February 2, 2013

Cancer, comfort and a concerto that sings the journey

Luc Leestemaker: May 18, 1957 - May 18, 2012

In 2011, Vincent Ho’s patron, collaborator and friend Luc Leestemaker phoned. He had cancer.
The LA-based visual artist and entrepreneur, who had financed Ho’s first recording when the composer leapt from academia to the professional world, told his friend how doctors had given him three months to live, tops. Leestemaker was rejecting western medicine’s death sentence, however, in favour of alternative healing practices – psychotherapy, herbal medicine, shamanism and meditation.
And he wanted his friend Vincent to compose something: a musical score for cancerland.

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