In the project called ‘Pas de Deux’ I transcribed music by Darius Milhaud for soprano saxophone, two accordeons for the ensemble Toeac and my own duo Sax & Stix. This music turned out to be so playful and mad that we decided to find a circus duo to join us. The young and talented duo Ayla and Tom asked me right away: Can we use your marimba as a tool to jump on, from or even walk on it during the show. Of course my answer was NO!
When I was at the Adams Musical Instruments factory and told this story with a laugh to director Frans Swinkels and his percussion salesman Albert Straten, they were right away serious: Adams could make a design for a marimba which was sturdy enough to have the duo make use of the marimba as their acrobatic object.
Together with Albert and Frans, I made a design, fitting the needs for Ayla to jump on my frame, land on it after a tric, and also be able to walk over it. Even we could drive the marimba around in open air places and on a nice grassy area. This made me use the Adams Field frame, where we constructed a framework on top, handmade and specially for this project, sturdy enough for circus trics on there.
Here you see the result: