Wednesday 3rd May

03-05-2017

BelloBar
1 Portobello Harbour, Dublin 8.

past event

The 9th and penultimate Kaleidoscope show of the season heralds a seminal piece of music by Richard Strauss, his Metamorphosen written between August 1944 and March 1945, the closing months of World War II. Originally written for 23 strings, this performance offers a chance to hear the rarely-heard string septet adaptation of the work as well as another jewel in the string chamber music crown, Mozart’s string duo no. 1 for violin and viola. Four-piece vocal ensemble, Tonnta, present a programme comprising two renaissance settings of the Ave Verum Corpus (of which Mozart’s own is arguably the most famous) and two contemporary works by Irish female composers- Éna Brennan and Alma Kelliher, the latter of which will be a world premiere. Completing this stellar line up is Laura Hyland’s widely acclaimed Clang Sayne quartet, a group whose vocal/instrumental soundscape reviewers have dubbed “an uncategorisable approach to songcraft”.


  •  Strauss’ Metamorphosen
  •  Strauss’ Metamorphosen
  •  Tonnta
  •  Clang Sayne
  •  Mozart Duo
Music

A realisation

Tonnta Music performing music by David Bremner. The vocal ensemble, Tonnta, lauded for their industrious work in the contemporary music field, present a programme comprising two renaissance settings of the Ave Verum Corpus (of which Mozart’s own is arguably the most famous) and two contemporary works by Irish female composers- Éna Brennan and Alma Kelliher, the latter of which will be a world premiere. On this occasion the ensemble perform as an SATB quartet with Tonnta’s musical director Robbie Blake featuring among the forces.


Metamorphosen

Staatskapelle Weimar perform Strauss’ Metamorphosen. Metamorphosen was written between August 1944 and March 1945, the closing months of World War II. In the wake of widespread destruction of the Vienna State Opera House, the Dresden Opera House and the Lindenoper in Berlin, both of which venues had housed so much of the composer’s music, Strauss wrote in his diary that “2000 years of cultural evolution had met its doom”. “Metamorphosen”, which had existed in a basic form previously as “Adagio”, is widely considered to be an elegy for cultural destruction in Strauss’ native Germany and by many to be his greatest work. Originally written for 23 strings, this performance offers a chance to hear the rarely-heard string septet adaptation of the work, an arrangement by Rudolf Leopold.


Duo for Violin and Viola

The evening’s programme also comprises another jewel in the string chamber music crown, the string duo no. 1 for violin and viola, K.423 in G major, by W.A. Mozart. It is the first of the two duos that Mozart wrote to complete the set of six that Michael Haydn composed for the Archbishop Colloredo. This joyous and mature work will be performed by Orla Ní Bhriain (vln) and Nathan Sherman (vla), two of the seven top-rate string players undertaking the Strauss.


Black bird

Clang Sayne perform Black bird, filmed by Myles O’Reilly. Completing this stellar line up for May is Laura Hyland’s widely acclaimed Clang Sayne quartet, a group whose vocal/instrumental soundscape reviewers have dubbed “an uncategorisable approach to songcraft”. Featuring Hyland on vocals and guitar, Judith Ring on vocals/cello, Carolyn Goodwin on vocals/clarinets and Matthew Jacobson on drums. To herald their launch of their recent album release, entitled “The Round Soul of the World”, the group did a 4-stop tour in Ireland. Kaleidoscope is delighted to welcome the group for it series debut.




Performers

 Clang Sayne

Clang Sayne

Clang Sayne was formed by Laura Hyland in London in 2008 to fuse myriad influences spanning folk song, sound art and literature into a soundworld she describes as ‘songscape’. Reviewers have dubbed it an “an uncategorizable approach to songcraft” and “exhilarating in its refusal to conform”.

Currently based in Ireland, the group features Laura on voice and guitar, Judith Ring on voice and cello, Matthew Jacobson on drums and voice, and Carolyn Goodwin on bass clarinet and voice.

Their forthcoming album, ‘The Round Soul of the World’ is due for release in March 2017.
Former London incarnation of the group featured Peter Marsh on double bass, James O Sullivan on electric guitar and Matthew Fisher on drums, with whom Laura recorded and independently released the debut Clang Sayne album, ‘Winterlands’ in September 2009. The single, ‘A Death and a Vision’ featured on the Wire Magazine’s Tapper cd in October 2009, and the album was subsequently re-released on Forwind Records in April 2010 to international critical acclaim.


 Tonnta

Tonnta

Tonnta is Ireland’s dedicated new music vocal ensemble. Led by vocalist and composer Robbie Blake, the ensemble uses and promotes interdisciplinary approaches in the creation of music performance. Tonnta’s sound is vibrant and dynamic and its work brushes against the worlds of contemporary dance, theatre and live art. Tonnta believes in creating experiences for all and endeavours to ensure its performances are fully accessible.