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larsboye's picture
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Greetings,

I am interested in hearing your comments about my new logo, which I have designed for my own small company.

I work as a pianist, and my repertoire is both classical music from the golden age of the piano in the late nineteenth century as well as evergreens from the Great American Songbook from the 30s and 40s. I have tried to design a somewhat oldfashioned, Art Deco-inspired logo which hopefully invokes the glamor and elegance af a bygone era.

I am planning to use the logo on my website and in connection with letterheads and business cards.

Do you feel the concept is working, and if not, do you have any suggestions...?

Best regards,
Lars Boye Jensen
Denmark

Ivan's picture

Little complicated but good

Little complicated but good job. Especially from a pianist!

KMac's picture

I like it. I think it is

I like it. I think it is capturing the elegance and style of the music you play.

I would only suggest lessening the prominence of the gold lines behind the writing. It's taking to much away from the title right now. It's a great effect though, just lessen it a tiny bit.

Katie McDonald

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mara06's picture

Hi, Lars. You might enjoy a

Hi, Lars. You might enjoy a CD my husband produced. You can hear a few cuts from it here http://www.noveltypiano.com/KickintheDustTracks.html . I designed the CD cover and booklet. The pianist is Alex Hassan, whom you may know about -- if not, you should! He's a wildman.

My reaction to your logo is that it all works for pop music of the periods you mention, except for the pianist/piano clip art, which seems very 1950s to me, and perhaps not quite the right look for most of your repertoire. I like the suggestion of concert shell -- nice use of a deco style!

I don't think the logo works at all, nor would you even need a logo, for the classical side. It's too novelty-looking. A classical pianist would have a perfectly plain engraved card, traditional black letting on white or cream stock, the very best quality paper.

Mara

larsboye's picture

Hi Mara,

Hi Mara,

Thank you for your valuable feedback. As a matter of fact, I am most familiar with Alex Hassan with whom I have been in contact on several occasions. I heard him play a terrific concert in Germany last summer!

Let me add a few comments about my design, in which I deliberately have tried to invoke a lighthearted feel. I'll try to be a little bit more precise in the description of my musical repertoire. The classical part of it consists almost solely of paraphrases and transcriptions of popular classics. My passion is to present these well-known themes in the marvelous pianistic settings of Franz Liszt, Percy Grainger, Leopold Godowsky, Stephen Hough, Earl Wild and many other ingenious pianists. Although purists have often rejected this music as kitsch, I take it very seriously and appreciate its tremendous communicative and entertaining qualities. It is my ambition to treat these pieces as well as the great showtunes of Gershwin, Porter and Rodgers with the same amalgam of respect and improvisational freedom.

On this background, I hope my choice of this novelty-inspired theme makes sense. On the other hand, I will certainly consider your proposals carefully.

Best regards from Denmark,
Lars Boye

mara06's picture

Wow, what a small world!

Wow, what a small world! Alex is our good friend. The last time he was at our house, he sat down at our piano and played straight for what must have been two hours, managing to hold conversations with both of us at the same time -- including telling us what a terrific time he had in Germany on that tour where you got to hear him. I'm so glad you've been in touch with him. He is generous with information and always delighted to connect with "brethren." I guess you've benefitted from his vast collection of hard-to-find sheet music?

On the subject of design, now that you've described your performance repertoire more fully, I see how your "clip art dude" absolutely works. Again, I especially like the concert shell feeling. Funny you should mention Percy Grainger, by the way -- I love his arrangement of Gershwin tunes. Great stuff. Bob Maiorano, a former principal dancer of the New York City Ballet, choreographed a ballet to his Gershwiniana for a company I was with a long time ago. The Washington Post critic fell all over himself praising it. Thanks for bringing back that nice memory.

Maybe you should get in touch with my husband. You think alike (in the same vein as Alex). Knock on my door off-list if you like and I'll send you his e-mail addy.

Any chance we can hear you play?

Mara