Wednesday 6th Spetember
1 Portobello Harbour, Dublin 8.
Kaleidoscope launches its 9th season on Wednesday Sept 6th at Bello Bar with a tantalisingly varied bill, made up of fourteen stellar performers. 2017/2018 “Featured Artist”, soprano, Deirdre Moynihan, leads the forces in the Dublin premiere of David Lang’s 2014 work “just (after song of songs)”, which has become one of the American composer’s most popular works. The talents of another Irish vocal star, Lauren Kinsella, appearing with her quartet “Snowpoet”, will satisfy jazz tastes while accordionist Dermot Dunne revisits an electrifying solo work by Ukrainian composer Vladimir Zubitsky, “The Carpathian Suite”. A twofold short sprinkling of contemporary chamber music and a selection of renaissance motets complete the bill.
Just (after song of songs)
Deirdre Moynihan appears in two guises, in the 16th century madrigal-singing ensemble “Moving Voices” and as soprano in the Dublin premiere of David Lang’s 2014 work “just (after song of songs)”, which has become one of the American Pulitzer Prize winning composer’s most popular works. Described by The Guardian as “bewitching and incantatory”, “Just” was commissioned by our own Louth Contemporary Music Society and received its world premiere in Drogheda by the hands of Trio Mediaeval and the Gareth Knox Saltarello Trio. The work is a setting of the biblical text known as the “song of songs”, described by writer Paul Griffiths as a “love song accepted as spiritual in Jewish and Christian traditions from times before reckoning”. A mesmeric piece of vocal writing, it has already featured in Pablo Sorrentino’s film “Youth” and regular listeners to RTE Lyric FM’s JK Ensemble will be wholly familiar with its celestial beauty.
The talents of another Irish vocal star, Lauren Kinsella, appearing with her quartet “Snowpoet”, will satisfy, to say the least, jazz tastes. Awarded UK Vocalist of the Year at the Jazz FM awards 2016, the Dublin soloist and bandleader is a recipient of several other awards and fellowships and has released critically acclaimed albums on Edition Records, WideEarRecords, Diatribe and Two Rivers Records. “Snowpoet” is a musical collaboration with UK bassist Chris Hyson, in the company of pianist Matthew Robinson and Nick Costley-White on guitar, with the quartet releasing its debut album in early 2016 to great acclaim. It was described by folkradio.co.uk as “an ethereal, psychedelic and magical combination of lyrical, nature-inspired poetry and modern innovative folk music”.
Vladimir Zubitsky “The Carpathian Suite”
Ireland’s favourite accordionist Dermot Dunne revisits an electrifying solo work by Ukrainian composer Vladimir Zubitsky, “The Carpathian Suite” that he performed in the Kaleidoscope series back in 2013 and also features in one of two short works by female Irish-based composers, namely Maria Minguella’s “Elgnairt”. Written by the Barcelona-born, Cork-based composer in 2012, for accordion, clarinet and percussion, it is mirrored in this programme by American-born, Limerick-based composer Kerry Hagan’s “Requiem”, for clarinet and electronics, written in 2014, to be performed on this occasion by Deirdre O Leary.
As a soprano soloist Deirdre Moynihan performs with many operatic, orchestral, choral and chamber music groups both in Ireland and on the International stage. Her CD of Vivaldi Cantatas was released by Naxos to widespread critical acclaim. International Record Review described her voice as being “unfailingly beautiful in tone”, Music Web International wrote “a beautiful voice, which is perfectly suited to baroque music” and The Sunday Business Post referred to her “superb vocal clarity”. Her latest CD release ‘From The Olive Tree’ features music from Spain and Italy performed with classical guitarist Alec O’ Leary. Deirdre is an acclaimed performer of baroque and contemporary repertoire and she has been a soloist with, amongst others, the R.T.É Concert Orchestra, R.T.É National Symphony Orchestra, Irish Baroque Orchestra and Irish Chamber Orchestra. Her CDs and live performances regularly feature on RTE lyric fm and she has recently filmed a TV programme with her siblings for TG4’s Ceol ón Chlann. Festival appearances include Great Music in Irish Houses, Cork International Choral Festival, Kilkenny Arts Festival, Galway Arts Festival and Ardee Baroque Festival. Deirdre is the inspiration behind the specialist choral music website “Choirs Can” – www.choirscan.com . Choirs Can showcases new arrangements of choral music in the Irish language and these arrangements along with useful learning tools are free to download from the website. She is regularly invited to adjudicate at competitions/festivals across Ireland. Deirdre is also the Programmes Manager for Music Network. www.deirdremoynihan.com
Cork born percussionist Caitríona Frost studied at the Royal Irish Academy of Music where she completed her Masters degree in 2009, graduating with first class honours. Now Dublin based, Caitríona performs regularly with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. She is a current member of Wexford Festival Orchestra. She has also performed with Ulster Orchestra, Irish Chamber Ensemble, Dublin City Jazz Orchestra, Dublin Brass, WASBE International Youth Wind Ensemble, The National Chamber Choir, and at the New Ross Piano Festival. She was involved in two major theater productions in 2012 which are nominees at this year’s ‘The Irish Times’ Irish Theatre Awards. These included Alice in Funderland at the Abbey Theatre, and Pagliacci at the Everyman Palace Theatre where she performed as actor/musician.
