Amsterdam Dance Event

Candlelight Concert: Helena Basilova plays Morton Feldman

Donderdag 14 oktober 2021 - 19.30 tot 20.40 uur


Hundreds of burning candles and the wonderful acoustics in the Portuguese Synagogue set the stage for unique evening concerts. This edition is part of the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE). Pianist Helena Basilova plays Triadic Memories by composer Morton Feldman (1926-1987).

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.


Helena Basilova, piano

Music in the time of corona

To comply with measures prescribed by the Dutch government, all visitors must show a coronavirus entry pass (QR code linked to the EU Digital COVID Certificate).


Portuguese Synagogue
Mr. Visserplein 3


7:30 PM (doors open 7:00 PM)


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