The renowned contemporary music ensemble Concorde returns to the RHA Gallery for a 3rd season of Up Close with Music. On the last Sunday of January, February, March and April, concerts focussing on new Irish music in an international context will take place from 2.30 – 4.30 pm. The programmes showcase new commissions by Irish composers Linda Buckley, Ed Bennett and Jane O’Leary. Following submission of over 250 scores from composers around the world, Concorde has selected music from the USA, Scotland, Spain, Finland, Australia, Iceland, Hong Kong, Portugal, England and Sweden to feature alongside works by Irish composers. Up Close with Music provides an opportunity to experience the diversity of work created by today’s artists in the musical field. Complementing the visual art on display at the RHA, the music reflects on life and stimulates our imaginations. Many of the works will be receiving their very first performance – an exciting occasion for composers, performers and listeners!
Concorde specialises in performing new music and you will hear the musicians in various combinations, from solo to quintet. Madeleine Staunton (flute), Paul Roe (clarinet), Elaine Clark (violin), Martin Johnson (cello) and Dermot Dunne (accordion) perform along with special guests Paul Kiernan on trumpet, student performer for the season, and the RTE ConTempo Quartet, guests in February. The programmes have been curated by Concorde’s director, Jane O’Leary. Inspiration for the music comes from various sources – the sculpture of Brancusi, Hindustani music, the antics of Buster Keaton, Japanese Haiku, the webs of Darwin’s Bark Spider, and sometimes just pure sound! Artist Marie Hanlon’s depiction of Dublin Bay is enhanced by the music of Emma O’Halloran, while British composer Katharine Norman is creating a new work combining interactive text, audio and image with live clarinet music. Concorde’s student composer for the season is Eoin Mulvany, a PhD student at DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama.
Up Close with Music is supported by a Project Award from the Arts Council and admission is free of charge.
Up Close with Music takes place on Sunday afternoons Performances at 2.30 – 3.15pm and from 3.45 – 4.30pm.