rainy days

Festival de musiques nouvelles
Philharmonie Luxembourg

06.–19.11.2017

How does it feel?

Information & Billetterie (+352) 26 32 26 32 Philharmonie Luxembourg
1, Place de l´Europe
L-1499 Luxembourg

Press contact:
press@philharmonie.lu

Festival pass: 50 € (<27 years: 30 €) The festival pass gives access
to all events except the workshop
«Musical Playground»,
for children (18. & 19.11).

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rainy days 2017

In 2017, rainy days follows its feelings and invites you to join posing the crucial question: how does it feel?

For decades, new music has been asked whether it is losing touch. In 2017 rainy days explores the emotional landscapes of contemporary music to demonstrate the opposite. In concerts, installations, performances, conversations, and a conference the festival discovers the many ways in which today’s music can express, evoke, transform, exploit, or avoid emotion to touch, affect, move, or keep you at a distance. An opera for your body. The power of the voice. A composer’s loving tribute to his musicians. Dissolving sounds that become even more touching. High-charged string quartets. Evocative sounds of home. Music «freed» from subjectivity. A sonic treasure hunt for children. The entire Philharmonie transformed into a wunderkammer.

For the first time, rainy days hosts a conference dedicated to the festival topic, as well as the final concert of the Luxembourg Composition Academy, in cooperation with neimënster and United Instruments of Lucilin.

rainy days 2017«how does it feel?» presents Adapter, EXAUDI, JACK Quartet, Klangforum Wien, Noise Watchers, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Remix Ensemble Casa da Musica, United Instruments of Lucilin, Yarn/Wire, Tomomi Adachi, Katrien Baerts, Severine Ballon, Andreas Borregaard, Peter Brotzmann, Susanne Elmark, Hany Heshmat, Florian Hoelscher, Roland Kluttig, Heather Leigh, Marc Meyers, Emilio Pomarico, Peter Rundel, Aniela Stoffels, Jennifer Walshe, James Weeks.

Premieres and new works by Wojtek Blecharz, Iván Boumans, Rick Burkhardt, Chaya Czernowin, Catherine Kontz, Catherine Lamb, Claude Lenners, Genoël von Lilienstern, Enno Poppe, Philippe Manoury, Robin Minard, Wolfgang Mitterer, Yoshiaki Onishi, Hannes Seidl, S.L.A.T.U.R., Simon Steen-Andersen.

On and Between

On and Between
06.11.–04.12.2017 Philharmonie, Foyer
sound installation
Accessible from one hour before every concert until the end of the event

Robin Minard
On and Between
(création, commande Philharmonie)

The Canadian sound artist Robin Minard transforms the signature pillars of Philharmonie Luxembourg into a sound installation. With 100 small speakers, he creates within the foyer an intimate space of delicate sounds that make the architecture of the Philharmonie audible while simultaneously reinventing it.

Free admission

JACK plays­Xenakis

Jack playsxenakis
Monday 06.11.2017 20:00 Salle de Musique de Chambre
rainy days prelude

JACK Quartet
Christopher Otto violon
Austin Wulliman violon
John Pickford Richards alto
Jay Campbell violoncelle

Iannis Xenakis
Tetora
ST/4,1-080262
Ikhoor
Tetras

Résonances résonances 19:45 Salle de Musique de Chambre
Christopher Otto and John Pickford Richards
in conversation with Lydia Rilling (E)

High-voltage music – the string quartets of Iannis Xenakis have fourfold power. Often based on scientific models, Tetras, Tetora, ST/4,1-080262 and the rarely performed string trio Ikhoor convey high-tension expression with an absorbing impact. In their intensity and virtuosity, they are tailor-made for the young JACK Quartet from New York, whose Xenakis recording has caused a sensation.

