Music Network announces Spring 2017 season

25 November 2016

PRESS RELEASE

 

Music Network announces Spring 2017 season

 

Music Network’s Spring 2017 season features an exciting new collaboration performing music and songs from Ireland and Scotland, one of the UK's most in demand jazz ensembles, sublime chamber music from an intriguing French classical duo, a very special tour that brings together four of Ireland’s most gifted female violinists for the first time and concludes with an American string band superstar. This diverse selection of world-class Irish and international musicians will tour to 20 towns and villages across 16 counties in over forty concerts from January to May as part of Music Network’s Spring 2017 season. Details at musicnetwork.ie.

Describing what’s on offer, Music Network CEO Sharon Rollston explained, “In January, we welcome the dream line up of Kris Drever, Julie Fowlis, Aoife Ní Bhriain and Padraig Rynne, joining forces in a spirited celebration of folk music's endless ability to reinvent itself. Next up is the bold, edgy sound of Dinosaur, led by trumpeter Laura Jurd, one of Britain’s rising jazz stars, and backed by a powerful rhythm section in a heady concoction of folk, jazz, rock and Miles Davis cool.”

She continues: “In March, drink in the honeyed tones of French cellist Emmanuelle Bertrand performing with long-term collaborator and acclaimed recitalist Pascal Amoyel on piano. These two artists make a terrific duo, bringing real passion to everything they play. There’s another night of serendipity in store in April as our second classical tour brings together Leaders and Associate Leaders of Ireland's most prestigious orchestras for the first time - Mia Cooper, Katherine Hunka, Ioana Petcu-Colan and Helena Wood – in an all-violin quartet. In a fitting climax to the season we are proud to present the wildly virtuosic playing of Darol Anger and his all-star ensemble, Republic of Strings. Toes are sure to tap as this cutting edge crew whip through a hoedown, a waltz and grooving swing tune in quick succession.”

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, second and third level students, Music Capital Scheme awardees, and music schools 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 five Dublin concerts are available from €65.

[Editors: please note that detailed touring dates and concert programmes follow.]

 

Music Network presents Kris Drever, Julie Fowlis, Aoife Ní Bhriain, Padraig Rynne (Ireland/Scotland)

On tour 15 – 24 January

Kris Drever, voice, guitar
Julie Fowlis, voice, whistle
Aoife Ní Bhriain, fiddle
Padraig Rynne, concertina

 

“Kris Drever is a serious talent”– MOJO

“A sublime voice” – The Observer (on Fowlis)

“An incredibly forward looking and musically supple outfit that makes music which plays at the boundaries of style and genre.” – The Irish Echo, New York (on Rynne’s Notify)

“Each tune celebrated in glorious technicolour thanks to the jagged-edged beauty of the musicianship” – The Irish Times [on Ní Bhriain’s Tunes from the Goodman Manuscripts]

 

Embark on an odyssey of love, loss and wonder as four incredibly talented and creative musicians shape songs from ages past into something fresh, dynamic – and irresistible.

When it comes to moulding traditional sounds into contemporary songs, few match the inventiveness and heart-rending emotion of Orkney-born singer Kris Drever. Freewheeling guitarist with award-winning avant-folk trio Lau, Drever has been described by Q magazine as ‘the standard bearer’ of the folk music revival.

Drever’s no-holds barred approach is shared by Julie Fowlis, a silver-toned singer whose voice – ‘pure and elemental as a Hebridean seashore’ – has seen her become one of Gaelic music’s most celebrated global ambassadors.

Completing this outstanding line-up are multi-award winning fiddler Aoife Ní Bhriain, renowned for her technical virtuosity across both traditional and classical music genres and concertina player Padraig Rynne whose ensembles Guidewires, Dán and Triad have re-defined the boundaries of the traditional music world.

On tour 15 – 24 January

  • Sunday 15th January, National Opera House (Jerome Hynes Theatre), High Street, Wexford, 8:00 p.m., €16 / €14, Tel. 053 9122144/www.nationaloperahouse.ie
  • Tuesday 17th January, The Sugar Club, Dublin 2, 8:00 p.m., €20 / €15/ €10 (students) Tel 01 6787188 (The Sugar Club/www.thesugarclub.com, Promoted by Music Network
  • Wednesday 18th January, Hawk's Well Theatre, Sligo 8:00 p.m., €15 / €7.50 (GoSee under 18s.) Tel 071 9161518/www.hawkswell.com
  • Thursday 19th January, glór, Ennis, 8:00 p.m., €18 / €16, Tel. 065 6843103/www.glor.ie
  • Friday 20th January, Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda, 8:30 p.m., €18 / €16, Tel. 041 9833946/www.droichead.com
  • Saturday 21st January, Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, 8:00 p.m., €15 / €12 Tel. 045 448327/www.riverbank.ie
  • Sunday 22nd January, Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, 8:00 p.m. €12 / €10, Tel. 074 9120777 (An Grianán)/www.regionalculturalcentre.com
  • Monday 23rd January Station House Theatre, Clifden, 8:00 p.m., €15 / €12 at the door, Tel. 095 21699 (info only) Promoted by Clifden Arts Society            
  • Tuesday 24th January, Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire, 8:00 p.m., €18 / €16 Tel. 01 2312929/www.paviliontheatre.ie

