World-renowned pianist Joanna MacGregor on nationwide tour from 19 -28 March

04 February 2015

“Sublime…” – The Guardian

“One of contemporary music’s great individualists, a uniquely enlivening presence who slices her way through all the barriers she sees as false and limiting” – The Independent

Witness the musical phenomenon that is pianist Joanna MacGregor on a Music Network tour from 19 – 28 March 2015. Renowned for her dazzling technique, irrepressible energy and musical intellect, she is simply unmissable. For this tour Joanna will perform a musical sketch of her life: an eclectic and engaging programme with spine-tingling renditions of Bach via Piazzolla and Thelonious Monk, as well as a brand new commission from Irish composer Conor Linehan. Making live music happen across the country, Music Network provides an opportunity to see some of the world’s foremost musicians at affordable prices, funded by the Arts Council.

Since coming to prominence in the 1980s, Joanna MacGregor has built a formidable reputation as one of the world’s most innovative – and tireless – musicians. A renowned concert pianist, she is also a highly-respected composer, curator, conductor and teacher.

Throughout her career, MacGregor has repeatedly broken the mould, thanks in part to a hugely diverse repertoire stretching from the Baroque canon to improvised jazz and North American avant-garde. A veteran of over thirty solo recordings, she has collaborated with an amazing array of artists, including Django Bates, Moses Molelekwa, Andy Sheppard, Brian Eno and Nitin Sawhney, as well as performing with such eminent conductors as Pierre Boulez, Sir Colin Davis, Sir Simon Rattle and Michael Tilson Thomas.

An exceptional line-up of Irish and international musicians visit 20 towns and villages across 17 counties in Music Network’s 2015 Spring Season. In April, Grammy-nominated mandolinist Avi Avital teams up with superstar accordionist Ksenija Sidorova for a six-date tour. 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 are available from €13 and can be purchased by calling Music Network on (01) 475 0224 or booking online here.

Programme - CROSS BORDER:
J.S. Bach and Dmitri Shostakovich: Five Preludes and Fugues
(Bach, Prelude and Fugue in C major BWV 846 – Shostakovich, Prelude and Fugue in C major – Bach, Prelude and Fugue in C minor BWV 847 – Shostakovich, Prelude and Fugue in E flat major – Shostakovich, Prelude and Fugue in D flat major)

Frédéric Chopin: Six Mazurkas
(Op 6 no 1 in F sharp minor; Op 17 no 2 in E minor; Op 59 no 2 in A flat major; Op 30 no 3 in D flat major; Op 17 no 4 in A minor; Op 50 no 3 in C sharp minor)

Conor Linehan: Roadshow (2015)

Lost Highways and American Journeys (Charles Ives: The Alcotts - Thelonious Monk: Monk’s Point - Traditional: Deep River - Professor Longhair: Big Chief - Traditional: Ain’t No Grave Gonna Hold My Body Down)

Astor Piazzolla: Four Tangos (arr. MacGregor)
(Tanguedia; Buenos Aires Hora Cero; Milonga del Angel; Libertango)

Joanna MacGregor (UK) solo piano
On Tour:
• Thursday 19 March: Curtis Auditorium, Cork School of Music, Cork (8pm, €22 / €16 / €10, Box office opens 45 mins before performance) Promoted by Cork Orchestral Society
• Friday 20 March: The Pillar Room, Rotunda Hospital, Dublin 1 (8pm, €18 / €13, 01 4750224 / www.musicnetwork.ie) Promoted by Music Network
• Sunday 22 March: The Model, Sligo (6pm, €20 / €10, 071 9161518 (Hawk’s Well Theatre) / www.hawkswell.com) Promoted by Con Brio
• Monday 23 March: Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar (8pm, €16 / €14, 094 9023733 / www.thelinenhall.com)
• Wednesday 25 March: Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire (8pm, €18 / €16, 01 2312929 / www.paviliontheatre.ie)
• Thursday 26 March: Georgian Large Room, City Hall, Waterford (8pm, €18 / €5, 051 874402 (Theatre Royal) / www.theatreroyal.ie) Promoted by Waterford Music
• Saturday 28 March: Tullynally Castle, Castlepollard, Co. Westmeath (8pm, €20, 044 9666344 / www.derravaraghmusic.ie) Promoted by Derravaragh Music Association
Tour continues to Northern Ireland with www.movingonmusic.co.uk
• Sunday 29 March: The MAC, Belfast
• Tuesday 31 March: Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre, Limavady
• Wednesday 1 April: Marketplace Theatre & Arts Centre, Armagh

For more details, please see here.