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VLB 2015 set I and II Impressions

VLB 2015 set I and II Impressions played solo and unplugged. Link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=7F3z8dZaZxo&list=PLpthKyYXyaA3HEn2jCLwK5iB93Pm0Nb4W UPDATE May 19th 2015: Write an e-mail to VanLeeuwenMusic@live.nl so your e-mail address can be put on the VanLeeuwen YouTube viewers list. The name of the account is Xenoview by the way. UPDATE II May 19th 2015: The VL Facebook account and page are temporarily closed for now. On the ReverbNation VanLeeuwen page, videos are no longer available (subscribe to YouTube), and there is a less amount of pics to be found. Getting ready for the newest developments! Best, Jos VanLeeuwen. Oeppss August 20th 2015: yet another update, number III. I recorded a new piece called The Encore; this composition is available on video along with 11 other videos of mine at ReverbNation and YouTube. Subscribe as indicated earlier in this blog and view another 35 videos! Thank you. Jos VanLeeuwen.

Update and info.

The Facebook accounts Jos VanLeeuwen and VanLeeuwen Band have been trimmed to such an extent that the RN Band player app is about the only thing that is still displayed on Facebook (VanLeeuwen Band page). Due to time constraints I decided to "limit" my accounts. If you like what you see and hear (Facebook VanLeeuwen Band (Band player)) you are more than welcome to still like it! That was the update; now I like to address comments I received on the "Coming to Terms" videos (15 in total; 3 vids public (Stallion/Somnambulist/So What) on FB and RN. People asked me what I do to obtain that different from usual acoustic clarinet sound. The answer is: nothing special! Whenever you listen to clarinet players on YouTube or clarinet sounds used in films (unbelievably frequent!) you hear a fantastic beautiful classical tone thanks to purely practicing on the sound during many years, and it's a help when a Eur 5K instrument with all kinds of fantastic mouthpieces is being used for that. I may have had 5 or 7 years of classical clarinet training, but since 1978 up to now I have always been playing synthesized clarinet (floorboard chorus flanger phaser waw-waw delay sound on sound etcetera. Hiding my real acoustic sound. Perfectly happy about that! When you listen to Sophisticated Insanity for instance, I can tell you that it's no exception to me to horizontally slowly close holes on the clarinet while I move my neck simultaneously to change the supply of air. Having played rather loud for many years, I discovered all kinds of extra's I could do. On the other hand, every little mistake sounds big. So, zero tolerance. When I decided to play and record those 15 vids, I played spontaneously acoustic after so many years. That's why I called the DVD "Coming to Terms". Who are you really? I can only say that the group of clarinet players I referred to earlier in this blog, have my respect and admiration. I rather live the "Rock 'n Jazz" life and a good jamsession I regard as a nice piece of a**, ready to be devoured! (meant female friendly mind you!) Alright, that's it for now. More news soon! See you!

David Rubino site maintenance: newest updates

Please find the newest updates right here on the VanLeeuwen ReverbNation site: no less than 29 videos, including the VanLeeuwen Store and VanLeeuwen Shop videos, next to 20 audio tracks. Check the Catalogue and Shop vids for prices, but just as importantly do browse around and check out the complete site (too many pics) and have fun with it!!! As always: THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!

VanLeeuwen  (about 1 year ago)

Hi folks, it's me: In his enthusiasm David additionally uploaded another 5 vids; 34 vids in total. I cut it down to 7. If you're interested in watching any of the live recordings on video (19 out of 27 hidden vids), drop me an e-mail. VanLeeuwenMusic@live.nl

VanLeeuwen  (12 months ago)

OK then...4 out of 19 live vids: Taming the Stallion, The Somnambulist, So What, Long Time No Hear. Merry X-mas.

David Rubino site maintenance: new releases.

A new double DVD (data) called Coming to Terms. VanLeeuwen playing acoustically. A spontaneous happening, playing VanLeeuwen tracks on an old and partly damaged clarinet, but having fun! Also, another release called VanLeeuwen on The Net will be out soon (next week halfways September 2014); it's an E-Book composed of a lot of Internet material on Jos van Leeuwen and also comes with a few audio and visual files. It's free of charge, provided one picks a minimum of 3 albums from the Catalogue.

Coming to terms.