 

Music Network presents Dinosaur (UK)

On tour 21 -28 February

Laura Jurd, trumpet, synth
Elliot Galvin, keyboards
Conor Chaplin, electric bass
Corrie Dick, drums

 

‘A new British jazz supergroup’ – All About Jazz

‘Sophisticated and technically awesome’ – The Guardian (on Jurd)

‘A masterful debut of a quartet that fully deserves to conquer the world by storm. Together, As One is a must-hear’ – Written in Music

 

Following boldly in the footsteps of the likes of Polar Bear and Phronesis, Dinosaur skilfully weave electric-jazz, Celtic folk melodies and north African drumming styles into a sound reminiscent of late-1960s Miles Davis.

Switching between synth and trumpet, band leader Laura Jurd has been heralded as “one of the strongest, most interesting new trumpet voices in jazz” and her eclectic and thoughtful compositions are delivered with precision and panache by a well-oiled rhythm section comprising Elliot Galvin on keys, Conor Chaplin on bass and drummer Corrie Dick.

The band has been performing together for over six years. The result: utterly compelling live performances and a wonderfully cohesive group sound – a playful fusion of sparse, epigrammatic trumpet lines, catchy riffs, shifting dance grooves and pulsing bass lines. With the release of their highly-acclaimed album ‘Together, As One’ in 2016, Dinosaur is destined to build upon their fast growing international reputation. Catch them while you can!

 

On tour 21 -28 February

  • Tuesday 21st February, The Sugar Club, Dublin 2, 8:00 p.m. , €20 / €15/ €10 (students) Tel. 01 6787188 (The Sugar Club)/www.thesugarclub.com, Promoted by Music Network
  • Wednesday 22nd February, The Model, Sligo, 8:00 p.m., €18 / €15 / €9 (GoSee) Tel. 071 9141405/www.themodel.ie, Promoted by Sligo Jazz Project
  • Thursday 23rd February, Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, 8:00 p.m., €17 / €14, Tel. 094 9023733/www.thelinenhall.com
  • Friday 24th February, Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, 8:00 p.m., €12 / €10 Tel. 074 9120777 (An Grianán)/www.regionalculturalcentre.com
  • Saturday 25th February, The Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely, 8:30 p.m.,€16 / €14 Tel. 0402 38529/www.courthousearts.ie
  • Sunday 26th February, Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire, 8:00 p.m., €18 / €16, Tel. 01 2312929/www.paviliontheatre.ie
  • Monday 27th February, Station House Theatre, Clifden, 8:00 p.m., €15 / €12 at the door, Tel. 095 21699 (info only), Promoted by Clifden Arts Society
  • Tuesday 28th February, Triskel Christchurch, Cork, 8:00 p.m., €18 / €16, Tel. 021 4272022/www.triskelartscentre.ie

 

Music Network presents Emmanuelle Bertrand and Pascal Amoyel (France)

On tour 21 - 30 March

 

Emmanuelle Bertrand, cello
Pascal Amoyel, piano

 

“A gleaming performance of Debussy’s Cello Sonata from Bertrand and pianist Pascal Amoyel” – The Guardian

“Together they make eloquent magic” – San Francisco Chronicle  

“Rich pickings! Bertrand and Amoyel complement each other superbly.” – BBC Music Magazine

Music Network is delighted to showcase the celebrated French cellist Emmanuelle Bertrand, winner of a prestigious Victoire de la Musique Classique (a French Grammy). Acclaimed for her technical prowess, ”haunting” lyricism and exquisite tone, Emmanuelle has performed as a soloist with the Flanders Symphony Orchestra, Moscow State Symphony Orchestra and Orchestre Symphonique du Grand Montréal amongst others.

Voted “Solo Instrumental Discovery of the Year” at the Victoires de la Musique in 2005, Pascal Amoyel has established himself as a pianist of note with an impressive career both as a soloist and a chamber musician, appearing with orchestras throughout Europe, America, Russia, Japan and China.

