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MINI-FESTIVAL: Almost Silence

Guy Livingston curated a mini-festival of music and silence in The Hague in June 2021.

Guy Livingston

Featured artists were flutist Ned McGowan, poet Nafiss Nia, writer and radio-maker Aletta Becker, violinist Monica Germino, and pianist Saskia Lankhoorn. Concerts took place in The Hague and Amsterdam. See the menu above for details. Each event featured musical or poetic themes of loss, disappearance, absence, calm, and quiet.

June 13

“Almost Silence”, a piano concert by Guy Livingston in a secret courtyard of The Hague.

June 18

Poetry of Nafiss Nia, with flutist Ned McGowan and pianist Guy Livingston. PLUS “Future Silence” with artists from HKU.

June 19

Lost“, a reflection in words and music on the Pied Piper of Hamelin with theater-maker Aletta Becker and pianist Guy Livingston.


Music and Silence“, a piano recital by Saskia Lankhoorn.


The Silence in Between” with Monica Germino and her whisperviolin; and Guy Livingston on clavichord (postponed).

These performances are made possible by a grant from the Fonds for Performing Arts (FPK).

Music in time of crisis

There seems to be little that I can contribute to YouTube at the moment, and I avoid Zoom as much as possible. My response to the current health and political crises is in my radio shows and podcasts. Tune-in every Friday night to “The Bug” on iTunes or via streaming…