Glorious Bodies

Paul Pankert

In her project Glorious Bodies, the Liège artist Sophie Langohr surprisingly contrasted portraits of the statues of the Apostles of the Church of St.Nicholas in Eupen, created in Cologne by the sculptor Gérémie Geisselbrunn (1595 – 1660) in 1642 with the icons of supermodels and current stars.

Saint Mathias by Gérémie Geisselbrunn (1595 – 1660) photographed as Ricky Hall, from the series Glorious Bodies, black and white photographs mounted on aluminium, 2 x (55 x 44 cm), 2013 -2014.

Inspired and fascinated by these works, the composer and violinist Paul Pankert has created pieces that have been similarly opposed over the centuries to the works for harpsichord by Giramolo Frescobaldi (1583 – 1643), for recorder by Jacob van Eyck (1590 – 1657) and for violin by Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber (1644-1704). To do this, he uses today’s composition techniques, including the transformation and spatialization of sound in real time by electronic means.

These compositions will be created in collaboration with the Centre Henri Pousseur de Liège during a concert of the Ostbelgienfestival at the IKOB in Eupen on 16 June 2019. A series of Sophie Langohr’s dyptichones will be on display for the occasion.

The piece Three Ravens by Belgian composer and flutist Gregory d’Hoop is also based on an old English ballad published in 1611. Gregory himself will perform this work on the alto recorder.


Jacob van Eyck (1590 – 1657): Pavane lachrymae (recorder)
Paul Pankert: Pavane (recorder & live-electronics) – creation

Gregory d’Hoop: Three Ravens, Variations on an English ballad published in 1611 (alto recorder)

Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583 – 1643): Il secondo libro di Toccate: Toccata Prima (harpsichord)
Paul Pankert: Toccata (harpsichord & live-electronics) – creation

Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber (1644-1704): Sonata for violin and bc
(Rosenkranzsonaten nr 1)

KL-EX-Ensemble musicians: Claire Lecoq, Gregory d’Hoop (Eupen), Ines Rasbach (Bielefeld), Paul Pankert
Live-electronics: Centre Henri Pousseur, (Eupen), Gregor Pankert (Bielefeld)

In collaboration with Ostbelgienfestival, the Centre Henri Pousseur and IKOB

Media coverage

Experimentelle Musik damals und heute (Grenz-Echo 25.5.2019)


16 June 2019 @19h00: IKOB, Eupen (Belgium) – TICKETS

27 November 2022 @17h00: Zionskirche Bethel, Am Zionswald 9,  Bielefeld (D) – INFOS

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