The duo have performed together for many years, garnering widespread acclaim from critics and audiences alike and in particular for the “wonderful singing quality” of their playing – the nuanced phrasing of Amoyel the perfect foil for the glowing tones and textures of Bertrand’s cello. Unmissable!

Programme

Gabriel Fauré - Après un rêve, Op. 7, No.1
Gabriel Fauré - Élégie, Op.24
Camille Saint-Saëns - Deuxième Sonate, Op. 117
New Music Network commission by Kevin Volans
Franz Liszt - Première Élégie, S.130
Johannes Brahms - Cello Sonata No. 1 in E-minor, Op.38

On tour 21 - 30 March

  • Tuesday 21st March, Warrenpoint Town Hall, 8:00 p.m., £15 / £5 (children), Tel. 0044 28 30828632 or email to info@newrychambermusic.com/ newrychambermusic.com, promoted by Newry Chamber Music
  • Wednesday 22nd March, St. Ann's Church, Dublin 2, 8:00 p.m., €20 / €15/ €10 (students), Tel. 01 4750224/www.musicnetwork.ie , promoted by Music Network
  • Thursday 23rd March, CIT Cork School of Music (Curtis Auditorium), Cork, 8:00 p.m., €20 / €15 / €10 at the door only, promoted by Cork Orchestral Society
  • Friday 24th March, The Model, Sligo, 8:00 p.m., €20 / €10 (students, on the night) Tel. 071 9141405/www.themodel.ie, promoted by Con Brio
  • Sunday 26th March, St. Iberius Church, Wexford, 3:30 p.m., €17 / €14 / €5 (students), Tel. 053 9122144 (National Opera House)/www.nationaloperahouse.ie, promoted by Music for Wexford
  • Monday 27th March, Station House Theatre, Clifden, 8:00 p.m., €15 / €12 at the door, Tel. 095 21699 (info only), promoted by Clifden Arts Society
  • Tuesday 28th March, Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire, 8:00 p.m., €18 / €16, Tel. 01 2312929/www.paviliontheatre.ie
  • Wednesday 29th March, Siamsa Tíre, Tralee, 8:00 p.m., €16 / €14 Tel. 066 7123055/www.siamsatire.com
  • Thursday 30th March, City Hall (Georgian Large Room), Waterford, 7:30 p.m., Tel. €15 / €5 (students) at the door only, promoted by Waterford Music 

 

Music Network presents Mia Cooper, Katherine Hunka, Ioana Petcu-Colan and Helena Wood (Ireland/UK)

On tour 19 – 29 April

 

Mia Cooper, violin         
Katherine Hunka, violin
Ioana Petcu-Colan, violin
Helena Wood, violin

 

“A deliciously ardent violin solo from leader Mia Cooper” – The Irish Times

“The performance of Mendelssohn’s youthful Octet, led by Katherine Hunka, buzzed with energy. The audience loved it” – The Irish Times

“Utterly gripping… dazzling” – Musical Opinion (on Woods)

“Astoria’s Escualo acts as a safety net beneath the trapeze artistry of Ioana Petcu-Colan’s violin” – The Irish Times

 

Four of Ireland’s finest violinists – from the country’s most prestigious orchestras to boot – come together for the very first time in what promises to be a scintillating series of concerts.

Leader of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra since 2006, Mia Cooper is a highly-regarded chamber musician who has graced the stage with the Barbican Trio, Gould Trio, Brodsky Quartet, Fibonacci Sequence and Academy of St Martin in the Fields.

Katherine Hunka, leader of the Irish Chamber Orchestra since 2002, has collaborated with Murray Perriah, Joshua Bell, Nigel Kennedy and Anthony Marwood amongst others, while Ioana Petcu-Colan, Associate Leader of the Ulster Orchestra, has worked with artists as diverse as Martin Hayes, Arcade Fire, John Abercrombie and members of the Alban Berg and Vanbrugh quartets.

Completing this stellar quartet is Helena Wood, leader of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. A seasoned performer on TV and radio, she has given numerous recitals at such prestigious venues as Wigmore Hall, Barbican Hall and the Royal Festival Hall.

