Quietum Libra '63 'silence is surrounded by music and you still notice the silence' The album It took me one and a half year to create 'Quietum'. Quietum is latin for rest, inner peace and is all about a journey to begin. The listener is the voyager and decides what trip he or she is going to make. I already spoke to many listeners and they all get into a flow of relief without any tensions in their body and mind. Then starting to create their own imaginations. During another journey the same voyager experiences other things. Quietum has no meaning if you listen to it in a background or noisy situation. It needs attention and time. My personal message to the listener should be absorbed in a one to one situation. The fundamental part of my music is silence surrounded by a few words. This should be noticed all the time throughout Quietum. What a sound can achieve in different kinds of environments amazes me day by day. Choosing the right instruments with the perfect notes, at the right place and on the right time is very important to me. Simple musical phrases and single notes can be so beautiful, keeping that in mind. Expect the non expected and let it happen. To feel my music, never listen to it like an analyst, because no imaginations and emotions will appear. Influences Some years ago a friend of mine said to me: 'listen to Arvo Pärt, Für Alina' The way this masterpiece changed my perspectives to music is amazing. It comforts me and gives me an inner rest I never felt before. From that moment on my musical trip into classical music began. Hildegard von Bingen, Gregorian chants, Ockeghem and Duffay, The beautiness of the French composers: Debussey, Ravel, Faure, Satie and Delius. Today's composers Silvestrov, Tuur, Giger, Pärt and my absolute favourite composer Giya Kancheli. The real meaning of human voices: the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and the Paul Hillier ensemble. And don't forget today's filmcomposers: John Williams, James Newton Howard, John Barry and Hans Zimmer. Musical background I am a singer and played drums for seven years. I started discovering melodic instruments with an accoustic guitar and a piano. I engineered music for many years. Mixing and mastering music is real fun and is a very serious and underestimated part of music. Two very good friends of mine helped me a lot. One of them teaches music theory at the conservatory. He tought me, one melodyc structures, counterpoint, the meaning of consonances and dissonances and harmony. Not being a model student I used, and still use, this knowledge in my own way. My other friend is a conservatory educated piano player, a very good composer and engineer. He tought me everything: from analog to digital. He always said to me; 'never become a musical bookkeeper'. Personally I believe in musical theory being an unmissing part of a composer's foundation. It's something everyone should learn. On the other hand there are no rules telling me how to translate my feelings into music. I hope you all discover the beauty of silence surrounded by a few words. Enjoy Quietum and feel free to contact me at: levab@tiscali. Nl Libra'63.