Tickets (en vente): 15 € (<27 ans 9 €)

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Body-Opera

Body-Opera
Sunday 12.11.2017 17:00 & 20:00 Grand Théâtre
Opera installation

Wojtek Blecharz direction musicale
Karol Tymiński chorégraphie, danse
Beltane Ruiz Molina contrebasse
Alexandre Babel percussion
Barbara Kinga Majewska, Bonnie Lander, Jennifer ­Torrence, Wojtek Blecharz voix enregistrée
Wiebke Renner technique Resonance
Ewa-Maria Śmigielska décors, costumes, VJ
Michał Głaszczka lumières
Mateusz Andracki accessoires
Łukasz Faliński vidéo
Antoni Mantorski son

Wojtek Blecharz
Body-Opera

Coopération Philharmonie Luxembourg et Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg
Production Nowy Teatr
Coproduction Adam Mickiewicz Institute et hcmf//
Partenaire Ciało/Umysł Foundation
The recording of Techno by Wojtek Blecharz is from the show Soundwork as courtesy of TR Warszawa
The scent for Candy Aria was composed and founded by Victor Kochetov form Mood Scent Bar

Traditional performance settings limit our perception by offering only one model of musical experience: sitting, listening, and watching. Wojtek Blecharz’s Body-Opera is dedicated to the audience to experience sound with their entire bodies. The musical theatre work, consisting of music, installation, choreography, sculpture, and video, places the audience in a new performance situation where the participants can directly experience the physical nature of music while lying down, standing, or moving.

Tickets (en vente): 20 € – Luxembourgticket.lu (+352) 47 08 95-1

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  • la ville de Luxembourg & Ville de Luxembourg

Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari

Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari
Tuesday 14.11.2017 20:00 Grand Auditorium
ciné-concert

Remix Ensemble Casa da Música
Peter Rundel direction

Film: Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari (1920)
Robert Wiene réalisation
Wolfgang Mitterer musique
(création, commande Philharmonie et Casa da Música Porto)

Résonances résonances après le concert Foyer
Wolfgang Mitterer im Gespräch mit Lydia Rilling (D)

Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari is a milestone in film history. Many a famous film villain of later times shows a clear resemblance to the psychotic psychiatrist of Robert Wiene’s 1920 expressionist film. Specially for this evening, the Austrian composer Wolfgang Mitterer has written a new score that will bring a surprising sound world to this classic.

Tickets (en vente): 10 / 15 / 25 € (<27 ans 6 / 9 / 15 €)

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  • Cinemathique
  • RTL

Italian Madrigal Book

Italian Madrigal Book
Thursday 16.11.2017 20:00 Salle de Musique de Chambre
récital de madrigaux

EXAUDI
James Weeks direction
Juliet Fraser soprano
Rebecca Lea soprano
Lucy Goddard mezzo-soprano
Tom Williams contreténor
Stephen Jeffes ténor
David de Winter ténor
Simon Whiteley basse
Jimmy Holliday basse

Luca Marenzio
«Spuntavan gia»
«Scendi dal Paradiso»
Stefano Gervasoni
Di dolci aspre catene
Giaches de Wert: «Vezzosi augelli»
Claudio Monteverdi
«Ecco mormorar l'onde»
Luca Marenzio
«Quel augellin che canta»
Claudio Monteverdi
«Quel augellin che canta»
Salvatore Sciarrino
12 Madrigali per 8 (o 7) cantanti (extraits):
«Ecco mormorar l’onde»
«La cicala»
«O lodola»
«Rosso, così rosso»
Catherine Kontz
Il Floridoro – Canto 4 (création, commande Philharmonie)
Carlo Gesualdo
«Se la mia morte brami»
«O dolorosa gioa»
«Ardita zanzaretta»
Michael Finnissy
Gesualdo: Libro Sesto (extaits):
I (Se la mia morte brami)
III (Beltà, poi che t’assenti)
VI (Resta di darmi noia)
VII (Al mio gioir)
Claudio Monteverdi
«Rimanti in pace»

Résonances résonances 19:45 Salle de Musique de Chambre
Catherine Kontz and James Weeks in conversation with Lydia Rilling (E)

The «Italian Madrigal Book» of the British vocal ensemble EXAUDI ranges from the Renaissance to the present day, interweaving Italian and Franco-Flemish madrigals, full of powerful passion and deep despair, with new madrigals by contemporary composers such as Finnissy, Gervasoni, and Sciarrino. Catherine Kontz contributes her new composition Il Floridoro – Canto 4 to the collection, for which she has chosen a text by the poet Moderata Fonte from 1581 that is just as relevant today as it was then.

