Midleton Arts Festival – Meet the Orchestra

May 7, 2017 | Posted in festivals | By

SATURDAY 13th MAY, 1.45 @ Market Green, Midleton (where Tesco is)

Having been on the organising team of Midleton Arts Festival, I have discovered that this makes little time to focus on anything else… but is this bad? NO! The team of organisers are an amazing group of creative and talented people. I feel very lucky to live in a town where so many great people live. When artists and people who are into being creative in any field come together, there is such a feeling of community. A feeling of being connected, and being part of what is going on. The winter despair has been shaken off, the feeling of missing out on all the fun has faded, and the sun is sometimes burning through the cloud, a day of summer here and there.

Saturday coming and the Midleton Arts Festival begins. If it rains, it is really annoying, but despite the predictions of rain, we will have a ball and my Saturday event in Midleton Market Green will go ahead.

The Cork Light Orchestra will be presenting ‘Meet the Orchestra’. The elders meet the bubs and share their talents and knowledge. I love bringing all ages together and not making something only for young or only for old. Some of us may be old and some may be young but we can all be young at heart and have a lovely time sharing the fun that music and art can bring.

We are Art!!

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Midleton Arts Festival

April 28, 2017 | Posted in festivals | By

I am on the organising team for Midleton Arts Festival and spent many hours negotiating the various facets of festival creation and success. We were lucky enough this year to win an award of mentorship from the Cork County Council. This means we have three wonderful people who are supporting us for a year in the build up to the 2018 festival. We have already had meetings with Dermot McLaughlin, Phillip King and Una Carmody, each bringing something different to the table. There are a few ideas put in place for this year, but it will really feed into the festival 2018.

I am performing quite a bit during the festival and I wanted to share the exciting events. First installment is the Saturday Morning Midleton Farmers Market with the Cork Light Orchestra

The Midleton Farmers Market is on every Saturday morning, 9.30 – 1.30 in the market place by SuperValu. As Darina Allen says ‘it has become the yardstick by which other Farmers Markets are measured.’ It boasts gorgeous food from local growers; the best bread I ever tasted from Declan of Arbutus Bread, goats cheese from Jane of Ardsallagh Cheese, Fresh greenss and chilli sauce and more from Darina Allen’s Ballymaloe Cookery School,  Paté from Barry, smoked fish from Frank Hederman, the list goes on. The who’s who of Irish food names. And every week there is someone playing music giving a great atmosphere and joyous sounds. In the early days of the market I developed my solo cello repertoire and style by playing for a whole year of Saturdays, through cold, drizzle and sun, supported by the market holders. Now there is more variety and with it’s success has has grown too big for a lone cellist!

I conduct the Cork Light Orchestra, and we will play from 10 – 12.30 on Saturday 13th May in the (sunny) Farmers Market.

The orchestra is made up of wonderful musicians some who only started playing late in life, some who dabbled and finally had time to play more, others who gig regularly. We like to play music from the tradition of the salon orchestras of the 20s and 30s, and music of more recent times like the 60s and 70s… in fact anything that makes people feel happy, makes you want to wriggle a bit, or even get out there and dance. Expect people with an armful of organic carrots swinging wildly and others with an bagful of empty milk bottles clinking on their way to Ann Ahern to get their weeks supply of organic raw milk. It really is fun, and a great way to start on the Midleton Arets Festival Trail!!

In between us playing a new folk orchestra, Comhaltas Ceolfoireann will make their debut performance playing a selection of lively traditional tunes from 11.00 – 11.20

More on further events later…

 

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New Music Dublin – Dublin 2 – 04/03/17

March 1, 2017 | Posted in Concerts | By

Who
New Music Dublin
When
Saturday, March 4, 2017
15:00 - The Studio, NCH - All Ages Buy Tickets
16:00 - The Studio, NCH - All Ages Buy Tickets
17:00 - The Studio, NCH - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
National Concert Hall (map)
Earlsfort Terrace
Dublin 2, Ireland
Other Info
Quiet Music Ensemble perform;
3pm Yoko Ono Secret Piece (12’) and Cat Lamb: line/shadow (25’)
4pm Karen Power Instruments of Ice (40’)
5pm Pauline Oliveros The Mystery Beyond Matter (60’)

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Become a Patron!

February 9, 2017 | Posted in sheet music, Video | By

I have made a profile on the Patreon site and I am hoping to get people to support me. I have nearly 5000 YouTube subscribers, and to these people, especially you who comment, thank you for constantly inspiring me to make more arrangements. As long as I know someone is loving them and getting to play them on their cellos, I am happy. All I need is a small amount of people to pay $1 a solo cello video release and I can continue composing and arranging and making it all available.

Go Now to be a Patron of the Arts!! My Patreon Site

I love what I do. If you love what I do, it’s only a tiny amount, but it adds up to support me as a self employed cellist.
So on the video topic, I have just published my first arrangement for solo cello for the year. I have been working on a couple more but this is the first one completed. It’s a relief to actually get a video up, get the sheet music onto Play Cello Music and get out of the sludgy start of 2017. I have so many projects I am juggling so I can to set up my year, and I am constantly wishing I could just get that cello out to work on new material in among the piles of admin, tour planning, websites, organising events for the Midleton Arts Festival, even making a T-shirt site Festival Clothing, (check out the Midleton Festival logo, very cool!), making new arrangements for the Cork Light Orchestra…and all the rest. I love doing everything I do but it is easy to be distracted by it all and dragged away from where I love to be;

Cello in hand;

Ideas swirling around;

Harmonies unfolding;

Finding the perfect key and key change;

Discovering new ways to make the solo cello sound like a full orchestra;

Unlocking the puzzle of a simple melody…

Anyway, have a listen to the newest arrangement and watch the video!

