Wednesday 3rd January
1 Portobello Harbour, Dublin 8.
The Kaleidoscope series welcomes 2018 with a programme of 16th and 17th Italian quartets, a flute/violin/viola trio by 19th century German composer Max Reger, a Chinese folk duo and multimedia work by Ian Wilson for violin soloist. The original founder of the Kaleidoscope series, Cliodhna Ryan is the featured violin soloist, performing Ian Wilson’s “Feldwege/Holzwege”, a suitably meditative work that also incorporates live electronics and film, the latter part produced by Johnnie Lawson. Countertenor Mark Chambers leads the forces, comprising trumpet, baroque guitar and harpsichord, in the Italian renaissance and baroque music while series’ overseers Karen Dervan (viola) and Lina Andonovska (flute) are joined by Larissa O Grady for the charming Max Reger work. And in a genre-debut for the series, Chinese musicians Jiani Liu Doyle (guzheng) and Li Chen Lu (Chinese flute) will share their folk music and talents with the intimate Bello Bar audience.
Following the sell-out December concert and broadcast on RTE Lyric FM, the Kaleidoscope series focuses its attention on 2018. The 9th day of Christmas is quietly celebrated with a typically eclectic programme of 16th and 17th Italian quartets, a flute/violin/viola trio by 19th century German composer Max Reger, a Chinese folk duo and multimedia work by Ian Wilson for violin soloist. The original founder of the Kaleidoscope series, Cliodhna Ryan is the featured violin soloist, performing Ian Wilson’s “Feldwege/Holzwege”, a suitably meditative work written in 2015 that also incorporates live electronics and film, the latter part produced by Johnnie Lawson. The Leitrim-based visual artist recently became quietly famous, with his beautifully crafted 8-hour online video of Leitrim’s waterfalls attracting over 5 million views!
Serenade by Max Reger
Written exactly 100 years earlier, the “Serenade” by Max Reger is one of the last works written by the well-respected German composer, in the final year of his life. Born in 1873, he lived just 43 years but produced a vast canon of orchestral, organ and chamber music, of which the latter is his best-regarded. Unlike some of his more intellectual compositions, the trio for flute, violin and viola is a joyously simple and cheeky turn.
17th and 18th Century Italian works
Countertenor extraordinaire Mark Chambers will be joined by a trio of outstanding early music specialists, Conor Hastings (trumpet), Eamon Sweeney (baroque guitar) and David Adams (harpsichord) for the evening’s Italian renaissance and baroque music. Among the featured composers will be 17th and 18th century Italian composers Benedetto Ferrari and Giovanni Battista Bovicelli.
Chinese Folk Music
Though there are few genres of music that have not been presented in the Kaleidoscope series, for the first time the stage will be offered to Chinese folk musicians. The duo of Jiani Liu Doyle (guzheng) and Li Chen Lu (Chinese flute) will share their folk music and talents with the intimate Bello Bar audience. An ironic touch ushering in the Irish New Year with musicians whose national New Year will not happen for another 6 weeks thereafter!
Since leaving the Royal Northern College of Music in 1992 Mark has performed all over
the world with many leading groups and conductors.
Solo work has included Bach St Matthew Passion and Mass in B Minor with Sir John Eliot
Gardiner, Monteverdi Vespers of 1610 (performances and recording for Deutsche
Gramophon) with Paul McCreesh and a recording with Nederlandse Bachverenging of
Beloved and Beautiful conducted by Jos van Veldhoven..
Operatic work has included many roles in Handel operas; Xerxes (Arsamenes) , Agrippina
(Narciso) , Amadigi (Dardano), Tamerlano (Andronico), and Monteverdi Orfeo (Speranza)
in a Jonathan Miller production conducted by Philip Pickett. He sang the soprano role of
Pilpatoe in Carl Heinrich Graun’s Montezuma for Musikfestspiele Potsdam in the
Sclosstheater in Sansoucci Palace. Mark has also worked at the Royal Opera House as
understudy for the role of Snake Priestess in Harrison Birtwistle’s world premiere The
Mark works regularly with many of the world’s leading choirs and ensembles including
Tenebrae, Gallicantus, The Monteverdi Choir, The Gabrieli Consort, the National
Chamber Choir of Ireland and Gramophone award winning Binchois Consort.
Mark has made many recordings, including a solo recital of songs by Edmund Rubbra
and R. Vaughan Williams with David Mason (piano), a series of discs with The English
Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble with music from Italy (Accendo) Germany (A Hanseatic
Festival) and England (Flower of Cities All). Mark took part in the live recording of J.S.
Bach St Matthew Passion with Ex Cathedra and Jeffrey Skidmore from Symphony Hall,
In the commercial world Mark has created the Voice of the Ood for the Dr Who series
for BBC television with music by Murray Gold and has been featured as a soloist in the
electro acoustic score for Genus; a commission by Paris Opera Ballet by Joby Talbot (also
soon to be featured in a film about the project). Other film work includes The Hitchhikers
Guide to the Galaxy and Elizabeth The Golden Age.
Mark currently lives in Buncrana, Co. Donegal and combines his singing career with a
post as part time lecturer in Voice at the University of Birmingham and as musical
director of the young ensemble Sestina.
Cliodhna Ryan enjoys a diverse and varied career as a violinist. As a founding member of the Rothko String Trio, she made her London debut to critical acclaim at the Purcell Room in 2005. She has given world premieres of new works by composers such as Raymond Deane, Gerald Barry, Ian Wilson and Linda Buckley. She has performed with the Vanbrugh String Quartet, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Chroma, Ergodos and Crash Ensemble and stargaze. As a member of the Irish Chamber Orchestra she has played alongside such artists as Richard Tognetti, Anthony Marwood and Pekka Kuuisisto. She is frequently engaged as principal violinist with the R.T.E Concert Orchestra, the R.T.E National Symphony Orchestra and the Ulster Orchestra. Her education has taken her from the Royal Academy of Music in London to Dallas, as a Fulbright Scholar. More recently, she was an artist-in-residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada, where she performed with such musicians as the Bademeyer Quartet, Piers Lane, Barry Shiffman and Henk Guittart. These residencies were supported by The Arts Council of Ireland and The Banff Centre for the Arts. She was the co-founder, co-curator and presenter of the groundbreaking Kaleidoscope music salon from 2008 to 2013 and has recently guest presented The Purple Vespertine on RTE Lyric FM.
She loves green apples, black olives and white wine.
Li Chen Lu