silence #37: lucrecia dalt

3 June 2022

The works presented by artists in the Oude Kerk explore the acoustics of the building, play with the perception of space and illuminate stories from the centuries-old history of the place in new ways. The concert by the Colombian sound artist Lucrecia Dalt takes place in the context of the exhibition Path by Antônio Obá. In the world of experimental music and ‘ambient’, Lucrecia Dalt is best known for her voice experiments and sound design. She takes her voice and a route through the space of the Oude Kerk as the starting point for the form of her concert. This creates a new sound in the context of the Oude Kerk, with a sometimes almost alien sound world.

In recent years Lucrecia Dalt (Pereira, 1980) has carved out a place for herself on the contemporary frontiers of avant-garde and electronic music, with a distinct and transgressive musical language. Perhaps the ability to dig deep is embedded in Dalt’s creative process through her background as a geotechnical engineer. Now living in Berlin, Dalt often seeks inspiration in the worlds of fiction, poetry, geology and desire, digging up nuanced references to unravel and respond in music. She creates her language using analogue instrumentation, a wide range of synthesizers, and the processed glow of her voice. Parts of her voice are edited and shaped into a new, almost otherworldly sound. In 2018, Lucrecia Dalt joined the record label RVNG intl., with the release of Anticlinen. Her work has been presented internationally in spaces such as Issue Project Room, Pioneer Works in New York, Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, Museum of Modern Artin Medellín, the Mies van der Rohe pavilion in Barcelona.

music in the oude kerk
The Oude Kerk is not only the oldest building in Amsterdam, it is also the oldest music temple in the city. It is a place in which musical traditions have been created, passed on and renewed for over 700 years. In the Silence music series, 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. Playing the Cathedral is an annual residency programme in which nationally and internationally renowned musicians are invited to create new work especially for the church space. In the Oude Kerk, you get to hear well-known masterpieces in new ways and pioneering works by living legends. The concert is organized in collaboration with Amsterdam cultural platform Subbacultcha.

Subbacultcha is an Amsterdam-based independent music and arts platform that focuses on supporting young, up-and-coming talent. Subbacultcha organises a monthly programme of concerts, dinners and exhibitions in and outside their project space – the s105 – and publishes ‘Sprout’, a publication exploring a particular theme.

This concert is made possible by the Performing Arts Fund NL.

Photo: Maarten Nauw