MUSIC NETWORK ANNOUNCES ITS 2019/20 TOURING PROGRAMME

06 June 2019

New collaborations, stellar classical duos, awesome Americana, transcendent jazz, exhilarating explorations of contemporary music, and world premieres of six new Music Network commissions. 

Tara Breen, Laoise Kelly, Josephine Marsh & Nell Ní Chróinín | Bangers and Crash Percussion Group | Airelle Besson, Sebastian Sternal & Jonas Burgwinkel Trio | Ben Johnson & Sean Shibe | Ross Ainslie, Jim Murray, Dónal O’Connor & Jack Talty | Alina Bzhezhinska Quartet | Saltarello Trio | Alena Baeva & Katia Skanav | 10 String Symphony

 

Scores of concerts by extraordinary musicians were announced today as Music Network revealed details of its 2019/20 Touring Programme. Running for 9 months from September 2019 to May 2020, the programme will bring the very best classical, traditional, roots and jazz performers from home and abroad to audiences around Ireland. In Autumn 2019 alone, Music Network will present 30 concerts on tour to 21 different venues spanning 14 counties.

The eclectic line-up for 2019/20 offers everything from new collaborations that shine a fresh light on tradition, to top-notch classical duos, awesome Americana, transcendent jazz, and exhilarating explorations of contemporary music, including the world premieres of six new Music Network commissions.

In September, Music Network brings together leading traditional musicians Tara Breen (fiddle), Laoise Kelly (harp), Josephine Marsh (accordion) and singer Nell Ní Chróinín, who between them have performed for Presidents Obama, Clinton, Higgins and the Queen amongst others. For this tour they will perform a programme of traditional tunes and songs, alongside specially-composed new music by Josephine commissioned by Music Network.

Bangers and Crash Percussion Group with virtuoso percussionists Alex Petcu, Emma King and Brian Dungan take to the road in October, with a menu of contemporary music that will tickle tastebuds and defy expectations. Their appetite for exploring rhythmic influences from around the world is healthy, hearty and irrepressible. Audiences can expect a programme of 20th and 21st century works by composers including Philip Glass, Steve Reich and Thierry De Mey, as well as a new Music Network commission by Alex Petcu.

Airelle Besson, the captivating leader of the new wave of young European improvising trumpeters, will perform later in October as part of an incredible trio which also features the elegant and lucid playing of pianist Sebastian Sternal and drummer Jonas Burgwinkel, who brings his classic jazz and avant garde sensibilities to the table.

In November guitarist Sean Shibe, a young Scot who has taken the world by storm ever since winning the BBC New Generation award in 2012, will be touring with Ben Johnson, one of the busiest young tenors in the chamber music and opera worlds. Together they bring intensity and a new clarity to Bach, Giuliani and Walton, and adventure and risk to contemporary work. Music Network has commissioned a new work by Brian Bolger for this tour, the first Irish outing for this duo.

Meanwhile, Music Network’s programme of learning and participation activities will provide opportunities for primary and secondary school students to delve deeper into the world of percussion during a series of large scale workshops with members of Bangers and Crash Percussion Group. Participating students will discover how percussion instruments provide the backbone for almost every style of music, from classical scores to cartoon soundtracks. They’ll also learn about the exciting world where music and science meet, with a chance to make and perform on their own instruments. Students participating in these workshops will be invited to come along to the Bangers and Crash Percussion Group touring performances with their families at a discounted rate.

Later in the season, Music Network’s Spring 2020 touring programme features an exciting new traditional line-up comprising Scottish piper and whistle player Ross Ainslie alongside acclaimed Irish instrumentalists Dónal O’Connor, Jack Talty and Jim Murray in January, high-octane jazz harp inspired by the legendary Alice Coltrane from the Alina Bzhezhinska Quartet in February, a thousand years of music condensed into just two hours by Garth Knox’s brilliant Saltarello Trio in March, top-notch Russian violin and piano duo Alena Baeva and Katia Skanavi in April, and compelling and seductive Americana from 10 String Symphony in May.

Sharon Rollson, CEO of Music Network says, “Our tours aim to culturally enrich every location we reach, criss-crossing the country to weave a connective web of wonderful musical experiences. We are proud of our musical line-up for 2019/20 and looking forward to enjoying the performances of these awe-inspiring artists from across the globe with audiences at their local venues all across Ireland.”

Ticket prices range from €5-€25, depending on the venue, and special offer ticket bundles are available for Dublin concerts.

Tickets for performances in Autumn 2019 are on sale now. Tickets and information on dates and venues for Spring 2020 tours will be released later in the summer.

