Music Network presents its Spring 2020 National Touring Programme

28 November 2019

Music Network’s Spring 2020 touring programme crosses centuries and combines cultures to bring the very best classical, traditional, roots and jazz performers to Irish audiences. With a new quartet of trad musicians, a pioneering jazz harp quartet, top-notch classical ensembles, awesome Americana and three new Music Network commissions, Spring 2020 offers plenty to choose from for music-lovers across the country.

Music Network’s January trad tour kick-starts 2020 with an exciting new combination of artists from Galicia and Ireland. Over the past ten years Anxo Lorenzo (gaita/whistles), Jim Murray (guitar), Dónal O’Connor (fiddle) and Jack Talty (concertina) have been at the forefront of highly-creative Galician and Irish music-making. The set list on this tour will combine both of these remarkable musical cultures and will include a Music Network commission from all four performers.

If you think the harp is for angels then Alina Bzhezhinska and her quartet will set you right during their 10-date tour in February. She and her stellar quartet featuring Tony Kofi (saxophones), Larry Bartley (double bass) and Joel Prime (drums, percussion) will bring a new perspective to this supposedly dainty instrument, taking the ground-breaking work of the legendary jazz harpist Alice Coltrane in the 1960s as a stepping-off point for their own sonic adventures.

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 on tour next March. Featuring Garth Knox (medieval fiddle, viola d’amore, viola), Sylvain Lemêtre (percussion) and Agnès Vesterman (cello), 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. Tracing a clear musical line from the 12th century to a new Music Network commission from Garth Knox, this tour will sit across the centuries, mediating a conversation between past and present.

Since winning an impressive selection of major international competitions in the early 2000s, Alena Baeva’s diary has been chock full of concerto performances, recitals, recordings and chamber music projects which have taken her all over the world many times. In April and May she’ll tour Ireland with pianist and fellow Russian Katia Skanavi, herself amongst the forefront of young dynamic chamber musicians. With 2020 being the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, their performance of the ‘Kreutzer’ Violin Sonata will be a real highlight of a programme which also includes music by Dietrich, Brahms & Schumann, Stravinsky and a new Music Network commission by Finola Merivale.

Named for their unique instrumentation of two five string fiddles alternated with a five string banjo, 10 String Symphony has been hailed by NPR as one of "The newest and most promising voices in Americana". Christian Sedelmyer (fiddle, vocals) and Rachel Baiman (fiddle, banjo, vocals) are artists whose roots are firmly in the old-timey Americana tradition, but whose musical explorations take them fearlessly into the present and beyond. Their engagement with life, with art, with nature, with global challenges, is delivered with stunning musicianship, wit, humour and warm communication. These are truly musicians of our time. Catch them during their 11-date tour in May.

Meanwhile, Music Network’s programme of learning and participation activities will provide opportunities for primary and secondary school students, music schools and community groups around the country to engage with touring musicians in a programme of workshops, masterclasses and special performances during the Spring season.

Sharon Rollston, 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 Spring 2020 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.

PERFORMANCES JANUARY – MAY 2020

Anxo Lorenzo, Jim Murray, Dónal O’Connor & Jack Talty
14th – 30th January 2020

Anxo Lorenzo*, gaita/whistles
Jim Murray, guitar
Dónal O’Connor, fiddle
Jack Talty, concertina

Over the past ten years Anxo Lorenzo, Jim Murray, Dónal O’Connor and Jack Talty have been at the forefront of highly creative Galician and Irish music-making – as players, composers, arrangers, accompanists, producers and record label owners. Their individual talents as working musicians have seen them initiate hundreds of thoughtful and innovative projects, and the set list on this tour will include a Music Network commission from all four performers, their virtuosity and profound understanding of the music underpinning any daring off-piste exploration they might undertake. Add to that a sharp intelligence and gentle curiosity about where this music sits in the world, how it relates to the world outside and you have a quartet of artists who have made a massive contribution to music in both local and international arenas. Thrilling, soulful, sincere and highly communicative, theirs is a music of people and place, of stillness, of confluence and of us.

