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Flow, my Tears

  • Date(s) and time(s): Thursday, March 3, 2022 (12:30 p.m.)
  • Place: Liège, Salle académique de l'Université de Liège


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Ensemble 88:
Els Crommen, soprano
Claire Lecoq, harpsichord
Tomma Wessel, recorder

Hans Kockelmans, phantastron
Centre Henri Pousseur, live electronics

In parallel to this concert, a workshop for students of the University of Liège is being organised on Tuesday 15, Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 February (11am-2pm).

Accompanied by the facilitators of the Musica association, the participants themselves go in search of the sound of their own tears: tears of happiness, tears of emotion, tears of heartache, of joy, of pain, … They express their feelings through musical and sound materials: the voice, the sounds generated by the glass or by the water. The sounds and noises collected will then be integrated into a new sound installation “(T)ears” by the artist Pak Yan Lau. This installation will be inaugurated on the site of Herkenrode Abbey (near Hasselt) at the end of March 2022.

15-17 February 2022 (11am-2pm)
Location : Liège, Espace Créativité Opéra
A collaboration with the University of Liège

The programme Flow, my tears is built around the eponymous song by John Dowland (1533-1626), a song that has been very popular throughout the centuries and has been used by various other composers as inspiration for new works. A new member of this family is growing again. The Limburg composer Hans Kockelmans has written a work for spoken voice and electronics, which will be premiered at Festival Vocallis. In this series of performances, the composer himself plays the phantastron, a “historical” electronic instrument.

The programme presents 17th century music alongside contemporary music. It will be accompanied by a visual equivalent in the form of double photographic portraits by the Liège artist Sophie Langohr. She juxtaposes photographs of 17th century apostles from the parish church of Eupen with contemporary portraits.

Central to the concert is the song Flow, my Tears by John Dowland and the premiere of the composition of the same name by Limburg composer Hans Kockelmans. The programme is completed by the Pavane Lacryme for recorder by Jacob van Eyck and the Toccata Prima for harpsichord by Girolamo Frescobaldi, as well as their contemporary counterparts with live electronics by Paul Pankert.

As part of this concert series, Musica has developed a participatory project in which the listener himself goes in search of his own sound of tears. Tears of happiness, of emotion, (love) sorrow, joy, pain….
In an intimate chat box, anyone can leave behind sounds of tears; visitors can even express their feelings using musical material.  All the collected sounds and noises form the starting point for artist Pak Yan Lau for a sound installation that will visit various places and will ultimately be festively presented at the abbey site of Herkenrode (near Hasselt, B) at the end of March 2022 under the name “(T)ears“. Concertgoers are invited to help build this travelling sound installation.


Paul Pankert (*1965), Pavane (recoreder & live-electronics)
John Dowland (1553 – 1626), Flow my tears (soprano and harpsichord)
Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583 – 1643), Il secondo libro di Toccate: Toccata Prima (harpsichord)
Paul Pankert, Toccata (harpsichord & live-elektronics)
Jacob van Eyck (1590 – 1657), Pavane lachrymae (recorder)
Hans Kockelmans (*1956), new work (soprano and electronics) – première

Coproduction : Ensemble88, Musica, Centre Henri Pousseur, Klex

As part of the People to People Interreg V-A EMR project, Flow my tears is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the City of Maastricht


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