rainy days 2018

Festival de musiques nouvelles
Philharmonie Luxembourg


get real

get real

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Festival pass 55 € (<27 Jahre: 30 €) The festival pass gives access to all events except the workshop «rainy days Kompositionsworkshop».


rainy days 2018

The rainy days festival traces reality in contemporary music and flings its doors wide open to the world – «get real»!

From resonance of the spheres to propaganda tool, music has always struggled to find its place in the world around it, and this is especially true of the music of our complex present. In 2018, rainy days explores how contemporary music participates in realities beyond the concert hall: as political statement, as part of identity, as an experience of social situations, as industrial aesthetic, as personal history or by incorporating concrete sounds of everyday life through field recordings. The festival brings sound worlds outside of the Philharmonie into the concert hall, while also taking concerts to private homes and offering performative walks that enable the listener to perceive the city’s soundscapes in situ. It presents the search for an appropriate musical language to speak of the most pressing issues today, explores «third spaces» between analogue and virtual worlds and pays homage to female pioneers of electroacoustic music who created new gender realities with their work early on.

For the second time, the festival organizes the Luxembourg Composition Academy in cooperation with the Neumünster Abbey and United Instruments of Lucilin. rainy days also continues its cooperation with the Grand Théâtre and the Casino. A public conference discusses the theme of the festival. After the success of the first Wunderkammer and Bal contemporain in 2017, the last day of rainy days again features a five-hour mosaic of concerts and a final party.

«get real» presents:
Einstürzende Neubauten, ensemble mosaik, Ensemble Resonanz, Hiatus, Klangforum Wien, Nadar Ensemble, Noise Watchers, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Phace, Quatuor Diotima, Synergy Vocals, United Instruments of Lucilin, Baldur Brönnimann, Christina Daletska, Florian Hoelscher, Nacho de Paz, Emilio Pomàrico, Heather Roche, Benjamin Vandewalle, Bas Wiegers, Agata Zubel and others

Featuring premieres and works by
Peter Ablinger, Georges Aperghis, Joanna Bailie, Huihui Cheng, Micheline Coulombe Saint-Marcoux, Sivan Eldar, Evelyne Gayou, Rama Gottfried, Genoël von Lilienstern, Ursula Mamlok, Yan Maresz, Matilde Meireles, Enno Poppe, Alberto Posadas, Stefan Prins / Daniel Linehan, Éliane Radigue, Rebecca Saunders, Matthew Shlomowitz, Chris Swithinbank, Annette Vande Gorne, Francesca Verunelli and others

Kompositions workshop
Saturday 27.10.2018 10:00 Sunday 28.10.2018 10:00 Saturday 24.11.2018 10:00 Sunday 25.11.2018 10:00 Salle de Répétition II

rainy days
Kompositions workshop

Workshop für Kinder im Alter von 10 bis 12 Jahren (D)

Solisten des Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg
Solisten des Mutare Ensembles
Johanna Greulich Gesang
Max Gärtner Perkussion
Gerhard Müller-Hornbach Konzeption, Komposition, Workshopleitung
Viviane Waschbüsch Konzeption, Komposition

Anyone can learn to invent music. In this workshop, children slip into the composer’s role, developing their own musical ideas. The point of departure will be Georges Aperghis’ work Migrants. Supported by a team of composers, music pedagogues and professional musicians, the young composers will find their own approach to Aperghis and his music. Together with the musicians, they will present their own works in a concert as part of the festival’s Wunderkammer on 25.11. The project includes several short workshop sessions on two weekends.

Tickets: 4 Workshoptage 45 € (Child)

Tuesday 13.11.2018 20:00 Grand Auditorium
rainy days opening

Einstürzende Neubauten «Greatest Hits»

Einstürzende Neubauten
Blixa Bargeld
Alexander Hacke
N. U. Unruh
Jochen Arbeit
Rudolf Moser
Felix Gebhard

14.11.2018 19:00 Casino
Lesung von Blixa Bargeld aus seinem Buch Europa kreuzweise: Eine Litanei (D)

The legendary avantgarde band is the «most enduring April Fool’s joke in music history»(laut.de) since its coincidental founding on April 1, 1980. «Greatest Hits» is just that: a high-decibel review of more than 35 years of band history.