*Please note that the originally advertised line-up has been revised and will now feature the extraordinary Galician musician Anxo Lorenzo.

TOUR DATES:

Tues 14 Jan 8pm | The Sugar Club, Dublin 2  (doors 7:30 pm) €20 / €15 / €10 01-4750224 / musicnetwork.ie Promoted by Music Network
Wed 15 Jan 8pm | Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge €15 / €12 045-448327 / riverbank.ie
Thurs 16 Jan 8pm | Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar €17 / €14 094-9023733 / thelinenhall.com       
Fri 17 Jan 8pm | Station House Theatre, Clifden €15 / €12 095-21699 / clifdenstationhouse.com (info only) Promoted by Clifden Arts Society
Sat 18 Jan 8pm | Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda €18 / €16 (free booking online) 041-9833946 / drochead.com
Sun 19 Jan 8pm | Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire €20 / €18 (free booking online) 01-2312929 / paviliontheatre.ie     
Mon 20 Jan 8pm | Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny €15 / €12 074-9120777 (An Grianán) / regionalculturalcentre.com   
Tues 21 Jan 8pm | glór, Ennis €16 / €14 conc / €8 Under 18s 065-6843103 / glor.ie       
Wed 22 Jan 8pm | Triskel Arts Centre, Cork €20 / €18 021-4272022 / triskelartscentre.ie
Thurs 23 Jan 8pm | Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray €20 / €18 01-2724030 mermaidartscentre.ie   
Fri 24 Jan 8pm | National Opera House, Wexford €17 / €15 053-9122144 / nationaloperahouse.ie     
Sat 25 Jan 8pm | Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne €20 / €15 / €5 026-45733 / ionadculturtha.ie (info only)     
Sun 26 Jan 8pm | Birr Theatre & Arts Centre €16 / €14 / €8 Students 057-9122911 / birrtheatre.com
Thurs 30 Jan 8pm | Kings Place, London £14.50 / £9.50 +4420-75201490 / kingsplace.co.uk Promoted by Irish Music and Dance in London

For more information on this tour: http://bit.ly/32WUK4F
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Alina Bzhezhinska Quartet
featuring Tony Kofi, Larry Bartley & Joel Prime
5th-15th February

Alina Bzhezhinska, harp
Tony Kofi, saxophones
Larry Bartley, double bass
Joel Prime, drums/percussion

If you think the harp is for angels then Alina Bzhezhinska and her quartet will set you right. She brings a new perspective to this supposedly dainty instrument, taking the ground-breaking work of Alice Coltrane in the 1960s as a stepping-off point for her own flighty improvisations and sonic adventures. Capable of high-octane lapel-grabbing statements, she can also create extraordinary lyricism and soul within her own compositions and this versatility and curiosity has marked her out as a pioneer in the field of Jazz Harp. Now there’s two words you don’t often hear in the same sentence, but let’s get used to them because this musician is here to stay, constantly challenging the notion of boundaries in music, roughing up the harp with tones and textures that would ruffle many an angel wing.

TOUR DATES:

Wed 5 Feb 8pm | The Sugar Club, Dublin 2 €20 / €15 / €10 01-4750224 / musicnetwork.ie Promoted by Music Network
Thurs 6 Feb 8pm | Triskel Arts Centre, Cork €20 / €18 021-4272022 / triskelartscentre.ie
Fri 7 Feb 8pm | Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray €18 / €16 01-2724030 / mermaidartscentre.ie       
Sat 8 Feb 8.30pm | The Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely €16 / €14 0402-38529 / courthousearts.ie
Sun 9 Feb 6pm | St. Peter's Church of Ireland, Portlaoise €12 / €5 (students) 057-8663355 (Dunamaise Arts Centre) / dunamaise.ie Promoted by Laois County Council Arts Office,  Dunamaise Arts Centre and Music Generation Laois
Mon 10 Feb 8pm | Station House Theatre, Clifden €15 / €12 095-21699 / clifdenstationhouse.com (info only) Promoted by Clifden Arts Society
Wed 12 Feb 8pm | National Opera House, Wexford €17 / €15 053-9122144 / nationaloperahouse.ie 
Thurs 13 Feb 8pm | The Dock, Carrick-On-Shannon €18 / €16 071-9650828 / thedock.ie         
Fri 14 Feb 8pm | glór, Ennis €16 / €14 / €8 Under 18s 065-6843103 / glor.ie       
Sat 15 Feb 8pm | Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny €15 / €12 074-9120777 (An Grianán) / regionalculturalcentre.com

