BIG Genetic Choir concert for CD release “Church Songs for the 21st Century”

Obrechtkerk_picWe are celebrating the release of Genetic Choir’s second album, Church Songs for the 21st Century, with an amazing concert in the Obrechtkerk of Amsterdam on 4 December!

Friday, 4th of December 2015  –  20:00

Address: Obrechtkerk, Jacob Obrechtstraat 30, Amsterdam
Bar/doors open at 19:30 !

Very special guests confirmed so far include Jacob Lekkerkerker on organ and the amazing Bulgarian Voices of the Pauni Trio. Furthermore, we invited Cafuné (Brazilian), Çiğdem Okuyucu,(Turkish), Daphne Chlimintzas (Greek), Marianne Svasek (Dhrupad) Marije Nie (tap), Marieke Franssen and Mark Alban Lotz (flutes). All our guests will engage with the Genetic Choir in vocal instant composition and we will of course work with the special acoustics given by the church space.

(1) GC Church Songs frontTickets are 5 euro at the door, but if you buy your ticket in advance, that helps us enormously. If you have more to spend, reserve your copy of the CD, or donate another amount, see the options on our little crowdfunder page:

Performing at STEIM at 8pm

I’ll be performing at STEIM in about 25 minutes with the Genetic Choir and Robert van Heumen.

Jump om your bicycle and come now! :)  


Premiere “Ijsbeer in de Tropen” 15 November

(1) IJSBEER PosterA3_zonder_randTogether with Lindai Boogerman (of Sesamestreet fame), I’ve created a new puppet/object theatre piece after the book “Ijsbeer in de Tropen” (Ice bear in the jungle)” of Hans de Beer.

With only everyday objects and a few stuffed animals, and with barely any language, the accidental travel of the young ice-bear from the north-pole to the tropics and back is being told. The piece is about both the feeling of going on adventure and the longing for home.

The show features the Genetic Choir singing all natural soundtracks (pole winds, storms, waves/beach, jungle+apes) and a Whale Song composed and sung by me.  :)

Premiere is on 15 November 2015 in the Amstelveens Poppentheater, at 14:30.

Wolfert van Borsselenweg 85a
1181 PH Amstelveen

The piece is intended for children from 3 years upward.  Dutch language skills not required. Reserve tickets here.

The show will tour the Netherlands in the next few months and visit a.o. Nijmegen, Almere, Schaijk, Rotterdam, Hoogeveen, Leeuwaarden, Ijmuiden, Almelo, Dordrecht, Hoofddorp, Hoorn, and Amsterdam again end of January as part of the Prentenboekfestival.

Tourdates on under “Lindai Boogerman”


Premiere “Ijsbeer in de Tropen” in het Amstelveense poppentheater

15 november 2015, 14:30 – reserveer hier.

Sesamstraat-poppenspeler Lindai Boogerman laat haarpubliek genieten van het zonnige ijsberen-verhaal. Over een kleine ijsbeer die op avontuur gaat in de tropen, maar heimwee krijgt. Met simpele middelen en verschillendepoppen wekt Lindai het prentenboek van Hans de Beer tot leven. En omdat het premièreis zijn er na afloop tropische cocktails en lekkere ijsjes…

Andere tour-/voorstellingsdata op onder “Lindai Boogerman”



Genetic Choir concert in Muziekgebouw a/h Ij this Sunday – with dancers & World Music singers

muziekgebouw-schemeringRead more on the Genetic Choir website here:

Genetic Choir concert in Muziekgebouw a/h Ij

Sunday, 11 October 2015, from 7:00

New article on Interdisciplinary Improvisation

connecting_dots2_pusteblumen_grey_light1In the wake of “(Dis)connecting the dots”, a research project carried out in the frame of the Carpet Sessions in Amsterdam, I just wrote an article which hopefully sheds a bit of light on the general issues that appear when bringing musicians, dancers and actors together on stage, in an improvisation context.  :-)

Find the article by clicking here, or in the menu above under “Improvisation Writings”

Any reactions and thoughts (e.g.: examples from your own improvisation practice) are very welcome!


Sing with us in the Muziekgebouw!

Source: Sing with us in the Muziekgebouw!

Aikido in Amsterdam

aikido_moment croppedThe aikido season is starting, and for the first time, I will start teaching regularly at the dojo of my former teacher, Carel Zappeij (a 7th Dan who just decided to take it a little bit more easy, now that he is above 80).

Hans Mertens (5th Dan), Wilko Lok (4th Dan) Ireen Röling (4th Dan) and myself will take care of the weekly lessons in the centre of Amsterdam on

Mondays and Wednesdays, 20:00-21:30

wpid-aikido_try_balance_square-1.jpgIf you always thought you wanted to check out the aikido training, this is a good moment to start :)    Just come by and bring some comfortable clothes.

Place: Sportschool Ge Koning, Hobbemakade 9
(back entrance of the Zuiderbad, right behind the Rijksmuseum)

You can also contact me if you would like to know more. See you there!