Music reviews


“Stromen van zuivere klanken, die met klaterende helderheid, sprankelend, als een kleine beek, in de prille ochtendzonnestralen, mijn ziel mild omhelzen, met hun balsemende warmte…..” (Else van der Sloot, kunstenares)

English translation:
“Streams of pure sounds, that with luminous clarity, sparkling, like a small stream, in the early morning sunbeams, gently surround my soul, with their balming warmth …..” (Else van der Sloot, visual artist)


“Zij componeert en speelt, van intens en gevoelig tot snelle improvisaties. Van rustig naar ruig, van romantisch naar opwinding, van meditatief naar wakker worden.” (Sjax de Bekker, zanger-liedjesschrijver)

English translation:
“She composes and plays with great intensity and sensitivity to fast improvisations. From calm to rough, from romantic to excitement, from meditative to awakening.” (Sjax de Bekker, singer-songwriter)


“Voor mijn verjaardag heeft een vriendin van ons je cd bij je besteld. Ik had ‘m op mijn verlanglijstje gezet, omdat ik de recensie in het ND had gelezen. Hun minpuntje ‘het kabbelt wat te veel’ wekte juist mijn nieuwsgierigheid, want daar houd ik wel van. Vervolgens heb ik via YouTube delen beluisterd. Inmiddels heel je cd geluisterd uiteraard. En ik wil je even laten weten dat ik ‘m prachtig vind! Heerlijk dat ‘gekabbel’. Overigens wat mij betreft in combinatie met verrassende loopjes en wendingen en grote techniek. Daarom: dank je wel! Ook voor het signeren. Ik zie uit naar meer muziek van je.” (Frans van Velzen, lezer Nederlands Dagblad)


“Wow this is the first time I have seen someone play like this- extremely talented …feeling blessed to experience this. 🙏” (Insight Timer LIVE-stream listener)


“This is how music moves through a person…so beautiful” (Insight Timer LIVE-stream listener)


“So beautiful ❤️ Your music really moves me. Thank you for sharing your music. Looking forward to listening to more in the future. 🙌💕” (Insight Timer LIVE-stream listener)


“Your music brings me peace and beauty. 🙏💖🌹” (Insight Timer LIVE-stream listener)


“Incredible ✨ you were clearly born for this. I hope you love it as much as we love to hear/feel/experience it 🧡” (Insight Timer LIVE-stream listener)


“Your track Firemark is a lovely piano solo composition with a moderate pace, cheerful and energetic melody. Yet the track is able to create a calming atmosphere which helps the listener to focus and concentrate.” (Fabio, FoxMusic)”


“I love the delicacy, the dynamics and the accelerando and rallentando that you use in your music. For a piano performer, especially in this style, they are very important prerogatives to transmit emotions to the listeners.”  (Rana, Gentle Piano Music)


“The album contains eleven original piano solos and was recorded on a Fazioli grand piano. The music expresses a variety of moods, activities and landscapes, embellished with a masterful touch and occasional pianistic fireworks. It is a beautiful introduction to a very promising new artist!

Firemark begins with the title track, my favorite piece on the album. The rolling left hand provides a strong supporting rhythm for the simple but heartfelt melody. Melancholy and poignant, I love playing pieces like this because they transport me to a whole different realm. “Blossom On the Rocks” is much lighter and dreamier, and Mirjam’s trills in the upper registers of the piano make me think of butterflies and hummingbirds. “Haunting Memories” is another favorite with its swirling energy and dramatic intensity – another fun one to play, I’m sure! “Sailing Out” expresses the peaceful feeling of gliding smoothly on the water in a sailboat, watching sunlight dancing on the surface of the water. “Echo” begins very quietly, gradually building and becoming a fast waltz that dances freely all over the piano keyboard – another favorite. “Still On My Mind” seems to express regret, loss, and deep soul-searching in the first half of the piece. The mood brightens in the middle, and then returns to the more pensive mood of the first part. “Cafe au Lait” has a subdued, introspective feeling that comes from deep inside – very honest and sincere. The last piece on the album is called “Loyalty,” a quality that doesn’t seem to be the subject of many musical compositions. This piece is strong, graceful and very open and then builds to a powerful closing that includes wordless vocals.

Firemark is a very impressive debut and clearly demonstrates the versatility of Mirjam van den Bos’ composing as well as the beauty of her piano playing. I see a very bright career ahead for her! The album is available from Amazon and iTunes. Highly recommended!” (Kathy Parsons, MainlyPiano.com)

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