 

Performances September - November 2019

 

TARA BREEN, LAOISE KELLY, JOSEPHINE MARSH & NELL NÍ CHRÓINÍN (Ireland)

11th – 23rd September

Tara Breen, fiddle
Laoise Kelly, harp
Josephine Marsh, accordion
Nell Ní Chróinín, voice 

Music Network brings together four leading traditional musicians to pool their considerable talents, and the results are even greater than the sum of the parts. Tara Breen, Laoise Kelly, Josephine Marsh and Nell Ní Chróinín have been setting the bar high as performers, both at home and around the globe. Name-checking Danú, Kate Bush, The Chieftains and Christy Moore amongst their collaborators and with Presidents Obama, Clinton, Higgins and the Queen as audience members, these artists have a quiet authority that comes with true mastery and understanding of their music and heritage. Dedicated and passionate, they’ll lead audiences through a programme of traditional tunes and songs, and for good measure, into a new Music Network commission by Josephine, a gifted tunesmith. This is a warm and intimate conversation of equals, one on which listeners are privileged to eavesdrop.

TOUR DATES:

Wed 11 Sept | The Sugar Club, Dublin 2 €20 / €15 / €10  8pm (doors 7.30)   01-4750224 / musicnetwork.ie Promoted by Music Network
Thurs 12 Sept | glór, Ennis €16 / €14 8pm 065-6843103 / glor.ie
Fri 13 Sept | Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne €20 / €15 / €5 (children) 8.30pm 026-45733 / ionadculturtha.ie (info only)
Sat 14 Sept | National Opera House, Wexford €17 / €15 (+ bkg fee) 8pm  053-9122144 / nationaloperahouse.ie
Sun 15 Sept | St. Peter’s Church of Ireland, Portlaoise €15 / €12 (+ bkg fee) 7pm  057-8663355 (Dunamaise Arts Centre) / dunamaise.ie Promoted by Laois County Council Arts Office
Tue 17 Sept | St. John’s Theatre & Arts Centre, Listowel €15 / €12 8pm 068-22566 / stjohnstheatre.com (info only)
Wed 18 Sept | Belltable, Limerick €18 / €16 (+ bkg fee) 8pm 061-953400 / limetreetheatre.ie Promoted by Lime Tree Theatre
Thurs 19 Sept | Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire €20 / €18 8pm 01-2312929 / paviliontheatre.ie (free bkg online)
Fri 20 Sept | St. Marylebone Parish Church, London £15 / £6 7pm  irishmusicinlondon.org Promoted by Irish Music in London 
Sat 21 Sept | Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny €15 / €12 (+ bkg fee) 8pm 074-9120777 (An Grianán) / regionalculturalcentre.com
Sun 22 Sept | Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo €15 / €7.50 (+ €1 renovation fee) 8pm 071-9161518 / hawkswell.com
Mon 23 Sept | Station House Theatre, Clifden €15 / €12 10pm 087-3315009 / clifdenartsfestival.ie Promoted by Clifden Arts Festival

 

BANGERS AND CRASH PERCUSSION GROUP (Ireland/N. Ireland)

2nd – 11th October
 

Alex Petcu, percussion 
Emma King, percussion 
Brian Dungan, percussion

Having a physics background can be a useful thing indeed if you are ace percussionist Alex Petcu. So the required sounds don't exist on conventional instruments? No problem, you just invent and build what you need. And that's what audiences can expect when he and fellow percussion adventurers Emma King and Brian Dungan take to the road with their kit bag of the usual suspects of the drum world, along with a fascinating array of metal, wood and string. Three young and energetic virtuosos cook up a menu of new music (a pity Beethoven never wrote for marimba) which will tickle tastebuds and defy expectations. Their appetite for exploring rhythmic influences from around the world – Flamenco, Afro-Cuban, Javanese gamelan – is healthy, hearty and irrepressible. Audiences can expect a programme of 20th century works by composers including Philip Glass, Steve Reich and Thierry De Mey, as well as a new Music Network Commission by Alex Petcu. (Please note: no sausages will be harmed in the making of this programme).

PROGRAMME:

Tim Ouderits & Tom Ouderits Surprise! | Alyssa Weinberg Table Talk | Elliot Cole Postlude No 8 | Philip Glass Madeira River | Steve Reich Nagoya Marimbas | Steve Snowden A Man with a Gun Lives Here | Alex Petcu New Music Network Commission | Thierry de Mey Musique de Table | Gene Koshinski And So the Wind Blew

TOUR DATES: 

