Wednesday 7th September
1 Portobello Harbour, Dublin 8.
The inquisitive, the innovative and the exquisite in music performance is all encompassed in a Kaleidoscope Night, the programme presented in a relaxed, vibrant and exuberant atmosphere. Following its sell-out live RTE Lyric FM broadcast show in June, Dublin’s ever-popular music series returns, to begin its 7th chapter on September 7th. With a world premiere by Jonathan Nangle for Toy Piano and Music Box, the beloved Bach Double Violin Concerto, John Cage’s “Suite for Toy Piano”, Persian classical music and Persian/Irish band Navá to boast for its opening gambit, this Kaleidoscope Night will certainly set the flame of the new series alight.
Vivid Traces (WORLD PREMIERE)
Irish composer, Jonathan Nangle, presents the world premiere of “Vivid Traces” for Toy Piano and Mechanical Music Box, to be performed by David Bremner. An engineering feat in itself that will see the music box “play itself” by being mechanically fed by the score, this piece is sure to be a visual and aural feast to treasure.
Suite for Toy Piano
Again featuring the rarely seen toy piano instrument will be John Cage’s “Suite for Toy Piano”, also performed by David Bremner. This short work is one of the iconic composer’s most charming and whimsical compositions, originally written in 1948 as music for a dance piece and often looked at as a piece in which Cage turned back to melody for a moment.
Double Violin Concerto BWV 1043
J.S. Bach’s “Concerto for Two Violins” BWV1043 is one of his most beloved and famous works. Helena Wood and Elaine Clark (leader and co-leader of the RTE NSO) undertake the thrillingly expressive solo roles in this performance, as they did in a most memorable RTE Lyric FM live summer lunchtime concert last month. Accompanied here by a string quartet (Orla Ní Bhriain, Larissa O Grady (violins), Karen Dervan (viola), Polly Ballard (cello)) and harpsichord (David Adams), the spiritual heights of this work are sure to be reached.
Shayab and Shahan Coohe
Making their Kaleidoscope Night debut will be Persian brothers, Shahab and Shayan Coohe, who have been living and studying European classical music here in Dublin, having completed their musical studies in Tehran. Performing on traditional Persian instruments, the santoor, the tombak and the tar, the duo will treat us to a selection of this enchanting Eastern classical music, which would not be unfamiliar to the ears.
Comb Your Hair And Curl It
The Coohe brothers have recently formed a fusion Persian/Irish band called Navá, which comprises banjo and mandolin as well as their own instruments. The band brings an Eastern flavour to Irish traditional tunes in an intriguing fashion. That’s a fashion that will never go out of fashion at Kaleidoscope Night.
David Bremner is a pianist, composer and organist based in Dublin. Originally from West Cumbria, UK, he moved to Ireland in 1999. He has studied piano with Mary Lennon, and organ with David Sanger and Mark Duley. David is currently Assistant Organist at Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin and has performed with many of Dublin’s leading ensembles, including the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, New Dublin Voices and Crash Ensemble. In 2013 he completed a Ph.D in Composition at DIT with Gráinne Mulvey. He gives recitals regularly, both as a soloist, and as a duo with soprano Elizabeth Hilliard. In 2013-16 he performed in three series mounted by the Association of Irish Composers. Other recent performances include Sonic Vigil, Temple Bar TradFest, and Dún Laoghaire Organ Concerts.David co-directs the music/text production company Béal, and is active as a composer; recent projects include the CD l’air du temps (with piper Mark Redmond), a work for the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, two pieces for gamelan and organ, and a large-scale song-cycle setting the poetry of Irish minimalist poet Billy Mills, written for Hilliard and violist Andreea Banciu.
Jonathan Nangle is a composer whose work explores many diverse fields ranging from notated acoustic and electro-acoustic composition, through live and spatially distributed electronics, to video, field recording, interactive sound installation and electronic improvisation.
A graduate of Trinity College Dublin, he studied composition under Donnacha Dennehy and Rob Canning and Electro-Acoustic composition with Roger Doyle. Since 2008 he has continued to study privately with composer Kevin Volans.
His work has been commissioned and performed internationally by, amongst others, the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Crash Ensemble, Ensemble Scratch the Surface, The Dublin Guitar Quartet, The Chatham Saxophone Quartet, Ergodos Orchestra, New Dublin Voices, Irish Youth Choir, the Spatial Music Collective, violinist Darragh Morgan and pianist Thérèse Fahy.
He has represented Ireland twice at the International Rostrum of Composers. First in 2009 where his work ‘our headlights blew softly into the black, illuminating very little’ was awarded a commendation and again in 2011 with his first orchestral piece ‘now is night come quietly’.
His work has been released by the Ergodos, RTÉ Lyric FM, Contemporary Music Centre Ireland and Metier Divine Art Record Labels, featured at numerous festivals, been choreographed for film and stage, and has been broadcast internationally both on radio and television.
Jonathan is a lecturer in Music Technology and Electro-Acoustic Composition at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.
Born in Aberdeen, Elaine Clark studied with David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where she won several awards and prizes. After graduating with a First Class Honours Degree, she continued her studies with Viktor Liberman at the Utrecht Conservatory in the Netherlands.
Since 1996, when she was appointed Co-Leader of the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Elaine has considered Dublin her home. She is a regular soloist with the NSO, most recently in performances of Ravel’s Tzigane and Khachaturian Violin Concerto.