Tickets (en vente): 15 / 25 € (<27 ans 9 / 15 €)

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Concepts of emotion in contemporary music

Concepts of emotion in contemporary music
Friday 17.11.2017 10:00−18:00 Salon PhilaPhil
rainy days conference

Lectures by Zeynep Bulut, Regine Elzenheimer, Helga de la Motte-Haber, Lydia Rilling, Friederike Wißmann (D / E)


10:00–10:10
Begrüßung / Welcome
10:10–11:10
Helga de la Motte-Haber: Immersion und Distanz. Unterschiedliche kompositorische Strategien musikalischer Expressivität (D)
11.10–11.30
Kaffeepause / Coffee break
11:30–12:30
Friederike Wißmann: Angst. Männlich. Weiblich. Musikalische Konnotationen eines starken Gefühls (D)
12:30–14:00
Mittagspause / Lunch break
14:00–15:00
Zeynep Bulut: A thread from passion to indifference (E)
15:00–16:00
Regine Elzenheimer: ...zwei Gefühle... – Zu Helmut Lachenmanns Musiktheater Das Mädchen mit den Schwefelhölzern (D)
16:00–16:20
Kaffeepause / Coffee break
16:20–17:20
Lydia Rilling: «Oh long-lost paradise, where are you now?» Love in contemporary opera (E)

Konzeption / Concept:
Lydia Rilling (Philharmonie Luxembourg) & Friederike Wißmann (Technische Universität Dresden)

In a series of lectures and round tables musicologists discuss the topic of the festival and explore, from different perspectives, the relationships between contemporary music and emotion. To begin with, different conceptions of musical expressivity are investigated by Helga de la Motte-Haber. Friederike Wißmann presents a case study to show how gender is attributed to specific musical emotion. The following talk by Tatjana Mehner discusses emotionality in electronic music before indifference is interpreted as an affective state by Zeynep Bulut. The final panel is dedicated to emotion in opera, with Regine Elzenheimer offering thoughts on Helmut Lachenmann’s epic Das Mädchen mit den Schwefelhölzern as well as Lydia Rilling on the representation of love in contemporary opera.

Free admission

Czernowin & Feldman

Czernowin & Feldman
Friday 17.11.2017 19:00 Grand Auditorium
deux grandes premières

Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg
Roland Kluttig direction
Susanne Elmark soprano
Séverine Ballon violoncelle

Chaya Czernowin
Guardian pour violoncelle et orchestre
(commande Philharmonie et Südwestrundfunk)
Morton Feldman
Neither. Opera in one act (version concert)

Résonances résonances 18:30 Grand Auditorium
Chaya Czernowin in conversation
with Lydia Rilling (E)

Two grand premieres: Morton Feldman’s only opera Neither, a setting of 87 words by Samuel Beckett, has its Luxembourg premiere. In this outstanding reinvention of opera, the music draws subdued power by the means of the most delicate nuances between sound and silence. Like Feldman’s piece Chaya Czernowin’s new cello concerto Guardian reveals, with its tactile and sculptural sound textures, the expressive power of contemporary music.

Tickets (en vente): 20 € (<27 ans 12 €)
The ticket also grants free entrance to the concert at 22:00 «Yarn/Wire I».

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Yarn/Wire I

Yarn/Wire I
Friday 17.11.2017 22:00 Espace Découverte
concert installation

Yarn/Wire
Ian Antonio percussion
Russell Greenberg percussion
Laura Barger piano
Ning Yu piano

Catherine Lamb curvo totalitas (création de la version augmentée, commande Philharmonie)

In her new concert installation curvo totalitas, Catherine Lamb bathes the audience in the resonances of two percussionists and two pianists emanating from all directions. The slow development of delicate sounds produces a listening situation that gradually transforms our perception. One hour of composed intensity.