If you didn’t notice it the first time, thank you for noticing and visiting NOW! My Patreon Site

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Deep Minimalism Festival – London – 25/06/16

June 5, 2016 | Posted in Concerts | By

Who
Deep Minimalism Festival
When
Saturday, June 25, 2016
20:00 - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
St John's Smith Square (map)
London, Ireland
Other Info
Deep Minimalism Festival; Performance in St John's Smith Square; Discover the spectrum of deep listening, past and present: sounds which are radiant, enveloping; healing and playful. Quiet Music Ensemble present two pieces of music written with their collaboration. Created by iconic American composer Pauline Oliveros, The Mystery Beyond Matter moves through a maze of virtual acoustics, created by specially developed software to open out an expanse of beautiful instrumental sonority.

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Quiet Music Ensemble and Karen Power – Cork – 19/06/16

June 5, 2016 | Posted in Concerts | By

Who
Quiet Music Ensemble and Karen Power
When
Sunday, June 19, 2016
20:00 - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
Cork City Gaol (map)
Cork, Ireland
Other Info
Quiet Music Ensemble play deep listening music by Yoko Ono, John Godfrey and Cat Lamb. In 1927, Cork City Gaol hosted one of Ireland’s earliest radio broadcasts, the simple sound of cartwheels on cobbles. RTÉ lyric fm has commissioned is this on?, a new work for radio from renowned Irish composer Karen Power to mark the place of that first broadcast and to pay tribute to the profoundly significant contributions by women to Ireland’s turbulent history in the early twentieth century. It will be performed by Karen in concert along with works by Yoko Ono, John Godfrey and Cat Lamb played by the Quiet Music Ensemble, and broadcast live from 8pm on Nova with Bernard Clarke on RTÉ lyric fm.

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Moynalty Yoga Festival – Moynalty, Co. Meath – 12/06/16

June 5, 2016 | Posted in Concerts | By

Who
Moynalty Yoga Festival
When
Sunday, June 12, 2016
TBA - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
Moynalty Yoga Festival (map)
Moynalty, Co. Meath, Ireland
Other Info
Quiet Music Ensemble present beautiful instrumental music at the Moynalty Yoga Festival. Discover the spectrum of deep listening, past and present: sounds which are radiant, enveloping; healing and playful.

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Trad on Cello! New cello book available now!

May 30, 2016 | Posted in Books, Products, sheet music, Video | By

I am pleased to announce the release of my new cello book, Trad on Cello. There are twenty Irish traditional tunes including polkas, slides, jigs, reels, hornpipes and slip jigs, with a guide on how to play them.

I have enjoyed choosing great tunes that fit together in sets so that when you turn up for a session, you are fully equipped to dive straight in and feel good about your playing! It was a challenge to find the perfect keys for the cello for tunes that sit in first position only so there is no running up and down the fingerboard. It makes them really fun to play whatever grade. The second cello parts are also great for playing as a duo, and the chords are included so the tunes can be played with anyone who can read chords. They sound amazing with a group of cellists too, as my friend said “like a big lumbering beast” (I hope that’s good!)

The introduction and chapter information is detailed and interesting for anyone who wants to have a little more guidance and get a brief background info on the tunes.

For teachers looking for something a little different to inspire students post exams, these are a perfect antidote to the earnestness of exam preparations.

I made a video of one of the reels to give an idea of what is in store for you and I hope to see other videos from cellists playing these tunes too!

Download Now on PlayCelloMusic

Traditional Irish Tunes in Cello Friendly Keys

 

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Music Current Festival – Dublin – 09/04/16

April 5, 2016 | Posted in Concerts | By

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Who
Music Current Festival
When
Saturday, April 9, 2016
20:00 - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
Smock Alley Theatre (map)
6/7 Exchange Street Lower, Dublin 8

Dublin
Other Info
"CURRENTS" CONCERT of SELECTED PARTICIPANT WORKS (Smock Alley Theatre)
I will be playing Gráinne Mulvey's Sygyzy for solo cello and tape, and Karlheinz Essl Sequitur IV for cello and live electronics.
Concert of new works by festival participants, for strings (solo/duo/trio/quartets) and electronics, chosen from participants' workshop and CMC call for scores, curated by Gráinne Mulvey.
Performers: Ilse De Ziah (cello), Marja Gaynor (violin), Lucy Railton (cello), Mira Benjamin (violin), Fergal Dowling (computer)

CURRENTS is hosted as part of MusicTown: www.musictown.ie

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Music Current – Spoils – Dublin – 08/04/16

April 5, 2016 | Posted in Concerts | By

 

Who
Music Current - Spoils
When
Friday, April 8, 2016
20:00 - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
Smock Alley Theatre (map)
6/7 Exchange Street Lower, Dublin 8

Dublin
Other Info
CONCERT – SPOILS (Smock Alley Theatre)
New concert-length work by Fergal Dowling for chamber ensemble, recorded voice, interactive electronics, surround sound and video, (55 mins) 2016.
Performers: Aoife Ni Dhornain (Baroque violin), Marja Gaynor (Baroque violin), Ilse De Ziah (Baroque cello), Michael Quinn (harpsichord), Olwen Fouéré (recorded voice), Fergal Dowling (computer), Mihai Cucu (video).

SPOILS is hosted as part of MusicTown: www.musictown.ie

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