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The Girls Collection

by Keith Calmes & Chiel Meijering

Guitar-trios and -quartets for classical and electric guitar
Genre: Classical: Contemporary
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Catherine Deneuve
Keith Calmes & Chiel Meijering
3:12 $0.99
2. Gwyneth Paltrow
Keith Calmes & Chiel Meijering
2:55 $0.99
3. Cameron Diaz
Keith Calmes & Chiel Meijering
3:40 $0.99
4. Marilyn Monroe
Keith Calmes & Chiel Meijering
2:51 $0.99
5. Nadya Tolokno
Keith Calmes & Chiel Meijering
4:04 $0.99
6. Kim Kardashian (Live)
Keith Calmes & Chiel Meijering
3:44 $0.99
7. Naomi Campbell
Keith Calmes & Chiel Meijering
3:05 $0.99
8. Cicciolina, Pt. 2
Keith Calmes & Chiel Meijering
2:42 $0.99
9. Adriana Sklenarikova
Keith Calmes & Chiel Meijering
3:11 $0.99
10. Anne Hathaway
Keith Calmes & Chiel Meijering
2:53 $0.99
11. Angelina Jolie
Keith Calmes & Chiel Meijering
2:44 $0.99
12. Annette Bergman
Keith Calmes & Chiel Meijering
2:43 $0.99
13. Taylor Swift
Keith Calmes & Chiel Meijering
2:46 $0.99
14. Christina Applegate
Keith Calmes & Chiel Meijering
2:30 $0.99
15. Dolly Parton
Keith Calmes & Chiel Meijering
2:20 $0.99
16. Romeo Died
Keith Calmes & Chiel Meijering
3:01 $0.99
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Composer Chiel Meijering was born in Amsterdam in 1954. He studied composition with Ton de Leeuw, percussion under Jan Labordus and Jan Pustjens and piano at the Amsterdam Conservatory of Music. He is one of the most performed Dutch composers.
Meijering has an enormous output of works. He has written over 1000 compositions so far, for almost any instrumentation imaginable. A main focus has been on various small ensemble settings. Many of these pieces are performed regularly in the Netherlands and abroad and were written for renowned chamber music ensembles, such as the Aurelia Saxophone Quartet, the Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet, the Mondriaan String Quartet, the Matangi String Quartet, the Sinfonietta Amsterdam, the Amsterdam Guitar Trio, the Asko|Schönberg Ensemble or German newcomer ensemble Spark. Since the 2000s, Meijering has developed a growing interest into opera. The overwhelming success of his Alzheimer Opera, which was premiered in January 2006 at the Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ marked his breakthrough with a larger theater audience. “Alzheimer” was quickly followed by several productions, such as “Styx”, “De keizer is knetter”, “Grenspost Zinnenwald” and “Blauwbaard”. Meijering is currently working on a new opera for the Holland Opera Company, to be performed in 2011. Furthermore he has received a commission by the Asko|Schönberg Ensemble in cooperation with Concertgebouw Amsterdam for a short opera for children, which will be performed in front of about 5000 children within four days. Some of the songs in the opera will also be sung by the children as part of an educational project.

A very strong characteristic of Meijering’s works is a large variety of styles. Without any difficulty, he seems to move between different musical worlds and genres and thus creates a different texture for each of his works. Some of them remind of pop, jazz or world music, others are written in a classical tradition or show avant-garde elements. Meijering is driven by spontaneity. All kinds of emotions and experiences that arise during a day, may directly flow into the composition he is working on. Sometimes he even uses accidents as a method and throws the dice for creating clusters. Meijerings works always have programmatic titles, sometimes funny or provocative or fooling around with toilet or sex humour. Examples include “I Hate Mozart” (for flute, alto saxophone, harp and violin), “I’ve Never Seen a Straight Banana” (for alto saxophone, marimba, piano, harp, and violin), “If the Camels Don’t Get You, the Fatimas Must!” (for solo violin), “When the Cock Crowed His Warning” (for two recorders, viola, cello and piano), “GangBang” (for large orchestra and electric guitar) and “Background-Music for Non-Entertainment Use in Order to Cover Unwanted Noise” (for four saxophones). This philosophy goes back to the 1970s, when he tried to separate himself from the all to pragmatic and dry practice of most of his colleaugues, naming their pieces “Sonata No. 33” or “Symphonie No. 15”. Now that he has reached the middle of his fifties, Meijering’s titles – as well as his music – are experiencing a shift to the more romantic and poetic side: “NightbeastCry” (for toy piano), “The house with paper walls” (for viola and harp) or “Blue shadows flower into light” (for saxophone orchestra and two pianos).

Meijering has found a large public not only in the Netherlands, but also on international stages. His music shows high artistry and still remains catchy and accessible for a broad audience. This is a very rare combination in the contemporary music scene and has helped Meijering to establish himself not only within the serious music circle, but also and foremost in the international classical music scene. Even Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands outet herself as a huge lover of Meijering’s music, when she ordered one of his compositions for a festive concert on the occasion of her 60th birthday. Without any doubt, Meijering can be described as one of the most popular and famous voices of contemporary Dutch music.

Keith Calmes earned degrees in Classical Guitar Performance from California State University Northridge, The Juilliard School, and the University of Southern California. His performance credits include a Carnegie Hall recital debut, concerti with the Monmouth Symphony, a performance with Carlos Barbosa-Lima, and concerts with flautist Marjorie Koharski. Many composers have written for Keith, including Roger Aldridge, Will Ayton, Timothy Broege, Frank Campo, Ruben Delgado, Chiel Meijering, Maximo Diego Pujol Stepan Rak and Jim Scully. Keith teaches at Wall High School in New Jersey and was presented the Outstanding Teacher Award from The College of New Jersey. Acoustic Library and Mel Bay Publications have published many of his works.. Keith endorses Godin Guitars, K & K acoustic pickups and ZT Amplifiers; and also performs on a guitar built for him by Kristopher Barnett.

"Varied and innovative...a real artist, his primary concern is the music, first and foremost." The Aquarian
"Diverse performing skills...extremely well played...very listenable"- Classical Guitar Magazine

"...a Master Musician."- Guitar for the Practicing Musician

"Daring dynamics and intense energy added an appealing, explosive quality to the recital."- Guitar Player Magazine

"...a fine American guitarist doing heroic work in the trenches."- Maestro Eliot Fisk

"...exceptionally tasteful and expressive playing"- Minor 7th

"...masterful guitar playing."- Philadelphia Classical Music

"This is what happens when Punkers grow up and learn how to play. Really learn how to play." - Razorcake

"a classical master...sublimely soothing, yet detail intensive...Belmar's best-kept secret (and just plain best)."- Red Bank Orbit



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