Tickets (en vente): 10 € (<27 ans 6 €)

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Luxembourg Composition Academy

Luxembourg Composition Academy
Saturday 18.11.2017 11:00 neimënster, salle Robert Krieps
concert de clôture de l’académie

United Instruments of Lucilin
Garrett Keast direction musicale

Sophie Deshayes flûte
Marcel Lallemang clarinette
Olivier Sliepen saxophone
Fabian Perdichizzi violon
Danielle Hennicot alto
Ingrid Schoenlaub violoncelle
Pascal Meyer piano
Guy Frisch percussion

Léo Collin Seismographer (création)
Simone Corti Relation in time (création)
Jonah Haven You feel for me almost a loneliness — you wear me too (création)
Sylvain Marty Wandering Monades (création)
Nick Morrish Rarity Life of Lines II (création)
Maria Teresa Treccozzi On lightness (création)
Claudio Panariello Piccolo inventario degli insetti
Adam Maor Bayati
Œuvres des compositeurs et compositrices de la Luxembourg Composition Academy

Production neimënster et United Instruments of Lucilin

For the first time, rainy days offers the Luxembourg Composition Academy in collaboration with United Instruments of Lucilin and the Abbey of Neumünster, who founded the academy together with the composer Marcel Reuter in 2015. Eight young composers from seven different countries work at the Abbey of Neumünster for one week together with the faculty Chaya Czernowin (Harvard University) and Mauro Lanza (Universität der Künste Berlin) as well as with Lucilin in masterclasses and workshops. In the final concert Lucilin presents the new works written for the ensemble by the young composers. Discoveries guaranteed!

Free admission

  • Neimester

Musical Playground

Musical Playground
Saturday 18.11.2017 11:00 (F) & 15:00 (L)
Sunday 19.11.2017 11:00 (L) & 15:00 (F)
Foyer
voyage sonore pour les enfants / kannerklangrees

S.L.Á.T.U.R.
Áki Ásgeirsson, Páll Ivan frá Eiðum, Jesper Pedersen performance, conception, composition
Ensemble Adapter
Kristjana Helgadóttir flûte
Ingólfur Vilhjálmsson clarinette
Matthias Engler percussion
Elsa Rauchs comédie

S.L.Á.T.U.R.
Musical Playground
(création, commande Philharmonie)

In the interactive performance Musical Playground, the Philharmonie is transformed into an adventure for ­children aged 6 to 12. The three Icelandic composers of the S.L.Á.T.U.R. collective and Ensemble Adapter invite children on an imaginative sound journey, where they become performers themselves as the foyer turns into a stage for musical robots, a Punch and Judy show, or a cactus concert. For all curious children with open ears, Musical Playground is a chance to explore unfamiliar sounds in a creative and playful way while experiencing the architecture of the Philharmonie from a new perspective.

Tickets (en vente): 1 Workshop 10 € (enfant / Kand)
Pour enfants sans accompagnement des parents / Fir Kanner ouni Begleedung vun den Elteren

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Yarn/Wire II

Yarn/Wire II
Saturday 18.11.2017 15:00 Salle de Musique de Chambre
Concert

Yarn/Wire
Ian Antonio percussion
Russell Greenberg percussion
Laura Barger piano
Ning Yu piano

Rick Burkhardt
Earth Opens
(création, commande Philharmonie)
Ann Cleare
I should live in wires for leaving you behind
Enno Poppe
Feld
(création européenne)

The New York ensemble Yarn/Wire reveals its aesthetic versatility with three works lately written specifically for the young ensemble. Rick Burkhardt’s new composition Earth Opens recasts the musicians as actors; Enno Poppe’s recently premiered Feld demands extraordinary technical and musical proficiency; and in Ann Cleare’s I should live in wires for leaving you behind the musicians elicit poetic sounds from flower pots, crystal bowls, salad spinners, marbles, and melodicas.