For more information on this tour: http://bit.ly/2IlXEaT
For images & audio: http://bit.ly/2OE66p2

 

Saltarello Trio
27th February – 7th March

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

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.

PROGRAMME:

Hildegard von Bingen Ave Generosa | Guillaume de Machault Tels rit au matin | Medieval Dances arr. Saltarello | John Dowland Flow my tears | Henry Purcell Music for a while | 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 3 Hofer Photographs for solo cello | Gérard Pesson Tafelmusik for solo percussion | Black Brittany (traditional tunes) arr. Saltarello | Garth Knox Song from the sea | Garth Knox Galway Green (Music Network Commission) 

TOUR DATES:

Thurs 27 Feb 7pm | First Presbyterian Church, Belfast £12 / £8 +44-28-90248818 / movingonmusic.com Promoted by Moving on Music
Fri 28 Feb 1pm | Great Hall, Ulster University Magee, Derry +44-28-90248818 (info only) / ulster.ac.uk/artsandculture/music-one Part of Ulster University Music @ One Series Promoted by Ulster University Magee in partnership with Walled City Music
Sat 29 Feb 8pm | Flowerfield Arts Centre, Portstewart £14 +44-28-7083-1400) / flowerfield.org
Sun 1 Mar 8pm | Station House Theatre, Clifden €15 / €12 095-21699 / clifdenstationhouse.com (info only) Promoted by Clifden Arts Society
Mon 2 Mar 8pm | Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar €17 / €14 094-9023733 / thelinenhall.com
Tues 3 Mar 8pm | National Opera House, Wexford €17 / €15 053-9122144 / nationaloperahouse.ie   
Wed 4 Mar 7pm | Lutherhaus, 24 Adelaide Road, Dublin 2 €20 / €15 / €10 01-4750224 / musicnetwork.ie Promoted by Music Network
Thurs 5 Mar 7.30pm | CIT Cork School of Music €20 / €15 / €10 / €5 (students) corkorchestralsociety.ie / Promoted by Cork Orchestral Society
Fri 6 Mar 7.30pm | The Large Room, City Hall, Waterford €17 / €15 / €5 (students) waterford-music.org Promoted by Waterford Music
Sat 7 Mar 8pm Tullynally Castle, Castlepollard €25 / €12.50 087-6839061 / derravaraghmusic.ie Promoted by Derravaragh Music Association

For more information on this tour: http://bit.ly/37mql38
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Alena Baeva and Katia Skanavi
24th April – 3rd May

Alena Baeva, violin
Katia Skanavi, piano 

Since winning an impressive selection of major international competitions in the early 2000s, Alena Baeva’s diary has been chock full of concerto performances, recitals, recordings and chamber music projects which have taken her all over the world many times. We’re thrilled that she has made time to tour Ireland with pianist and fellow Russian Katia Skanavi, herself amongst the forefront of young dynamic chamber musicians with a passion for discovering new music and reinvigorating the old. Having collaborated with such heavyweight conductors as Gergiev, Järvi and Menuhin this duo have confidence and presence in spades, and with their gorgeous tonal palette and elegant discourse they bring sense and sensuality to anything they tackle. And being the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, their performance of the ‘Kreutzer’ Violin Sonata will be a real highlight of a programme which also includes a special Music Network commission for these extraordinary and charismatic artists.

