Wednesday 4th October

04-10-2017

BelloBar
1 Portabello Harbour, Dublin 8.

past event

Following a cracking season opener on Sept 6th, Dublin's best-loved music series cracks on with its autumn offerings. The Oct 4th show, entitled “The Glow Upon The Fringe” presents the first outing of the season of Ensemble in Residence, the Esposito Quartet, with music by the great Franz Schubert and Michele Esposito, the Italian composer who spent most of his professional life in Dublin and from whom the ensemble takes its name. Violinist of the quartet, Anna Cashell will perform the Irish premiere of a work by Stephanie Boyd, "Nostrorbis", which is the Irish premiere of the "World Sonata Project", whereby 50 violinists from around the world have co-commissioned the work, to be performed throughout 2017 in their own country or region. The Irish Anches Trio (Aoife McCambridge (oboe), Macdara Ó Seireadáin (clarinet), Sinéad Frost (bassoon)) offer some woodwind balance to the evening, performing a rarely heard work by Alexandre Tansman, a Jewish-Polish composer who fled his homeland in the midst of WW2.  The final act of the evening is the foot-tappingly- delightful Pine Marten string band, comprising Paddy Kiernan (banjo), Simon Guy (mandolin), Alec Brown (cello) and Niall Hughes (bass), a new force in the Irish trad-
bluegrass scene and one tipped for the heights in the wake of the debut of their "Gone Beyond" EP.


  •  Esposito Quartet
  •  Anna Cashell, World Sonata Project
  •  Irish Anches Trio
  •  Pine Marten String Band
  •  Pine Marten Band
  •  Esposito String Quartet

Music

Schubert Quartet D.32

The show presents the first outing of the season of the series’ Ensemble in Residence, the Esposito Quartet, formerly known as the Schumann Quartet, under which guise the ensemble has given many memorable performances since the beginnings of Kaleidoscope. The musical fare of the quartet on this occasion is the 2nd quartet (D.32) by the great Franz Schubert and a short offering of the music of Michele Esposito, the Italian composer who spent most of his professional life in Dublin and from whom the ensemble takes its name.


Alexandre Tansman Trio

The Irish Anches Trio (Aoife McCambridge (oboe), Macdara Ó Seireadáin (clarinet), Sinéad Frost (bassoon)) offer some woodwind balance to the evening, performing a rarely heard work by Alexandre Tansman, a Jewish-Polish composer who fled his homeland in the midst of WW2 and went on to become a film composer of great repute, including an Oscar nomination, in his temporary home of Los Angeles. The stellar trio will also perform excerpts from the “Divertissement” by another composer who suffered the ultimate tragedy of WW2, the Jewish- Czechoslovakian, Erwin Schulhoff, who died in a Bavarian concentration camp in 1942.


Nostrorbis

Violinist of the quartet, Anna Cashell will perform the Irish premiere of a work by New York composer Stephanie Boyd, "Nostrorbis". This is the Irish premiere of the "World Sonata Project", whereby 50 violinists from around the world have co-commissioned the 12 minutes work, to be performed throughout 2017 in their own country or region.


Pine Marten String Band

The final act of the evening is the foot-tappingly delightful Pine Marten string band, comprising Paddy Kiernan (banjo), Simon Guy (mandolin), Alec Brown (cello) and Niall Hughes (bass), a new force in the Irish trad-bluegrass scene and one tipped for the heights in the wake of the debut of their "Gone Beyond" EP.  Niall Toner of RTE Radio 1 says of them: “Pine Marten represent the cutting edge of progressive string band music in Ireland paying homage to both the modern and traditional. This Dublin outfit is one to watch out for.”




Performers

 Esposito Quartet

Esposito Quartet

The Esposito Quartet comprises four musicians (Mia Cooper, Anna
Cashell, violins. Joachim Roewer, viola William Butt, cello) with a
combined bounty of experience as orchestra leaders, principals,
professors, recital and recording artists, whose common love of the
quartet treasury drove them in 2010 to ignore it no longer and seek
each other out. Their name reflects their admiration for Michele
Esposito, pianist and composer, who for forty years from 1888 was the initiator for much of the chamber music making in Dublin through the establishment of The Royal Dublin Society.  In February 2017 the Quartet participated in Music for Galway's mid Winter Festival. They toured in Ireland in 2016 and will again in September 2017.


 Pine Marten String Band

Pine Marten String Band

Pine Marten are an innovative modern string band drawing on folk music from around the world. With influences ranging from bluegrass and Irish trad to folk, funk and blues, the band digs deep into these inter-related forms of roots music to create a unique and exciting sound. Their debut EP, ‘Gone Beyond’ recorded by Irish flute legend Alan Doherty, showcases these diverse influences with 5 tracks ranging from funky modern bluegrass, breakneck old-time fiddle tunes, punchy Irish jigs and ambient original songwriting.  The band is comprised of Paddy Kiernan, one of Ireland’s top banjoists, Niall Hughes, a bassist involved in countless projects in Ireland and abroad, folk-cello innovator Alec
Brown, and one of France’s finest bluegrass musicians, Simon Guy.
“Pine Marten represent the cutting edge of progressive string band music in Ireland paying homage to both the modern and traditional. This Dublin outfit is one to watch out for.” Niall Toner, Irish Bluegrass Songwriter and Roots Freeway Presenter, RTE Radio 1


 Anna Cashell E R

Anna Cashell

“World Sonata Project Dedicated to Suzuki Violin Pedagogue John Kendall Will Have Performances in 45 Countries in 2017”
Irish violinist Anna Cashell will give the Ireland premiere of composer Stephanie Ann Boyd’s new solo sonata for violin as part of the World Sonata Project. This project is a co-commission involving
50 violinists in 45 countries, and is Part 2 of a two year project celebrating the life and work of John Kendall, a pedagogue who helped to bring the Suzuki teaching method to America.  Anna began her musical studies in Ireland before training at the Yehudi Menuhin School and the Royal College of Music in London. Whilst at the College she studied with Itzhak Rashkovsky and was awarded many prizes including the college’s prestigious Mills Williams Junior Fellowship and the Tagore Gold Medal which was presented to her by Prince Charles. She also won the Raymond Fox Bursary from the UKs ‘Making Music Society’ and the Serena Neville prize from the Concordia Foundation.

She has given concerts in venues such as the Wigmore Hall, the Forbidden City concert Hall in Beijing and at the Banff Institute of Music in Canada. With her husband Simon Watterton she performs in the Cashell~Watterton Duo and they have performed all around the world together. Anna has performed as a soloist with many orchestras in Ireland and the UK, such as The National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland and Camerata Ireland conducted by Barry Douglas. “Anna’s artistry is deep and inspiring”, Boyd said. “It is such an honor to work with her on this project and I look forward to seeing what this sonata becomes in her hands.” New York City-based Boyd, who recently graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts with a masters degree in composition, studied violin with Kendall while in high school in Michigan in the US.Stephanie’s 2015/2016 season included commissions for a cello concerto for Alan Toda-Ambaras and the Eureka Orchestra, new works for Washington Square Winds in New York City and Cincinnati Soundbox in Ohio, and a co-commission involving
50 violinists across America. Other recent highlights involved co-directing the Tuesday Night New Music concert series, winning New England Conservatory's Donald Martino Prize for Excellence in
Composition, being chosen as the NEC/Boston Modern Orchestra Project Competition winner, and having her violin concerto premiered in Jordan Hall by recent Michael Hill International
Competition prize-winner Eunae Koh under the baton of Australian conductor Nathan Aspinall.  More about the World Sonata Project can be found
at http://www.stephanieannboyd.com/worldsonataproject/