Wednesday 6th February
1 Portobello Harbour, D8.
Normal Kaleidoscope service resumes after the special album launch in January. “In Spring Twilight” is a perfect template of the multi-genre format for which this series, now in its 10th year, is so well loved; a baroque quartet featuring vocalist Aisling Kenny meets a rarely heard trio for flute, oboe and viola by Gustav Holst in the first half while the second half contrasts contemporary jazz compliments of “Insufficient Funs” (a drums/saxophone duo) with the seminal quartet no. 5 by Philip Glass. The evening features a host of RTE Concert and National Symphony Orchestra players, seven in total, and series curator Karen Dervan will wield her viola as well as introductions microphone on the night.
Ensemble Revelare formed in 2018, brings together four musicians with a passion for baroque music and expertise in historical performance. The ensemble, comprising soprano Aisling Kenny, recorder player Theresa Burton, cellist Margaret Doris and harpsichordist Rachel Factor presents works by seventeenth and eighteenth-century composers, both familiar and lesser-known, many of whom have a connection to Ireland. For their Kaleidoscope debut, they will perform music by Geminiani, Henry Purcell and Vivaldi, the latter represented by his cantata for solo soprano “All’ombra di sospetto” (RV678), which translates beautifully as “in the shadow of suspicion”
Terzetto for flute, oboe and viola
English composer Gustav Holst (1874-1934) wrote himself into the history books with his seminal orchestral suite, “The Planets”, premiered in 1918, but his name is seldom otherwise seen in billings. Interestingly, in the first part of his career, in the 1890’s, Holst actually only wrote chamber music. The one exception to this is his 1925 “Terzetto” for flute, oboe and viola and it is now is only preserved chamber music work, though still very rarely heard. It is notable for its simultaneous presentation of three different keys, that is to say, each voice plays in a different key, which at first baffled musicians, but by comparison to the 12 tone and atonal schools of the time the music sounds positively melodious.
Insufficient Funs are a drums (Matthew Jacobson) and saxophone (Sam Comerford) duo, borne out of Jacobson’s recent Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Musician-in-Residence award. The rare use of bass saxophone provides fascinatingly low tones to weave between grooving basslines, melodies and textures in conversation with playful drumming. Collectively these two musicians have represented Ireland with the European Jazz Orchestra, the European Saxophone Ensemble, and have performed and recorded together with several groups including A E R I E, Chris Guilfoyle’s UMBRA and Ronan Guilfoyle’s ‘A Shy Going Boy’. Insufficient Funs represented Ireland at the “12 Points” festival of European jazz, produced by Improvised Music Collective, which took place in July 2016 in San Sebastian, Spain.
Philip Glass: String Quartet No. 5
Sonas Ensemble, comprising Bronagh Cahill, Hugh Murray (violins), Lisanne Melchoir, (viola) and Una Ni Chainnin (cello), will bring the Kaleidoscopic evening to a close with a typically mesmerising Philip Glass experience, his String Quartet No. 5. Just two years after having composed his String Quartet No. 4 in 1991, Glass produced his fifth and so far final, quartet. Prior to composing the work, the composer later explained “I was thinking that I had really gone beyond the need to write a serious string quartet and that I could write a quartet that is about musicality, which in a certain way is the most serious subject”. Indeed, the work succeeds brilliantly perhaps by virtue of the composer’s less deliberately contemplative approach. Both Romantic and thoroughly modern, the music is by turns, insistent, luminous, incandescent and dark- ultimately a triumphantly successful exercise in contrasts and a truly great string quartet.
