Dirkje Daling performs her own and other composers’ compositions on solo piano while projecting her painting equivalents on the backdrop. These are explorations of the interplay between colour and musical notes. She talks about how these paintings and musical compositions inspired each other. This performance is part of a long-term project to interpret all the books of the Bible in a musical and painterly way.

Production Credits

Lee Moss - assistant

Dirkje Daling - composer and artist/pianist

About the Artists

Dirkje lives and works in Nieu-Bethesda, Eastern Cape, South Africa where she owns the Infinity Gallery and has been exhibiting with other artists of the area since 2014.  She studied B.Sc Abstract Mathematics at Stellenbosch University and completed her honours degree in 1998.  After working as an actuarial assistant for two years she decided to go into the arts fulltime. 

She works mostly with oils on canvas, and recently started to portray what she has experienced since childhood having the neurological condition chromosthesia, in which sounds invoke images of colour. "We had a group exhibition in the gallery with the theme ‘Melodic Light’ and I decided this is the ideal opportunity for me to try and portray something of this experience.  I then took existing pieces of music and painted the colours as I would see them. Although I find it impossible to nearly give an account for the real life experience, I really enjoyed the process and then decided to flip the order.  I started painting with the music in mind that I want to compose not having the piano with me, and so this journey opened up whereby I compose by painting.”

“I would love people to join me on this journey and listen to the end result. May you enjoy listening to the music as much as I did composing it.”

  • Venue: Beethoven Room
  • Location: Rhodes Music Department
  • Ticket price: ZAR 150.00
  • Programme type: The Fringe
  • Genre: Music
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Ages: ALL AGES
    • Suitable for All Ages

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