February 2007

The writer JAN BROKKEN and pianist RANDAL CORSEN. Brokken gave a lecture about his then recently published book  ” Why eleven Antilleans knelt before the heart of Chopin ” (2015). It outlined how Curacao piano playing had its links with elements of Chopin’s style of composing and was rooted in African rhythm. And how Curaçao composers and pianists in an unprecedented way melted forms and rhythms into a very typical new Carribean style of piano playing. LatinJazz pianist/composer Randal Corsen played a.o. pieces of his great-great-grandfather Joseph Sickman Corsen – a remarkable character in the beginnings of this musical tradition that preceded Jazz.