Composer, Pianist Søren Bebe Discusses Thoughts on Home
The Søren Bebe Trio has just released their new album Home of which composer Søren Bebe says, “This record is the first time I’ve actually been ‘true’ to my artistic vision. Home is a quiet, slow album – the kind I’ve always wanted to make but didn’t have the guts to do…in this sense, the new album makes me feel like I’m finally ‘home’.” He describes the eleven compositions on Home as follows:
Søren Bebe: Composer, Piano
Kasper Tagel: Bass
Anders Mogensen: Drums
1)The Path to Somewhere – a wise person once told me: “If you want to go and sit in another chair, you first have to get up from the one you’re sitting in right now. You can’t sit on two chairs at the same time”. As simple as it is, this phrase stuck with me. In other words, if you want change, you have to sacrifice something and be willing to experience the unknown for a while. This means taking a new path without knowing exactly where it’s leading.
2) Tango for T – this is my homage to the wonderful Norwegian pianist, Tord Gustavsen. I didn’t know anything about his work until three years ago when, in almost every review of my own music, I was starting to read things like “He knows his Tord Gustavsen”, or “Søren Bebe is a pianist who’s absorbed all Gustavsen’s albums”. Honestly, I had no idea who Tord was – although but I’m pretty sure we grew up listening to some of the same stuff :). So, naturally, I had to find out what he was all about. The result is that I’ve come to love Tord’s music and sound.
3) Trieste – this song is dedicated to the city and the wonderful people of Trieste, Italy. We got an invitation to perform there as part of ‘Le Nuove Rotte del Jazz’ festival in 2015. It turned out to be one of my biggest concert experiences in recent years: a packed house, a fine piano and a beautiful audience – not to mention the lovely Italian food and wine :o). It deserved a song.
4) Tyst – is an old Danish word for “quietly”.
5) A Simple Song – I wrote this melody rather quickly and for some time thought it was too simple. In the studio, Anders and Kasper came up with a Cuban-style groove which gives a nice balance to this ‘simple’ song.
6) Haarlem Landscape – is a song that’s been with me for years. It was originally part of a suite commissioned by the National Gallery of Denmark for an exhibition in 2011 – a suite that I co-wrote with my good friend the Danish singer Ditte Rønn, and our duo, ‘RØST’.
7) Time – I turned 40 last year. It was a big eye-opener and a reminder of how quickly the years pass.
8) Floating – refers not only to the floating character of the song, but also the wonderful feeling of being ‘in flow’ with the music.
9) Look Out Now – the song keeps shifting halfway between two different time signatures: 4/4 and 3/4. It seemed a natural thing to do with the melody – but you have to look out when improvising :).
10) Home – I’ll leave this blank for you to fill out.
11) Tak – “Tak” is Danish for “Thank you”. I’m grateful every day for my family, for our health and for being able to make music. And I’m so thankful for the fact that there are people out there like you, listening and supporting. It’s an amazing feeling.
Hear selections of Home below