Rogier Kappers | De Glazendraaier

Why did the glass organ, extremely popular in the 18th and 19th century, almost completely vanish from the world? The story goes that the thin, etheric sound of singing glasses can bring a state of trance or hypnosis. Some people would even have gone insane…  The Glass Grinder dived into history, found out stories, discovered old blueprints, and collected hundreds of glasses. He built the only glass organ in the Netherlands, consisting of 52 cognac-, wine-, beer-, champagne and port glasses. Learning to play lasted endlessly, but now he wants nothing else. From Beatles to Brel and Bach and with a special place for the music of minimalist composer Arvo Pärt, the Glassgrinder enchants audiences everywhere he goes.

photo © Rogier Kappers
photo © Rogier Kappers
photo © Rogier Kappers
photo © Rogier Kappers
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In short

  • Musical performance
  • 25 min.; 3 x day
  • 60 persons per performance; more when amplified
  • 1-2 persons from Amsterdam (NL)
  • Language: none
  • Space: anywhere, but preferably somewhere quiet with good acoustics, no electricity

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