24classics presents: Canto Ostinato by Ivo Janssen & Boris Acket


Sat, Oct 16, 2021


24classics presents: Canto Ostinato by Ivo Janssen & Boris Acket

“A performance of Canto is more of a ritual than a concert.”- Simeon ten Holt

24classics is a classical music discovery service. By seeking new alliances, breaking boundaries and stimulating young talent, we bring high-quality classical music to a wider and younger audience. For ADE we have combined the minimal Canto Ostinato performed by Ivo Janssen with the mesmerizing visuals of Boris Acket in the surroundings of the historical Zuiderkerk. Let the repetitive tones take you into a meditative state and explore what kind of reaction it will bring you.

The Canto Ostinato by Dutch composer Simeon ten Holt (1923-2012) has grown into a classical success. He composed it in a time where experimental atonal music was leading. When composing the Canto he made a big turn back to tonal music on his favorite instrument, the piano. The piece is considered minimal due to the repetitive nature of it. It is gradually shifting to different sections using patterns. When you think you know where it’s going it changes and takes a different turn, breaking the rhythm or following a new path. It creates a certain tension you can feel throughout the piece. The patterns and repetition give the effect of a trancelike state which can evoke a very powerful reaction. Originally the piece was composed for multiple piano’s Ivo Janssen wrote an adaptation for one piano which was approved by the composer himself.

1st concert
doors open at 19:00 concert starts at 19:30

2nd concert
doors open at 21:00 concert starts at 21:30

Ivo Janssen
Pianist Ivo Janssen (1963) studied with Jan Wijn at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam. Between 1986 and 1990 he won a number of prizes, including the Jacques Vonk Price, which enabled him to continue his studies abroad with, among others, Robert Levin. Since his debut in the Concertgebouw in 1988, Ivo Janssen has regularly performed in The Netherlands, as well as Germany, France, Italy, Australia and the US. Among many others he played together with Heinrich Schiff, Janine Jansen, Han de Vries and Charlotte Margiono. Fanfare wrote about his performance of the Canto Ostinato “His digital dexterity on this disc is nothing short of phenomenal, as is his stamina. In addition, I take the composer's expressions as indicating that Janssen contributes much to these works. However the credit should be apportioned, the result is music that is fascinating and totally convincing.”

Boris Acket
Give audiovisual explorer Boris Acket (1988) a room, terrain, or space to play in and he’ll envelop it into something otherworldly. Acket translates conceptual notions into immersive, multi-sensory experiences: technology, space, light, and sound all form a prism in which specific themes or subjects are explored and rematerialized. Instead of relying on just a single discipline to satiate his own curiosity, he acts as a conductor for multiple forms: installation art, technology, live performance, sound, film and installations all of them working together to reveal a bigger picture: An endless research project into the experience of time, space, natural elements and music. His works & performances have been presented amongst others at NXT Museum, Lowlands, De School, Down The Rabbit Hole, Wildeburg, Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Van Gogh Museum, Frame Lab & DGTL Festival.

You can find the Zuiderkerk tucked away between the houses just behind the Nieuwmarkt. The church is standing on a small square with a somewhat Mediterranean feeling to it. Its bell tower is well known and a familiar sight of the cityscapes of Amsterdam. The church was built between 1603 and 1611. Great artists are connected to it, such as: Ferdinand Bol, Monet and Rembrandt who lived just around the corner. Nowadays you can visit the church and listen to magical concerts or experience a special event.

Festival FAQ

ADE Festival is set to take place as planned from 13th-17th of October, despite the newly announced Covid restrictions in the Netherlands, among which is the mandate that clubs, venues, and indoor events are forced to close between 00:00 and 06:00 CET.

The organization and the city council are examining the details of the new regulations for each type of event within the total ADE offering.

Read the full update about ADE 2021 Festival here.

The latest Dutch press conference mandates that clubs, venues and indoor events are forced to close between 00:00 and 06:00 CET. This means ADE is preparing to shift it's events to daytime. Over the coming days, the ADE team and the Amsterdam city council are examining the details of the new regulations for each type of event within the total ADE offering.

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