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IMMA announces its Summer Party music programme, curated by Cillian Murphy, with Hauschka, Meltybrains?, Caoimhin O Raghallaigh and New Jackson (DJ set).

IMMA announces its Summer Party music programme, curated by Cillian Murphy, with Hauschka, Meltybrains?, Caoimhin O Raghallaigh and New Jackson (DJ). Tickets on Sale Fri 20th May at 10am.

Now in its third year, the IMMA Summer Party returns on Saturday 16 July with a truly unique night time celebration of music, performance, food and drinks in the buildings and grounds of IMMA.

In advance of tickets going on sale later this week, IMMA is delighted to announce highlights of the music programme, curated by Irish actor Cillian Murphy. Once the singer and guitarist with a rock band, actor Cillian Murphy has both a visceral love of music and an impeccable ear, leading to the selection of an exciting, experimental line up for IMMA.

While each act is musically very different, all of the artists selected by Murphy are known for their unique and mesmerising live performances. From the intense soundscapes of German pianist/ composer Hauschka through the refined elegance of Gloaming composer and fiddler Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh to the electronic disco explosion of New Jackson (DJ set) and the bewildering and energetic brilliance of Ireland’s own Meltybrains? audiences are in store for a creative and engaging night of live music. From the intimate to the epic, expect music to fill the Great Hall and stunning Baroque chapel, spilling out onto the formal lawns of the IMMA Gardens.

This may be Murphy’s first curation of a live music programme but it certainly isn’t his first involvement with music, having previously collaborated with the likes of Feist, Money, I Break Horses, Orbital’s Paul Hartnoll, Mark Garry, Kevin Drew of Broken Social Scene, Irish music blog Fractured Air, and fellow Cork musicians The Frank and Walters, on whose recent record he makes an appearance. 

We are also delighted to announce today that emerging curator Anna Gritz of the Schinkel Pavillon Berlin, and previously of South London Gallery, is the performance and film curator for the IMMA Summer Party and will be programming a series of live interventions to take place across the site throughout the night. Details will be announced over the coming weeks.

As always delicious food and drinks will be available to purchase on the night and the grounds and galleries of IMMA will be open to art and culture lovers during the night. A highlight of the summer calendar the IMMA Summer Party has sold out every year so we encourage you to get buying those tickets! Tickets go on sale on Friday 20th May at 10am, priced €18 and are available through www.imma.ie

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For more information and images please contact monica.cullinane@imma.ie or 01 612 9922 or patrice.molloy@imma.ie or 01 612 9920

Additional Information

HAUSCHKA
German pianist Hauschka (real name Volker Berttelmann) is one of the most recognisable 21st-century proponents of prepared piano. His first forays into public performance were with major label hip hop act God’s Favourite Dog and a drum and bass quintet Nonex. When you listen to his music this makes more sense than you might at first think: the sound of Hauschka is both instinctive and fuelled by a love of rhythm.

“One thing about Hauschka’s music is that once you’ve seen it performed live (..) it’s impossible to dissociate the visual from the sounds you’re hearing. (..)some of it even comes mid-song, and watching him reach one hand into his instrument’s guts to jam sticks into its strings—while still playing with his other hand—makes for one of the more visually interesting piano performances you’ll ever witness.” (Undertheradarmag.com)

NEW JACKSON (DJ set)
New Jackson is the new electronic/house project from Dubliner David Kitt. From his studio near the sea, he makes nocturnal house jams with a ghostly disco hint.

"New Jackson bashes through electronic pitch changes, dressed in funky rhythms and topped off with some mechanical synth work…his set was a masterclass in live-electronic performance."  –GoldenPlec

CAOIMHÍN Ó RAGHALLAIGH
One of the most exciting and innovative traditional musician of his generation and member of The Gloaming, Caoimhiìn Oì Raghallaigh makes music on a 10- string fiddle called the hardanger d’amore, and travels the world as a solo musician, in duos with Dan Trueman, Mick O’Brien and Brendan Begley, and as a member of The Gloaming and This is How We Fly. He has performed on some of the most beautiful stages in the world, including the Sydney Opera House, the Royal Albert Hall and the Lincoln Center. He has made twelve recordings to date, ranging from quite traditional to fairly out there, and continues to explore the region where traditional music begins to disintegrate. His is currently musician-in-residence in the John Field Room at the National Concert Hall.

“[Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh is] the most imaginative and fascinating musician in all of trad” Earle Hitchner, Irish Echo

MELTYBRAINS?
The members of Meltybrains? are classically trained musicians Tadhg Byrne, Brian Dillon, Bernhardt Bix McKenna, Donnacha O’ Malley and Micheál Quinn, but their music is indefinable.

"They literally blew my mind. They’re such accomplished musicians. All I can say is see Meltybrains? when you can. They are incredible live" Niamh Hegarty (BBC NI)

CILLIAN MURPHY
Irish actor Cillian Murphy was once the singer and guitarist with a rock band, has both a visceral love of music and an impeccable ear. After leaving University, Murphy joined the Corcadorca Theater Company in Cork, and played the lead role in Disco Pigs. Having come to prominence first in Kirsten Sheridan’s film adaptation of Disco Pigs in 2001, Murphy’s career is both on stage and screen. He starred as Scarecrow in Batman Begins (2005) – a role he reprised in The Dark Knight (2008) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012) – and also picked up a plethora of awards and nominations for his performances in Neil Jordan’s Breakfast On Pluto, Ken Loach’s The Wind That Shakes The Barley and Christopher Nolan’s Inception. He currently stars in BBC drama Peaky Blinders.

He has previously collaborated with a number of Irish and International musicians including Feist, Money, I Break Horses, Orbital’s Paul Hartnoll, Mark Garry, Kevin Drew of Broken Social Scene, Irish music blog Fractured Air, and fellow Cork musicians The Frank and Walters. This is his first live music curation.