The last three piano sonatas by Beethoven (109, 110, 111) are simply amazing, the last one particularly. Krystian Zimerman is a fabulous pianist, who rarely records and rarely plays in public. But when he does it, it’s always remarkable. Put the two together in one of the most beautiful concert halls in Paris, La Salle Pleyel, and you have an unforgettable evening. And when Krystian Zimerman plays the last piano sonata of Beethoven, and particularly the second movement, you are in contact with heaven, if heaven exists. This piece of piano comes from somewhere else. What can you compose for the piano after that? And what can you play as an encore after that? Only silence can conclude such a beautiful piece and such a beautiful interpretation.
Yesterday, we gave the first representation of a part of our recital in front of an audience of family members and friends. It went very well. We had some very positive feedback. We gave a dozen songs from several musicals (The Scarlet Pimperbel, Miss Saigon, Jeckyll and Hyde, The Fantasticks, …) and some songs by Stephen Sondheim of course! The first public representation will be in Angers on June 24th.
This week, I played one of the lead parts in the short film The Chips Are Down directed by Adrien Jeuffrain. I played the boss of a gang, Bartoli, a man who is ready to do anything to get his money back and coldly kills a young man in front of his girlfriend after toying with both of them for a while.
I am currently reading « Write Screenplays That Sell ». This is a great book about screenwriting written by Hal Ackerman, the co-chair of the screenwriting program at UCLA, whom I met a few weeks ago. A must read for screenwriters and aspiring screenwriters.
A few days ago, I met Hal Ackerman, co-director of the screenwriting program at UCLA. It was a very nice meeting and we discussed a lot about screenwriting and script doctoring. Hal gave me his latest book, “Write Screenplays That Sell”, which I immediately started reading. He also invited me to a masterclass by Fred Rubin on “How to write a comedy.” I had a great time!