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Friday 7th December
Aiken Promotions presents
Doors open 7.30pm
Tickets €16.50 (+booking fee) from www.ticketmaster.ie
From Dublin’s Northside, Hilary Woods has come far from her bassist roots. After a spell in fine art school and having studied literature and film in college, music called her back. Since 2014, she has been performing and recording a series of groundbreaking performances, culminating with her debut solo CD “Colt” which was recorded during Winter 2017 with James Kelly in Berlin and released in June 2018.
Woods’ beguiling song- craft has been described as ‘bewitching’, sonically ‘spectral’, ‘ominous and dreamlike’, with the Sunday Times hailing early solo recordings as ‘a revelation in terms of the depth of song-writing’. Her songs imbued with wonder, heartache and a compelling darkness, are accompanied by a tenacious creativity which has seen Woods stretching across multi-disciplinary thresholds exploring visuals and performance art alike. In 2017 Hilary was chosen as Dublin Fringe Festival’s Wild Card artist after creating a piece of theatre NINE from sound design, she was subsequently awarded a place on Theatre Forum’s Next Stage programme. Earlier in the year she was asked to compose original score for horror film as part of the Irish Film Institute’s season celebrating the cinema of the Weimar Republic.
Colt is available to buy from Woods’ Bandcamp page or to stream from all good digital partners.
Sunday 9th December
Orphée by Jóhann Jóhannsson
performed by Glasshouse
Tickets €19 (€16 concession) from here
This year saw the tragic passing of the visionary Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson. We are honoured to receive his team’s blessing to present a concert in his memory. The event will consist of a new arrangement of his incredible 2016 album Orphée followed by original pieces by five Irish composers responding to his life and work.
Saturday 15th December
The Lalala Choir – Elements
Director – Sam Kavanagh
Tickets €15 / €12 from www.eventbrite.com
7 new composers, 7 world premieres
Join The Lalala Choir for an evening of original music as we premiere seven brand new choral compositions composed by our own members:
Sic Vita – Deirdre Thompson
Wana Made Sing – Lucia Smyth
The Sea is Quiet – Gordon McCormick
Dark – Doireann Waldron O’Loughlin
4am – Mark Cantan
YFWBS – Mariachiara Pecchiari
Hunt in the Open – Nathalie Neumayer
The Lalala Choir has been making its mark in Dublin since 2015 with their focus on improvisation and an inclusive philosophy that says ‘music is for everyone’. Their interactive performances have graced stages, courtyards and fields alike at Electric Picnic, Body&Soul, Ballymaloe Litfest, the Night of Choirs Festival (Hungary). They also produce their own concerts and pop-up performances around the city. The programme will include new music by Sam Kavanagh, performed by the Tuesday Lalala Choir.
While the group are used to putting their own spin on things, from Mozart operas to surf rock, this will be their first time presenting an entirely original programme; stepping over the blurry line from improvisation to fully-fledged compositions.
Monday 17th December
The Road To The East
Judith Mok and the Khoshravesh Brothers
with special guests
Tickets €18.50 / €22.50 from www.eventbrite.ie
In the 16th century the Jews were expelled from Spain and scattered east to the Ottoman Empire, North Africa and even further afield. They took with them the Spanish language and the music of medieval Spain. Down through the centuries they interacted and mingled with the music of the East, to produce what is now known as Sephardic music. The Dutch soprano of part Sephardic descent, Judith Mok, has
been exploring and performing this repertoire for decades.
The Khoshravesh brothers, now based in Paris, studied classical and traditional music in their native Iran. They have joined Judith Mok in a programme which mixes the many traditions of West and East, and explores their similarities and differences, the cross-fertilisations. They will be performing together Sephardic songs, classical Persian music, and in addition, they will perform other music from the 16th century, such as John Dowland, using traditional instruments.
In addition, they will be joined by some very special guests on the night. This promises to be an evening of unusual cross-cultural exchanges performed by musicians at the very top of their game in the beautiful surroundings of the Unitarian Church on Stephen’s Green. Certainly nothing like it has ever been heard in Dublin before, so don’t miss out!
Thursday 20th December
Fighting Blindness presents
Visionary Choir (director – Frank Kelly)
A concert to mark a ‘thank you’ to Fighting Blindness members, supporters and donors. The Visionaries Choir is a unique group of singers , all of whom are visually impaired or blind. Through singing, the choir seeks their fellow citizens and promote ability transcending disability.
Friday 21st December
Jack Lukeman – Songs For The Winter Solstice
Tickets €33.20 from www.ticketmaster.ie
Friday 1st February
Gyda Valtysdottir (mūm)
Tickets €14.99 / €20.34 from www.eventbrite.ie
Homebeat are delighted to welcome Gyda Valtysdottir – founding member of legendary Icelandic outfit mūm – as she presents her new Epicycle project – combining with two of her esteemed and favourite collaborators Shazad Ismaily on synths, and Julian Sartorius on drums, performing a lifting showcase of her spellbinding cello and vocal talents to point of focus.
