Wednesday 5th April
1 Portobello Harbour, Dublin 8.
Kaleidoscope returns to its 1st Wednesday of the month slot at Bello Bar with a top-notch billing of the sublime Ficino Ensemble, innovative sarode and ukulele player Matthew Noone and the electric Cork-based jazz ensemble, Súp Trio. From the Ficino Ensemble we’ll hear the voice of 19th c. French composer, André Caplet, his “Conte Fantastique” for harp and string quintet and also Philip Glass’ string quartet no. 3, a work based on the 1985 movie “Mishima”. Matthew Noone presents a selection of original and reworked solo material entitled “The Mountain Muse”, employing sarode (a 25 stringed lute instrument), ukulele, fiddle and a loop machine in the process. Súp Trio, comprising Cormac McCarthy (piano), Eoin Walsh (bass) and Davie Ryan (drums), will close this Kaleidoscope night with their admirably lyrical and entirely engrossing brand of new jazz.
Súp Trio: Cormac McCarthy – Piano, Eoin Walsh – Bass, Davie Ryan – Drums, with special guests, Lucia McPartlin & Maria Ryan on Strings.
Conte Fantastique for Piano or Harp and String Quartet: André Caplet
Conte Fantastique began life as a tone poem Caplet composed for harp and orchestra in 1908, inspired by Edgar Allen Poe’s short story, The Masque of the Red Death. He called it Legende. In 1922, he decided to adapt it for a string quartet with piano or harp. To remove all doubt that it was a programmatic work, Caplet noted in the title that it was based on The Masque of the Red Death. If this were not enough, Caplet provided a lengthy description of what the music describes in a preface to the piano part.
String Quartet No. 3 Mishima: Philip Glass
The quartet is based on music from the film Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters
Composition and improvisation by M J Noone, Performed on Naba Kumar Kanji ‘hybrid’ sarode
Cormac McCarthy – Piano
Cormac McCarthy is a composer, arranger and pianist born in Cork, Ireland. He began studying piano aged four, and soon after discovered the joy of composition. He has gone on to perform and compose in a wide range of musical genres; from classical to jazz to Irish traditional music. In 2010, having completed his Masters degree in composition at the CIT Cork School of Music, Cormac received the prestigious Bill Whelan International Music Bursary from Bill Whelan, an award earmarked for young Irish composers studying abroad. He spent a number of years living in Chicago, where he completed a Masters in Jazz Studies at DePaul University. His compositions and arrangements have been recorded by such jazz icons as Phil Woods andJeff Hamilton. As a pianist, he has performed extensively at concert venues, clubs and festivals throughout Europe and the US, recording and performing with artists across numerous genres, including Peter Washington, Billy Drummond, Liz Carroll, Tony Miceli, Padraig Rynne, The RTE National Symphony Orchestra, The RTE Concert Orchestra. Cormac’s most recent project, Cottage Evolution centres around music he has written for a 12-piece ensemble, and features musicians from an interesting and diverse blend of musical backgrounds, in tandem with Súp. The project’s debut album has recently been released on the LYTE Records label to widespread acclaim. He is also a member of the forward-thinking Irish traditional group NOTIFY, whose new album InConcept,was released on Ropeadope Records in March 2016. Cormac lectures in piano, keyboard, arranging and composition at the CIT Cork School of Music, and is director of the Cork School of Music Jazz Big Band.
Eoin Walsh – Bass
Since first taking up the bass in his late teens, Eoin has become one of the most in-demand musicians in Ireland. Eoin has played alongside such musicians as Dónal Lunny, John Spillane, David Lyttle, Jean Toussaint, Robert Mitchell, Sylvain Barou and Pauline Scanlon and has worked on recordings both as a multi-instrumentalist and/or writer with artists such as Christian Eigner (Depeche Mode), Mick Flannery, David Lyttle, Colm K, Brian Deady and Jeremy Kittel. In 2016 Eoin featured on the InConcept album by contemporary Irish ensemble, Notify which was released on Ropeadope Records. Eoin has also been featured on releasesfrom labels such as Bastard Jazz, R2, Tummy Touch and Lyte Records and has performed on BBC and RTE radio and television programmes. Since 2013, Eoin has been member of the trio Súp, featuring Cormac McCarthy – piano, and Davie Ryan – Drums. In 2013, Eoin received a scholarship from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston and was also shortlisted for a Fulbright Award. Eoin holds a first class honours Bmus degree from the Cork School of Music.
