A good glassblower can instinctively react to the liquidity of hot glass. He knows how to move in order to balance the semifluid material. To prevent the glass from dropping onto the floor he keeps a steady rotation on his pipe. In some way each piece he creates has its own rhythm, its own musicality.
This inspired Philipp Weber to investigate how music might influence glassblowing: What does it sound like when a musician is asked to step into a dialogue with a glassblower? On September 25, 2015 A Strange Symphony was performed live at the Nationaal Glasmuseum in Leerdam, in the Netherlands. Famous Dutch cellist Ernst Reijseger – who has also produced various movie soundtracks for the renowned director Werner Herzog – was invited to improvise with glassblowers Christophe Genard and Emil Kovac. In front of an audience of over one hundred people Reijseger’s music revealed the rhythm and the drama behind the traditional craft of blowing glass.
A series of objects created during the performance immortalize this dialogue between the arts.