Wednesday 3rd October
1 Portobello Harbour, D8
The Kaleidoscope series’ October chapter will feature the Irish premiere of American composer Jennifer Jolley’s “Prisoner of Conscience”, a recently composed work about the arrest and trial of Pussy Riot, performed by Dublin-based all-female vocal ensemble Dulciana (proudly described as “that feminist choir”), founded by Eoghan Desmond and now directed by Judith Lyons. Niwel Tsumbu, who has developed an enviable reputation as a masterfully elegant and fluent guitarist, vocalist, musician, collaborator and composer since arriving in Ireland in 2004 from the Congo, will be performing with Irish percussionist Eamon Cagney in a snapshot of African/Irish fusion wonderment. Another guitar hero, Irishman John Walsh will romance the Bello Bar audience with his flamenco compositions and arrangements, his spellbinding speciality. The series also introduces on this autumn night its “association” for the 2018/2019 season with the Irish Baroque Orchestra. IBO members Anita Vedres (violin) and Malachy Robinson (viol) are joined by Jennifer Robinson (recorder) and David Adams (harpsichord) for some baroque wizardry.
Prisoner of Conscience
The series is delighted to present a work that has been waiting to find its way into a programme for the last year, that is the Irish premiere of “Prisoner of Conscience” by American composer, Jennifer Jolley. The work, a collaboration with librettist Kendall A scored for all-female voices, is inspired by the trial of Russian band, Pussy Riot. The band rocketed back to international awareness when they staged a pitch invasion at this year’s World Cup final. In 2012, three members of the band, Maria Alyokhina, Yekaterina Samutsevich and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, were sentenced to 2 years for “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred”, following the performance at a live concert of a “punk prayer” that harshly criticised Vladimir Putin. Kendall A says of the work, “I see this work largely as street art, a crude homage to three homages unjustly incarcerated, fighting a corrupt system…in the unequal distribution of justice and the willful ignorance of people to the cries of the downtrodden”. Dulciana, Dublin’s “feminist choir”, will make their 3rd appearance at the Kaleidoscope series for the performance of this exciting work, conducted by Judith Lyons.
Niwel Tsumbu + Eamonn Cagney
Niwel Tsumbu, who has developed an enviable reputation as a masterfully elegant and fluent guitarist, vocalist, musician, collaborator and composer since arriving in Ireland in 2004 from the Congo, will be performing with Irish percussionist Eamon Cagney in a snapshot of African/Irish fusion wonderment. Their band, Treelan, with accordionist Martin Tourish, have twice wowed Kaleidoscope audiences with their virtuosity and invention. 10 years ago the duo released their debut album “A Long way / Nzela Molayi”, and they have since travelled the world, working with Liam Ó Maonlaí, Michéal Ó Suilleabháin, Afel Bocoum (Ali Farka Touré), Iarla Ó Lionáird, Ma Xiaoue (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon), The Abbey Theatre, Donal Dineen, and collaborated soundtracks, opera, and countless other musical forms from contemporary music to traditional dance.
“This duo had a cataclysm of moods and moves to share, unveiling a cavernous stash of redemptive music, and promise of much more to come” Irish Times
John Walsh: Flamenco Guitar
Oct 3rd will also feature another guitar hero, Kildare-man John Walsh, Ireland’s leading Flamenco Guitarist. An accomplished musician and composer, John has been performing solo since 2006. Along with performing concerts throughout Ireland and venues in Spain and the UK, he has performed in one of the most historically important flamenco venues ’El Candela’ in Madrid, as well as being the invited International Artist for the 2014 Flamenco Festival Flamenco de Consuegra. In 2015 he had the honour of being invited to play at the 2nd International Paco de Lucia Guitar festival, a major flamenco festival in honour of the great Paco de Lucia, in the maestro’s hometown of Algeciras He has composed music for and performed with the National Ballet of Ireland, Bill Whelan’s “Riverdance” and Michael Rooney’s “De Cuellar Orchestra”.
Telemann: Trio Sonata in C minor
The series also introduces on this autumn night its “association” for the 2018/2019 season with the Irish Baroque Orchestra. In advance of IBO’s “Born in 1685” concerts in Kilkenny and Celbridge on Oct 20/21, orchestra members Anita Vedres (violin) and Malachy Robinson (viol) are joined by Jennifer Robinson (recorder) and David Adams (harpsichord) to perform a G.P. Telemann Trio Sonata. All four musicians have long associations with the series since its origins in 2009 so it is always a pleasure for the series to offer them our modest stage.
John Walsh is Ireland’s leading Flamenco Guitarist.
An accomplished musician and composer, John has been performing solo since 2006.
After obtaining a Diploma with distinction in classical guitar from Trinity College London in 2006, John dedicated his studies exclusively to Flamenco guitar. He studied with guitarist Francisco Garcia in Dublin before travelling to Algeciras, Spain, home of the legendary Paco de Lucia to study with Salvador Andrades. He has since studied with other masters of Flamenco such as Jose Manuel Leon and Juan Antonio Suarez.
John was one of the 10 musicians (and the only guitarist) chosen for the 2009 ‘Musicians of the Future’ concert in the National Concert Hall performing 2 original compositions composed specially for the concert.