Davie Ryan – Drums
Davie is a graduate of both UCC (1st class honours degree in Music) and of Cork School of Music (1st class honours Masters in Performance). He has extensive experience both nationally and internationally as a touring and recording musician in a range of diverse genres including, pop, jazz, folk, rock, world and traditional music. In 2015 he received an Individual Artist Bursary Award from Cork City Arts Council to undertake four weeks of intensive masterclasses in New York with renowned drummers/educators Kendrick Scott, Billy Drummond, Clarence Penn and Nate Smith. Acts that he works with on a regular basis include The Hard Ground, The Niall McCabe Band, Jack O’ Rourke, Padraig Rynne’s Notify, Cormac McCarthy’s Cottage Evolution, The Paul Dunlea Group, John Blek, Anna Mitchell, Karen Underwood and Marlene Enright. Since 2013, Davie has also been a member of the jazz trio, Súp.He has wide-ranging expertise as a recording artist and has worked with many renowned studio producers, including Grammy award winning Jay Joyce (Tragedy/Tragedy Studios, Nashville), Ciaran Byrne (Cauldron Studios, Dublin), Christian Best (Monique Studios, Cork) and John Fitzgerald (Lettercullum Studios, West Cork). He is also Senior Drum Tutor at the CIT Academy of Popular Music and at Music4Children. The first quarter of 2016 has included recording sessions for Notify’s new album InConcept (Ropeadope Records), John Blek’s new solo album, Jack O’ Rourke’s album Dreamcatcher, and The Paul Dunlea Group’s sophomore album.
The Beethoven Trio’s “foretaste of symphonic glories to come was delivered by the Ficino with style and panache”
Michael Dungan, The Sunday Times
Ficino Ensemble was formed by Artistic Director Nathan Sherman in 2012 as a flexible chamber music group that performs all the great music for small ensembles, ranging from string trios to works written for larger ensembles.
Ficino Ensemble’s aim is to perform works that appeal to a discerning audience whilst championing lesser known works that deserve to be appreciated. To date, they been invited to play for President Michael D. Higgins, Howth Chamber Music Series, Music in Kilkenny Series, Hugh Lane Sundays@Noon Series, Cork Orchestral Society and the Irish Georgian Society. They performed a highly successful chamber music series at the National Concert Hall in August 2016. Upcoming engagements include performances at Music for Galway, Kaleidoscope Dublin, the Hugh Lane Gallery, Musictown Festival and Festiv’ards Portaferry.
Their concerts have been described as exciting and intimate with a high calibre of ensemble playing. The members of the group are recognized in Ireland and abroad as soloists and chamber musicians.
ht Matthew Noone, is an Australian-Irish ex-indie rocker and well-known performer of the 25 stringed lute called sarode. He has studied North Indian Classical music for over a decade with Sougata Roy Chowdhury in Kolkata and more recently with UK based sarodiya, K. Sridhar. He has performed Indian music across the globe and was a founding member of successful fusion group, The Bahh Band. He has recorded with a host of contemporary Irish musicians such as Tommy Hayes, Sean Tyrell and Ronan O ‘Snodaigh and collaborated with Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill in a recent tour of India. Matthew plays a hybrid sarode which was created with funds from the Music Network to develop a new instrument particularly for playing Irish traditional music. He is also an Irish Research Council scholar and is currently completing practice based PhD research into Irish-Indian musical sympathies in the Irish world Academy in the University of Limerick.