Elaine is very much in demand as a chamber musician, being a member of the Ficino Ensemble and Clarion Horn Trio. She has also travelled extensively with the contemporary music ensemble Concorde and performed numerous world premieres.
Helena began playing the violin at the age of three. She attended the Royal College of Music in London as a scholar from the age of 8 studying under Professor Pamela Spofforth and Professor Itzhak Rashkovsky and graduated in 2001 with a first class Honours degree. Helena later studied in New York with Professor Joey Corpus.Making her debut as a soloist at the age of twelve with the Mendelssohn concerto, Helena has been received with great acclaim as a soloist and chamber musician. She has performed chamber music with musicians such as John Lill, Freddy Kempf, Finghin Collins and Nigel Kennedy and her international tours as a soloist include concerts in Israel, Romania, France, Switzerland and Germany, as well as tours of Italy and Spain. Helena has given numerous recitals at the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room and the Royal Festival Hall and has performed many concertos at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Barbican Hall and St Martin-in-the-Fields. As a soloist Helena has performed with such orchestras as the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra and English Sinfonia and frequently appears as a soloist on live television and radio in the UK and Ireland. For four years Helena was Principal Violin at English National Opera and is currently the Concertmaster of the RTE National Symphony Orchestra in Dublin.
Since the mid-’80s, the Irish David Adams has been a prize-winning performer on both organ and harpsichord throughout Europe. He emerged as a former organ scholar of St Patrick’s Cathedral and Trinity, studying his twin keyboards in the rich musical climates of both Freiburg, Germany, and Amsterdam. He was the first winner of the Dublin International Organ Competition in 1986. He performs regularly with many Irish orchestras, and is also involved in traditional Celtic styles and chamber music. Adams has performed with ensembles such as Christ Church Baroque, SurPlus, and the hopefully not accident-prone Crash Ensemble. Adams also conducts operas, including contemporary works by Raymond Deane and Kevin O’Connell. He has conducted the Ulster Orchestra and the Orchestra of St. Cecilia, the latter group in a special series focusing on Bach cantatas. Adams has released a solo organ CD as well as recordings on labels such as Naxos, Black Box, and EZM. One of his most widely heard performances is on the debut solo effort of Celtic vocalist Meav, of Riverdance fame. Adams’ activities as a teacher include stints at the Freiburg Hochschule, the Berlin Hochschule, the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, and the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama.
Shahab Coohe was born in Tehran, Iran.
He was born into a family of music lovers and from the age of eight, he started his music education. He started playing the Santoor (a trapezoid -shaped stringed instrument that formed the basis for harpsichord and piano later on) under the direction of Mr.Kiani and Mr. Kamkar who are contemporary masters of santoor. At the same time he was learning the theory underpinning Persian Classical music.
Shahab went on to study in the Conservatoire of Music in Tehran from the age of 12.
Apart from Santoor, he also plays Tombak (another percussion instrument) and the piano.
He migrated to Ireland in December 2012.
He has also studied the violin and European Classical music and is currently studying at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. He has performed with UCD Symphony Orchestra, Dublin Youth Orchestra and the RIAM Symphony and Chamber Orchestras.
During the last number of months, he has become interested in Irish Traditional music and other genres.
He plays Persian instruments along with Paddy Kiernan on banjo, Simon Guy on mandolin and Niall Hughes on double bass along with his brother Shayan Coohe on Tar and Tombak in their new band (Navá) to bring a unique Eastern flavour to Irish Traditional tunes.
Shayan Coohe was born on 1st January 1996 in Tehran, Iran.
He started playing the Tombak under the direction of Mr Kamkar at the age of six.
He went on to study Tar (a plucked string instrument which pre-dates the lute and guitar) under the direction of Mr. Lotfi, one of the contemporary masters of Tar as well as the theory of Persian Classical music. Shayan started studying in the Conservatoire of Music in Tehran from the age of 11.
Apart from Tombak and Tar, he also plays several Persian instruments.
He studied the clarinet and European Classical music and is currently studying at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. He has performed with UCD Symphony Orchestra and the RIAM Concert Band.
During the last number of months, he has become interested in Irish Traditional music and other genres.
He plays Persian instruments along with Paddy Kiernan on banjo, Simon Guy on mandolin and Niall Hughes on double bass alongside his brother Shahab Coohe on Santoor in their new band Navá to bring a unique Eastern flavour to Irish Traditional tunes.
Navá is a group of young musicians exploring the relationship between the ancient musical cultures of Ireland and Persia. It.is comprised of members of folk/bluegrass band Pine Marten: Paddy Kiernan and Niall Hughes, and Iranian born brothers Shahab and Shayan Coohe. Together these diverse musicians weave a beguiling tapestry of sound, ranging from Irish jigs and reels to Persian ‘dastgáh’, to original compositions and explosive improvisations.Since forming in early 2016 they have performed at The Silk Road Film Festival, Bray Jazz Festival, Th Chester Beatty Library,as part of the ‘Listen At’ concert series, and IMC’s ‘Hotter Than July’ event. and have received national airplay on Lyric FM’s ‘The Blue of the Night’ radio show, and RTE 1’s Arena Arts Programme They are also recent recipients of the Arts Council’s ‘Deis Recording Grant’, which will support the recording of their debut album in late 2016.