Silence #6 / Oude Kerk

Silence #6


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- Adults€ 10,-
- Kids€ 10,-
- seniors / 65+€ 10,-


Oude Kerk


Oude Kerk
Oudekerksplein 23
1012 GX Amsterdam


Silence #6

There is no such thing as an empty space or an empty time. There is always something to see, something to hear. In fact, try as we may to make a silence, we cannot. – John Cage, Silence (1961)

At 8 o’clock in the morning the Oude Kerk is a meditative oasis in the city, along with an enervating sunrise to be enjoyed through the towering windows. The music programme Silence fills the air at this early hour, a contemplative counterpoint in a hectic city centre.

On the 1st of September, composer and performer Thomas Ankersmit (Berlin) is our guest. Worldwide, he is frequently asked to contribute to festivals for experimental and contemporary music. In the past, he has performed at museums like the Kunsthalle Basel, Serralves Museum Porto, MoMA PS1 New York, Hamburger Bahnhof and the KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin. With his modular synthesizer, he will create an improvisation based on the acoustics of the Oude Kerk and the strong visual rhythm of the work by Sarah van Sonsbeeck (displayed on site until 17 September 2017).

music in the oude kerk

The Oude Kerk boasts an impressive musical history and in the 16th century the church was one of the first places in Northern Europe where audiences could enjoy public concerts. While the restoration of the Vater-Müller organ is underway, the Oude Kerk decided to make good use of these quiet times and turn its attention to a new musical programme. Conversations with musicians, artists and programmers resulted in the November 2016 launch of a music programme that ties in with the Oude Kerk’s art programme and the context of a monumental building. The concerts in the Silence series always start at 08:00 and are often held on the morning of the first Friday of the month.

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