Music Network announces Autumn 2017 Season

01 June 2017

Music Network’s Autumn 2017 season features something to suit all tastes, with a stellar array of international jazz and classical, and Irish traditional musicians. This diverse, world-class selection of ensembles will perform 33 concerts in 21 locations around the country from September to November 2017 as part of Music Network’s Autumn Season. Details at musicnetwork.ie.

Music Network CEO Sharon Rollston describes the touring season on offer as “stunning song interpretations by three of Ireland’s finest traditional singers and instrumentalists, Cathy Jordan, Jarlath Henderson and Mick Daly in September, with the warm lyricism of Norway’s internationally-renowned trumpet star, Tine Thing Helseth in October.”

She continues: “There’s more to quicken the heart later in October when the sublime German pianist Michael Wollny’s sensational jazz trio comes to town. The season ends on a note of elegance as the award-winning French string quartet Quatuor Voce bring their effortlessly sophisticated artistry to bear on an eclectic programme featuring music by Beethoven, Debussy, and an exciting new work by Irish composer, Rhona Clarke.”

Music Network is delighted to have commissioned two of Ireland’s finest composers to write new music for its Autumn 2017 Season. Virtuoso trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth and pianist Gunnar Flagstad will premiere an intriguing new work by Deirdre Gribbin in Dublin City in October, and Rhona Clarke’s work, written especially for Quatuor Voce, will be premiered to an audience in Letterkenny in November. Tine Thing Helseth has previously worked with composers to expand the performance repertoire for solo trumpet, and Quatuor Voce are widely celebrated for their performances of contemporary music. These two tours continue Music Network’s work of actively commissioning new works by Irish composers, and promoting existing works within relevant concert programmes.

Music Network’s mission is to make live music available and accessible to as many people as possible, giving Irish audiences the chance to experience the very best in international chamber, jazz and traditional music in venues throughout Ireland at affordable prices. All tours are co-promoted with a network of valued partner promoters across the country in order to develop local capacity to provide musical activity. In addition, Music Network connects its tours with music education programmes involving Music Generation participants, primary, second and third level students, Music Capital Scheme awardees, and music schools and groups across the country.

Music Network tours are funded by the Arts Council and are presented in association with RTÉ lyric fm. Tickets for all regional concerts are available from individual venues around the country. Single tickets for Dublin concerts range from €10 – €20 (including free programme) and can be purchased by calling Music Network on (01) 475 0224 or booking online at www.musicnetwork.ie. Season tickets including all four Dublin concerts are available from €50. Online booking fees apply.

Music Network presents Cathy Jordan, Jarlath Henderson & Mick Daly (Ireland)

On tour 12 – 29 September 2017

Cathy Jordan, voice, bodhrán, bones
Jarlath Henderson, uilleann pipes, whistle, voice
Mick Daly, guitar, 5-string banjo, voice

“Breathtaking interpretations of traditional songs” – The BBC on Cathy Jordan

“A remarkable player of uilleann pipes and whistles… one of the heroes of the new Celtic folk scene” – The Guardian on Jarlath Henderson

“Highly talented” – Folkworld on Mick Daly

Prepare to be entranced as three of Ireland’s most inventive singers offer up some stunning new interpretations of well-worn songs, with stirring instrumental playing and more than a little theatrical energy thrown into the mix.

Noted for her earthy yet ethereal vocalisations and deceptively powerful voice, Cathy Jordan’s irrepressible energy and powerful stage presence have captivated audiences worldwide. Lead singer of trad supergroup Dervish, Jordan has performed thousands of concerts in over 40 countries, including gigs at the Great Wall of China and the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem.

For this unique tour, she is joined by Mick Daly, founder member of the ground-breaking group Four Men and a Dog, and Jarlath Henderson, youngest ever winner of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award. Daly is an exceptional singer in addition to being a virtuoso guitarist and 5-string banjo player, while the Tyrone-born singer and multi-instrumentalist Henderson has won widespread acclaim for his playing alongside such luminaries as Lau, Capercaillie, Paddy Keenan, Salsa Celtica, the Peatbog Faeries and Wolfstone.

Full tour details here.

