Encouraged by Carlo Domeniconi when they met in Tokyo, Antwerp-based virtuoso guitar player Jan Depreter started to write for solo classical guitar nearly a decade ago. 18 times a laureate of some of the worlds most prestigious guitar competitions, Jan Depreter felt it was time to turn the page and start on an all new adventure. In "Wit" - his fifth solo album - for the first and only time you will find all of his compositions for solo guitar (as published by Ricordi, Metropolis & Auurk) assembled together in his most intimate musical journey to date.
In his own words:
"In the past decennium I have often marvelled at the countries I have visited. As a boy learning the guitar, I never could have dreamed that this little wooden box of wonders would take me around the globe and back again before the age of 30. The pieces presented here are snapshots of deeply emotional moments and inspiring places and persons I have met, and sometimes lost again, along the way.
Broken light on Japanese cliffs, an open starry sky in a French lavender field, Latin American danses of joy and nostalgia, the birth of a little prince, ice palaces in Russia, a lost dream, Canadian northern lights, a Scottish island made of air and sundown over a Maya temple in Mexico...
Wit, in English, means intelligence or cleverness, while in my language, Dutch, it simply means white. If music is white light in which all colours are contained, then surely the mind of the listener here is the prism that makes each colour appear.”