Wednesday 6th March
1 Portobello Harbour, D8.
€12/€15 + booking fee
The Kaleidoscope series’ offering for March is something of a musical marriage of Cork and Dublin. The Ortús Festival is a chamber music festival in Cork City and County artistically directed by two young Irish musicians, cellist Sinead O Halloran and violinist Mairead Hickey. Presenting the 4th chapter of the festival on March 1st to 3rd 2019, a number of Ortús musicians will bookend that experience with a visit to the Kaleidoscope stage. “Denier” by Ian Wilson was the festival’s commissioned world premiere work in 2017 and this quintet for flute, two violins and two cellos will form the centrepiece of the evening, framed by violin duos by Bartok (performed by Siobhan Doyle & Brendan Garde), a cello duo by Couperin (Sinead O Halloran & Aoife Nic Athlaoich) and a solo baroque flute work by Marin Marais (performed by Fiona Kelly). A rare cinematic treat mirrors this chamber music wizardry- a special shortened edit of Emer Reynold’s multi award winning documentary, “The Farthest” about the “Voyager” spacecraft, will be screened, with live music underscore by Kaleidoscope curator and cellist, Lioba Petrie and guitarist Cameron Doyle.
Denier by Ian Wilson
“Denier” by Ian Wilson was the Ortús Festival’s commissioned world premiere work in 2017. A Belfast native, Ian Wilson’s extensive canon of compositions have been performed and broadcast on six continents, and presented at festivals including the BBC Proms, Venice Biennale and Frankfurt Bookfair and at venues such as New York’s Carnegie Hall, London’s Royal Albert and Wigmore Halls, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and Muziekgebouw, Vienna’s Musikverein and Tokyo’s Suntory Hall. “Denier” is scored for flute, as soloist, two violins and two cellos and was written for Irish flautist Fiona Kelly who will perform the work at this Kaleidoscope event. It is inspired by the present rise in demagoguery in various places, further to which Ian Wilson, in his notes on the work, very simply quotes the dictionary definitions of “denier”:
1. A person who denies something, especially someone who refuses to admit the truth of a concept or proposition that is supported by the majority of scientific or historical evidence.
2. A person who by their words and/or actions, denies something to another person
44 Violin Duos by Bela Bartok
As well as being one of the 20th century’s greatest composers, Béla Bartók was one of the century’s great ethno-musicologists. He particularly found the inimitable features of Hungarian folk music, unique in its fusion of European and Oriental strains, a rich fund of inspiration but he believed folk music in general to be “a phenomenon of nature. Its formations developed as spontaneously as other living natural organisms: flowers, animals etc”. His career was marked by periods when Bartók devoted himself to folk music stylizations and arrangements. In 1931 Döflein wrote to Bartók, inviting him to contribute an easy duet for unaccompanied violins and thus began the collection of 44 Duos. Although composed originally as teaching pieces, Bartók envisaged concert performance of the set. The material is drawn from a wide, virtually exclusively central European, geographical range of his time- old Hungary, Russia, Ukraine, Romania, Czechoslovakia, Armenia- and exhibit a quite astonishing range of texture and timbre, of rhythmic vitality and subtlety, of harmonic language and of melodic contour.
François Couperin: “Les Goûts réunis”, 13th concert
The Concerts Royaux (Royal Concerts) are four suites composed by François Couperin for the French court of Louis XIV between 1714 and 1715. Composed while chamber music concerts were in vogue, they are intended for listening more than dancing. They were published in 1722 without indication of instrumentation; therefore, the same piece can be played by solo harpsichord or by an ensemble with a bass instrument, a violin, a viol, and an oboe or a flute. (This freedom of instrumentation is also found in certain works of Marin Marais and Gaspard Le Roux). This collection was supplemented in 1724 by a set of “Nouveaux Concerts” with the subtitle les Goûts réunis, or the “reunited tastes” of French and Italian styles. Each concert is composed of a prelude and a succession of dances in the traditional order- allemande, sarabande or courante, followed by other dances.
Marin Marais: Les Folies d’Espagne
Employed in the Court of Louis XIV of France, Marin Marais was a master bass viol player and a leading composer for that instrument. His “Folies d’Espagne” may be his most important composition, not because it’s his best, but because of the historic significance of the 8 bar bass line upon which it is based. The work appeared in 1701 amongst a collection of Marais’ pieces for one and two viols. His version contained 32 variations each one characterized by a descriptive title.
The “Espagne bass line,” one of the oldest remembered European musical fragments, elicited Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and French versions over three centuries. First written down by Lully in the 17th century, the progression was later used by Corelli, Vivaldi, A. Scarlatti, Geminiani, Bach and Handel. In the 19th century Liszt included a version in his Rhapsodie Espagnole and Beethoven briefly quotes from it in the slow movement of his Fifth Symphony. In the 20th century, Rachmaninov uses it in his Corelli Variations. Consequently Folies d’Espagne is an important harmonic progression historically comparable to 12 bar blues in its frequency and its effectiveness in stimulating improvisation.
The Farthest (film, edit), live score by Lioba Petrie & Cameron Doyle
A rare cinematic treat for Kaleidoscope fans awaits, in the Emmy-award documentary film, “The Farthest”. A shortened version of Emer Reynolds’ internationally acclaimed documentary about the Voyager spacecraft will be screened with live music underscore by Kaleidoscope curator and cellist, Lioba Petrie and guitarist Cameron Doyle. Described as “an intimate love letter to science and technology” the full-length documentary had its premiere at the Audi Dublin International Film Festival in 2017 and has gone on to enjoy a successful theatrical release in the United States, Great Britain and Ireland and is still touring film festivals worldwide. For Kaleidoscope this month, the short version of the documentary will be presented with a specially composed live score performed by Cameron Doyle (guitar and effects) and Lioba (cello, voice and loop pedal).
“Lioba Petrie’s soulful and poetic re-imagined sound-scape, for this shortened visual essay of ‘The Farthest’, filled me with joy and delight when I heard it last year. A beautiful new sound for this story of longing, which celebrates humanity at its best” Emer Reynolds, Director ‘The Farthest’
Dublin born cellist Lioba Petrie studied in Dublin’s Conservatory of Music and Drama, graduating in 2000 with a diploma in instrumental teaching and then graduating from NUI Maynooth with a BAmus in 2001. Lioba is passionate about chamber music and is a member and manager of the Astral String Quartet and Stringology. As well as working as a freelance musician, Lioba is regularly engaged as a fixer for large and small ensembles.
Lioba took over the co-management and curation of the popular Kaleidoscope Night concert series in January 2014. Lioba teaches privately and holds teaching positions in the Rathdown Music Centre (Co. Dublin) and at Clongowes Wood College (Co. Kildare). Lioba is also co-director, curator and founder of Spike Dublin Alternative Cello Festival (established 2016).
Lioba has vast experience composing and performing music for theatre, with recent projects including Nick Lee’s “Luca and the sunshine” as part of Dublin Fringe Festival and also “The Messenger” with London based Limbik Theatre Company, (in development). A member of 3epkano for over 10 years, Lioba has written, composed and recorded film scores for old silent movies and modern film. As part of this ensemble Lioba performed at major arts festivals all over Ireland as well as BAM Film Festival, the Lincoln Centre in New York and the National Gallery in Washington D.C. Lioba continues her work with film in a solo capacity and with new ensemble Unshaped Form. In September 2015, Lioba enjoyed an artist’s residency at the Centre Culturel Irlandais, (Paris) where she was commissioned to compose and then perform a new score to Chris Marker’s film “La Jetee” (1967). Lioba performs and records with the prestigious RTE Concert Orchestra as well as The City of Dublin Chamber Orchestra.
Aoife Nic Athlaoich
Dublin born Aoife Nic Athlaoich enjoys a versatile musical career, dividing her time between both modern and Baroque cello. Since moving back to Ireland in 2013 Aoife joined the Irish Chamber Orchestra and has made solo and chamber music debuts at some Ireland’s leading festivals including Galway Early Music Festival, Ardee baroque Festival, Killaloe Chamber Music Festival and the East Cork Early Music Festival. Aoife is s member of the highly acclaimed Orchestre Revolutionaire et Romantique with whom she has toured the USA and Europe as well as performing at the BBC Proms.
Aoife has performed with the orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, la Serenissima, the avison ensemble, Irish baroque orchestra, Scottish chamber orchestra, classical opera company and was a member of the London Mozart Players from 2010-2013.
Aoife has won prizes for solo and contemporary music performance at Feis Ceoil, Dublin as well as being awarded a Belfast Classical Music Bursary in 2007 and was awarded scholarships for her studies at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and at the Royal College of Music, London.
Aoife teaches cello at the Cork school of music, the University of Limerick, and at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin.
Brendan began studying violin with Colette O’Brien at age seven at the CIT Cork School of Music. He continued his studies with Adrian Petcu before moving to England, where he studied with Leland Chen at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) in Manchester. Brendan is currently preparing for a Masters in Performance at the CIT Cork School of Music under the tuition of Gregory Ellis.
Whilst at the RNCM, Brendan was the ABRSM EU Scholar and especially enjoyed playing chamber music, both as a member of the Sullivan Quartet, which was invited to perform at the Salisbury International Arts Festival, and the Garde Piano Trio, winners of the Weil Prize in 2016. Brendan was a finalist in both the Norman George Violin Scholarship and the Helen Porthouse Paganini Prize at the RNCM.
Highlights of recent performances include concerts as part of the Spotlight Chamber Music series in Triskel Christchurch and the Ortús Chamber Music Festival. Brendan recently participated in a National String Quartet Foundation tour as a member of the Shandon Quartet in Belltable Arts Centre, Limerick, The Mall Arts Centre, Youghal and the National Concert Hall.
Irish flautist Fiona Kelly has been hailed by the New York Times as a player with “impressive technique and elegant musicianship”. Based in London, Fiona is a highly sought after orchestral player and chamber musician. The youngest of a family of classical musicians, she began her studies at the Cork School of Music with her mother Evelyn Grant and Sabine Ducrot before completing her Bachelor of Music studies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London, with Anna Noakes. While in London she won numerous awards including 1st Prize in the British Flute Society International Competition, the Royal Overseas League Sussex Prize and the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Julius Isserlis Scholarship.
On completing her studies in London she was awarded a scholarship on the Master’s degree course at The Juilliard School, New York, studying with principal flute of the New York Philharmonic, Robert Langevin. While there, she won first prize in The Juilliard School Flute Competition and made her Lincoln Center debut performing Bernstein’s ‘Halil’ with The Juilliard Orchestra and performed as a guest flautist and toured with the New York Philharmonic.
Following her Master’s Fiona spent four wonderful years as principal flute of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra from 2012 – 2016, which included highlights such as performing Nielsen Flute Concerto conducted by Andrew Manze and Bach Orchestral Suite No. 2 conducted by Thierry Fischer.
Since relocating to London she leads a busy freelance career performing as guest principal flute with many of the UK’s leading orchestras including the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the Philharmonia, London Philharmonic and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras, and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. Fiona also regularly returns home to Ireland to work with the Irish Chamber Orchestra.
Equally in demand as a soloist, Fiona has performed concertos throughout Ireland, the UK, Sweden and Germany. Last year she was delighted to return as a soloist with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra for their “Brandenburg Project” – a presentation of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos alongside six newly commissioned companion works. Fiona performed the 2nd and 5th concerti alongside new works of Steven Mackey and Uri Caine, with Antje Weithaas, Håkan Hardenberger and Uri Caine, at the BBC Proms, and Heidelberg and Rheingau Festivals. The project will be released on the BIS recording label in the near future. Fiona is a professor of flute at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
24-year-old cellist Sinéad O’Halloran is quickly establishing herself as one of Ireland’s most exciting young musicians. Co-founder and Artistic Director of the Ortús Chamber Music Festival, she has collaborated with musicians including Tasmin Little, Barry Douglas and the Vanbrugh Quartet. Recent festival appearances include IMS Open Chamber Music Prussia Cove (UK), the West Cork Chamber Music Festival (Ireland), the Banff Centre (Canada) and Academie Ravel (France). Sinéad is currently Principal Cellist of the European Union Youth Orchestra and was recently selected by Maestro Ivan Fischer for the Budapest Festival Orchestra Apprenticeship Scheme. She has also performed with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Spira Mirabilis, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Georgian Chamber Orchestra and iPalpiti Ensemble of International Laureates. She has studied at the CIT Cork School of Music, SMU Meadows School of the Arts (Dallas, Texas) and the Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf.
Siobhán Doyle is a London-based violinist who is currently pursuing a varied career of solo,
chamber music and orchestral activities. Recent highlights include a solo performance with
the Dublin Symphony Orchestra, tours across Europe, Asia and the United States with the
London Symphony Orchestra and chamber music performances at the Clandeboye Festival
and the NCH Chamber Music Gathering. Siobhán was a co-founder of the Lir Quartet in
2017. She has appeared as a principal player with orchestras including Manchester
Camerata, the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. In
February 2019 Siobhán co-founded Aesynth; a festival of music, art and synaesthesia with
Siobhán was born in Dublin and began learning the violin at the age of four. In 2011 she
received a full scholarship to study with Leland Chen at the Royal Northern. College of
Music. Siobhán currently studies with Nurit Start in Berlin.