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. In collaboration with Giorgio Andreotta Calò, the Oude Kerk has organized a new series of Silence concerts, each of which takes place on the first Friday of the month, from June through September.
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 Dreams opens 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. Two small and intimate concerts will be performed in the choir of the church and, as a counterpoint, two big concerts will spaciously resonate in the entire church space.
The Silence concert on February 1st will resound throughout the church as the world of the mellotron is extrapolated spatially; including confrontations, fragments, contrasts, numerous voices, strings and organ sounds. Listeners create their own composition by either moving through the church or choosing a fixed place.