silence #38: fuensanta méndez

2 September 2022

This concert by the young Mexican musician Fuensenta Méndez takes place in the context of Antônio Obá’s exhibition Path.

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Two paintings by Antônio Obá hang on the east side of the high choir. In the middle of the same space there is the installation Iron Garden, consisting of 2400 swinging sticks, from which bells hang down, like flowers on their stems, like an artificial field of flowers. In this context the concert by Fuensanta Méndez takes place; music with great poetic and mysterious eloquence.

Singer, bass player and composer Fuensanta Méndez was born and raised in the water forest of Veracruz (Mexico). She was shaped by traditional Latin American music, and contemporary European music, dance, theatre and books, both of which play a role in her work. Fuensanta Méndez came to Europe to study at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, won first place and the press prize at the Princess Christina Jazz Concours in 2016, and concluded her studies summa cum laude in 2019. In 2019, she received the Jóvenes Creadores 2019 from FONCA, a national prize for young composers in Mexico. She performs throughout Europe and in Mexico as a solo artist, bandleader and in various formations of improvised music.

music in the oude kerk
The Oude Kerk is not only the oldest building in Amsterdam, but also the oldest music temple in the city. It is a place where musical traditions have been created, passed on and renewed for over 700 years. In the music series Silence, musicians explore the acoustics of the Oude Kerk with both contemporary music and older repertoire. In the Saturday evening series Monuments, leading organists from the Netherlands and abroad play music by composers in whose oeuvre the organ occupies a central position. The Playing the Cathedral fund enables (inter)nationally renowned musicians to play music especially for the organ and space.

The Silence series is made possible by the Performing Arts Fund.

Photo: Maarten Nauw