Music Network presents Tine Thing Helseth and Gunnar Flagstad (Norway)

On tour 10 – 18 October 2017

Tine Thing Helseth, trumpet
Gunnar Flagstad, piano

“Stylish in every way… blessed with a combination of great wind-playing attributes” – Gramophone

“Dazzling virtuoso playing” – The Standard

“Sensational” – The Arts Desk

It's hard not to be bowled over by the infectious enthusiasm of Tine Thing Helseth. On a mission to expand the performance repertoire for solo trumpet, she set about commissioning new works from dozens of composers and in the process became recognised as one of the world’s leading trumpet soloists, with a slew of awards to her name and widespread critical acclaim for her clean, open sound, flawless technique and soulful phrasing.

Performing trumpet concertos by familiar names like Mozart, Albinoni and Haydn as well as newly-composed works, Helseth is unabashed in her mission to open up the repertoire to new styles, new ways of making music, and especially new audiences: onstage, she loves nothing better than sharing details about a favourite work.

In addition to solo performances with many of Europe’s leading orchestras and chamber groups, Helseth has formed several ensembles including her quintet, TTHQ, and tenThing, her all-female brass ensemble. For this tour, she is accompanied by regular collaborator Gunnar Flagstad on piano.

Programme:

Programme to include music by Shostakovich, Hindemith, Piazolla and Grieg, in addition to a new Music Network commission by Deirdre Gribbin.

Full tour details here.

Music Network presents the Michael Wollny Trio (Germany)

On tour 23 – 29 October 2017

Michael Wollny, piano
Christian Weber, double bass
Eric Schaefer, drums

“An extravagantly talented piano trio” – The Irish Times

“An incandescent tour-de-force” – The Guardian

“A dazzling, high-energy live show” – Jazzwise Magazine

Don’t miss this chance to hear one of the world’s great jazz-driven piano trios: multi-award winning German jazz pianist Michael Wollny has exploded onto the European jazz scene in recent years, thanks to the electrifying spontaneity of his live gigs and a series of highly-acclaimed recordings. From tender, Tom Waits-esque ballads to wild rollercoaster rides, the ideas come thick and fast, each almost tripping over the last.

Like his late ACT stablemate Esbjörn Svensson, Wollny melds jazz, rock, pop and classical music into a thrillingly inventive whole, with excursions into Alban Berg, Edgard Varése, the Twin Peaks soundtrack and the Flaming Lips sitting alongside original compositions penned by the trio.

The current line-up features his long-time collaborator and fellow composer Eric Schaefer on drums, while double bass player Christian Weber was recently singled out by The Wire as being ‘one of the most interesting players on the European electro-acoustic improv scene’. Enjoy!

Full tour details here.

Music Network presents Quatuor Voce (France)

On tour 16 – 26 November 2017

Sarah Dayan, violin
Cécile Roubin, violin
Guillaume Becker, viola
Lydia Shelley, cello

“Quatuor Voce has every quality that goes to make a good quartet: refinement, beautiful tone, excellent ensemble, precise chording, fine rhythm and loads of character” – The Strad

“Energising and stylish” – The Guardian

“… amongst the best ensembles in the world.” - Süddeutsche Zeitung

Beyond the lyricism, the technical brilliance, and the obvious joy in playing together, what strikes audiences most about Quatuor Voce is their spirit of adventure. Here is an ensemble that knows the music from the inside, knows where it can be allowed to breathe a bit more and has the finesse and elegance to carry it off. No wonder then that the ensemble has shared a stage with such diverse personalities as choreographer Thomas Lebrun and Canadian neo-folk singer Kyrie Kristmanson, as well as regularly performing live music for silent movies.

Formed in 2004, the quartet quickly established itself as an ensemble of note, winning international competitions in Geneva, Vienna, Bordeaux, Graz, and London and performing in such prestigious venues as the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, the Konzerthaus, Vienna and Barbican in London as part of a ‘Rising Stars’ tour in 2013.  In addition to championing the great repertoire for string quartet, Quatuor Voce regularly performs new commissions from composers such as Bruno Mantovani, Gianvicenzo Cresta and Graziane Finzi.

Programme:

Programme to include music by Bartók, Schubert and Beethoven in addition to a new Music Network commission by Rhona Clarke.

Full tour details here.