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Requiem for the Refugees : Version for piano / Dick Le Mair

Genre: Chamber music
Subgenre: Piano
Instruments: pf

Benedicat : for soprano, mezzo-soprano, alto, flute, soprano saxophone and harp / Dick Le Mair

Genre: Vocal music
Subgenre: Voice and instrument(s)
Instruments: zang fl sax-s hp

Gloria : for choir and ensemble / Dick Le Mair

Genre: Vocal music
Subgenre: Mixed choir and instruments
Instruments: GK4 vibr hp pf 2perc

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Marja (Ode to Love) : for carillon / Dick Le Mair

Genre: Chamber music
Subgenre: Carillon
Instruments: car



Mair, Dick Le

Date of birth: 21-02-1955
Website: Homepage Dick le Mair

Dick Le Mair was born in February 1955 into a family from Den Haag where music plays an important role. His father works as an organist in the local church and lead the boy into classical music. So Dick grows up with Bach, Mozart and Beethoven and starts playing the piano at an early age. But first problems come up when a teacher is engaged to educate the autodidact. For Dick just played by his sense of hearing and de didn´t like sheet music. His joy in playing music slowly gets lost in the maze of rules and instructions till he quitts playing.

A couple of years later he discovers the wave of Rock and Blues spilling over from England to continental Europe. Now he listens to the music of The Cream, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd etc. But this time he goes for percussion instruments and buys his first drum set. Again he learns playing it just by listening to the music. At the age of 14 Dick performs with his first band. From that time on he wants to be a drummer, gets involved with the jazz scene, works in recording studio´s, playes life gigs in jazz clubs and performs on festival stages.

Not much later he starts studying modern and classical percussion at the Conservatory of Rotterdam. The following years he works with the well known Duo Contemporain and plays at many festivals and concerts all over the world. Dick than also works as an academic and composes/arranges music for television, radio, theater and film.

On his first solo record Over the Ages (EMI) he creates his atmospheric and ruminant sound that finds it´s climax on Impressions of a Pilgrimage. The 15 compositions of this album are his masterpiece that affects directly, a musical pilgrimage narrating the long way to Santiago de Compostela. Dick Le Mair leads us warily to the destination with ancient chorals in a modern robe of smooth Jazz and Worldmusic.

The latest project, Via Crucis, is a musical impression of the traditional Stations of the Cross.