Tickets: 25 / 35 / 45 € (<27 ans 15 / 21 / 27 €)

En collaboration avec Casino Luxembourg − Forum d’art contemporain

  • Casino Luxembourg
Einstürzende Neubauten
Einstürzende Neubauten | photo: Mote Sinabel
Georges Aperghis
Friday 16.11.2018 20:00 Grand Auditorium


Ensemble Resonanz
Emilio Pomàrico direction
Agata Zubel soprano
Christina Daletska mezzo-soprano

Leoš Janácek
Zápisník zmizelého (Journal d’un disparu / Tagebuch eines Verschollenen) (orch. par Johannes Schöllhorn)
Georges Aperghis

Résonances résonances 19:45 Grand Auditorium
Georges Aperghis and Johannes Schöllhorn in conversation with Lydia Rilling (E)

«Not only do I want to give a face to the drowned bodies that are washed up on Europe’s shores, but also to the large number of living people on an odyssey through Europe, without identity.» The Greek composer Georges Aperghis, himself in exile in Paris, has created Migrants, a moving artistic creed which speaks, with music, of disappearance and death in our present time.

Tickets: 15 € (<27 ans 9 €)

Saturday 17.11.2018 17:00 Espace Découverte

Traces of reality

United Instruments of Lucilin

Genoël von Lilienstern
Joanna Bailie
Matthew Shlomowitz
Popular Contexts, Volume 6
Peter Ablinger
Voices and Piano (extraits)

Résonances résonances After the concert Espace Découverte Joanna Bailie, Genoël von Lilienstern and Matthew Shlomowitz in conversation with Lydia Rilling (E)

The four composers of this evening are united by a similar approach: they venture to the world outside and bring back its sound into the concert hall. Whether field recordings in the case of Joanna Bailie, sounds of journeys by airplane for Matthew Shlomowitz, transcriptions of speeches by famous personalities in Peter Ablinger’s work or the creation of a new world in the piece Son by Genoël von Lilienstern, the realities beyond the concert hall are always both present and far away. It is a concert about the impossibility of truly perceiving and capturing reality.

Tickets: 15 € (<27 ans 9 €)

United Intruments of Lucilin
Paris qui dort
Paris qui dort
Saturday 17.11.2018 20:00 Grand Auditorium

Paris qui dort

Nacho de Paz direction
Benoît Meudic électronique
Alfred Reiter régie son

Film: Paris qui dort (1925)
René Clair réalisation
Yan Maresz musique

To this day, Paris qui dort has remained a fascinating vision of a pulsating metropolis that has fallen into a bizarre coma. In a series of fantastical images, René Clair’s masterwork from 1925 recounts the relativity of time and its perception. In 2005 Yan Maresz composed an expressive and energetic score to accompany the film.

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

  • Cinematique
  • Ville de Luxembourg
  • RTL
Sunday 18.11.2018 12:00–16:30 Dans toute la ville de Luxembourg
concerts in private residences & performative walks in the city

Your place or mine I

Nadar Ensemble
Benjamin Vandewalle chorégraphie

What place better embodies peoples’ everyday reality than their living room? In Luxembourg City, private individuals open the doors of their homes, inviting the rainy days audience to living room concerts with members of the Nadar Ensemble. Visitors will experience a sequence of short concerts and performative walks in the city with the choreographer Benjamin Vandewalle. Join us for a musical journey with a multitude of hosts; a special opportunity to experience the city, musically and socially.

Duration: ca. 4,5 h
Start and end point: Philharmonie
Transfers between living rooms and a lunchtime snack will be provided.
The concerts may only be attended as part of the full tour, not individually. The route will be announced at the beginning of the event.
Not accessible for disabled people.
Age 12 and up.