Tickets (en vente): 15 € (<27 ans 9 €)

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Salims Salon

Salims Salon
Saturday 18.11.2017 17:30 Espace Découverte
salon musical autour de l’altérité

Amet, Seth Ayyaz, Cedrik Fermont,
Jacqueline George musiciens
Hannes Seidl direction artistique
Tamara Antonijevic assistante

Hannes Seidl
Salims Salon. Szenisches Konzert
(commande Philharmonie, Alte Oper Frankfurt et Konzerthaus Berlin)

Une production de Hannes Seidl en coproduction avec Philharmonie Luxembourg, Alte Oper Frankfurt am Main et Konzerthaus Berlin. Avec le soutien de Musikfonds e.V. En collaboration avec Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt am Main

Résonances résonances après le concert Espace Découverte
Amet, Seth Ayyaz, and Hannes Seidl in conversation with Lydia Rilling (E)

Salim’s Salon is a space for musicians of different cultures who deal with the notion of otherness and whose artistic positions elude cultural stereotypes. A staged concert in which five musicians deconstruct the Western gaze at «the other,» recount their experiences and artistic ideas, speak about identities and clichés, introduce each other to their music, and perform together.

Tickets (en vente): 10 € (<27 ans 6 €)

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Convivialité musicale

Convivialité musicale
Saturday 18.11.2017 20:00 Grand Auditorium
une déclaration d’amour

Klangforum Wien
Emilio Pomàrico direction
Annette Bik violon
Gunde Jäch-Micko violon
Sophie Schafleitner violon
Dimitrios Polisoidis alto
Benedikt Leitner violoncelle
Andreas Lindenbaum violoncelle
Uli Fussenegger contrebasse
Vera Fischer flûte
Eva Furrer flûte
Markus Deuter heckelphone
Olivier Vivarès clarinette
Bernhard Zachhuber clarinette
Lorelei Dowling basson
Gerald Preinfalk saxophone
Christoph Walder cor
Anders Nyqvist trompette
Davur Juul Magnussen trombone
Lukas Schiske percussion
Alex Lipowski percussion
Aurélie Saraf harpe
Florian Müller piano
Joonas Ahonen piano
Krassimir Sterev accordéon

Georges Aperghis
Situations pour 23 solistes

Résonances résonances 19:30 Grand Auditorium
Benedikt Leiter from Klangforum Wien in conversation with Lydia Rilling (D)

With Situations. Une convivialité musicale, the composer Georges Aperghis created in 2013 a love ­declaration to the musicians of Klangforum Wien and the conductor Emilio Pomàrico. In the 70-minute composition, he merges 23 portraits of their individual personalities, often informed by years of intense collaboration, and written into the fingers and the voice of the musicians. A composer’s affection turned into music.

Tickets (en vente): 15 € (<27 ans 9 €)

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Brötzmann & Leigh

Brötzmann & Leigh
Saturday 18.11.2017 22:00 Espace Découverte
late night improvisation session

Peter Brötzmann saxophone
Heather Leigh pedal steel guitar

Résonances résonances après le concert Espace Découverte
Peter Brötzmann and Heather Leigh in conversation with Lydia Rilling (E)

Peter Brötzmann’s influence on free jazz in Europe is unique. His curiosity, his tremendous proficiency, and his musical radicality make his concerts an experience: while he stands nearly motionless, the saxophone becomes part of his body, from which sounds explode violently. Together with the pedal-steel guitarist Heather Leigh, he is sure to shake up Luxembourg.

