Wednesday 5th October
1 Portobello Harbour, Dublin 8.
Kaleidoscope marks its first anniversary at the Bello Bar venue with a show boasting a stellar line up of fifteen leading Irish musicians. To mark the 80th birthday of Steve Reich, the Bangers & Crash Percussion ensemble performs his “Music For Pieces of Wood”. Inspired by this, the ensemble will also perform the intriguing 1987 “Musique de Tables” by Belgian composer Theirry de May. The Kaleidoscope series introduces its focus on American composer, Marc Mellits, who celebrates his 50th birthday this year, with a performance of his lyrical “Radu” for cello quartet, performed by Cello Ireland. The illustrious duo of William Dowdall (flute) and John Feeley (guitar), both internationally acclaimed soloists, perform a Bach sonata and the guitar also features in a jazz light, in the hands of Hugh Buckley, with his quintet, and joined by Cello Ireland for four exclusive new arrangements (by Fiachra Trench) of Buckley’s own songs.
Music for Pieces of Wood
To mark the 80th birthday (on Oct 3rd) of the seminal American composer, Steve Reich, the Bangers & Crash Percussion ensemble perform the 1973 composition, “Music For Pieces of Wood”, written for 5 woodblocks and 3 tables. Reminiscent of Reich’s 1972 “Clapping Music”, the work explores the composer’s much-favoured phasing technique, where a rhythmic figured overlaps itself in a constantly evolving texture.
Musique de Tables
Inspired by the spare forces of the Reich work, the ensemble will also perform the 1987 “Musique de Tables” by Belgian composer Theirry de Mey. In this work, the percussionists have just a table each with which to perform the score and the variety of sounds are produced by different ways of striking the table, to which the composer gives a specific name and symbol.
Music by Marc Mellits
The Kaleidoscope series introduces its focus on another American composer, Marc Mellits, who celebrates his 50th birthday this year, with a performance of his blissfully lyrical “Radu” for cello quartet, performed by Cello Ireland. His musical style radiates driving rhythmic tensions and soaring lyricisms and with commissions by the Kronos Quartet, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Bang On A Can Allstars, among others, to boast, Mellits’ name is no rare thing on concert programmes worldwide.
Sonata BWV 1035 arr. John Feeley
The illustrious duo of William Dowdall (flute) and John Feeley (guitar), both internationally acclaimed soloists, perform the Bach sonata BWV 1035 , an elegant four-movement work.
The guitar also features in a jazz fashion in the hands of Hugh Buckley, with his quintet, and joined by Cello Ireland for four exclusive new arrangements of Buckley’s own songs. As composer, guitarist and arranger, Hugh Buckley has worked with THE greats of the international jazz world, including Brad Mehldau and has released three highly acclaimed self-led albums.
Hugh Buckley is a Dublin born and based, self-taught guitarist, composer, arranger, educator and author. He has performed throughout Europe, the U.S., Argentina and China, working as a sideman and also leading his own groups.
He has performed with a wide array of internationally acclaimed artists including: John Stowell, Peter Bernstein, Jim Mullen, Louis Stewart, Nigel Clark, Daniel Corzo, Phil Robson, Terry Smith, James Williams, Brad Mehldau, Frank Harrison, Brian Kelloch, Mike Carr, Scott Hamilton, Tim Ries Rolling Stones Project (w/Bernard Fowler and Michael Davis), Javon Jackson, Bobby Watson, Alan Barnes, Harry Allen, Spike Robinson, Ruben Gonzales, Joe Temperley, Bobby Wellins, Gilad Atzmon, Guy Barker, Jon Faddis, Bruce Adams, Anders Bercrantz, Bobby Shew, Dwayne Eubanks, Roy Williams, George Masso, Marshall Gilkes, Peter Appleyard, Tony Miceli, Georgie Fame, Cleveland Wattkiss, Stacey Kent, Christine Tobin, Sara Lazarus, Guillermo Rozenthuler, Van Morrison, Lisa Stansfield, Ronnie Drew, Peter Washington, Jeremy Brown, Wayne Bachelor, Javier Colina, John Wadham, Stephen Keogh, John Riley. Also many wonderful Irish musicians, too many to mention here.
Besides featuring on many recordings as a sideman, Hugh has released three CDs as leader, “Yes Indeed” (1998) w/ James Williams, Peter Washington, Darren Beckett, “Spirit Level” (2001) (both recorded in New York) and “Sketches of Now” (2008). “The Day of the Duo” (2014) is a duo recording with renowned Scottish guitarist Nigel Clark. In March 2016, “Two Heads are Better Than One”, a duo recording with vocalist Honor Heffernan was released.
