Thursday 3rd October
Curved St, Temple Bar, Dublin
€14 – €16.50 + booking fee
On Thursday Oct 3rd 2019, the celebrated Kaleidoscope concert series marks its 10th birthday. 2009 was the year of the classical music mini revolution in Dublin, when violinist Cliodhna Ryan and cellist Kate Ellis first started presenting classical and contemporary music in a dynamic, informal and, in short, totally hip new way. The revolution has been led since 2014 by violist Karen Dervan and cellist Lioba Petrie, who present about 100 Irish and international musicians per year, across 10 events, to an annual audience of about 1000 people. For this special occasion, “KaleidoTEN” will decamp to the heart of the city centre, to The Button Factory, with a set-your-pulse-racing programme of music. The American composer John Adams’ “Shaker Loops” is one of the seminal works of the minimalist movement and will be performed by a string septet led by the 2019/2020 featured artist, violinist Katherine Hunka. The baroque group, The Gregory Walkers, who were formed to mark the 4th birthday of the Kaleidoscope series, will be joined by contemporary traditional Irish dancer, Kelsey Schuhle, while yodeling Austrian fiddler, Claudia Schwab, in the company of a 3- piece band, will make her 2nd appearance at the series. More music to be announced and a few unannounced surprises are promised….
John Adams: Shaker Loops
Shaker Loops, born out of the large-scale Minimalism developed by Steve Reich and Philip Glass in the 1970s, was a breakthrough work for the young John Adams in 1978. In its initial form, it was a string quartet titled “Wavemaker”, part- inspired as it was by the composer’s interesoft in waveforms. He then expanded the score to a string septet (and later string orchestra) and changed the title to Shaker Loops. The term “loops” is self -explanatory in the context of the repetitious nature of minimalist music. “Shaker” refers to specifics of string playing but also to Adams’ memories of growing up near a defunct Shaker (religion) colony in New Hampshire, summoning up, in Adams’ words, “visions of these otherwise pious and industrious souls caught up in the ecstatic frenzy of a dance that culminated in an epiphany of physical and spiritual transcendence. This dynamic, almost electrically charged element… .gave the music its raison d’être and ultimately led to the full realisation of the piece”.
Kelsey Schuhle and The Gregory Walkers
A native of New York, Kelsey Schuhle was a competitive Irish dancer for 17 years under An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha before she moved to Limerick in 2011 to study Irish Music and Dance at the Irish World Academy of Music & Dance. She is currently studying to receive her PhD in Arts Practice, focusing on Silences in Percussive Dance. She will perform with The Gregory Walkers, a trio of baroque and renaissance music specialists who were first formed in 2013, for the celebration of the 4th Kaleidoscope birthday and have been firm series’ favourites ever since. Two members of the group, recorder player, Laoise O Brien and bassist, Malachy Robinson, have been “featured artists” to the series, with the third member, baroque guitar/lutenist Eamon Sweeney a regular visitor in various guises.
Claudia Schwab is an originally Austrian fiddle player and composer, who lives and works in Ireland. As a musician of the world, in her music she amalgamates different traditions and styles such as traditional Austrian, Irish, Classical Indian, Swedish and Eastern European folk. Her musical journeys brought her to Egypt, California, Italy, Slovenia, India, New York, Moldavia, Transnistria, Sweden, Germany and Hungary, as part of orchestras and bands as well as touring her solo project. Since having completed her BA in Music and Psychology in 2012 and an MA in Ethnomusicology at UCC in 2013, she works as a freelance musician in collaborative projects such as Austrian string-trio Netnakisum (AUT), the Kate In The Kettle Quintett, the Claudia Schwab Quartet, German Jazz legend Matthias Schriefl and the Cork Gamelan orchestra (IRE). Her band on the night comprises accordionist Hannah James, bassist Peter Erdei and percussionist Eamon Cagney.