Music Network Presents, ‘CAN Percussion Trio’ Début Irish Tour

12 January 2012


Please note that the CAN Percussion Tour due to run from 21 - 27 February has been postponed due to injury. We wish Noel all the best and look forward to seeing him back in action in March. We are working on new tour dates in June which we will announce once confirmed.

Brace yourself for the polyrhythmic delights of the CAN Percussion Trio with celebrated Irish percussionist Noel Eccles joined by two young masters of the mallet, Chris Stynes and Alex Petcu, in a thrilling programme of contemporary music, played on a range of over thirty percussion instruments including marimbas, vibraphones, crotales, lion drums, taiko, tom toms, bass drums and more. Music Network tours provide a wonderful opportunity to see some of the world’s foremost musicians at affordable prices in venues around Ireland, and are presented in association with RTÉ lyric fm.  Music Network is funded by the Arts Council. Further information at

Experience exotic timbres, pulsing rhythms and interwoven melody lines as three masters of the orchestral percussion section take centre stage. Add to this the visual spectacle of over thirty percussion instruments on stage and the positively viral energy of the CAN Percussion Trio and you are in for a real treat.

The ensemble is the brainchild of Noel Eccles, musical director of the first Riverdance tour, member of folk-rock titans Moving Hearts, former principal percussionist with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and go-to guy for a host of luminaries from U2, Elvis Costello and The Chieftains to Brian Eno and Elmer Bernstein.

Trading blows with Noel on this Music Network tour are Chris Stynes and Alex Petcu, two of Ireland’s rising percussionists. Both have performed regularly with many of Ireland's leading professional groups, playing everything from contemporary and classical music to musical theatre, rock and pop. With a repertoire of contemporary percussion works from a range of leading international composers, and the strangest line up of instruments you’ll see this year, expect some familiar tunes, and a few surprises!

Programme to include:
Summon the Spirits: Kevin Tuck
2-Gather: Mathias Schmitt
Marimba Phase: Steve Reich
Nagoya Marimbas: Steve Reich
Trio Per Uno: N.J. Zivkovic
Music for Pieces of Wood: Steve Reich
Marimba Spiritual: Minoru Miki

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