Tickets: 15 € (<27 ans 9 €) ou
Tickets pour les deux manifestations 12:00 et 18:00: 20 € (<27 ans 12 €)

Your place or mine
Nadar Ensemble
Nadar Ensemble | photo: David Samyn
Sunday 18.11.2017 18:00 Espace Découverte

Your place or mine II

Nadar Ensemble

Mátyás Wettl
Nocturne for four players
Jessie Marino
Rot blau for two identical performers, modified gloves, lights, cups and mouth lamps
Stefan Prins
Generation Kill
Michael Beil
Exit to enter for flute, clarinet, piano, percussion, violin and cello

The Belgian Nadar Ensemble dedicates the final concert of «Your place or mine» to questions of the impact of technology on the virtual worlds of our life today, performing two of its signature works by Stefan Prins and Michael Beil. Two further theatrical works ensure a smooth transition from the preceding living room concerts to this closing event, transforming the concert hall into a salon.

Tickets: 10 € (<27 ans 6 €) ou
Tickets pour les deux manifestations 12:00 et 18:00: 20 € (<27 ans 12 €)

Friday 23.11.2018 10:00–18:00 Salon PhilaPhil
rainy days conference

get real.
Music and reality

With lectures by Robert Adlington, Marc Battier, Helga de la Motte-Haber, Tatjana Mehner and Nina Noeske (E)

In Vorträgen und Diskussionen widmen sich Musikwissenschaftlerinnen und Musikwissen­schaftler dem Thema des Festivals und beleuchten aus verschiedenen Perspektiven das Verhältnis zeitgenössischer Musik zu Realitäten jenseits des Konzertsaals. Zu den Vortragsthemen zählen u. a. Gender­realitäten in der zeitgenössischen Musikszene, Musik und Demokratie oder die Rolle von Klängen der Natur in akusmatischer Musik.

Conference Programme

10:00–10:10 Welcome
10:10–11:10 Helga de la Motte-Haber: Art and its own more real reality
11:10–11:30 Coffee break
11:30–12:30 Tatjana Mehner: «Is there anybody out there?» On the concepts of inside and outside in music
12:30–14:30 Lunch break
14:30–15:30 Marc Battier: Natural attraction: the place of Nature in the development of electroacoustic music
15:30–15:45 Coffee break
15:45–16:45 Robert Adlington: New music and the realities of democracy
16:45–17:45 Nina Noeske: (Self-)reflection in contemporary music – with some remarks on the subject of gender

Concept: Lydia Rilling and Tatjana Mehner

Free admission

Un monde en soi
Sican Eldar | photo: Léa Girardin
Friday 23.11.2018 20:00 Salle de Musique de Chambre
récital de quatuor à cordes

Un monde en soi

Quatuor Diotima
Yun-Peng Zhao violon
Constance Ronzatti violon
Franck Chevalier alto
Pierre Morlet violoncelle

Ursula Mamlok
String Quartet N° 1
Rebecca Saunders
Unbreathed for string quartet (commande Philharmonie, Wigmore Hall, Dina Koston and Roger Shapiro Fund in the Library of Congress, Eclat Festival Stuttgart, Festival Musica Strasbourg, Klangspuren Schwaz et November Music)
Sivan Eldar
Solicitations (création, commande Philharmonie)
Helmut Lachenmann
Gran Torso. Musik für Streichquartett

Résonances résonances 19:45 Salle de Musique de Chambre
Sivan Eldar and Rebecca Saunders in conversation with Lydia Rilling (E)

As the king of genres, the string quartet exhibits a particular royal idiosyncrasy: more than any other genre, it has remained a world unto itself. Quatuor Diotima introduces four propositions for this genre by composers from four generations: next to Ursula Mamlok’s far-too-rarely performed String Quartet N° 1 and Helmut Lachenmann’s epochal Gran Torso, the quartet will present two new compositions by Rebecca Saunders and Sivan Eldar.

Tickets: 15 € (<27 ans 9 €)

Friday 23.11.2018 22:00 Espace Découverte

Soirée synthétisée

ensemble mosaik

Enno Poppe
Rundfunk für neun Synthesizer (commande Philharmonie, Südwestrundfunk, Wien Modern, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Festival d’Automne à Paris, Acht Brücken Köln, Deutschlandfunk et musica viva)

Résonances résonances Nach dem Konzert Espace Découverte Enno Poppe im Gespräch mit Lydia Rilling (D)

Just like fashion, electronic music often seems like a sign of its times. As rapidly as new technologies are developed, they also disappear again, and what was brand-new 20 years ago sounds outmoded today. In Rundfunk for nine synthesizers, Enno Poppe dons the white lab coat of an experimenter, assembling his new hour-long work from thousands of atoms of historical sounds from the 1960s and 1970s. Yet thanks to today’s technology, these reappear completely altered and new.

