The six concerts take place bi-weekly on Thursday evenings at 6.30pm and a small amount of tickets will be made available for each live performance. These shows will be filmed for future broadcast as part of the Hugh Lane Gallery’s [email protected] series.
These concerts draw from a wide variety of genres across the island: from Kerry-based accordion player Cormac Begley, the Cork-based Hifilutin flute quartet to Dublin jazz trios, Origin Story and the Berrill/Neilson/O’Connor Trio. As these musicians come together in the unique surroundings of IMMA’s courtyard, we celebrate playing for a live audience after a year of being unable to rehearse or play directly to the public. The Hugh Lane Gallery are delighted to be working in collaboration with IMMA to bring you these concerts and thank you for joining us both in person and online.
Below is an outline of the [email protected] concert series, which runs from 17 June to 26 August 2021.
Contemporary specialist soprano Elizabeth Hilliard and leading clarinettist Paul Roe join forces to produce a concert experience that will resonate around the walls and arches of the IMMA courtyard. Revisiting work we’ve performed before with fresh eyes and new perspectives – our concert includes James Wilson’s Windhover (recorded by Paul with the late Jane Manning), Ailís Ní Ríain’s End with Words of Hope (we performed this in our first concert together as part of Béal 2010), Jane O’Leary’s Due Voci (specially arranged for this performance), Matthew Whiteside’s … everyone is a child of the inbetween …, David Lumsdaine’s Fire in Leaf and Grass, and a brand-new work Within Without by Gráinne Mulvey.
With over 25 years of history as collaborators and friends, Origin Story members have been involved in many of the most artistically successful projects in creative Irish music in recent years. Origin Story’s music is informed by all of these shared experiences and results in provocative and interactive writing and playing, equally influenced by the origins of the jazz tradition and contemporary innovations.
Greg Felton- piano
Cormac O’Brien- double bass
Matthew Jacobson- drums
Matthew Berrill (clarinet and saxophone) and Mike Nielsen (guitar) come together to create music new and old, all the while sharing a love of communication, spontaneity and fun. They perform repertoire from the Jazz world and newly composed works by Matthew. Drawing inspiration from Jazz and Improvisation as well as the Traditional Irish genre, this duo has creativity at its core, resulting in original sounds that are rooted in strong melodies and endless possibilities.
Cormac Begley is a renowned bass, baritone, treble and piccolo concertina player from a west-Kerry musical family. He plays in a number of projects including: duets including Clíodhna Ní Bheaglaoich, Jack Talty, Caoimhín O Raghallaigh and Liam Ó Maonlaí; a trio entitle ‘Concertina’; and with the band Ré.He is the founder of Airt and award winning Tunes in the Church live concert series in Galway & Dublin. With s t a r g a z e he recently wrote the music for the award winning dance theatre production, Mám, for Teaç Damsa.
Harpist Aisling Ennis and soprano Catherine Redding present a recital of beautiful, evocative and charming selections by Fauré, Debussy, Schubert, Strauss and Britten.
Aisling Ennis is an award-winning, professional harpist based in Wicklow, Ireland. She has enjoyed a very successful and varied international career as a solo, chamber and orchestral harpist and educator. She is joined by Dublin-based Canadian soprano Catherine Redding, described as `warm, clear and impeccably controlled´ The Irish Times.
The Hifilutin Flute Quartet plays a very wide-ranging and varied repertoire. From medieval to modern music, from classical to the unexpected, from arrangements of orchestral and opera favourites to musicals and original compositions, the ensemble demonstrates the full versatility of the flute family.
Eilís O’Sullivan – Flute
Maria Mulcahy – Alto flute
Aoife O’Donovan – Bass Flute
Katrina Emtage – Contrabass flute and piccolo
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