In this historical moment in which commercialism, the lack of creativity and a narrow vision predominate both in the musical and artistic field in general, the need for self-management is an idea that isn’t surprising to artists aware of the value of their professional activity and responsible for their creative message.
Thus, the cosmopolitan creator has found in the pianist Anna-Maria Maak, for whom Albertz has written many of his most important works, not only the perfect artistic companion but the affinity with an energetic and versatile spirit full of concerns and curiosity, which allows both artists develop a multidimensional approach of reciprocal inspiration.
Interested in discovering new elements of musical interpretation and interaction with the public, Florentyn Music also wants to become a platform of help for other musicians with solid and interesting creative concepts, so that together we can give back to music that ‘adequate place’ where a vivid audience reminds us that the search for ‘the beautiful’ is something active that don’t cling to standards.
Paraphrasing the celebrated Spanish singer-songwriter Joan Manuel Serrat: “without utopia life would be an essay for death”. With this premise, let us be that utopia “that doesn’t have enough with the possible”.
Florentyn refers to male first name of Latin origin Florentinus, a derivation of Florens, which means "flourishing".
But it is also an allusion to the Venezuelan legend of «Florentino and the Devil», immortalized in the verses of the Venezuelan poet Alberto Arvelo Torrealba. It’s a story, with an intense message, which narrates the eternal struggle between good and evil, expressing the capacity for resistance of the man over the ravages and abuses of powerful interests. A sort of story about «David and Goliath» from the Venezuelan plains that symbolizes the courage of the tenacity and the indomitable will developed in front of an apparently much superior enemy.
"The artist couple (Maak & Albertz) created an evening that is seldom realized in this form in the concert serie [...] wonderfully plucked on the guitar [...] Composition, arrangement and interpretation were equally convincing, with the pianist's ability aroused general admiration [...] Finally, the likeable artists thanked with three encores of very different character for the stormy applause. A memorable evening that will be remembered for a long time".
(Newspaper Torgauer Zeitung)
"Suhl-born pianist Anna-Maria Maak and her husband Sef Albertz recently celebrated a sensational success in Torgau, where Anna-Maria Maak played the world premiere of 'Aria, Ciaccona & Vivace', a composition by Krzysztof Penderecki, compiled and adapted for Piano by Sef Albertz ".
(Newspaper Freies Wort | In Südthüringen)
"...'brilliant' piano music ... brilliantly played ...original piano writing, an overall enrichment of contemporary piano music"
Prof. Volkmar Lehmann
(Direktor em. Institut for Piano
University of Music Weimar)
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