Since mūm have taken a back seat, Valtysdottir has toured with the likes of Jonsi (Sigur Ros) and Damien Rice, before turning back to her own performances including a selection of reworked classical pieces alongside her own stunning compositions.
This promises to be a unique night in the presence of a true luminary who is rarely glimpsed on these shores.
Saturday 2nd February
The Spook Of The Thirteenth Lock – Lockout
Tickets €15 from www.tickets.ie
“In their transformation into this hydra of guitars, what The Spook Of The Thirteenth Lock have done with ‘Lockout’ is create a sonically literate, textured and diverse ensemble piece that moves deftly through genres and time signatures, enriching its characters and enlivening an era.”
“Amidst the wide-spanning and ambitious storytelling, however, The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock’s aptitude as musicians should not be overlooked. Pairing the soundtrack – be it the shimmer of scene-setting guitar, the trad-folk rumble of the ordinary man’s tale, the light, toe-tappy cadence of a gentle interlude or Blighe’s stoic vocal as he becomes another character in the fascinating narrative, they prove themselves masterful musical storytellers. From start to finish, a remarkable piece of work.” The Irish Times
“Lockout proves to be a serious and often extremely powerful artistic statement about a crucial moment in Irish History” Hot Press
“Lockout is perhaps as far from easy listening as you can get, but it’s a seriously impressive piece of work that pushes the boundaries of what music can achieve” Sunday Business Post
The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock will perform Lockout in its entirety one last time at Dublin’s Unitarian Church on Saturday, February 2nd, before beginning work on their next album.
Sunday 17th February
The Gospel Project – Wedding Showcase
Director: Cathy McEvoy
One Of Ireland’s finest vocal harmony groups performs a short set of music often requested at wedding services. This is primarily intended for people who might like them to sing at their wedding service but, of course, all are welcome.
Saturday 23rd March
Born Optimistic presents
James Heather / Luke Howard
Doors 7.30pm / Show 8pm
Tickets €25 from www.bornoptimistic.com
“Incredibly emotive pieces. A tender, touching album” Loud and Quiet (Albums of the Month)
“This classical masterwork seems like it has simply come out of nowhere.” Bandcamp (Albums of the Week)
“Stories from Far Away On Piano is a fragile, beautiful album – reminiscent of modern composers such as Nils Frahm and Max Richter.” Line Of Best Fit
“Heather joins a growing group of pianist-composers who have learned their lessons from the classical masters and invented a new language for our own time.” iTunes
“Capable of supreme tenderness and yet, tonally, hugely powerful.” Mixmag
“Shimmers on the cusp of emotive melody and ambience.” Mojo
Blown away by just how special this night is going to be. Either of these artists by themselves playing Dublin would be cause for much joy, but of them on the same bill is sheer ecstasy. There are few things on this planet as pure, as focused and as emotionally direct as getting to feel the power of solo piano as a mode of musical delivery. When the composers themselves sit down to share their music with you in such an intimate way it offers up a perfect refuge from daily life.
Heather is one of the new school set of ‘post classical’ artists flourishing in the wake of the long, steady but recently accelerated success of figureheads like Max Richter and Nils Frahm, and the wider public’s overdue but now burgeoning relationship with this varied genre. He played a magical concert for Born Optimistic in November 2017 and as expected, his trajectory has shot upwards since. His music is both straightforward and complex, instantly accessible yet rewarding of multiple listens. His tracks have received over 60 million plays on Spotify, Apple and other services.
Heather’s music has featured on many Spotify playlists such as Peaceful Piano, Lucid Dreamer and Most Beautiful Songs In The World. Whilst on Apple, Heather has been featured on playlists such as Headspace and Meditative Moments and reached number 2 on the UK classical charts in iTunes.
Australian Music Prize-nominated composer Luke Howard is one of Australia’s foremost practitioners of contemporary classical music. Having already accomplished so much and with more on the horizon, he is set to captivate audiences worldwide. His piano playing has been described as “absolutely heavenly” (Mary Anne Hobbs, BBC Radio 6) and his music as “an ambient masterclass” (Musos’ Guide), but no words can fully capture the potency of Howard’s enthralling compositions. A pianist since childhood, Howard has scored films and performed with artists as diverse as Lior and Jeff Mills, capturing audiences with contemporary classical arrangements that curl and twist around the boundaries of a particular emotion. Though wordless, Howard’s songs perform a function unique to music as a medium – that of evoking without describing, bringing listeners to a feeling which defies articulating. Now signed to UK label Mercury KX (Lambert, Olafur Arnalds, Solomon Grey), 2018 has seen the release of Howard’s third solo album Open Heart Story, which explores fragmented relationships, childhood memories and the passage of time. He has also toured extensively with shows in Amsterdam, Berlin, Hamburg (Elbphilharmonie), Istanbul, London, Moscow, and Warsaw. Back home in Melbourne, Howard also composed music for the virtual reality project The Unknown Patient (which premiered at the Venice Biennale) and the short film The Sand That Ate The Sea.
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