Impulses/Undefined 2021-2022: Flow, my Tears

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.

With this project, the musicians of Ensemble88 and the Eupense KL-EX (Klangexperimente) want to break a lance for contemporary music and, together with Centre Henri Pousseur from Liège and Musica Impulse Centre, appeal to a broad and varied audience.

To this end, 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, everyone can leave sounds of tears, but there will also be musical material to express everyone's feelings. A musician/artist will be present to provide inspiration.

All these collected sounds and noises form the starting point for artist Pak Yan Lau to create a sound installation that will visit various places and that will eventually be festively presented at the abbey site of Herkenrode (near Hasselt, B) under the name "Sound of Tears". Concertgoers are invited to help build this travelling sound installation.


Paul Pankert (*1965): Pavane (recorder & live electronics)

John Dowland (1553 - 1626): Flow my tears (soprano. harpsichord)

Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583 - 1643): Il secondo libro di Toccate: Toccata Prima (harpsichord)

Paul Pankert: Toccata (harpsichord & live electronics)

Jacob van Eyck (1590 - 1657): Pavane lachrymae (recorder)

Hans Kockelmans (*1956): new work (soprano & electronics) - premiere


Els Crommen, soprano

Claire Lecoq, harpsichord

Gregory d'Hoop, recorder

Hans Kockelmans, Ondioline

Centre Henri Pousseur, live electronics

This is a Euroregional project, supported by the Euregion Meuse-Rhine within the framework of the People-to-people programme and by the City of Maastricht.