Along with performing concerts throughout Ireland and venues in Spain and the UK, he has performed in one of the most historically important flamenco venue’s ,’El Candela’ in Madrid, as well as being the invited International Artist for the 2014 Flamenco Festival Flamenco de Consuegra.
In 2015 he had the honour of being invited to play at the 2nd International Paco de Lucia Guitar festival, a major flamenco festival in honour of the great Paco de Lucia, in the Maestro’s hometown of Algeciras
He has composed music for and performed with the National Ballet of Ireland, Bill Whelan’s Riverdance & Michael Rooney’s De Cuellar Orchestra among others and performed for the Irish President Michael D Higgins.
Composer Jennifer Jolley’s diverse catalog includes choral, orchestral, wind ensemble, chamber, and electronic works. She has been commissioned by ensembles and institutions across the United States, including the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, University of Texas at Austin, Bowling Green State University, Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, The Canales Project, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, among others. She is Assistant Professor of Composition at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, and has written articles for the e-zine NewMusicBox.
In recent years, Jennifer has been increasingly drawn toward subjects that are political and even provocative. Her 2015 collaboration with librettist Kendall A, Prisoner of Conscience, sets to music statements made by the Russian punk-rock band Pussy Riot as they stood trial in Moscow for “hooliganism” and “religious hatred.” Quince Ensemble has performed the piece widely and has released a recording on their album Motherland with New Focus Recordings. Jennifer’s 2017 piece The Eyes of the World Are Upon You, commissioned by the University of Texas at Austin Wind Ensemble, reflects on the first-ever campus shooting in America, which took place at UT-Austin in 1966.
Jennifer’s blog—on which she has catalogued more than 100 rejection letters from competitions, festivals, and prizes—is widely read and admired by professional musicians. She is particularly passionate about this project as a composition teacher, and enjoys removing the taboo around “failure” for her students. In addition to her professorship at Texas Tech, she is a member of the composition faculty at Interlochen Arts Camp.
Jennifer deeply values the relationship that is created between composers and the communities with whom they collaborate. She has been composer-in-residence at Brevard College, University of Toledo, and the Vermont Symphony, and was in-residence at the Central Michigan University School of Music and the Alba Music Festival in Italy in 2018. She will be the Composer-in-Residence of the Women Composers Festival of Hartford in 2019.
Jennifer Jolley took 2nd Place for the 2017–18 American Prize in Composition (Band/Wind Ensemble Division) and was a finalist for the the Symphony Number One Call for Scores. She holds degrees from the University of Southern California and the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where her principal teachers included Stephen Hartke, Frank Ticheli, Michael Fiday, Joel Hoffman, and Douglas Knehans.
She was born in 1981.
Niwel Tsumbu and Eamonn Cagney
Éamonn Cagney and Niwel Tsumbu’s duo is one of the most authentic, organic and exciting cross-cultural encounters to emerge in Irish World Music in the last ten years.” – Mel Mercier
Éamonn and Niwel began working as a duo in 2005, and their immediate creative empathy ignited a very productive musical period in both their careers. Their resulting 2006 album “Nzela Molayi”, was accompanied by numerous high profile headline concerts, including Bray and Cork Jazz festivals, and critical acclaim including Siobhan Long of the The Irish Times declaration: “this duo had a cataclysm of moods and moves to share, unveiling a cavernous stash of redemptive music, and promise of much more to come.”
Since then Niwel and Éamonn have collaborated continuously and intensively together, as a duo and in larger ensembles such as Treelan, Rithim, RiZA, Trasna and many others. In 2016 they returned to the fertile and creative ground that is their duo. They will premier a concert of new works at Listen at Arthurs, Dublin on April 1st 2017.
Malachy Robinson is a dedicated chamber musician, as passionate about Early Music as he is about New Music. He is a founder of the Gregory Walkers, a group performing “Early Music from Ireland and beyond” in which he plays the viola da gamba, and is director of the Robinson Panoramic Quartet, a revelatory alternative to the standard string quartet. Principal double-bass with the Irish Chamber Orchestra since 1995, he is also a founder member of the cutting-edge Crash Ensemble as well as appearing with period-instrument orchestras such as The Sixteen, the English Concert, the OAE and the Academy of Ancient Music. He was a founder member of the Irish Baroque Orchestra and of the quintet Lunfardia led by Argentinean guitarist Ariel Hernandez, which received four-star reviews from the press for their recordings. He has performed with the Vanbrugh, Navarra, Callino, Parisii, T’ang, Con Tempo and Vogler String Quartets, the Phoenix Piano Trio, Daghda Dance Company, the Brian Byrne Big Band, and theatrical diva Camille O’Sullivan.
Solo double-bass performances have included many Irish premieres, including Serbian composer Zoran Eric’s concerto “Off” which he performed eight times on tour with the ICO. He has worked closely with many Irish composers including Kevin O’Connell, Donnacha Dennehy, Ian Wilson and Raymond Deane. His double-bass playing has been described by the Irish Times as “rich in rhetoric” with “rhythmic life” and “unassuming virtuosity” and by the Irish Examiner as “remarkable virtuosity” employing a “variety of timbres”. The Classical Review magazine (reviewing a recording by the EQ Ensemble) praised his “adroitly lowering, often exquisitely bathetic double bass” !