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less is more – rainy days 2019

The festival rainy days explores reduction in contemporary music and focuses on the essential: «less is more».

To limit oneself in order to achieve something greater: this idea is gaining ever more importance in a society of excessive consumerism that yet longs for reduction (#decluttering). In the face of climate change, responsible behavior is increasingly associated with restraint. In the arts, reduction has a long history. Musically, it can assume many different points of focus: a single idea, a particular principle, a solo instrument, minimal means, graphic notation or limited material such as a single note, gesture or playing technique.

In 18 concerts, installations and performances, as well as conversations with artists and a musicological conference, you are invited to discover how reduction can sound and how artistically fruitful it can be: the first collaboration of minimal music pioneer Steve Reich and painter Gerhard Richter. Animated films and music as political statements. The starkly reduced staging of Abstract Pieces. Silences pierced by isolated tones. Drone music stretched over extended timescales. Surprising strategies of reduction from music history. A children’s concert in the dark. Minimal turns into maximal.


«less is more» presents
Apartment House, ARS Nova Lux, Ensemble intercontemporain, Klangforum Wien, Mivos Quartet, Noise Watchers, Orchestre national de Metz, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Percussion Under Construction, Les Percussions de Strasbourg, United Instruments of Lucilin, Séverine Ballon, Hanna Hartman, Anne-Maria & Florian Hölscher, George Jackson, Pascal Meyer, Phill Niblock, Xenia Pestova, David Reiland, Christoph
Sietzen, Sarah Maria Sun, Ilan Volkov and others

Featuring premieres and new works by
Joanna Bailie, Malin Bång, Carola Bauckholt, Georg Friedrich Haas, Hanna Hartman, Philippe Leroux, Fabien Lévy, Misato Mochizuki, Chikako Morishita, Alexander Müllenbach, Marianthi Papalexandri-Alexandri, Hilda Paredes, Albena Petrovic, Enno Poppe, Steve Reich & Gerhard Richter & Corinna Belz, Eva Reiter, Georgia Rodgers, Iris ter Schiphorst, Nika Schmitt, Manos Tsangaris, Ying Wan and others


And a Wunderkammer
With a mosaic of 20-minute concerts in contrasting spaces, the Philharmonie is transformed into a grand Wunderkammer, a cabinet of curiosities. The spectrum of concerts includes performances with cigarette lighters, landmarks of percussion music, toy pianos, live video, spatialized string quartet, world premieres and the presentation of the results of the children’s composition workshop. For children six years old and up, Wunderkammer offers a musical spectacle in the dark. There is sure to be something for everyone!

01.12.2019, 11:00-16:00 concerts and performances in the whole Philharmonie (free admission)

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Tickets & Festival passe-partout
rainy days 2019

The rainy days festival pass and the tickets for all events of the festival are available from 30.09.2019.

Festival pass rainy days
55 € (<27 years: 30 €)

The festival pass gives access to all events except the composition workshop.

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+352 26 32 26 32

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Echotrope 11.11.–01.12.2019

Foyer installation sonore
Accessible from one hour before every concert until the end of the event

Nika Schmitt
Echotrope. Installation sonore (création, commande Philharmonie)

Architecture mirrored in sound: in her sound installation Echotrope, the Luxembourgish artist Nika Schmitt reconstructs the 823 iconic columns of the Philharmonie in miniature in the neighbouring pavillon of Bert Theis and transforms them into audio sources. The sounds of this «mini»-Philharmonie are transmitted to the building itself so that its architecture can be experienced and heard in a new way.

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