Wed 2 Oct | The Sugar Club, Dublin 2 €20 / €15 / €10 8pm 01-4750224 / musicnetwork.ie Promoted by Music Network
Thurs 3 Oct | The Large Room, City Hall, Waterford €17 / €15 / €5 on the door 7.30pm waterford-music.org (info only) Promoted by Waterford Music
Fri 4 Oct | Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray €16 / €14 8pm 01-2724030 / mermaidartscentre.ie
Sat 5 Oct | Station House Theatre, Clifden €15 / €12 on the door 8pm 095-21699 / clifdenstationhouse.com (info only) Promoted by Clifden Arts Society
Tues 8 Oct | Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise €15 / €10 (+ bkg fee) 7pm 057-8663355 / dunamaise.ie Promoted by Laois County Council Arts Office
Wed 9 Oct | Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar €16 / €14 8pm 094-9023733 / thelinenhall.com
Thurs 10 Oct | Curtis Auditorium, CIT Cork School of Music €20 / €15 / €10 / €5 7.30pm corkorchestralsociety.ie Promoted by Cork Orchestral Society
Fri 11 Oct | glór, Ennis €16 / €14 8pm 065-6843103 / glor.ie

 

AIRELLE BESSON, SEBASTIAN STERNAL & JONAS BURGWINKEL TRIO (France/Germany)

23rd – 27th October
 

Airelle Besson, trumpet
Sebastian Sternal, piano, fender rhodes
Jonas Burgwinkel, drums

Leading the new wave of young European improvising trumpeters, Airelle Besson is a formidable, compelling and frankly astonishing talent. Sometimes embracing a baroque sense of form and lyricism, she can turn on a sixpence and send forth grooves that mark her out as a fine jazz presence and a thoughtful and articulate composer. With the elegant and lucid playing of pianist Sebastian Sternal and drummer Jonas Burgwinkel bringing his classic jazz and avant garde sensibilities to the table, this is a trio whose music is both considered and free, communicative and compelling. Listening to each other and to the moment, they build an architecture of eloquent and clean sound, without clutter, but with masses of heart.

TOUR DATES:

Wed 23 Oct | The Sugar Club, Dublin 2 €20 / €15 / €10 8pm 01-4750224 / musicnetwork.ie Promoted by Music Network
Thurs 24 Oct | Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire €20 / €18 (free bkg online) 8pm 01-2312929 / paviliontheatre.ie
Fri 25 Oct | Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny €15 / €12 (+ bkg fee) 8pm 074-9120777 (An Grianán) / regionalculturalcentre.com
Sat 26 Oct | Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray €16 / €14 8pm 01-2724030 / mermaidartscentre.ie
Sun 27 Oct |Triskel Arts Centre, Cork  €20 / €18 2.30pm 021 4272022 / triskelartscentre.ie Promoted by Triskel Arts Centre at Guinness Cork Jazz Festival

 

BEN JOHNSON AND SEAN SHIBE (England/Scotland)

21st — 27th November

Ben Johnson, tenor
Sean Shibe, guitar 

There are guitarists, then there's Sean Shibe. A young Scot who has taken the world by storm ever since winning the BBC New Generation award in 2012, he is a musician with an intelligence and wisdom far beyond his years. Equally at home in whatever genre he turns his hand to, he has never set boundaries on the scope of his musical exploration. Pair him up with Ben Johnson, one of the busiest young tenors in the chamber music and opera worlds, a multi-award winning recitalist and owner of one of the most beguiling voices around, and that's a world class duo right there. They bring intensity and a new clarity to Bach, Giuliani and Walton, and adventure and risk to contemporary work. Music Network has commissioned a new work by Brian Bolger for this tour, the first Irish outing for this duo.

PROGRAMME:

JS Bach Suite in E minor, BWV996 | Walton Anon in Love | Brian Bolger New Music Network Commission | A selection of folk songs and songs by Dowland, Rosseter, Morley, Beethoven, Schubert & Giuliani  

TOUR DATES:

Thurs 21 Nov | VENUE TBC, Waterford €17 / €15 / €5 on the door 7.30pm waterford-music.org (info only) Promoted by Waterford Music
Fri 22 Nov | Siamsa Tíre, Tralee €16 / €14 (+ bkg fee) 8pm 066-7123055 / siamsatire.com
Sat 23 Nov | Royal College of Physicians, Dublin 2 €25 / €20 7.30pm 01-4750224 / musicnetwork.ie Promoted by Music Network
Sun 24 Nov |Venue TBC, Kilkenny €15 / €10 / €5 (+ bkg fee) 4pm 086-1777017 / musicinkilkenny.com Promoted by Music in Kilkenny
Tues 26 Nov | All Saints Church, Castleconnell €15 / €10 8pm 061-953400 / limetreetheatre.ie Promoted by Limerick Culture and Arts Office, Limerick City and County Council
Wed 27 Nov | Station House Theatre, Clifden €15 / €12 on the door 8pm 095-21699 / clifdenstationhouse.com (info only) Promoted by Clifden Arts Society