Peter Minnebo

Last Tuesday, Daniel Verstappen presented the new video clip ‘Ice on Fire’ in the diamond shaped sailing ship of Antwerp, the Harbour House, which symbolizes import and export. Daniel’s music is also a crossover musical international export product. The music video brings the power of music and nature deep in your soul. ‘Ice on Fire’ is a cinematic soundtrack, in which violin and piano get into dialogue.

In the intro of the clip, Daniel wakes up in his stylish room at the beautiful Geysir hotel (Iceland). He is unable to sleep because of the music continuously playing in his head. There is an eager departure from classical piano images because Daniel plays piano on natural elements such as glaciers. Volcanic eruptions provide the necessary threat to the endless visual beauty. Daniel's ode to this fire and ice landscape, where the impact on climate is even more tangible, is hereby dedicated to all families who lost their houses in the lava flow. Some of the filming also took place in Grindavik, a fishing town in the southwest, where volcanic eruptions currently occur. “Even during recording, we felt shocks”, Daniel says.

Those paying attention will notice that there is much more to discover in the clip, with the necessary symbolic references. Daniel’s red Moon Boots refer to the moon landing test, organized in Iceland about 50 years ago. The violist Marina Barskaya can be seen as a graceful white ice queen and as a queen of fire with a red robe. Daniel always sets the bar high in a unique setting and stands for the total picture that always must be right.

The press release also highlighted Daniel's world tour in Europe, the UK, the US, Australia and New Zealand. The mythical concert halls he will visit are absolute milestones: Carnegie Hall New York, Sydney Opera House, The Kennedy Center Washington, ... Some concerts are linked to the Belgian European Presidency (Croatian State Archives in Zagreb for the Belgian Embassy in Croatia).

Daniel always seeks connection with nature with determination and from the heart, as in the previous clip Vivaldi Winter (image with Daniel and huskies in a thick snow-covered pine landscape in Sweden, playing the piano under the northern lights). He also works with human connection, putting the piano in a new light in collaboration with a local choir. To compose new music, Daniel finds the necessary peace and quiet on the Mediterranean Sea.

If Daniel must choose between performing, producing and composing, then performing is his absolute number 1.

Admire, be amazed, and enjoy all this on the following concert dates …

  • 20.03.24 “Rudolphinum” Prague (CZ)
  • 07.04.24 “Sydney Opera House” Sydney (AU)
  • 14.04.24 “The Piano” Christchurch (NZ)
  • 17.04.24 “Te Atamira” Queenstown (NZ)
  • 20.04.24 “Gallagher Academy” Hamilton (NZ)
  • 21.04.24 “Town Hall” Auckland (NZ)
  • 26.05.24 “Handelsbeurs” Ghent (BE)
  • 04.06.24 “The Kennedy Center” Washington (US)
  • 06.06.24 “Carnegie Hall” New York (US)
  • 18.06.24 “Ancient theater” Plovdiv (BG)
  • 20.06.24 “House of Culture” Gabrovo (BG)
  • 26.06.24 “Philharmonie Luxembourg” (LU)

All info:

Videoclip ‘Ice on Fire’

Interview with Daniel Verstappen during press launch Antwerp

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