For us, live concerts involve musicians, a venue and an audience, sharing and experiencing sound, time and space together. Without any of these, the magic of non-verbal communication gets lost and we feel something is missing.
QUARANTINED EARLY MUSIC
Since March 13, 2020, we have had all our concerts cancelled, and we don't want to pretend that we can fill this void. But we do have a lot we would like to share and decided to create something different: 'non-concerts', an insider look into our early music lab.
CECI N'EST PAS UN CONCERT: 'NON-CONCERTS'!
In each 'non-concert' of our weekly series Ceci n'est pas un concert we will show several pieces that compose the live concert puzzle for us (for example, a 360º-video recording of the run-through of a sonata, a chance to zoom in on a special technique we apply in a specific repertoire, tell you an anecdote or insider joke, show you a special score or an instrument, behind the scenes photos, research links that shape our thoughts, etc.), but the center piece, the live concert playing, will remain missing for now.
360º VIDEOS IN A 17TH-CENTURY ACOUSTIC
The music videos were recorded at the Huygens' Hofwijck, the 17th-century country estate of Constantijn Huygens. The historical setting and acoustic, and the fact that Constantijn was also a poet and musician are the grounds for the early music we perform. Using a 360º camera, we want to give you a sense of being present among us, being able to see our music-making from a different perspective, close up.