Caitríona also has a range of educational experience. She has worked with the National Concert Hall’s Learn & Explore programme, delivering Samba Sessions in the NCH and at various schools. She was also thrilled to return to the Irish Youth Wind Ensemble for a third year running as percussion tutor. The Ballincollig Concert Band, where Caitríona began her percussion training at five years old, is where she developed a lifelong love for percussion and performance, and is delighted to return to the ensemble for sectional work and performances.
Born in Dublin, Dermot commenced musical studies aged nine on the recorder with Sr Carmel McEvoy and the accordion with Paddy Kavanagh, later studied with Patricia Kavanagh, and then with V.V. Besfamilnoff at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Kiev, Ukraine, graduating in 2001 with first class honours Master of Fine Arts degree.
A frequent prize winner from an early age at competitions, with over fifty prizes at home and abroad, Dermot won first prize at the All Ireland Accordion Festival from 1992-1995, and also took prizes in France (1992), Italy (1996), Poland (2000) and Germany (2000). In 1995 he was the winner of the RTE Prize at the inaugural West Belfast Classical Bursary and in 1996 he won first prize in the 1996 RTE Musician of the Future Competition-the first accordionist ever to participate in this festival.
Since then Dermot has been a regular performer throughout Ireland as well as in England, France, Germany, Portugal, Yugoslavia and Ukraine, both as a soloist and with various chamber groups and orchestras including the RTE Concert Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra, Ronan Guilfoyle Trio and others. Dermot regularly performs as accordionist and as conductor with Concorde who specialise in contemporary music. He has also toured with the Irish Chamber Orchestra both as soloist and as conductor.
A versatile performer, repertoire has ranged from transcriptions of works by well known composers such as Bach, Scarlatti, Liszt and Mussorgsky to original contemporary works by Gubaidulina, Berio, Yun and Hosokawa. A strong advocate of Irish contemporary music Dermot has also premiered works for his instrument written by the Irish composers J. Wilson, R. Guilfoyle, B. Dwyer D. Gribbin, E Bennett, R. Canning and others both in Ireland and internationally. Dermot also performs regularly with the Nuevo Tango Quartet which performs the music of the Argentinean composer Astor Piazzolla to great acclaim in a show titled ‘Bordello to Ballroom’ and who recently released a CD. He also performs often with Argentinean jazz and folk guitarist Ariel Hernandez, and they are due to release a CD this Summer. Dermot has also recorded regularly for RTE Radio 1, Lyric FM and BBC Radio 3.
During his five years in Kiev, Dermot also studied conducting with Y.V. Duschenko and V.F. Sirenko. In 2000 he conducted Donizetti’s opera L’elisir d’Amor for Opera Theatre Company on an Irish tour, and in Ukraine has conducted operas by Tchaikovsky and Menotti. He has also conducted the RTE Concert Orchestra and Irish Chamber Orchestra, and since 2004 has been working as conductor with the Dublin Baroque Players. Dermot currently lives in Wicklow and combines a performing career with lecturing at both DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama and Newpark Music Centre.
London-based Snowpoet was born out of a musical friendship and understanding. Fusing together the writing duo of Lauren Kinsella and Chris Hyson, Snowpoet bring melody, form and poetry to a new setting. Inspired in equal parts by artists such as Bjork, Sylvia Plath, Joni Mitchell, Phillip Larkin, EE Cummings,Tom Waits, Ólöf Arnalds and John Cage, the group explores the beauty of the song form in all its complexity. Heavily influenced by alternative folk and indie genres, Snowpoet seek out new ways of storytelling through melody harmony and rhythm.