In the early morning the Oude Kerk is a meditative oasis in the city, with an enervating sunrise coming through the high church windows. At this early hour you can enjoy the Silence music programme, a contemplative counterpoint to a hectic city centre.
silence #10: diamanda dramm and gareth davis
On 2 March, a concert with compositions by Italian avant-gardists Luciano Berio and Salvatore Sciarrino will be performed by Diamanda La Berge Dramm (violin) and Gareth Davis (bass clarinet). The concert centres on the composition Let Me Die before I Wake, by Salvatore Sciarrino, who made an arrangement for bass clarinet especially for Gareth Davis. The piece is performed twice and will alternate with a Sequenza by Berio for violin. The concert will conclude with parts of the Mystery or Rosary sonatas by Austrian baroque composer Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber. Catholic church music, now developed into a series of universal mantras, like the Passacaglia.
diamanda dramm and gareth davis
Of the latest generation of Dutch violinists, Diamanda La Berge Dramm (1991) is the most important champion of contemporary music. She has premiered many compositions written for her, including a composition by Louis Andriessen for the Holland Festival in 2005. At her graduation from the New England Conservatory in Boston she was awarded the John Cage Award and at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague she received the Nicolai Award. She is nominated for the Dutch Classical Talent Award 2018.
Gareth Davis is a clarinettist from England, but has worked in Amsterdam for many years. He plays worldwide with prominent musicians from the avant-garde, classical music and electronic, like the Neue Vokalisten, Frances-Marie Uitti, Elliott Sharp, Merzbow and Machinefabriek.
music in the oude kerk
The Oude Kerk boasts an impressive musical history and in the sixteenth century, the church was one of the first places in Northern Europe where audiences could enjoy public concerts. In November 2016, the Oude Kerk launched Silence, a music programme series in the early morning that ties in with the Oude Kerk’s art programme and the context of a monumental building. As of 2018, the Oude Kerk is open every first Friday of the month at 08:00, with a concert almost every month.
silence #11 (special edition) will take place on 6 April, 08:00 – 08:53 & 19:30 – 20:23.
French composer Franck Krawczyk will direct two ‘walking concerts’: VOOR / NA (before / after). Two concerts in one day with 18 cellists, an accordion, organ, voice, soundtrack, children’s choir and music by Mahler, Sweelinck, Dutilleux and Krawczyk. One concert at sunrise and one at sundown.
2 March 2018, 08:00 – 09:00
oude kerk, oudekerksplein (redlight disctrict), amsterdam
price: 10 euro’s (online tickets) (free entrance with museumcard, we are public and Friends pass)