Most of you may know that after my classical clarinet training I switched to the electronic / synthesized clarinet, blasting guitarists off stage in my younger years (only if they asked for it). Decades further up on the road I realized some months ago that I never actually had paid any attention to the natural sound of the instrument. There had been no need to. A wonderful classic timbre, a technically perfect staccato tongue? I was busy doing other things on that clarinet! The VanLeeuwen Band 2014 - 2015 is now a fact, but prior to that I decided to pick up an old and partly "broken" clarinet - to make things even more difficult - and play acoustically. One afternoon (April 15 2014), and on May 4 and June 4 2014, I decided to videotape my efforts. No lightshow, no electronics, no stage, just a bedroom wall, me and my old instrument. That clarinet is in the garbage now, and I'm busy with new equipment, directing the new VLB. So, here's the link, and If you watch and listen to that playlist, feel free to smile and think "WTF?". That's exactly what it is intended for: Fun! Naturally, for the real thing, stay tuned right here on ReverbNation.com/VanLeeuwen. OK, here's the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7F3z8dZaZxo&list=PLpthKyYXyaA3QlBItM9L0TVNkeDcA_q7R Update: 2 DVD album (100 minutes) called: Coming to Terms (Acoustic) has all these videos for the collectors! See Album section. Production on request! Update number 2: Video called: The Store part III.

Update November 18, 2013 (Blog, Bio, Links)

Hi everyone, first of all a sincere “thank you” for your continued support! This newest blog functions as an update (meaning some info will be deleted) for VanLeeuwen albums that can be bought by writing an e-mail to vanleeuwenmusic@live.nl and by using PayPal. Prices are in EUR (I’ll be happy to inform you of the equivalent for other currencies); please see the VanLeeuwen Catalogue on the front page. The bio has also been updated today. Some referrals to previous websites were also deleted. Second quarter of 2014 a new VanLeeuwen Band line-up will see the light of day. A warm “thank you” to all people who made previous line-ups etc possible! The new line-up will exist of drums, bass guitar, keyboards, and (myself) synthesized clarinet (main instrument) and flute (second instrument). I will no longer play tenor saxophone live on stage anymore. For special occasions I will invite tenor saxophone players to fulfill a guest role! Don’t worry, I can make a synthesized clarinet sound like a tenor saxophone! I also said goodbye (finally) to the Roland RE-501; I’m all “taped out” so to speak. Discovered some good alternatives for the Sound on Sound aspect. OK, enough said; come and see us in 2014! (Dates will be on the VL RN page.) Albums: The Last Breath & Live at The Hague (1 CDROM & 1 DVD) (2008) (doc on VL / Junction Road Band live) / Unexpected Expectations (3 CDs) (2008) (Sessions) / OU12CYIM2B4U (5 CDs) (2008) (Junction Road Band / Cadiz) / The Canadian Adventure (3 CDs) (2009) (Xenomania) / Live at The Hague (2 CDs) (2009) (Junction Road Band live) / 2 Hours of 2 Millenniums (2 CDs) (2011) (VanLeeuwen Solo / VanLeeuwen Band) / TINCA (1 CD) (2011) (Xenomania) / Absolutely Definitely Live!! (2 CDs) (2011) (VanLeeuwen Band) / VanLeeuwen on The Net - A Trilogy (CDROM) (2013) Also: 2014 and 2015: upcoming studio and live recordings (VanLeeuwen Band) Update: August 8 2014 2 DVD album (100 minutes) called "Coming to Terms" VanLeeuwen Acoustic (solo performances).

Thank you !!!

Just a word on me “being # 1 locally and nationally”: On September 15th, 2012 VL made it to be # 1 locally and nationally on the Jazz charts, until September 25th, 2012 I believe; then, on September 28th, 2012, VL was back: # 1 locally and nationally on the Jazz charts, and up to yesterday that situation didn’t change (January 29th, 2012)! Today VL has become #2 in the National Jazz Charts. The promotion period will stop tomorrow. It’s time to move on to other things....already busy...!!! Four months and a day non-stop # 1 locally and nationally is not a bad score, is it?! Thanks for your support! Will inform each and every fan of mine on new developments and undertakings, shows, releases and media exposure. Be on the ReverbNation Fan Reach List! Thanks again. Jos van Leeuwen.

So what's new?!

Today, Oct 28th, 2012, I terminated my pages with Assinck Records and WhoTune. Not much was happening for me there, although they did their best. Too time consuming for me. On WhoTune there was a 4000 character blog called "The Missing Years". I'd been asked in Dec 2010 what I had been doing all those years. Here it is: part 1,2,3,& 4. For those who are interested! We're almost 2 years further up on the road now, and it's exciting! Thanks to ReverbNation! Best, Jos van Leeuwen.

"The Missing Years" blog from WhoTune part 4.

June 2010: Completing the WhoTune and ReverbNation sites: Bio, Photos, Blogs, uploading tracks (but not for downloading yet) (This will happen when I open the WhoTune and ReverbNation stores in Aug / Sep).

July 2010: Holidays.

August 2010: Downloaded CDex 1.50 for converting Wav files to MP3 files. Final result: 117 MP3 files. Picked 48 tracks to be put on the sites (gradually). Opening up the ReverbNation Store on August 17th , 2010. Not opening up the WhoTune Store, but (Store-wise) linking it to ReverbNatio.com. (ReverbNation wants USD 0.30 per MP3, but no up front costs.) (WhoTune takes 15%, and a starter fee, and a yearly fee; no thank you.) Updated and amended MySpace, ReverbNation, and WhoTune. Uploaded the first 3 tracks to my ReverbNation Store on August 17th, 2010. Imported my MySpace fans to ReverbNation om August 19th, 2010. 11 Tracks in total in ReverbNation Store on August 22nd 2010. Updated and amended MySpace, ReverbNation, and WhoTune.

