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The churchorgan as synthesizer…???

11 Sep 2020 @ 20:00 - 23:30


The first synthesizer; the church organ.

Bart van Dongen is fascinated by the church organ. The sounds you can make are diverse. Every instrument is different, including the buildings – usually churches – in which they sound. Van Dongen searches for the unique sounds and imperfections that each instrument has in it. At the same time, he examines the building as a unique sound box; how does it respond to the sounds, which frequencies are amplified or obscured. These are the parameters, the tool with which Van Dongen builds his improvisation. Listening to the instrument, the building, his musical inner voice – Van Dongen gradually builds up the composition to a web of sounds resonating in the beautiful acoustics of the Oude Kerk in Rotterdam Charlois.

Bart van Dongen (1959), composer, musician and conceptual artist, won the biennial Brewery Culture Prize for the city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch in 2007. From the jury report: ‘A constant in his work is that composition, improvisation and concept are always a trinity. […] The action on the spot is therefore an important part of his art. ‘ Bart van Dongen is the initiator of various projects, which all have one thing in common: a search for new music or at least new sounds. He does not exclude or reject anything; he knows how to connect and encourage seemingly opposing forces. This also applies to the historic Hess church organ from 1784; the church organ as a synthesizer “avant lettre”.


11 Sep 2020
20:00 - 23:30
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De Oude Kerk
Charloisse Kerksingel 35
Rotterdam, Netherlands
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