[Update: Die Deutschland-Tournee wurde zwar abgesagt.
Eigentlich schaut es so einfach aus. Ein Mann in Jeans, Turnschuhen und schwarzem Shirt mit dem Schriftzug “Bach” kommt auf die Bühne, begrüßt das Publikum, stellt sich vor und spielt dann auf einem Flügel.
Eigentlich. Dass es nicht ganz so einfach ist, beschreibt der britische Pianist James Rhodes in seinem Buch “Fire on all sides” und bei seinen Auftritten, unter anderem in diesem Herbst in verschiedenen Städten in Deutschland.
Auf dem Programm steht:
Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata No. 15 Op. 28 “Pastoral”;
Frédéric Chopin Scherzo Nr. 2 n. 2 in b-Moll, Op 31;
Frédéric Chopin: Nocturne in C-Moll Op 48/1;
Johann Sebastian Bach (Fassung für Klavier von Ferrucio Busoni): Toccata, Adagio und Fuge in C-Dur, BWV 564;
18. Oktober, 20 Uhr: München, Prinzregententheater;
1. November, 20 Uhr: Dortmund, Konzerthaus;
3. November, 19 Uhr: Düsseldorf, Savoy Theater;
5. November, 20 Uhr: Stuttgart, Theaterhaus;
18. November, 20 Uhr: Berlin, Kammermusiksaal der Philharmonie;
26. November, 20 Uhr: Lübeck, Musik- und Kongresshallen.
Karten zu allen Konzerten gibt es im Vorverkauf auch bei Eventim.
Mehr zu James Rhodes gibt es hier
Ahead of his upcoming tour in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, James Rhodes kindly answered a few questions. No idea how he does it, but the answers hit my inbox in no time 😉
You have been on tour recently and will have a couple of concerts in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Do you have time to stroll a bit through every town you are in? And if so are you looking for something typical in the town you are in?
I really hope so. Some days I’ll have more time than others but ideally I’ll always be able to stroll around and explore new places – most of these cities are new to me and I can’t wait.
How are you preparing for the concert in the evening? Is it important for you to relax, sleep in or are you too excited to be calm?
It’s a real mixture – on a perfect day I’ll be well rested and excited (in a call way!). But of course lots of the time I’ll be stressed and anxious and grumpy. But then I’m that way with everything not just concerts.
Is it difficult to concentrate when playing in a new hall?
Not usually. Sitting at the piano is the best place for me, whatever the hall is like.
You are quite active on Twitter where you are not only funny or chat about ordinary things. You are very open when it comes to topics such as depression or the abuse you suffered as a boy. Is it some kind of therapy for you? And are the internet/ social media stressful sometimes?
I love Twitter. I’ve met some wonderful people on there and been very lucky in that I haven’t come across much nastiness. I think loneliness can be really debilitating for people especially if they’re a bit wobbly emotionally (like me), so social media can be a really positive thing. I think it’s important to just be myself whether it’s with a friend in a cafe or online, it’s always the same me. Life’s too short to pretend.
When meeting fans it seems you are really enjoying it. Is there anything you want to tell them?
Thank you! That’s the main thing. It’s appreciated more than they know and it makes me feel all warm inside. Don’t ever feel shy about coming to say hello 🙂
I met James Rhodes in September 2015 after a talk at The Guardians’ and asked for a selfie. Photo: Petra Breunig
You can find more about James Rhodes on his side where there are also links to tour dates, his Sound Cloud and his Twitter – and on this blog
All dates for his upcoming tour are in this poster: jamesrhodestourposter2016