Theresa Burton is a recorder player and vocalist/choral singer based in Dublin, Ireland. She divides her time between the UK, The Netherlands, and Ireland for music engagements. Theresa gained her bachelor’s degree in music at Dartington College of Arts, UK studying recorder with Piers Adams, and thereafter pursued postgraduate studies in The Netherlands with Leo Meilink, Baldrick Deerenburg, and Heiko ter Schegget at Utrecht Music Conservatory with the financial support of the Dorries Stoop Fonds. In 1998 and 1999 she was awarded the Nuffic scholarship for 2 consecutive years running, which financed her studies for the Masters music performance degree course. Theresa has attended early music courses and recorder masterclasses with Sebastien Marc, Renemarie Verhagen, Peter van Heighen, Walter Van Hauwe, Marion Verbruggen, Peter Holtslag, Philip Thorby, and Wilbert Hazelzet. Together with Laura Holzenspies she has worked extensively as a recorder and harpsichord duo, and together they founded ‘Tierkreis Ensemble’ a mixed instrument quintet specialising in the performance of contemporary music. She has given performances in diverse clubs and festivals throughout Europe including Utrecht Early Music Festival, Edinburgh International Festival Fringe, and the Dartington Music Festival. She also improvised the music for Channel 4 film ‘Laws of Nature’ (Tony Hill, 1997). and plays regularly in diverse ensembles in the UK, Ireland, Israel and the Netherlands including Good Jews, Toucher Muziek, Baroque Bicolore (NL), Loki Music, Musica Concordia, traditional music band Skinner’s Alley.
Rachel is a graduate of The Royal Irish Academy of Music and NUI Maynooth. She has performed with many of Ireland’s leading ensembles including The Irish Chamber Orchestra, Crash Ensemble, The Orchestra of St. Cecilia amongst others. Rachel has also held solo engagements in London most recently at Handel House. Rachel is harpsichord professor at DIT Conservatory of Music and holds the position of local centre examiner at The Royal Irish Academy of Music. In 2010 Rachel was the recipient of The Arts Council Music Network Capital Scheme award. This afforded her the opportunity to commission a harpsichord. She now plays a single manual ‘petit ravelmant’ Flemish harpsichord crafted by Andrew Wooderson after Ioannes Ruckers 1628. Rachel is also recipient of The Arts Council 2017 Artist Bursary. She gratefully acknowledges the support of both Music Network and The Irish Arts Council.
Margaret Doris is a cellist with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. She is a graduate of The Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, studying with Emma Ferrand and Nicolas Jones, and Indiana University, Jacob’s School of Music, where she studied the cello with Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi and baroque cello with Stanley Ritchie. During her studies Margaret received masterclasses from Janos Starker, Ralph Kirshbaum, Gary Hoffman, Steven Doane, Aldo Parisot and Anner Bylsma (at the RNCM Cello Festival).
Margaret has extensive orchestral experience performing with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Ulster Orchestra, Irish Chamber Orchestra and Camerata Ireland. She also regularly performed solo cello with Opera Theatre Company. Margaret has given numerous solo and chamber recitals throughout Ireland.
As a teacher, Margaret has taught at NUI Maynooth and tutored the lower strings at the UCD Symphony Orchestra, Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin Youth Symphony Orchestra and numerous ensembles at the City of Belfast, School of Music.
Margaret has a keen interest in music research and completed a PhD in early British cello treatise studies and its link to provincial cello playing at DIT Conservatory of Music of Drama, Dublin.
Galway- born, Karen Dervan is a graduate of University College Cork, with a BA Hons in English and Music, and of University of Limerick, with an MA Hons in Music Performance. Since 2003, Karen has worked in Dublin as a freelance musician. This all-encompassing role includes performance with all of Ireland’s professional orchestras and as a guest player to a huge variety of national and international artists, arranging and composing music for recording, performance and theatre, and production for festival and performances. Since January 2014, Karen has co-curated the dynamic and hugely popular Kaleidoscope Night salon music series. She was a music columnist and critic with the Sunday Tribune newspaper for three years.
Sonas came together in March 2018 to perform in the John Lynch Chamber Music Project, and performed in the Sundays at Noon series in November.
They love working together and have the banter! Hugh graduated from the Cork School of Music in 2012 as Student of the Year. He also spent a year in Leipzig, Germany as an Erasmus student of Frank Reinecke at the Hochschule für Musik ‘Felix Mendelssohn.’ He currently lives and works in Dublin as a member of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, and has joined the John Wilson Orchestra for festivals, the BBC Proms, and their UK tour. Recent chamber music appearances include Strauss Metamorphosen at the St. Endellion Festival, Cornwall, and premiering Ronan Guilfoyle’s new work ‘Allies’ alongside jazz musicians David Liebman and Richie Beirach at the National Concert Hall, Dublin.
Una Ni Chanainn graduated from RNCM in Manchester in 1990 and lives in Dublin where she works with the RTENSO.
She is interested in a diverse range of music genres and in 2014 founded Cello Ireland with a view to collaborating with musicians from a variety of traditions, including rock, jazz and sean nos.
