What if we imagine ourselves as from an alien perspective? What if we make a sound document, a summary of how we see and hear our world? These are the questions that Adrián Villar Rojas addresses with his installation and soundscape Poems for Earthlings. The French composer Olivier Messiaen, in his piano work Catalog d’Oiseaux (1956-1958), also wanted to express in his own way how he experienced the world, and in particular the landscape of France. The different colors, nature, and birds as parts inhabiting this whole. Messiaen creates timeless soundscapes of endless landscapes. In this Silence concert, pianist Ralph van Raat will play two of these landscapes, interspersed with Preludes, compositions for piano by the young Messiaen.
The Oude Kerk is located right in the middle of the Red Light District. In the early morning, while the city slowly wakes up, it is striking how beautiful this old neighborhood actually is. Every first Friday of the month at 8 o’clock in the morning you can enjoy the contemporary concert series Silence here. These concerts are a musical tribute to the magical acoustics and space of the Oude Kerk by young, innovative musicians. There are no fixed seats; visitors and musicians roam the church to discover how the music sounds in different places. The concerts are programmed by Jacob Lekkerkerker, curator of music and organist-titulair of the Oude Kerk.
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Silence #27: Catalogue d’Oiseaux, Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992), by Ralph van Raat
7 februari 2020, 08:00 – 09:00
Doors open: 07:30
No access after 08:00, so please be on time!
Oude Kerk, Oudekerksplein, Amsterdam