In 2013, Hugh launched his highly acclaimed book “The Guitar Chord Doctor”. The book deals with chord voicings and techniques for the contemporary guitarist. Hugh is the founder and organizer and host of the extremely successful and acclaimed monthly event “The Dublin Guitar Night”. The event showcases national and international guitar players across all genres. Alongside his saxophone playing cousins Richie and Michael, he was the subject of an hour-long TV documentary “The Living Bridge – A Family Affair” which featured original music by all three musicians. Hugh was producer, arranger and guitarist on the 2008 platinum selling CD release by the legendary folk artist Ronnie Drew, “The Last Session – A Fond Farewell”.
He is coordinator of the “Guitar Gathering” at the Cork Jazz Festival. Current activity includes “ The Hugh Buckley Group”, a vehicle for his original compositions, a duo with Scottish guitarist Nigel Clark, a vocal/guitar duo with songstress Honor Heffernan, solo guitar performances and he is guitarist with the Dublin City Jazz Orchestra. Besides performing, Hugh regularly conducts guitar workshops and teaches privately. He holds a 1st class honours Master of Music degree from DIT Dublin.
Dublin born William Dowdall, one of Ireland’s leading musicians, combines a busy career as a soloist, chamber musician, and teacher.
He trained in Cleveland, Ohio, where his teachers included Maurice Sharp of the Cleveland Orchestra, and his interest in new music was sparked by Donald Erb, composer in residence at the Cleveland Institute of Music. On returning to Ireland at the age of 21 he was appointed principal flute of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. From 1979 to 2004 he was principal flute of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. He was appointed professor of flute at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in 2004.
He has given over 50 solo performances with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, and Irish Chamber Orchestra, and has appeared at all the major festivals in Ireland. Solo performances abroad have taken him around Europe, and to the USA, China, and New Zealand, and Australia. His work has been broadcast extensively by the Irish public service broadcaster, RTÉ, and he has also broadcast on BBC radio and television, Australian Television, and Shanghai Radio.
As a solo artist he has made critically-acclaimed recordings for Goasco, Naxos, Marco Polo, Black Box, and Celestial Harmonies labels and is currently involved in a project with Atoll Records to record Irish and New Zealand works for solo flute and flute and electronics.
He plays on a platinum flute by Brannen, a wooden flute by Abell, a Louis Lot dated 1891 and an alto flute by Eva Kingma.
Bangers and Crash
The Bangers and Crash Percussion Group is a collective of Irish percussions who regularly collaborate for a wide range of projects. Their flexibility means that they can perform everything from huge, spectacular shows that fill the stage with instruments to small, intimate concerts, school workshops, street performances and much, much more.
Recent projects include “Wood/Metal/Water”, a concert as part of the Sounds from a Safe Harbour festival in Cork (Sept 2015), a performance on the main stage of the National Concert Hall as part of Alex’s NCH Rising Star recital (Feb 2015), a performance of Thierry de Mey’s Musique de Table at the Quarter Block Party festival in Cork (Feb 2015), a series of concerts for CIT (2013), street performances (2014) and dozens of school workshops for West Cork Music’s Tuning Up programme (2013 – 2015).
Feeley is internationally renowned as a performer and teacher, with appearances at such festivals as the Guitar Festival of Ireland, Bath International Guitar Festival, the Dundee International Guitar Festival, and the Wirral International Guitar Festival. He has won numerous awards including the Special Award for interpretation in the 1984 Mauro Giuliani competition, Italy. He has appeared as a soloist with The American Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra, the Irish Chamber Orchestra and the Contempo Quartet. He performs regularly in duet with the flautist William Dowdall.
Feeley is an enthusiastic champion of contemporary Irish music and in this capacity has commissioned works from many of Ireland’s leading composers including Seoirse Bodley, John Buckley, Jerome de Bromhead, Jane O’Leary, Brent Parker and Eric Sweeney. He also has a great interest in traditional Irish and Scottish music and in has recorded with The Chieftains and published his own arrangements of traditional melodies.
He has been described by The Washington Post as ‘Ireland’s leading classical guitarist' and by Michael Dervan in The Irish Times as “a trailblazer … when it comes to the guitar and guitar-playing in Ireland”.
Cello Ireland was founded in 2014 by Una Ni Chanainn and is a collective of cellists who are interested in developing new avenues for cellists both in Ireland and from abroad.
Concerts to date have been mostly classical with arrangments of popular music and collaborating with Daniel Muller Schott and Alban Gerhardt (cello).
New projects include collaborations with jazz and rock musicians (aided and abetted by the wonderful Fiachra Trench!)