Bernhard Günther, the chief dramaturg of the New Music Festival “Rainy Days” in Luxembourg commissioned a new work to Berlin based composer Sebastian Claren.
The initial idea of a minimalistic video projection with white dots on a black canvas was discarded because of brightness and fan noise issues. The second idea of sound reactive fluorescent tubes was dropped because of financing issues. In the end i built sixteen LED bars by myself with individual controllable RGB LEDs, each of them two meters high. Then i programmed five sound reactive light scenes, one for each part of the composition.
The 16 string players of the Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop really impressed me, as they received their individual notes just in time before the rehearsals began, a week before the premiere. The piece must be the heaviest thing they ever played, as there are tempo changes after almost every second bar.
Curator: Bernhard Günther (Philharmony Luxembourg)
Advisor: Michael Rauter (Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop)
Organisation: Lisa Mitschke (Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop)
Organisation: Sophie Palent (Philharmony Luxembourg)
Venue: Philharmony Luxembourg, Grande-Duchesse Joséphine-Charlotte 1, place de l´Europe L-1499 Luxembourg