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!



E-Culture Project Granted!

Thomas Johannsen:

Looking very much forward to this…

Originally posted on Genetic Choir:

We would like to thank the Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie for supporting our ‘Loop-Copy-Mutate’ project with a start subsidy! The Fund is actively involved in establishing connections between (e-)culture, entrepreneurship and social engagement.

We are looking for sound-programmers to join us for this project. More info will follow soon.

Learn more about ‘Loop-Copy-Mutate’ here (in Dutch):

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Vocal Labyrinth in Amstel Park


Tomorrow and Sunday, come rain or shine!  Get immersed in a listening experience in the beautiful Amstelpark in Amsterdam.

Reserve your place (concerts are free, but limited places) by sending an e-mail to

Echo: Labyrinth

a walk and a concert on location by The Genetic Choir, featuring special guest Mark Alban Lotz on flutes.


Saturday 20 June 2015  &  Sunday 21 June 2015

15:00 / 16:15 / 18:00

gathering point: Orangerie, Amstelpark, Amsterdam, NL (click here for Google Maps)

The concerts on Sunday 21st (“World Music Day”) will be in support of the Splendor Sponsor Marathon – sponsor a few minutes of our music (click here) to support Musicians without Borders


This performance is made possible in collaboration with Zone2Source and with support of the Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst.
Illustration courtesy of snugsomeone.

All the things to come: concerts & workshops

Originally posted on Genetic Choir:

So many things are happening to the Genetic Choir right now, it’s hard to keep track!  Here a quick overview of what is next and what is coming…

13+14 June 2015

bd_georgeRhythm and Time(ing)

a two-day workshop, open to anyone. Meet and research with singers of the GC Ensemble!

Saturday+Sunday 10:30-17:00 – Java-Eiland, Amsterdam

More info here – 2 places left


20+21 June 2015


Echo: Labyrinth

a walk and a site-specific concert in Amstelpark, featuring special guest Mark Alban Lotz on flutes.  
three walks+concert each day: 15:00 / 16:15 / 18:00
gathering point: Orangerie, Amstelpark, Amsterdam, NL 
More info about the concert: click here

Limited places per concert, please reserve via our contact page!

Further away (more info will follow, but you can already check the dates in your agenda):


11-15 July 2015 in het Amsterdamse Bostheater /…

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Rhythm explosion on Merlijn Twaalfhoven’s Resonance Lab

Last Saturday, I was collaborating with a great number of voice conductors and singers to create a four hour concert under the fine direction of Merlijn Twaalfhoven, who gave space to a manifold of different voice/improvisation/choir-singing approaches to work together in a big concert with 100+singers.

There is a nice (Dutch) review by Gert Verbeek here and a few snippets from the concert on youtube (above). If you skip to 4:50 you hear about 30 singers who followed a one-hour Genetic Choir workshop earlier in the day create a polyrhythmic intervention in the concert – building to a climax and dispersing again.

Thanks to Merlijn and all other collaborators and singers that day for your great vocal input, musical sense and energy!

…and if you would like to be part of another, even bigger ad-hoc Genetic Choir on 10/11 October during a 24h Resonance in Muziekgebouw aan het Ij (!!) – you can already let us know:


Crowdfunding for dance-improvisation film

A friend and colleague of mine, Iris van Peppen, has started this crowdfunding action to fund parts of her project: INSTINCT – please read/support/share so she can do it!

Research, Presentation & Workshop on performing in many disciplines

disconnecting the dots 2 _collageThis afternoon, we will explore the question of interdisciplinary improvisation (theatre, dance, music) and how to talk and exchange about it with an audience in an effective way.  …but if you miss it, there’s more! (read below)

Today, 21st May, we will open our doors to any professionals who would like to join as audience/reflectors at 15:30 and we will take it from there with them: How to exchange in depth, when the topic is so wide (interdisciplinary) and so fluid (improvisation)?
We have great group to reflect with – the performers of this project are:

Music: James Hewitt, Bernt Nellen, Wouter Snoei, Tanaquil Schuttel, Zwaan de Vries

Theater: Anja Boorsma, Esmeralda Detmers, Jurriaan Kamp, Edgard Geurink

Dance: Maria Michailidou, Annabel Garriga, Stefania Petr, Thomas Johannsen

You are also invited to join the same quest with us as an active improviser in another Carpet Session in two weeks. (4 June)

Last not least, specifically for theatre improv people, there is a workshop on 9 June, in the evening, to teach interdisciplinary approaches that will enrich any actor’s skill in improvising freely. (Inscribe for that workshop through Anja Boorsma: )

So it’s:

21 May 2015  – 15:30-17:00 – work-in-progress presentation to gather feedback from colleague-improvisers

4 June 2015    – 13:00-17:00 – sharing the research in an open Carpet Session – any professional improvisers welcome to play/perform with us!  (we share studio costs at 5,- p.p.)

What are the Carpet Sessions? / Where is the studio?  (click here)


9 June 2015   – 19:00-21:30 – workshop for theatre improv practitioners – 12,50 p.p. – more info via this facebook link: To reserve a place: