Wednesday 7th March
1 Portobello Harbour, D8.
Kaleidoscope returns to its residential venue, Bello Bar, for a distinctly “breathy” programme on Wed March 7th. Cassiopeia Winds make a welcome return to the series, performing Carl Nielsen’s Wind Quintet Op. 43; written in 1922, it is one of his best-loved chamber works, so much so that it was even performed at his own funeral in 1931. Cassiopeian flautist Catriona Ryan and oboeist Matthew Manning will contrast Nielsen’s neo-classical work with a duo sonata by the baroque composer, Georg Phillip Telemann. Thereafter, it’s more “breath”, with a 2013 work for voice and electronics by Irish composer, Grainne Mulvey, as performed by its premieress, Elizabeth Hilliard. Some Albert Camus-inspired jazz, composed by Irish guitarist Tommy Halferty, in the company of his sextet ensemble, will strike the last chord of a springtime canal-side night.
Nielsen Wind Quintet Op. 43
On Wed March 7th, Cassiopeia Winds, make a welcome return to the series. Comprising Catriona Ryan (flute), Deirdre O Leary (clarinet), Matthew Manning (oboe), Cormac Ó hAodáin (French horn) and John Hearne (bassoon), Ireland’s premiere wind ensemble perform Carl Nielsen’s Wind Quintet Op. 43. Written in 1922, it is one of the Danish composer’s best-loved chamber works, so much so that it was even performed at his own funeral in 1931.
Cassiopeian flautist Catriona Ryan and oboeist Matthew Manning, both principals in the RTE National Symphony Orchestra, will contrast Nielsen’s neo-classical work with a duo sonata by the baroque composer, Georg Phillip Telemann. A contemporary and well-respected friend of JS Bach and GF Handel, Telemann was a prolific composer; it is thought that he composer over 3000 works, half of which have been lost.
Mulvey: Phonology Garden
Grainne Mulvey’s “Phonology Garden” was given its premiere by Elizabeth Hilliard in July 2013 and it will be the premieress herself who performs the work for Kaleidoscope on March 7th. Elizabeth is well known to Kaleidoscope audiences and was recently artist in residence to dlrLexIcon in Dun Laoghaire. “Phonology Garden”, an exploration of spoken and sung voice layering, appears on Elizabeth’s 2016 solo voice recording, released on the Divine Arts Records label, “Sea to the West”, for which she garnered great acclaim, including in Fanfare magazine: “Hilliard’s plangent, pure sound seems absolutely perfect; more, her control in the hypnotic repetitions of fragments…is stunning”.
The final act of the night is lead by Irish guitarist Tommy Halferty. Born in Derry, he began his musical career in the 70s taking lessons with the late great Louise Stewart. Among many other collaborations, he is a member of the extraordinary improvisatory cross-genre super group, Khanda, in the company of percussionist Conor Guilfoyle, which combines elements of Indian, flamenco, Irish and jazz. His jazz suite to be performed on March 7th is inspired by the writings of French writer, Albert Camus, particularly his novel “L’etranger” (The Stranger).
“Tommy Halferty is a leading light of the generation of Irish guitarists who came out of Dublin in the 1980s, and his first trio (with John Wadham and Ronan Guilfoyle) was an important milestone in the development of the indigenous scene” Cormac Larkin, The Irish Times, 2015
Cassiopeia Winds is an Irish chamber wind ensemble formed in 2010, whose performances are marked by vivacity, panache and a dedication to the exploration of fine sound-worlds. Though the ensemble has the capacity to expand or contract to suit its innovative programming, at its core is a quintet of players whose members are among the finest in the country, including players from the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, RTÉ Concert Orchestra and the Crash Ensemble.
The ensemble aims with each performance to run the full and varied gamut of the wind repertoire from 19th-century to contemporary works, including Danzi, Reicha, Barber, Hindemith, Poulenc, Francaix, Ibert, Nielsen, Ligeti and Arvo Part. Their concerts represent the startling originality and exoticism, and the inimitable palette of tone colours of the wind ensemble. They have a dedication to bringing the lesser-known works of this repertoire into the Irish and international concert halls and festivals.
The ensemble also has a great interest in contemporary music and in supporting the work of new Irish composers, and intend to commission new works for wind quintet for performance in Ireland and internationally. The Quintet gave the first performance of a new work by Sean O’Callaghan in 2014 and have commissioned a new work from John Buckley which received its premier at a Contemporary Music Centre Salon in October 2015 followed by five performances on tour around Ireland in the autumn/winter of 2015/16.
Cassiopeia Winds has a passion for collaborating with other artists, such as renowned pianist Finghin Collins. Recent concerts include a weekend of performances at the Galway Midwinter Festival where they collaborated with the ConTempo Quartet, and a weekend of concerts as part of the 2014 New Ross Piano Festival. In New Ross the players collaborated with three of the distinguished pianists at the Festival; Finghin Collins, Melvin Tan and Lise de la Salle. In 2015 the quintet was invited to take part in the Joan Trimble Centenary Celebration in Fermanagh and completed a very successful tour of Ireland supported by the Arts Council.
Tommy Halferty is one of Ireland’s leading Jazz Guitarists who has recorded an electric range of Albums and has performed over the world with some of the Jazz great such as Lee Konitz, Benny Golson, John Abercrombie
He has been guest lecturer in Berklee School of Music Boston. Has an entry in The New Encyclopedia of Ireland ; has won several jazz awards at Jazz Festivals
Tommy was one of the founder members of the Jazz school in Newpark music school and is currently faculty member of the Jazz Degree course at DCU.
Elizabeth Hilliard is a soprano from Dublin. She sings a wide range of repertoire, bringing a dramatic quality and emotional intensity to her performances. She combines pinpoint accuracy and razorsharp musicianship with her passion and relish for performing music by living composers.
Elizabeth is a co-director (with David Bremner) of Béal, a production company committed to exploring the relationship between sung and spoken word. The pair have brought international figures such as Robert Ashley, Tom Johnson, Jennifer Walshe and Christopher Fox to Dublin.
In October 2016, Divine Arts Record are releasing ‘Sea to the West’ Elizabeth’s debut disc, featuring works for soprano plus electronics by Mulvey, Bremner, Fox and Buckley. She also features on Mulvey’s CD Akanos released on the Navona Records Label. From December 2015 to March 2016 she was musician in residence at dlrLexIcon supported by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.
Current projects include: Don’t Walk – a 45-minute piece from video-artist Mihai Cucu and composer Gráinne Mulvey, for guitar, cello, soprano, electronics and video; Béal 2016: Inappropriate Moments – directing ensembÉal in performances of vocal ensemble music by Jennifer Walshe; Logical Fallacies – a 45 minute work for viola and soprano by David Bremner, performed with Andreea Banciu.