Organized by the Philharmonie Luxembourg, the festival rainy days 2022 sets out to discover faraway, utopian and imaginary spheres – following its motto ‘out of this world’. From November 15 to 27, the festival invites the audience to 22 concerts, performances and installations.

The presse release says: « More than any other art form, music has the power to transport us to other universes, or even create them anew. Contemporary music has always aimed to invent or discover new sonic worlds. The means chosen by composers to reach this goal range from advanced technology to unfamiliar playing techniques and simply wild imagination. »

‘out of this world’ presents Ensemble Musikfabrik, Ensemble Recherche, Noise Watchers, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Percussion Under Construction, Les Percussions de Strasbourg, United Instruments of Lucilin, Yarn/Wire, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Thomas Ankersmit, Juliet Fraser, Noa Frenkel, Karin Hellqvist, Salome Kammer, Francisco López, Brad Lubman, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Elsa Rauchs, Christian Schmitt, Christoph Sietzen, Marcus Weiss… and is featuring world premieres and new works by Mark Andre, Newton Armstrong, Carola Bauckholt & Karin Hellqvist, Nwando Ebizie, Óscar Escudero & Belenish Moreno-Gil, Helmut Lachenmann, Liza Lim, Patrick Muller, Alexander Schubert, Arthur Stammet, Chris Swithinbank, Andrea Tarrodi, Øyvind Torvund, Laurent Willkomm…

The festival also appeals to cineastes: in 1930, the Ukrainian film director Alexander Dovshenko created the silent movie Semlya (Earth). A milestone of Soviet cinema and a timelessly moving document, the film portrays the conflict between Communist youth in a small Ukrainian village and the tradition of the large landowners. The Russian composer Alexander Popov wrote a new score for this classic film in 1997; it will have its European premiere as part of the festival in Luxembourg on Nov. 20.

In collaboration with neimënster and United Instruments of Lucilin, the festival will establish an academy, the only one of its kind in Luxembourg, for professional instrumentalists. The Lucilin musicians will share the podium with the participants, preparing a concert of contemporary chamber music works.

There are also specific activities for children.

More information is available here.

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