Echoes and Memory
part of the Directions concert series
curated by composer Grainne Mulvey
8.30pm, 19 May 2016
Lutheran Hall, Adelaide Rd, Dublin 2
The Association of Irish Composers’ Directions concert series continues with a concert curated by Grainne Mulvey with performers Elizabeth Hilliard (soprano), Paul Roe (clarinets) and David Bremner (piano).
Directions explores the many facets of music composition in Ireland, and their broader context in the international scene. The series consists of six concerts, each curated by a different composer with a selection of Irish and international works. The result will be unique musical experiences, built from the experiences, interests and passions of the curators Linda Buckley, Grainne Mulvey, Ed Bennett, Peter Moran and Karen Power. Supported by Arts Council Ireland.
Each of the pieces in this programme is concerned in some way with memory. Jane O’Leary meditates on murmurs and echoes; John McLachlan reminisces with Leland Bardwell and Francis Bacon; Kevin O’Connell observes “thousands of generations come and go”; Sara Carvalho breathes new life into traditional fadó, Maria Cristina Kasem with her piece creates dramatic tension with Wrong Lovely Angels, Siobhan Cleary reminisces with poetry by Paula Meehan, while Fergal Dowling pits the live instrumentalists against fragments of their own performance caught “on the fly”.
– Grainne Mulvey
Sara Carvalho: Episódio de Intervalo (II), (2013), for soprano, clarinet and piano
Sebastian Adams: Duo world premiere, for soprano, piano and live processing.
Siobhan Cleary: Well (2016) world premiere, for soprano, clarinet and piano
Jane O'Leary: Murmurs and Echoes, (2015), for clarinet and piano.
Kevin O'Connell: Three Latin American Songs, (2016) world premiere, for soprano, clarinet and piano
Fergal Dowling: STOPS VIII, for piano and live processing.
John McLachlan: Deliquescence, (2016) world premiere, for soprano, clarinet and piano.
Maria Cristina Kasem: Wrong Lovely Angels, (2016) world premiere, for soprano and piano.
Jane O'Leary: Within Without, for solo clarinet
Raymond Deane: Voices Receding, (2015), from the song cycle Songs Against War, for soprano, clarinet and piano.
David Bremner: Trio (2016) world premiere, for soprano, clarinet and piano.
About Grainne Mulvey:
Gráinne Mulvey’s music has been performed and broadcast across the globe. She has been the recipient of many awards, commissions and honours. She has represented Ireland twice at the ISCM World Music Days in 2008, and 2009 and at the International Rostrum of Composers in 1994 and 2006.
RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra has commissioned many pieces and her work featured in the Horizons Series in 2015 and in 2007. Her work has also been performed by the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, The Northern Sinfonia, UK, The Hradrec Králové Orchestra, Prague, The Romanian Radio Chamber Orchestra and Orchestre National De Lorraine, France. The Dublin International Piano Competition has commissioned a test piece for May 2015 and she is currently writing a piece for Chamber Choir Ireland, to be premiered in 2016 to commemorate the centenary of the Easter Rising 1916.
She is Head of Composition at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama. She is also a member of the AIC, IAWM, IMRO, Donne In Musica, Italy and Aosdána, Ireland’s organisation of creative artists. Her music is published by Babel Scores, France and Prairie Dawg Press, New York. She has given several seminars on her music and has been involved in several outreach projects.
Her music is due to be performed in the UK, Poland, France (SIME Conference Lille) and San Francisco during 2015/16. Two of her pieces have been recorded by Concorde on the Black Box label. The CMC Contemporary Music from Ireland Volume 7 CD includes her orchestral piece Akanos and her piece Calorescence is released on the new CMC CD new Music: new Ireland 2. The Gothic CD released by the pianist Mary Dullea includes her piece Étude and her portrait CD Akanos is on the Navona label Cat: NV5943.