What a web site should be like

All I have to say is WOW !

I just visited the website of composer Jacob ter Veldhuis.

And all I have to say is WOW !

This is what a composer website should be like. I usually skip over the often innocuous, insipid flash intros that pepper the internet these days. But this time, I was compelled to stick it out. And it was well worth the look see. The flash is a compelling introduction to a great looking website full of information and web media, be they graphic,  audio or video clips. Simple navigation and beautiful layout. What more can you ask for?

Well great content helps. And JacobTV, as he refers to himself on the web, provides this with his personal style of music making.

Jacob ter Veldhuis is well known in saxophone circles for pieces for sax & boombox (or ghetto blasters if you prefer). My first encounter with his music was a performance of Blast It by Arno Bornkamp at the Montreal World Saxophone Congress in 2000. There is a clip of the piece in the Audio section of the site. A definite crowd pleaser.

Ter Veldhuis has a flair for showmanship and it is both reflected in his music and in the way everything is presented on his web site.

Oh, and did I mention WOW ! [Just kidding...]

His music reflects the sonic environment we all live in and he derives an energetic flow throughout his work. Definitely a composer to keep an eye on.

Well worth a visit whether you know of his work or not.