There is no such thing as an empty space or an empty time. There is always something to see, something to hear. In fact, try as we may to make a silence, we cannot. – John Cage, Silence (1961)
At eight o’clock in the morning the Oude Kerk is a meditative oasis in the city, with an enervating sunrise beaming through the church’s towering windows. At this early hour you can enjoy the music programme silence in the Oude Kerk, a contemplative counterpoint in the hectic city centre. On Friday, 4 November you can attend the prelude to the silence series with musicians Erik Bosgraaf (recorder) and Jorrit Tamminga (electronics). After the concert, the Oude Kerk’s curator of music, Jacob Lekkerkerker, will give a short presentation that explains the new music programme.
Erik Bosgraaf is the Netherlands’ leading recorder virtuoso and the recipient of accolades such as the Nederlandse Muziekprijs (Dutch Music Award). Jorrit Tamminga is a sound artist and composer whose work has been performed at important music festivals around the world. On 4 November they are performing an arrangement of Dialogue de l’ombre double by Pierre Boulez, improvisations, and a work performed with a student ensemble from the Amsterdam Conservatory.
music in the oude kerk
The Oude Kerk boasts an impressive musical past and in the sixteenth century was one of the first places in Northern Europe where an audience could enjoy public concerts. As it awaited the restoration of the Vater-Müller Organ, the Oude Kerk decided to use the silence productively and turn its mind to a new music programme. Based on conversations with musicians, artists and programmers, we devised a music programme that complements the Oude Kerk’s art programme and suits the context of a monumental building.
4 November 2016
Oude Kerk, Oudekerksplein 23, Amsterdam
admission: €10 (free entry for Museumkaart holders & Friends of the Oude Kerk)