Saturday 31 July 2021 | Museum ‘t Kromhout
Doors open 19:30
Showtime 20:00

Double bill: Miron Andres & Contactus


From nowhere to nowhere | The sound of cultural detachment
Miron Andres | viola da gamba, electronics
This new solo program, which was created during the lockdowns in Lahore (Pakistan) and Brussels, represents the most recent link to Miron’s main practice as an audio artist (From nowhere to nowhere). The creation of a cross- cultural language. The sound itself must not be part of any culture. Cultural detachment is to be seen as the highest aim. Free from prejudice, free from any kind of religious or cultural oppression. The aim is freedom, the aim is full individual expression. However, objectivity is impossible. We are always a product of our environment. Our upbringing. Our genes. Or are we?

Juho Myllylä | recorders
Miron Andres | vielle
Contactus takes inspiration from the same theme and presents a double portrait of the members of the duo, exploring the dilemma of longing to belong in a culture, whilst simultaneously feeling detached from any culture. This is expressed in a variety of ways during this musical journey over the span of a few centuries of music that are tied together through the concept of ambiguity. This ambiguity is characteristic of the grey zone between early and new music, as well as the problematics of defining one’s own cultural identity.

The concert series Ambigu provides a stage for lesser-known and more rarely heard very early as well as brand new music. This is music that is ambiguous in mentality and spirit, and often falls outside the mainstream of early and contemporary music programming.
The concerts of Ambigu take place at the Museum ’t Kromhout, a former ship engine factory at the centre of Amsterdam – an out-of-the-ordinary location with a robust and industrial sphere that goes beyond a conventional concert environment.
With the ambiguity characteristic of both early and new music regardless of the centuries in between as a point of departure, Ambigu acts as an accessible platform for experimentation, new approaches and concepts for the artists and concertgoers alike.

Ambigu is an initiative of Stichting Musica Ambigua, a new foundation set up to support early and new ambiguous music. Ambigu is made possible with support from Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, BNG Cultuurfonds, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Noord-Holland, Van den Berch van Heemstede Stichting as well as generous donors via Voordekunst.