September 2010: Listened several times to each and every MP3 track, in order to make my decision which ones to pick. At some occasions I changed my mind. I tried to track down Jos van Veen and Ron Buffam. No result unfortunately. Updated and amended MySpace, ReverbNation, and WhoTune.

October 2010: In the beginning of October I increased the number of MP3s in RN My Store from 11 to 20. Updated and amended MySpace, ReverbNation, and WhoTune. (lots of pictures uploaded to ReverbNation.) 5 Songs on ReverbNation were added by 10 Trailers. Updated (and printed) files applicable on VanLeeuwen on memory stick. October 30th, 2010: updated (and printed) PayPal, Hyves, Facebook, and WhoTune.

November 2010: Listened to the 120 mp3’s (on my smartphone). Updates to WhoTune.com / MySpace.com / and ReverbNation.com Copied pages of memory stick, and WhoTune and MySpace, and assembled a “book”. (ReverbNation will be next, sometime in December) 7 tracks of Cadiz uploaded to ReberbNation/VanLeeuwen.

December 2010: 23 tracks (Junction Road Band, Xenomania/VanLeeuwen Band) to be uploaded to ReberbNation/VanLeeuwen ReverbNation pages to be copied and to be added to the “book”. Updates to WhoTune.com / MySpace.com (new version, quite some work) / and ReverbNation.com Opened up WhoTune “Store” with 10 tracks. (they now only take 15%, no extras) (Promotion of the ReverbNation My Store will start in January 2011) Updates to WhoTune.com / MySpace.com / ReverbNation.com will take place on an continuous basis.

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"The Missing Years" blog from WhoTune part 3.

July 2009: Ripped the audio from the DVD Live at The Hague 1984. 2 CD package called Junction Road Band – Live at The Hague (1984). Did the artwork as always as well. Production: 25 (continued in August 2009). Bought a “Jewel Box” for CD-Rom and DVD package The Last Breath and Live at The Hague, CD package Live at The Hague, Unexpected Expectations, OU12CYIM2B4U, The Canadian Adventure, Original files and docs (2 + 1 data DVDs, VanLeeuwen, Illustrations (The Search), Synthesized Clarinet, At First Sight. July 30th I opened a “My Space” account VanLeeuwen.

August 2009: August 8th : business card. Production (another 20) of Audio (2 CDs) Junction Road Band – Live at The Hague continued. August 26th : opened Paypal account VanLeeuwenMusic. August 29th : done with the production.

September 2009: Exploring today’s music equipment by using the Internet. Checking out the right instruments by using the Internet. Putting together an overview of theatres, bars, cafes, and other venues.

October 2009: October 9th, 10th, and 11th : Listened to 12.5 hours of recordings with records, Triffid tracks and solo recordings. October 17Th : opened up a Hyves account VanLeeuwenMusic.

November 2009: Solo concert: Impressions. Recorded live on October 7th, 1989, Toronto, Canada. Digitized on November 1st, (one re-mix on November 11th) 2009. Artwork November 3rd, 2009. Going over the theatres, bars, cafes, and other venues. Checking out possible rehearsal spaces.

December 2009: Going over the choice of instruments and equipment. Going over the theatres, bars, cafes, and other venues. Checking out possible rehearsal spaces.

January 2010: Going over the choice of instruments and equipment. Going over the theatres, bars, cafes, and other venues. Checking out possible rehearsal spaces. Opened up a Facebook account. Jos van Leeuwen VanLeeuwen VanLeeuwen Band

February 2010: Going over the choice of instruments and equipment. Going over the theatres, bars, cafes, and other venues. Opened up a WhoTune account (the first moves). Jos van Leeuwen Opened up a ReverbNation account (the first moves). VanLeeuwen

March 2010: Going over the choice of instruments and equipment. Going over the theatres, bars, cafes, and other venues. Working on the MySpace site.

April 2010: Looking for a rehearsal spot. Not as easy as in the old days anymore. Everybody has wisened up; they all want a lot of money.

May 2010: Decided that the level of musicianship I wanted to re-establish would take to many sacrefices. Sixty hours of working and travelling per week, plus composing, rehearsing, trying to get gigs, socializing, “putting your heart in it”, and having a busy family life, goes way beyond the number of hours a week has to offer; and I didn’t even mention the sleeping hours! So, for now, no live music by an own band, no touring,........ but making MP3s at home, and selling these through WhoTune.com, ReverbNation.com, and MySpace.com starting Aug / Sep 2010.