On top, the entire covid-shizzle took over a large part of all of our lifes, which gave quite a turn to our normal habits. So strange times, to say at least.
And although things are going finally better with me since last two years, the reason for this blog is not a happy one, unfortunately.
Sylvia Sommerfeld, founder of Schallwende and initiator of the acclaimed annual Schallwelle Award as well as many German electronic music events since the late 90s, passed away on December 29th.
The various nominations I got throughout the years, have been very valuable recognitions for my musical career, as well as it stimulated many of my electronic music colleagues to continue creating, developing and sharing their electronic music.
Most of the years, these award ceremonies took place at the wonderful location of the Zeiss Planetarium in Bochum. A couple of times a year, Schallwende also organized concerts at this same place. Including the sold out duo concert I did together with Bernd Scholl (aka Moonbooter) on September 15th, 2012.
|At the Grill Fest 2008: Remy, Sylvia, René and Klaus-Ulrich.|
Besides my solo performance during the Grill Fest on August 16th, 2008, the final sessions of the day together with Ron Boots, Harald van der Heijden, Henri Peeters and René van der Wouden changed my vision on playing music together, and lead to more collaborations in the years that followed.
Due to the lack of physical events during the covid period, my most recent contact with Sylvia must have been around last year's Schallwelle Awards. Sylvia really liked Däcker's "Pareidolia", which lead to the 'Discovery of 2020'.
Most recently, when Sylvia was kept in a coma, Stefan Erbe initiated to support Sylvia with personal messages. Which I indeed also did. I personalized my message with an improvised piece of music. Hopefully Sylvia got something from it in her conciousness.
|Sylvia hosting last year's|
Will miss her e-mails regarding Sinterklaas or when there was a soccer match between 'der Mannschaft' and our 'Oranje'.
Any future electronic music concert and event will not be the same anymore without Sylvia. You will be dearly missed!
Another traditional concert series to interlude the new year, will take place tonight at the Planetarium in Bochum. The "Hello 2022" concert by Ron Boots, Harald Grosskopf and Steve Baltes will surely be dedicated to Sylvia!
My sincere condolences to Klaus-Ulrich, all family, friends, and I am wishing everyone involved a lot of love and strength.
And quoting Edgar Froese: "There is no death, there is just a change of our cosmic address".