Her love of chamber music prompted her to create the John Lynch Chamber Music Project together with Reamonn Keary in honour of John with whom she had the privilege to play several chamber music programmes.
Bróna Cahill has been co leader of the RTEConcert Orchestra since 2009. Previously as a free lance musician Bróna was co leader of Camerata Ireland, the Irish Chamber Orchestra and the Irish Baroque Orchestra on various occasions. She has performed solos with the ICO and the IBO. Chamber music was a great love prior to joining the orchestras and she premiered many new pieces and toured all over Ireland and did festivals in France with her trio Hibernian String trio. She also championed many contemporary works in Crash ensemble in the early days of its existence and was a member of OTC.
Lisanne Melchior is principal viola of the Concert Orchestra, and has also played in Chamber Orchestras and small Chamber groups in England, America and Germany including English String Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, Orchestra of the Swan, The soloists of London, Adderbury quartet, the Le Page Ensemble , Glyndebourne Opera, Welsh National Opera and Opera North. She is passionate about changing lives by music and as a member of Oxford Concert Party has created workshops in refugee and Asylum centres, prisons and mental health units.
Insufficient Funs are a drums and saxophone duo, borne out of Matthew Jacobson’s 2016 dlr Musician-in-Residence award. The rare use of bass saxophone provides seriously low tones for Sam Comerford to weave between grooving basslines, melodies and textures in conversation with Jacobson’s playful drumming.
Collectively these two musicians have represented Ireland with the European Jazz Orchestra, the European Saxophone Ensemble, 12 Points Festival and have performed and recorded together with several groups including European jazz quintet A E R I E, Dublin math-jazz group UMBRA and Ronan Guilfoyle’s ‘A Shy Going Boy’.
The duo released their debut EP (Nialler9’s Irish Times New Irish Music Release of the Week) in the summer 2016 and have recently been performing to full houses around Ireland and Europe including 12 Points Festival, San Sebastian; Another Love Story Festival, Ireland; and Jazzy Colors Festival, Paris.
In addition to his current post as Principal Oboe in the RTÉ NSO, Matthew Manning has been guest Principal Oboe in the Ulster Orchestra, the Wexford Festival Opera Orchestra, the Irish Chamber Orchestra and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. He has also taught in the CIT Cork School of Music and WIT School of Music.
Matthew studied in London with Roger Lord , David Theodore, Richard Simpson, Maurice Bourgue and Han de Vries. He has had a Concerto commissioned for him by RTÉ (composer Raymond Deane), and recorded the work on the Marco Polo label. Matthew is an active chamber musician, appearing with ensembles such as the RTÉ Wind Quintet in Ireland and abroad.
Catriona Ryan studied flute as a scholarship student with Doris Keogh at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and later with Trevor Wye, Richard Davis and Patricia Morris at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. During her college years she was engaged by numerous orchestras including the B.B.C. Philharmonic, Manchester Camerata, Northern Sinfonia and Hallé orchestras. Catriona is Principal Flute of the R.T.É. National Symphony Orchestra and has also played Principal Flute with many other ensembles in Ireland, such as the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of St.Cecilia and the Irish Film Orchestra, and has performed as Guest Principal Flute with the Royal Northern Sinfonia in the UK. An enthusiastic chamber music player, she is a founder member of Cassiopeia Winds who feature in many music festivals around Ireland, including the Vogler Quartet’s International Festival of Chamber Music in Sligo and Music for Galway’s Midwinter Festival. They have performed on several Irish tours following awards from the Arts Council of Ireland and are keen performers of contemporary repertoire, also having commissioned a new Wind Quintet from composer John Buckley. Catriona enjoys collaborations with other musicians, some of the most recent being with the R.T.É. ConTempo Quartet and pianists Finghin Collins and Melvyn Tan. She appears frequently as soloist with various ensembles including the RTÉNSO and has an active career tutoring, giving masterclasses and adjudicating/examining for bodies such as the Royal Irish Academy of Music, D.I.T. Conservatory of Music and Drama, the European Youth Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland. She featured on the CD recording of Prokofiev’s Peter & The Wolf with the Grammy-nominated Friday-Seezer Ensemble, with illustrations by Bono, all proceeds going to The Irish Hospice Foundation.