Programme:

To include music by Telemann, Bartók and an exciting new commission by Ian Wilson, inspired by Cy Twombly’s ‘Quattro Stagioni’

 

On tour 19 – 29 April

  • Wednesday 19th April, St. Ann's Church, Dublin 2, 8:00 p.m., €20 / €15/ €10 (students) Tel. 01 4750224/www.musicnetwork.ie
  • Thursday 20th April, Birr Theatre & Arts Centre, Birr, 8:00 p.m., €17 / €15 / €5 Tel. 057 9122911/www.birrtheatre.com
  • Saturday 22nd April, Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, 8:00 p.m., €15 / €12 Tel. 045 448327/www.riverbank.ie
  • Sunday 23rd April, Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire,  8:00 p.m., €20 / €16 , Tel. 01 2312929/ www.paviliontheatre.ie
  • Monday 24th April, Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, 8:00 p.m., €17 / €14 Tel. 094 9023733/www.thelinenhall.com
  • Tuesday 25th April, Station House Theatre, Clifden, 8:00 p.m., €15 / €12 at the door, Tel. 095 21699 (info only), promoted by Clifden Arts Society
  • Thursday 27th April, Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick, 8:00 p.m., €18 /€15, Tel. 061 953400/www.limetreetheatre.ie
  • Friday 28th April, Triskel Christchurch, Cork, 8:00 p.m. , €18 / €16 Tel. 021 4272022/www.triskelartscentre.ie
  • Saturday 29th April, The Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely, 8:30 p.m., €16 / €14, Tel. 0402 38529/www.courthousearts.ie

 

Music Network presents Darol Anger and Republic of Strings (U.S.A.)

On tour 3 - 13 May

 

Darol Anger, 5 string fiddle
Tristan Clarridge, cello, fiddle
Emy Phelps, guitar, voice
John Mailander, octave mandolin, fiddle

 

“Darol Anger is to fiddle what Béla Fleck is to banjo” –  Minneapolis Star Tribune

“A cutting edge string quartet… wildly virtuosic” – Los Angeles Times

“On the front edge of progressive acoustic music” – Fiddler Magazine [on Darol Anger]

“Ground-breaking” –  San Francisco Chronicle [on Republic of Strings]

With his unique genre-bending blend of bluegrass, jazz, folk and classical styles, Grammy-nominated fiddler Darol Anger is a master of the unexpected, darting from Swedish polkas to Brazilian choro before segueing seamlessly into a soul classic – all delivered with the rollicking abandon of a hootenanny.

Anger developed his signature sound working alongside great improvisers such as Stéphane Grappelli, Martin Hayes, Jerry Douglas and Béla Fleck, and over the past 40 years has produced an arrayof critically-acclaimed albums, including 17 with the legendary Turtle Island String Quartet alone.

For this journey into uncharted musical waters, he is aided and abetted by a trio of nimble-fingered pioneers. Long-time collaborator and 5-time Grand National Fiddle Champion Tristan Clarridge is co-founder of the chamber-grass group The Bee Eaters. Acclaimed multi-instrumentalist John Mailander has performed with such renowned artists as the Alison Brown Quartet, Victor Wooten and Steve Martin, while the riveting vocal sound of Emy Phelps has graced the albums of a long line of folk stalwarts including Patrick Brayer, Chris Darrow, Norma Tanega and Brian Ransom's Ceramic Ensemble.

On tour 3 -13 May

  • Wednesday 3rd May, The Sugar Club, Dublin 2, 8:00 p.m., €20 / €15/ €10 (students), Tel. 01 6787188 (The Sugar Club)/www.thesugarclub.com, promoted by Music Network
  • Thursday 4th May, The Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely, 7:30 p.m., €14 / €12, Tel. 0402 38529/ www.courthousearts.ie
  • Friday 5th May, National Opera House (Jerome Hynes Theatre), Wexford, 8:00 p.m., €16 / €14, Tel. 053 9122144/www.nationaloperahouse.ie
  • Saturday 6th May, Fiddle Fair Marquee, Baltimore, 9:00 p.m., Tel. 086 375 3380/www.fiddlefair.com, promoted by Baltimore Fiddle Fair
  • Tuesday 9th May, Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, 8:00 p.m., €16 / €14, Tel. 01 2724030/www.mermaidartscentre.ie
  • Wednesday 10th May, glór, Ennis, 8:00 p.m., €18 / €16, Tel. 065 6843103 /www.glor.ie
  • Thursday 11th May, Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, 8:00 p.m., €17 / €14 Tel. 094 9023733/www.thelinenhall.com
  • Friday 12th May McGrory's Hotel (The Back Room), Culdaff, 9:00 p.m., €15 / €12, Tel. 074 9379104, promoted by McGrory's of Culdaff
  • Saturday 13th May, Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, 8:00 p.m., €15 / €12, Tel. 045 448327/www.riverbank.ie

 

/ENDS

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Louise Walsh, Communications Manager, Music Network: (01) 475 0224 or pr@musicnetwork.ie