Bryars in Dublin
Composer Gavin Bryars and the Gavin Bryars Ensemble give their first Irish performance in Christchurch Cathedral on 15 May. The concert includes the premiere of Eight Irish Madrigals, settings for soprano, tenor and ensemble of sonnets by Petrarch in Irish prose translations by J. M. Synge. His ensemble, including soprano Anna Friman and tenor John Potter (Hilliard Ensemble), will also perform a number of other recent works. Special guest for the evening is one of Ireland's leading traditional singers, Iarla O’Loinaird. Lead vocalist of The Afrocelts, Iarla will perform unaccompanied pieces from his solo albums, Seven Steps to Mercy, and I Could Read The Sky, both of which are released on Peter Gabriel's Real World label.
"... The music of Gavin Bryars falls under no category. It is mongrel, full of sensuality and wit and is deeply moving. He is one of the few composers who can put slapstick and primal emotion alongside each other. He allows you to witness new wonders in the sounds around you by approaching them from a completely new angle. With a third ear maybe..."
Presented by Note Productions in association with The Ticket. Tickets: 35.00 and 27.50 (restricted view) from Claddagh Records, City Discs and Ticketmaster, tel. 0818-719 300.