The Music and Art of Jan Halsema.

Main stream Jazz, New Age music.

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About "Musimagery"


Comments or questions: musima@janjazz.com


Jan Halsema, son of Dutch composer Piet Halsema, started his musical career at 15, playing the clarinet, and quickly fell in love with the spirit and flavor of American traditional (Dixieland)  jazz. While Jan toured Europe with a Dutch Band called "the Ted Easton Combo", he was introduced to mainstream Jazz  (Bebop).
He arrived in the US in 1961, where he started a family, making San Antonio, Texas his homebase.

In the mid 60's, Jan became a pioneer in the new pitch-to-voltage electronic music technology by outfitting his Alto sax with a electronic pickup and a pitch-to-voltage interface. Today (2001), he uses a PC computer for MIDI and AUDIO, and also uses an EWI (Electronic Woodwind Instrument by AKAI), and of course his alto saxophone.
With all of the above, he is able to weave his musical wizardry into a unique and hauntingly beautiful experience.

In the 80's by combining acoustical instruments with the latest in electronic technology, Jan produced a recording, "The Glass Mirage" (tape), with his group "MUSIMAGERY", which will soon be reissued on CD.
The 90's have been an experimental time of mixing medias, technology, and the old with the new.
Mainstream Jazz intertwined with New Age Jazz - MIDI/computer compositions driving visual arts - reinterpreting and improvising upon past Jazz masters via the Internet.


Selected Cuts:

-Title- Cover format Style of Jazz
"Glass Mirage" "The Glass Mirage" Real Audio New Age
"Easy Rhythm" "The Glass Mirage" Real Audio New Age
"A Walk" "The Glass Mirage" Real Audio New Age
"The Christmas Song" "HolidayJazz" Real Audio Mainstream
"Merry Little Xmas" "HolidayJazz" Real Audio Mainstream
"Oh Tannenbaum" "HolidayJazz" Real Audio Mainstream
"Bells"  "HolidayJazz" Real Audio Mainstream
"Take 5" "Take 5 from the Riverwalk" Real Audio Mainstream
"Round Midnight" "Take 5 from the Riverwalk" Real Audio Mainstream
"Georgia" "Take 5 from the Riverwalk" Real Audio Mainstream
"Girl from Ipanema" "Take 5 from the Riverwalk" Real Audio Mainstream
Holiday Jazz
Style: Mainstream Jazz

Jan Halsema: Alto Sax and EWI with MIDI orchestrations

Christmas Song - Blue Christmas - O Tannenbaum - Jingle Bells - Have Yourself a Merry Little Xmas - Carol Bells - I'll be home for Christmas - Bells - Joy to the World - Christmas on Mars - Christmas Song (V2) - Deck the Halls - Silent Night - We wish you a Merry Xmas - Angels Sing - Ave Maria - Green Sleeves - Oh Come Let Us Adore Him



















Glass Mirage/Musimagery
Style: New Age Jazz

Jan Halsema: Alto Sax and EWI with MIDI orchestrations
David Underwood: Acoustic Guitar
 
 

Glass Mirage - Flight - Sylvan Enchantment - Mantra - Scene - A Walk - Fresh - Easy Rhythm - Flowers - Double Take - Shimmering Strings



















"Take Five!" from the Riverwalk
Style: Mainstream Jazz

Jan Halsema: Alto Sax and EWI with MIDI orchestrations

CD version: Take Five - The Girl from Ipanema -So Rare - Ain't Misbehavin - A Time For Love - April in Paris - As Time Goes By -Do nothing till you hear from me - Harlem Nocturne - I'll Remember April - Loverman - Jan's Blues - I'm Beginning to See the Light - Ruby My Dear - Night and Day - When a Man Loves a Woman
cassette version: What's New - Take Five - As Time Goes By - The Girl from Ipanema - Satin Doll - Harlem Nocturne - Georgia - So Rare - Misty - Do nothing till you hear from me - Unforgettable - Round Midnight - Ain't Misbehavin



















Latest CD out ! ! !

"Stepping Out"Jan Halsema on Alto Sax, Keil Keener on Drums,
Darrel Tidaback on Upright Bass, and Ralph Duran on Piano.
 Recorded in San Antonio, Texas, US, by Luvine Elias at his sound recording studio.
The above is a mainstream Jazz CD.  "Enjoy!"
 
 

Ordering Availability:

-- Cover --   CD:   Cassette:
"Take 5, from the Riverwalk"   $15 (US) per CD   $10 (US) per cassette
"Holiday Jazz"   $15 (US) per CD   $10 (US) per cassette
"The Glass Mirage"   ----------------------   $10 (US) per cassette
"Stepping Out"   $15 (US) per CD   ----------------------
   

To make a purchase, send a check or money order in the exact amount of US currency (Tax/Shipping/Handling is included in the price) to:

Jan Halsema, 107 Dryden, San Antonio, Texas 78213 USA.

Please include your mailing & email address with music titles wanted- all sales final.

 Comments or questions: musima@janjazz.com


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