glór and Music Network are delighted to present the RESONATE Musician in Residence Concert 2023.
Join glór’s RESONATE Artist in Residence 2023 Zoé Basha for an evening of music developed by Zoé along with her collaborators Anna Mullarkey and Erin Hennessey. These traditional songs and original compositions will explore the blending of airs of Irish traditional song, the rhythm and harmonies of Occitanpolyphonic singing, and the sway and singing technique of Appalachian ballads with stylistic elements of jazz and Piedmont blues.
Zoé Basha, a musician and composer who draws on her background as a traditional singer, will collaborate with pianist, vocalist and composer Anna Mullarkey and fiddle player and vocalist Erin Hennessy at glór in Ennis. Together they will develop new compositions and arrangements during the residency. Alongside polyphonic arrangements of traditional songs, the compositions will blend airs of Irish traditional song, rhythm and harmonies of Occitan polyphonic singing, and the sway of Appalachian ballads with stylistic elements of jazz and blues.
Zoé Basha is a Leitrim-based musician and composer. She draws from her background as a traditional singer influenced and inspired by the multiple places in which she has resided and the multiple cultures embedded in her sound today.
After growing up between the U.S. and France, then studying as a vocalist at Berklee College of Music in Boston where she focused primarily on blues and jazz, Zoé moved to Ireland and fell into traditional singing in Dublin. In a milieu blending political dissent, feminism, queer theory and traditional music, she made her home. Since then, she has been working on both music and carpentry between Ireland and France.
From 2019 to 2023, Zoé was a member of vocal trio Rufous Nightjar with collaborators Anna Mieke Bishop and Branwen Kavanagh. In May 2023, Zoé was commissioned to arrange and perform a piece in three-part harmony for traditional singing festival Féile Róise Rua on Arranmore. Awarded the Leitrim Individual Artists Bursary in 2022, Zoé began developing a new body of work blending airs and style of Irish traditional song, rhythm and harmonies of Occitan polyphonic singing which she intends to explore further during her RESONATE residency.