Since Gino Vannelli moved from Canada to Amersfoort in the Netherlands, he is back on stage again after a few years of relative silence. In the Boerderij he played with Dutch musicians, and all of the famous hits as well as some new songs passed by in new rhythmical/harmonical arrangements. Gino is also working on a book this time, devoted to his so called 'crazy life' he lived for so many years, rushing from one place to the other, going in and out hotels. Actually one of the musicians read a preview of the book on stage which is due to come out during summer 2010. Gino is one of the masters of contemporary pop/jazz, and his voice is still as strong as ever.
I like music, especially making music. I listen to a lot of different stuff, but I like soul, jazz and fusion music most. I like to develop and experiment with tools to make music performance and improvisation on the spot more exciting. It is fun when unexpected musical things happen during a performance!
In recent years I developed the MIDI real-time Harmonizer, a tool for generating harmonized chords when playing a solo line. Inspired by the work of saxophonist Michael Brecker, I started to develop this tool to run on Mac and PC. Brecker played the Electronic Wind Instrument and used the Oberheim Xpander synth to generate random chords from an EWI solo line. Now you can accomplish the same thing with the MIDI real-time Harmonizer driving your own favourite (plugin) synths.