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Vocallis Festival: Flow, my tears

  • Date(s) and time(s): Friday, October 29 (8pm)
  • Price: 10€
  • Place: Maastricht, Cellebroederskapel
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Ensemble 88:
Els Crommen, soprano
Claire Lecoq, harpsichord
Ines Rasbach, recoreder

Hans Kockelmans, Ondioline
Centre Henri Pousseur, live electronics

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 Univox, a historical instrument from the early years of electronic music. In a sense, therefore, he is engaged in the historical performance practice of contemporary music. The electronics are provided by the Centre Henri Pousseur from Liège.

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 “Sound of Tears“. 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

More information about the Vocallis festival

Coproductino : 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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