Tickets (en vente): 15 € (<27 ans 9 €)

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Wunderkammer

Wunderkammer
Sunday 19.11.2017 11:00–16:00 Philharmonie & Mudam
concerts et performances dans toute la philharmonie & au mudam

Tomomi Adachi, Jennifer Walshe voix
Aniela Stoffels flûte
Marc Meyers trombone
Danielle Hennicot alto
Florian Hoelscher piano
Andreas Borregaard accordéon
Hany Heshmat guitare

Ensemble Adapter
Kristjana Helgadóttir flûte
Ingólfur Vilhjálmsson clarinette
Matthias Engler percussion

Noise Watchers

S.L.Á.T.U.R.
Áki Ásgeirsson, Ingi Garðar Erlendsson, Jesper ­Pedersen performance, conception, composition

Yarn/Wire
Ian Antonio, Russell Greenberg percussion
Laura Barger, Ning Yu piano

Production Philharmonie Luxembourg, Noise Watchers et Mudam

With a mosaic of short concerts in several different spaces, Philharmonie and Mudam turn into a wunderkammer presenting a broad range of musical emotions. Including classics of electronic music and world premieres, intimate piano music and meditative percussion, accordion plus video and an architectural sound installation, and a workshop for children, this cornucopia of performances offers something for everybody.

Free admission

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  • Mudam

Je regardai l’horizon de la mer, le monde...

Klangforum-Wien
Sunday 19.11.2017 17:00 Salle de Musique de Chambre
concert final

Klangforum Wien
Emilio Pomàrico direction
Katrien Baerts soprano
Annette Bik violon
Sophie Schafleitner violon
Dimitrios Polisoidis alto
Andreas Lindenbaum violoncelle
Uli Fussenegger contrebasse
Vera Fischer flûte
Bernhard Zachhuber clarinettes
Olivier Vivarès clarinettes
Gerald Preinfalk saxophone
Stephanie Schoiswohl saxophone
Anders Nyqvist trompette
Davur Juul Magnussen trombone
József Bazsinka sen. tuba
József Bazsinka jr. tuba
Lukas Schiske percussion
Björn Wilker percussion
Alex Lipowski percussion
Christophe Saunière harpe
Peter Böhm son

Eva Reiter
In groben Zügen für Streichquartett
Yoshiaki Onishi
Vgf II for 15 musicians
(création, commande Philharmonie)
Gérard Grisey
Quatre Chants pour franchir le seuil
pour soprano et 15 musiciens

Three fundamentally different yet connected compositions resound in the final concert. Eva Reiter’s energetic string quartet In groben Zügen basks in instrumental noise(s) with as much relish as the new composition Vgf II by Yoshiaki Onishi, scored for the same ensemble as Quatre Chants pour franchir le seuil. In Gérard Grisey’s masterpiece, the differences between four different eras and cultures vanish in the face of death. But for Grisey, death does not mean the end but a new beginning. The journey through the world of the dead is followed by a Berceuse, the music of a new dawn.

Tickets (en vente): 15 € (<27 ans 9 €)

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Le bal contemporain

Le bal contemporain
Sunday 19.11.2017 20:30 Carré
une soirée électro, rock, musette et musique contemporaine

United Instruments of Lucilin
Stéphany Ortega voix
Jean-Marc Foltz clarinettes
Olivier Sliepen saxophone
André Pons-Valdès
violon
Danielle Hennicot alto
Jean-Philippe Martignoni violoncelle
Henning Sieverts contrebasse
Pascal Meyer piano
Guy Frisch percussion

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Project 128 – live techno
Anna voor de Wind clarinette
Jellantsje de Vries violon électrique
Bence Huszar violoncelle électrique
Pascal Meyer synthesizer
Yu Oda live electronics

Un concert décalé avec soupe à l’oignon et danse en option

Refreshments will be available

Production Philharmonie Luxembourg et United Instruments of Lucilin

United Instruments of Lucilin and Project 128 invite you to the Bal contemporain, the final party of rainy days, with an original musical mix: from a world premiere by Genoël von Lilienstern and compositions by François ­Sarhan, Alexander Schubert, and Frank Zappa to musette and Luxembourgish chansons as well as live techno. True to the spirit of a ball, onion soup will be served and of course there will be dancing.

Tickets (en vente): 15 € – The price includes onion soup

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