Wednesday 6th December
1 Portobello Harbour, Dublin 8.
Kaleidoscope installs its last event of 2017 with an exquisite programme of music for soprano, piano trio, horn, guitar and string quartet. The basement Bello Bar venue will be treated to music by two of the great German composers, Ludwig van Beethoven, his Op. 17 horn sonata (Cormac Ó hAodáin) and George Frideric Händel, his HWV 81 Italian cantata “Alpestre Monte”, sung on this occasion by Deirdre Moynihan, Kaleidoscope’s 17/18 season “featured artist”. The Belisama Trio make their series’ debut with an unmissable rendition of the jazzily vivacious “Café Music” by contemporary American composer, Paul Schoenfield while the second half of the evening, centred around compositions and arrangements by Irish guitarist Ewan Cowley in the company of a string quartet, will be something of a session in itself, full of surprises, twists and turns.
Kaleidoscope installs its last event of 2017 with an exquisite programme of music for a dark winter’s night. The evening takes its title from the jazzily vivacious “Café Music” by contemporary American composer, Paul Schoenfield with which the Belisama Trio (Lynda O’Connor (vln), Ailbhe McDonagh (vcl), Orla McDonagh (pno)) makes its series debut. Commissioned by the St Paul Chamber Orchestra of Minnesota, the 1987 work, a cheeky exploration of old time jazz and ragtime music, is inspired by Schoenfield’s time as a house pianist in a steakhouse in Minneapolis.
Alpestre Monte, HWV 81
The basement Bello Bar venue will also be treated to music by two of THE great German composers, George Frideric Händel and Ludwig van Beethoven. Of the former great, the month of December knows none too little, with his most famous oratorio “Messiah” heard in cathedrals and street corners alike but on this occasion, we will hear one of his Italian cantatas, his “Alpestre Monte”, HWV 81. It will be sung by the 17/18 season featured artist Deirdre Moynihan, in the company of two violins and harpsichord. The not-quite-so-seasonal text is the lament of a young man whose heart has been snared by a nymph and who is heading off to “Alpine heights and solitary woods” where he plans to die.
Beethoven Horn Sonata Op. 17
From the canon of Ludwig van Beethoven, we will hear his Op. 17 horn sonata, performed by Cormac Ó hAodáin on natural horn with Orla McDonagh on piano. The natural horn is the predecessor of the French horn and was the instrument for which Beethoven would have written this work (in 1800), his only sonata for the instrument. It was written for the great horn virtuoso of the time, Giovanni Punto and accordingly constitutes a mammoth technical challenge on the limited natural-tone horn, to which the performer on this occasion will more than rise!
The second half of the evening, centred around compositions and arrangements by Irish guitarist Ewan Cowley, in the company of a string quartet, and music by the innovative Trio Elatha will be something of a session in itself, full of surprises, twists and turns. You might even see Kaleidoscope’s featured artist in a guise in which you have never seen her before…..
Marrying a Knopfler-esque melodic touch with a lyrical ability and guitar talent akin to James Taylor and Paul Brady, Irish composer and songwriter Ewan Cowley takes his first step into the solo artist’s spotlight presenting The Elevated Life, his debut solo EP.
Comprising new songs and instrumentals, the collection showcases a maturity of lyric-writing and music-making informed by Cowley’s illustrious career to date as a diversely talented and in-demand multi-instrumentalist with a background in Irish traditional and classical music.
As a live performer and producer he guided top Irish band The High Kings through their first years of success. He has collaborated with Dónal Lunny, Eddi Reader, Moya Brennan, Camille O’Sullivan and many more, including Lisa Lambe who appears as a guest vocalist on this EP on the 2016 RTÉ Radio playlisted single “The Thorns From Your Heart”.
Ewan’s debut solo EP The Elevated Life, produced by Ewan Cowley & Dave McCune is out now via Bandcamp and iTunes.
Belisama Trio are Lynda O’Connor, Ailbhe McDonagh and Orla McDonagh
“The performances are splendid. Deirdre Moynihan has just the right voice for this music, her Italian is very good and her partners possess admirable style. ” – Musical Opinion ****
“Moynihan sings with clarity and warmth, delightfully capturing the rich flavour of Vivaldi’s vivid music imagination.” – The Sunday Business Post
Deirdre has performed with many orchestral, choral, operatic and chamber music groups both on the International stage and throughout Ireland. She has given concerts in America, Japan, Canada, Israel, Brazil, Lebanon, China and throughout Europe.
She has sung as a soloist with, amongst others, the R.T.É Concert Orchestra, Irish Baroque Orchestra, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Crash Ensemble and Con Tempo string quartet. Radio broadcasts include Lyric FM, RTE Radio 1 and BBC Radio Ulster. She has performed as a soloist with such prestigious conductors as John Wilson, Christophe Rousset, Matthew Hall and Jeffrey Skidmore.
One of Ireland’s foremost early music artists, her debut CD of Vivadi Cantatas was released by the international classical label, Naxos, to widespread critical acclaim. The Irish Examiner described Deirdre’s new CD as a “rare listening pleasure”. Click here to read the full Irish Examiner interview.
Deirdre also embraces the challenge of contemporary compositions and has premiered works by Ian Wilson, Brian Irvine, Raymond Deane, Rob Canning, Marian Ingoldsby, Ben Dwyer and Hugh O’ Neill. She is much in demand as a comtemporary music soloist and regularly collaborates with instrumentalists and vocalists to present exciting new works to audiences in Ireland and abroad.
Deirdre holds an MA in Vocal Performance from the Cork School of Music. She is the Programmes Manager at Music Network.