“Ikariotikoyunbabarrange” (2015), classical guitar
From young age Martin van Hees, being part of different bands, started writing songs. During his classical studies the way of writing and creating songs became more complex and it turned into instrumental compositions. Martin is currently composing pieces on the classical guitar but also for his ensembles, such as Kluster5. Inspiration can come from different places, but mainly his ideas develop while travelling and exploring different places on earth. Improvisation is also a key element in his musical life, developing the way he composes. Besides that, Martin is fond of arranging music for different occasions and instruments. Below you can find an example of his works and arrangements.
This composition is based on a Greek dance from Ikaria, the Ikariotiko. It is a merge between this dance and the famous guitar-composition Koyunbaba by Carlo Domeniconi. That is how Martin came up with the title “Ikariotiko – koyunbaba – arrange”. The music slowly develops into the melody of the ikariotiko, however the melody is always present but hidden between the notes.