PROGRAMME:

Albert Dietrich, Johannes Brahms & Robert Schumann F-A-E Sonata
Igor Stravinsky Duo Concertant (for Violin & Piano)
Finola Merivale Music Network Commission         
Ludwig van Beethoven Violin Sonata No. 9 in A major, Op. 47 ‘Kreutzer’

TOUR DATES:

Fri 24 Apr 7.30pm | CIT Cork School of Music €20 / €15 / €10 / €5 corkorchestralsociety.ie Promoted by Cork Orchestral Society
Sat 25 Apr 8pm | Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire (free booking online) €20 / €18 01-2312929 / paviliontheatre.ie     
Sun 26 Apr 8pm | Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne €15 / €10 / €5 026-45733 /  ionadculturtha.ie (info only)   
Tues 28 Apr 8pm | glór, Ennis €16 / €14 / €8 Under 18s 065-6843103 / glor.ie   
Wed 29 Apr 7pm | Lutherhaus, 24 Adelaide Road, Dublin 2 €20 / €15 / €10 01-4750224 / musicnetwork.ie Promoted by Music Network
Thurs 30 Apr 7.30pm | The Large Room, City Hall, Waterford €17 / €15 / €5 (students) waterford-music.org (info only) Promoted by Waterford Music
Sat 2 May 8pm | Birr Theatre & Arts Centre €16 / €14 / €8 Students 057-9122911 / birrtheatre.com 
Sun 3 May 7pm | St. James' Church, Dingle €15 087-3467632 / feilenabealtaine.ie Promoted by Féile na Bealtaine

For more information on this tour: http://bit.ly/2zfPdtH
For images & audio: http://bit.ly/2rklA9D

10 String Symphony
6th – 17th May

Christian Sedelmyer, fiddle/vocals
Rachel Baiman fiddle banjo/vocals

Take ten strings, add two seductive voices, one shared sense of social justice and that all tots up to a dynamic duo in the best tradition of Guthrie and Seeger. Christian Sedelmyer and Rachel Baiman are artists whose roots are firmly in the old-timey Americana tradition, but whose musical explorations take them fearlessly into the present and beyond, creating songs and sound worlds that are immediate and compelling. These are musicians whose prime inspiration is our world and how we live in it. Their engagement with life, with art, with nature, with global challenges, is delivered with stunning musicianship, wit, humour and warm communication. They are champions of change and though just two in number, their sound and impact is massively amplified by their bright and brilliant use of technology and clever arrangements. These are truly musicians of our time.

TOUR DATES:

Wed 6 May 8pm | The Sugar Club, Dublin 2 (doors 7:30 pm) €20 / €15 / €10 01-4750224 / musicnetwork.ie Promoted by Music Network
Thurs 7 May 8pm | Belltable, Limerick €18 / €16 061-953400 / limetreetheatre.ie
Fri 8 May 9pm | Fiddle Fair Marquee, Baltimore 086-3753380 / fiddlefair.com Presented in association with Baltimore Fiddle Fair
Sat 9 May 8pm | Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford €14 / €12 051-855038 / garterlane.ie
Sun 10 May 8pm National Opera House, Wexford €17 / €15 (+ bkg fee) 053-9122144 / nationaloperahouse.ie            
Tues 12 May 8pm | Station House Theatre, Clifden €15 / €12 095-21699 / clifdenstationshouse.com (info only) / Promoted by Clifden Arts Society
Wed 13 May 8pm | glór, Ennis €16 / €14 065-6843103 / glor.ie
Thurs 14 May 8pm | The Dock, Carrick-On-Shannon  €16 / €14 (+ bkg fee) 071-9650828 / thedock.ie
Fri 15 May 8pm | Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny €15 / €12 (+ bkg fee) 074-9120777 (An Grianán) / regionalculturalcentre.com
Sat 16 May 8.30pm | The Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely €16 / €14 (+ bkg fee) 0402-38529 / courthousearts.ie
Sun 17 May 8pm | Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge €15 / €12 (+ bkg fee) 045-448327 / riverbank.ie

For more information on this tour: http://bit.ly/2XIjMUb
For images & audio: http://bit.ly/2qAyG2J

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