Tickets: 10 € (<27 ans 6 €)

Ensemble Mosaik
United INstruments of Lucilin
Saturday 24.11.2018 11:00 Neimënster, salle Robert Krieps
concert de clôture de l’académie

Luxembourg Composition Academy

United Instruments of Lucilin
Nacho de Paz direction

Nouvelles œuvres de Nicolas Brochec, Santa Buss, Shiuan Chang, Didem Coskunseven, Cameron Michael Graham, Nicolás Medero Larrosa, Lo Shih-Wei et Andrew Watts (créations)

Joanna Bailie
Franck Bedrossian
Tracés d’ombres
Nicolas Brochec
Vorsis (création)
Santa Buss
nouvelle œuvre (création)
Shiuan Chang
*The Travel of an old Wreck – Chapter 1 *(création)
Didem Coşkunseven
Spear Song (création)
Cameron Michael Graham
Life in Pink (création)
Nicolás Medero Larrosa
Un Rumor a Lila Rompiéndose (création)
Andrew Watts
*A Spike of Resistance *(création)
Djordje Marković
Flux (création)

After the success of the first joint Luxembourg Composition Academy in 2017, rainy days, United Instruments of Lucilin and Neumünster Abbey continue their collaboration. Eight young composers from seven countries and four continents work at the Neumünster Abbey for one week together with faculty composers Joanna Bailie and Franck Bedrossian as well as with Lucilin’s musicians in masterclasses and workshops. During the final concert, Lucilin will present the new works that the participants have composed for the ensemble – new discoveries are guaranteed.

Coopération neimënster, United Instruments of Lucilin et Philharmonie Luxembourg

  • Neimenster
  • Lucilin
Saturday 24.11.2018 16:00 Salle de Musique de Chambre
récital de piano


Florian Hoelscher piano

Alberto Posadas Erinnerungsspuren. Zyklus für Klavier (commande Philharmonie, Südwestrundfunk et Westdeutscher Rundfunk)

Résonances résonances 15:45
Salle de Musique de Chambre
Florian Hoelscher and Alberto Posadas in conversation with Lydia Rilling (E)

In his new piano cycle Erinnerungsspuren, written for pianist Florian Hoelscher, Alberto Posadas turns the familiar creative process of remembering into a musical experience: our memory transforms our experience by allowing us to forget some parts and altering others. In each of his six pieces, Posadas follows the trace of one historical composer, creating his own journey through the history of piano music, from François Couperin to Bernd Alois Zimmermann.

Tickets: 15 € (<27 ans 9 €)

Alberto Posadas
Alberto Posadas
Francesca Verunelli
Francesca Verunelli | photo: Julian Hargreaves
Saturday 24.11.2018 19:00 Grand Auditorium
trois grandes premières

Figures radicales

Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg
Baldur Brönnimann direction
Synergy Vocals

Micheline Coulombe Saint-Marcoux
Hétéromorphie pour orchestre (création européenne)
Francesca Verunelli Tune and retune (création, commande Philharmonie et Milano Musica)
Luciano Berio Sinfonia for eight voices and orchestra

Three orchestral universes: Sinfonia, Luciano Berio’s key work from 1968, has its Luxembourg premiere; Micheline Coulombe Saint-Marcoux’ Hétéromorphie is finally awakened from amost 50 years of sleeping beauty; and Francesca Verunelli creates a vast panorama of sound colours in her new composition Tune and retune.

