Wednesday 2nd November
1 Portobello Harbour, Dublin 8.
Following a second sell-out show of the season in October, the ever- effervescent Kaleidoscope music series presents another electric and eclectic bill of music for its November 2nd show. The series’ focus on American postminimalist composer Marc Mellits continues with his “Revolution” performed by the Chatham Saxophone Quartet. A four-movement work, each with curious names -“Groove Canon”, “Groove Machine”, “December 1989”, “Mara’s Toys”- it’s a typical rhythmically hypnotic work. The Chatham Sax Quartet will also feature, in the company of soprano Elizabeth Hilliard, in Greg Caffrey’s “Till Night Has Overgone”, a wonderfully evocative setting of the James Joyce poem “At That Hour When All Things Have Repose”. The work was commissioned, with funding from Arts Council NI, especially for Kaleidoscope’s debut performance in Belfast in March 2016 and this will be its Dublin premiere. Elizabeth Hilliard, a series’ favourite performer, will also perform a work for electronics and voice entitled “Magnification” by UK composer Christopher Fox, a work which features on her forthcoming album of contemporary music. The debut performance of Ensemble Dagda (soprano, baroque violin, baroque cello, harpsichord) will boast music by Henry Purcell and Giovanni Felice Sances as well as the baroque staple “The Division Violin”. A bolt of juxtapositional jazz from the Berrill/Roth/Oliver trio (clarinet, keys, drums), featuring Galway-born clarinetist Matthew Berrill (a member of Ensemble Eriu and the Cuar trio), completes the series penultimate show of 2016.
Marc Mellits: Groove Machine from Revolution
Chatham Saxophone Quartet will be getting their Groove Machine on for the 2nd November Kaleidoscope Night
Till Night Has Overgone
Elizabeth Hilliard will be sharing Till Night Has Overgone by Greg Caffrey
Henry Purcell: The Fairy Queen
Ensemble Dagda will be performing selections of Purcell’s masterpiece
Original Jazz Compositions
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 razor-sharp 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 Records are releasing ‘Sea to the West’ Elizabeth’s debut disc, featuring works for soprano plus electronics by Gráinne Mulvey, David Bremner, Christopher Fox and Linda 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.
Chatham Saxophone Quartet
BFormed in the summer of 2008, the Chatham Saxophone Quartet was named after the street on which its members first met. Since their foundation in 2008 they have performed at the Boyle Arts Festival,International language Conference at Alliance Francaise for president Mc Aleese, INVITE: International Music Education Conference April 2010, the Unitarian church and, most recently, the National Concert Hall, Dublin. In 2011 the quartet became The Galway Music Residency’s Apprentice Ensemble where they were mentored by ConTempo and gave several performances. In 2012 the quartet was awarded Music Network’s Young Musicwide award. The CSQ is dedicated to the performance of a wide range of music from the standards of the saxophone quartet repertoire to new contemporary works. Each of the quartet’s members are also active in composing and arranging new works for the group.
Hailing from Ireland, UK and the US, this new trio play a collection of self-penned and contemporary pieces that celebrate diversity, global musics, and spontaneity. The trio is built on long-lasting friendships between the band members formed at jazz workshops and in communities around the world and strengthened by a mutual love of the outdoors, cooking, and a wide variety of jazz and world music styles.
Ensemble Dagda is a group of charismatic Irish baroque musicians whose dream is to bring historical instrumental to rural Irish venues. The Cork based ensemble brings the best of music from the 17th century to vibrant life in the 21st century, using the evocative sounds of original instruments and a creative and playful interpretive approach. With a variety of sounds, the ensemble mixes passionately expressive baroque sonatas and merry dance movements for strings and harpsichord with some of the most moving sacred and secular works for soprano with violins and continuo, covering composers including Buxtehude, Purcell and Isabella Leonarda. Founded in 2014 by CaitríonaO’Mahony and Norah O’Leary, the members of Ensemble Dagda have studied Early Music in conservatories all over Europe, including Finland, Germany, Italy the Netherlands and the U.K. They have been giving well-received concerts in historical venues around Cork city and county and have been invited to perform in varying incarnations at the West Cork Chamber Music and East Cork Early Music Festivals as well as the Encanto Festival Helsinki.