THE TOETS DES TIJDS CONCERTS – next concert will be on April 30, 2017. DAVID KWEKSILBER SMALL BAND, FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO ‘Concert Series’

Attending a Toets Des Tijds concert means spending a sunday afternoon in the former warehouse Het Veem, with a gorgeous view of the port of Amsterdam; listening to classical music in an informal and intimate setting and having a drink in a studio where pianos are built and restored with the musicians that just have performed. The proximity of the performers makes the tension that is an intricate part of live performances tangible and inspiring to performers and listeners alike. The programming of the Toets Des Tijds concerts is unconventional: different periods, styles and combinations of instruments and voices are heard. In the so called Piano + programs music is linked to other cultural disciplines: ballet, film, the visual arts, (tap)dance, literature and poetry. And since 2011 the season ends with the final concert of the Composers’ Festival of the Conservatory of Amsterdam, offering graduating composers a first stage in the real world outside their school. The first Toets Des Tijds concert took place in the autumn of 2005. Since then every year a series of accessible concerts has been presented with performances of (forte)pianists as Stanley Hooglander, Ivo Janssen, Randal Corsen, Tomoko Mukayama, Frederic Voorn, Tadeu Duarte. Also: violist Mikhail Zemstov, writer Jan Brokken, tapdancer Max Polak, choreographer Beppie Blankert, poetess Fleur Bourgogne, flutist Abby de Quant, cellist Gideon den Herder and many others! The pianos used are part of the collection of Jan van der Sangen’s piano restoration workshop Toets Des Tijds  based in Werkgebouw Het Veem : a cooperative of studios, workshops and small scale enterprises that has been there since the eighties of the last century. The concerts are being programmed by Jan van der Sangen and Frank Diamand, produced by Stichting Essential Arts/Essential Arts Foundation and funded by Werkgebouw Het Veem and several funds in the Dutch cultural landscape.