Tickets : 20 € (<27 ans 12 €)

Saturday 24.11.2018 22:00 Espace Découverte
hommage aux pionnières

Les réalités acousmatiques

Noise Watchers Acousmonium
Annette Vande Gorne régie son

Evelyne Gayou
Folle écoute (création, commande Philharmonie)
Éliane Radigue
Les chants de Milarepa: Mila’s song in the rain
Micheline Coulombe Saint-Marcoux
Annette Vande Gorne
Au-delà du réel

Résonances résonances 21:45 Espace Découverte
Evelyne Gayou and Annette Vande Gorne in conversation
with Tatjana Mehner (E)

From railroads to jungles, the sounds of the world are the basic ingredients of music for loudspeakers, especially that of the French tradition associated with the Groupe de Recherches Musicales (GRM). Female composers began to play an important role in this group early on, creating new gender realities. rainy days bows to these female pioneers of acousmatic music, presenting an homage ranging from classics to world premieres.

Tickets: 10 € (<27 ans 6 €)

réalités acousmatiques
Élene Radigue
Wunderkammer 2017: Yarn/Wire | photo: Alfonso Salgueiro
Sunday 25.11.2018 11:00–16:00 Philharmonie
concerts et performances dans toute la philharmonie


11 :00–11:30
«rainy days Kompositionsworkshop für Kinder»
Präsentation I

Ensemble mosaik I
Manuel Rodriguez Valenzuela
T(t)-Blocks D
Chris Swithinbank
I began the day inside the world trying to look at it, but it was lying on my face, making it hard to see (création, commande Philharmonie)

#composingwikipedia I
Heather Roche clarinette
Michelle Lou Telegrams
Chikako Morishita Lizard (Shadow)

Matilde Meireles I
X Marks the Spot
sound performance

ensemble mosaik II
Rama Gottfried
Scenes from the Plastisphere (création de la version augmentée,
commande Philharmonie)

#composingwikipedia II
Heather Roche clarinette
Ann Cleare
eyam i (it takes an ocean not to)
Liza Lim
Sonorous Body

ensemble mosaik III
Huihui Cheng
Your smartest choice (creation de la version concert)

Matilde Meireles II
Constructing a River
sound performance

ensemble mosaik IV
Hannes Seidl / Daniel Kötter The audience

«rainy days Kompositionsworkshop für Kinder»
Präsentation II

With a mosaic of 30-minute concerts in different spaces, the Philharmonie is transformed into a Wunderkammer, a cabinet of curiosities where one can experience wildly different musical realities. The spectrum includes digital sculptures, audience interaction via app, a film about life in a small Chinese town, performances with field recordings, world premieres and the presentation of the results of the children’s composition workshop. There is sure to be something for everyone!

Free admission

Sunday 25.11.2018 17:00 Grand Théâtre
spectacle final

Third Space

Klangforum Wien
Bas Wiegers direction
Hiatus danse
Stefan Prins conception, composition
Daniel Linehan conception, chorégraphie
88888 scénographie
Fréderick Denis costumes
Alain Franco dramaturgie
Damien Petitot vidéo
Ralf Nonn lumière
Peter Böhm, Florian Bogner son

Stefan Prins / Daniel Linehan
Third Space

How is private life changing today, given increasing surveillance on the one hand and voluntary self-exposure via social media on the other? What happens to public life in the face of virtual realities? Composer Stefan Prins and choreographer Daniel Linehan have joined forces with the dancers and musicians of Hiatus and Klangforum Wien to develop a performance dedicated to these questions, opening up a space that is neither entirely real nor entirely virtual, but occupies a place in-between.

Production Hiatus & Klangforum Wien en collaboration avec ICST - Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology - Zürcher Hochschule der Künste

Coopération Philharmonie Luxembourg et Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg

Coproduction Münchner Biennale, deSingel International Arts Campus, Philharmonie Luxembourg et Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg

Tickets: 20 € (Jeunes 8 €) Luxembourgticket.lu (+352) 47 08 95-1

  • Theatres de la ville de Luxembourg & Ville de Luxembourg
Third Space
Le bal contemporain
Sunday 25.11.2018 19:30 Grand Théâtre
une soirée décalée avec soupe et danse en option

Le bal contemporain

United Instruments of Lucilin
Sascha Ley voix

A good festival culminates in a great final party. After the success of the first Bal contemporain at rainy days 2017, this year’s edition ends again with United Instruments of Lucilin and a blast of music, dance, soup and other refreshments.

Production Philharmonie Luxembourg et Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg

Free admission

  • Theatres de la ville de Luxembourg & Ville de Luxembourg