In the midst of an intensive week of Smashed shows in the north of France we used our two days off to make a quick trip to the beautiful city of Amsterdam to premiere Tom Johnson‘s “Three Notes for Three Jugglers” and a first draft of his “Five-Ball Canons”.

The performance was part of the festival of electronic music “Patterns+Pleasure” organized by Steim (studio for electro instrumental music), which designed and manufactured the sound balls used for the two compositions that they also commissioned.

Both pieces are highly minimalist in its elements and structure, requiring very precise timing in the juggling and making them substantial exercises in concentration.

In spite of minor glitches, we were very happy with the result and the audience seemed to have enjoyed it.

To add glamour to the occasion, the composer was in the audience, as was Luke Wilson, our number one fan this year and also interpreter of some earlier Johnson’s pieces.

Photo by virtueel_platform

Photo by virtueel_platform

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