spotify and before he knew it millions of people had listened to them. Beving received enthusiastic reactions from fans all over the world and was invited to appear in DWDD, a popular Dutch tv program. In October 2015 the Spotify tracks came out on LP under the title 'Solopsism', distributed by the artist himself.
Meanwhile the tracks have been listened to on Spotify more than 20 million times. Joep has performed to full houses at Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Krasnapolsky, New York Fashion Week etc. His music is an experiment in existential communication, a belief in absolute aestheticism and proof that there is such a thing as universal and metaphysical reality. It is the sound of Erik Satie, Simeon ten Holt, Chopin, Hauschka, Lubomyr Melnik, Wim Mertens and especially Nils Frahm or even Ludovico Einaudi. Delightfully effective, subtle piano works, played with the purest of intent to a breath-taking rhythm. Captivating, intoxicating, tender, romantic, touching, esoteric. A spectacular debut with a long life expectancy.
''The world is a hectic place right now. I felt a deep urge to reconnect on a basic human level with people in general. Music as our universal language has the power to unite. Regardless of our cultural differences I believe we have an innate understanding of what it means to be human. We have our goose bumps to show for it. It’s incredible to see that a completely independent artist like myself can reach people all over the world simply by playing the music that I believe in – music in its purest form.'' - Joep Beving
On Sunday October 2nd Joep will be playing his music in De Duif, a hidden jewel in the midst of the historic center. Enjoy this little preview and see what you can expect: