Wednesday 6th April
1 Portobello Harbour, Dublin 8.
Ever the champions of musical rarities, Kaleiodoscope’s Dublin April event boasts some particularly rare gems! Two solo works for the often-overlooked contrabassoon will be performed by RTE NSO member, Hilary SheilEver the champions of musical rarities, Kaleiodoscope’s Dublin April event boasts some particularly rare gems! Two solo works for the often-overlooked contrabassoon will be performed by RTE NSO member, Hilary Sheil. American composer Daniel Dorff’s (born 1956) “In a Deep Funk” is a curious suite of short funky, would you believe, works for the contrabassoon, of which Hilary Sheil will perform two movements. Alex Petcu Colan will perform a short work by enigmatically entitled “Bal-Beo-Nea” by Belfast-born composer Ian Wilson.
Ensemble works for the evening will include a selection of typically brooding songs by Kurt Weill to be performed by vocalist Ruth McGill, who is currently blazing trails with her trio The Evertides. A hugely-lauded actress also, this performance promises to be “Weill as it should be”, with accompaniment from Niall Kinsella (piano) and Niall O Sullivan (trumpet). Another contemporary American composer, Andy Akiho, will be represented by his work “21”, in its cello, marimba, percussion and loop pedal version. “21” will be performed by Alex Petcu Colan and our own Kate Ellis, who will join Francesco Turrisi most current incarnation of his Taquin ensemble (also featuring Nick Roth (sax)) with whom we will finish our April evening.
The first short solo work is the “Bass Nachtigall” (“bass nightengale”) by Czech composer, Erwin Schulhoff, whose work was last heard at the series in October, performed by the Ficino Ensmble. The “Bass Nachtigall” is a 5 min work, which includes a most peculiar preface, an attack on his audience of the time, by the composer, which will be read by Ruth McGill on the night.
In A Deep Funk
Written in 1996 by Daneil Dorff, originally for bass clarinet, 4 movements entitled “Hustle Misterioso”, “Twist Variations”, “Bear Hug”, Funk Scherzo”
Written in 2012 by Ian Wilson and premiered a year later, this 5 minute work by one of Belfast’s foremost composers was recently performed by Alex Petcu Colan as part of a Hard Rain Ensemble concert
Written by Andy Akiho for Cello, Marimba, Percussion & Loop Pedal. A composer recently championed by the Bang on a Can ensemble (NYC), Akiho is one of the “hot new thing” on the American contemporary scene.
Songs by Kurt Weill
Weill was a leading composer for the stage from the 1920s until his death in 1950, his best known works being The Threepenny Opera and The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny.
Original Pieces by Taquin
This exciting and original trio combines piano, cello and soprano saxophone to create a unique palette of sounds and textures working with a repertoire of original compositions by Turrisi and Mediterranean modal music.
A leading Irish actor and singer/guitarist with The Evertides, Ruth recently appeared in The Performance Corporation’s “The Dead” at the Project Arts Centre, to great acclaim.
Alex Petcu Colan
An Irish musician of Romanian origin, Alex is quickly establishing himself both nationally and internationally as a percussionist of the finest calibre. His recent appearances as a soloist with both the R.T.E. National Symphony and Concert Orchestras, and as the National Concert Hall Rising Star recitalist are some of his main highlights so far. Hi is also an artist in residence for the Cork School of Music for 2015/2016.
One of the founders of the Kaleidoscope Night series and now co-artistic director of Crash Ensemble, Kate is Ireland’s leading contemporary cellist. She has been artist in residence in Cork Opera House, in which year she curated the Steve Reich Festival and her first solo cd “Jump” was released on the Diatribe label in 2014