dlr Musicians-in-Residence 2020 performances: Kevin Brady and the Tommy Halferty Trio & Ikigai

dlr Musicians-in-Residence 2020 performances: Kevin Brady and the Tommy Halferty Trio & Ikigai
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and Music Network will present two online performances by dlr’s Musicians-in-Residence 2020 featuring a number of online world premieres.

Kevin Brady and the Tommy Halferty Trio will perform a programme of new music, Tudo é Som, on the County Council and Music Network’s social channels on Monday, 21 December at 7pm. Chamber group Ikigai will premiere a mix of new compositions and new arrangements on Thursday, 14 January 2021 at 7pm, also on the County Council and Music Network’s social channels. For more information visit: www.musicnetwork.ie.

An Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Councillor Una Power, said: “We are thrilled to be able to support musicians in the creation of new work throughout this difficult time. We are excited to listen to the work they have created and hope that the public will enjoy hearing these original compositions.”

Commenting on the announcement, CEO of Music Network Sharon Rollston said: “We are delighted to announce the culminating performances from this year’s second and third dlr Musician Residencies, taking place on 21 December 2020 and 14 January 2021 respectively. These residencies provide musicians with valuable time, space and financial support to explore and develop their artistic practice, and both Kevin Brady with the Tommy Halferty Trio and Ikigai have made the most of the opportunity. Featuring a mix of world premieres of original compositions and new arrangements of existing material, we are very much looking forward hearing both performances.”

Since Kevin Brady’s appointment as dlr’s Musician-In-Residence in September, Kevin and the other members of the Tommy Halferty Trio have been exploring and composing music influenced by música instrumental Brasileira (Brazilian instrumental music). This style refers to jazz and other forms of instrumental music inspired by great Brazilian composers such as Hermeto Pascoal, Antônio Carlos Jobim and Antonio Adolfo. The new programme of music, Tudo é Som (Everything is Sound), celebrates the diversity of culture in Ireland today.

Ikigai members violin player Andrew Sheeran, cellist Gabrielė Dikčiūtė and jazz pianist and European folk singer Maja Elliott are using their time as dlr Musicians-In-Residence to explore material which inspires them as a group, whilst also working on their own individual compositions. Their performance in January 2021 will showcase the trio’s diverse musical interests, featuring exciting new work alongside unique interpretations of existing material.

Commenting on the new programme of music, drummer and dlr Musician-In-Residence Kevin Brady said: “We are delighted to be able to perform our new work online on 21 December. The dlr Musician-In-Residence scheme has been a fantastic experience for all of us, giving us the time and space to really delve into a style of music we are so passionate about.

“Tudo é Som is one of my original compositions and is also the title name of our dlr Residency project. This programme of music is energetic, rhythmic and harmonically varied featuring rhythmic styles such as Partido Alto, Bossa Nova and Baion, all part of the eclectic and diverse music that comes from Brazil. Our aim throughout the Residency was to compose and perform a body of new work influenced by the Brazilian musical style, highlighting the diversity of culture that is now an integral part of society here in Ireland.”

Kevin Brady and the Tommy Halferty Trio trailer