Early in the morning the Oude Kerk is a meditative oasis in the city, with an enervating sunrise that casts light through the church’s towering windows. At this early hour you can enjoy the Silence music programme, which provides a contemplative contrast to the normally hectic city centre.
the instrument of troubled dreams
Musicians have been performing concerts at the Oude Kerk for 400 years, usually music in ‘self-contained units’: the hermetical counterpoints of Sweelinck’s choral music, the walls of organ sound of prestigious Bach pieces. Cardiff & Miller’s The Instrument of Troubled Dreamsopens up the way people perform and listen to music, creates new spaces and balances sounds with silences. The Silenceconcerts performed during the exhibition ‘The Instrument of Troubled Dreams’ are in keeping with this approach.
The Silence concert on February 1st will resound throughout the church as the world of the mellotron is extrapolated spatially; including confrontations, voices, strings and sounds. Listeners create their own composition by either moving through the church or choosing a fixed place. During the concert five musicians will play, with the content of the mellotron, four edited psalms by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck. In addition, Es sang for long Jahren by Arvo Pärt, will be performed. The musicians of Silence # 18 are: Kaspar Kröner (countertenor), Margarida Sampoia (flute), Oene van Geel (viola), Gareth Davis (bass clarinet), Pau Solas Masafrets (cello), Jacob Lekkerkerker (mellotron).
1 February 2019, 08:00 – 09:00
Oude Kerk, Oudekerksplein (de wallen), Amsterdam
afbeelding: maarten nauw