Surrounded by 800 candles, completely unplugged. Listen to the silence between the piano sounds, to the space that arises when everybody sits still.
Morton Feldman wrote his Triadic Memories in 1981 in New York. He was looking for ways to restructure music away from expectations so that the listener could stay in the now as much as possible while listening to his work. Feldman's works are characterized by innovations that he developed to create his characteristic sound: rhythms that seem to be free and floating, and softly unfocused pitch shadings that generally seem quiet. Because of the frequent use of silence in his music, Morton Feldman's compositions seem to be "slow" as time has no hold on it. When you listen to it you get the feeling that time has stopped as if the music is lapping itself in a space that has no end. No melody to follow, no rhythm to tap along.
Basilova discovered Morton Feldman's music while she was studying in New York and became fascinated by the silence in the music and the peace that came over her when hearing this work. Triadic Memories is the counterpart to the hectic pace of everyday life. Helena Basilova will let the grand piano speak, with the silence as the glue between the notes that emerge like stars on a clear night.
Two kind requests:
- Please respect the religious nature of this building. All male visitors are required to cover their heads by wearing a kippah (available on loan at the entrance). Hats or caps also suffice.
- The events are hosted in close collaboration with the city council. All of the public health and safety guidelines set by the government are taken into account. We kindly want to ask everyone to follow the guidelines and respect the rules that have been set by the participating venues.
This 17th-century synagogue has no heating; make sure you wear a warm coat.
Tickets for this event are non-refundable.
This concert is co-produced by Amsterdam Dance Event and the Jewish Cultural Quarter.
Tickets are available through JCK.