Saltarello Trio

Saltarello Trio

Condensing a thousand years of music into just two hours might be a bit of a challenge, but Saltarello Trio are here to step up to the plate!

Tour Dates

Tues 25 Feb, 7.30pm Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris
Thurs 27 Feb, 7:00pm First Presbyterian Church, Belfast
Fri 28 Feb, 1pm Great Hall, Ulster University Magee, Derry
Sat 29 Feb, 8pm Flowerfield Arts Centre, Portstewart
Sun 1 Mar, 8:00 pm Station House Theatre, Clifden
Mon 2 Mar, 8:00 pm Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar
Tues 3 Mar, 8:00 pm National Opera House, Wexford
Wed 4 Mar, 7:00 pm Lutherhaus, 24 Adelaide Road, Dublin 2
Thurs 5 Mar, 7:30 pm CIT Cork School of Music
Fri 6 Mar, 7:30 pm The Large Room, City Hall, Waterford
Sat 7 Mar, 8:00 pm Tullynally Castle, Castlepollard

A lot can happen in a thousand years. Condensing it into just two hours might be a bit of a challenge, but Saltarello Trio step up to the plate, tracing a clear musical line from Hildegard Von Bingen to David Fennessy, taking in multiple stops along the way to admire the work of Dowland, Vivaldi and Purcell.

The trio are all very familiar to Irish audiences, their collective and vast experience in the fields of classical and contemporary music have brought us many fine and memorable occasions, but for this outing they seek out the colours and textures of folk music to inform their witty arrangements. In this, they highlight the connections and similarities that exist between soundworlds of today and of hundreds of years ago, and Garth Knox’s new composition, specially commissioned for this tour by Music Network, will sit across the centuries, mediating a conversation between past and present.

The trio’s gorgeous swirling string lines and tasty percussion open a new window on old music, proving that a good tune can speak easily to all of us, no matter what the language, no matter when the time. 

Garth Knox, medieval fiddle | viola d’amore | viola
Sylvain Lemêtre, percussion
Agnès Vesterman, cello

Hildegard von Bingen Ave Generosa | Guillaume de Machault Tels rit au matin | Medieval Dances arr. Saltarello | Henry Purcell Music for a while | John Dowland Flow my tears | Antonio Vivaldi Largo and Presto from Concerto for viola d’amore in D minor, RDV 393 | Marin Marais Folies D’Espagne for viola d’amore and cello |  David Fennessy Three movements from 5 Hofer Photographs for solo cello | Gérard Pesson Tafelmusik for solo percussion | Garth Knox Cloak (Music Network Commission) | Garth Knox Song from the sea | Black Brittany (traditional tunes) arr. Saltarello    


Saltarello trio perform an Irish selection at Poisson Rouge

Tues 25 Feb Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris 7.30pm , €13 / €10 +33-1-5852-1030 Centre Culturel Irlandais and Culture Ireland
Thurs 27 Feb First Presbyterian Church, Belfast 7:00pm , £12 / £8 004428-9024 8818 Moving on Music
Fri 28 Feb Great Hall, Ulster University Magee, Derry 1pm , Free 004428-9024 8818 Ulster University Magee in partnership with Walled City Music
Sat 29 Feb Flowerfield Arts Centre, Portstewart 8pm , £14 004428-9024 8818 Flowerfield Arts Centre
Sun 1 Mar Station House Theatre, Clifden 8:00 pm , €15 / €12 095-21699 (info only) Clifden Arts Society
Mon 2 Mar Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar 8:00 pm , €17 / €14 094-9023733
Tues 3 Mar National Opera House, Wexford 8:00 pm , €17 / €15 053-9122144
Wed 4 Mar Lutherhaus, 24 Adelaide Road, Dublin 2 7:00 pm , €20 / €15 / €10 01-4750224 Music Network
Thurs 5 Mar CIT Cork School of Music 7:30 pm , €20 / €15 / €10 / €5 Cork Orchestral Society
Fri 6 Mar The Large Room, City Hall, Waterford 7:30 pm , €17 / €15 / €5 Waterford Music
Sat 7 Mar Tullynally Castle, Castlepollard 8:00 pm , €25 / €12.50 087-6839061 Derravaragh Music Association

Purcell: Oedipus - Arr. for viola d'amore and cello - Music For A While

"a mesmerising tour-de-force of combined talking and drumming."

- The Irish Times [on Lemêtre]

"Hearing such timeless songs in Knox’s arrangements is to hear them as if they were always intended for these instruments."

- Limelight Magazine (Australia)

"Superb, earthy playing."

- The Guardian [on Knox]

"Quite simply one of the most outstandingly magical discs I have heard."

- Gramophone [on Knox & Vesterman’s d’Amore]