Concorde’s Up Close with Music series continues in March with a new piece from Frank Lyons

131Concorde continue their second season of contemporary music series Up Close with Music at the RHA Gallery with a series of short concerts on 24 March.

The afternoon event includes two programmes at 2.30 and 3.45pm, both of which feature a new commission from Derry-based Frank Lyons for bass clarinet and accordion. The piece Thud is described by the composer as having ‘understated lyricism with occasional emotive bursts of virtuosic activity.’

Also on the programme is Riikka Talvitie’s 2004 piece Bit by Bit, Karen Tanaka’s Nightbird, Dutch composer Gerard Beljon’s Bird and Anna Veismane’s Hidden Dragons – one of two pieces for cello and guitar by the Latvian composer  which will be performed. Concorde will also be joined by two student postgraduate performers from DIT Conservatory: saxophonist Gavin Brennan and panpipe-player Iulian Pusca, who will perform with guitarist John Feely.

Each Up Close with Music event includes newly commissioned music from featured Irish composers alongside international repertoire and gives the audience a chance to meet those composers and performers. The series is supported by a Music Project Award from the Arts Council. Admission is free but there is limited seating. The series continues on 28 April.

Further information concorde@eircom.net, telephone 091 522867.

Concorde:

Jane O’Leary, artistic director
Paul Roe, clarinets | Gavin Brennan, saxophones | Iulian Pusca, panpipes
Adrian Mantu, cello | John Feeley, guitar | Dermot Dunne, accordion

PROGRAMME:

2.30 – 3.15 pm
Karen Tanaka (Japan/USA): Nightbird
alto saxophone & tape 1996
Gerard Beljon (NL): Bird
panpipes & guitar 1999 first Irish performance
Anna Veismane (Latvia): Hidden Dragons & A Response
cello & guitar 2011/13 first performance
Frank Lyons: Thud bass clarinet, accordion & live electronics
premiere, commissioned by Concorde

3.45-4.30 pm
Frank Lyons: Thud bass clarinet, accordion & live electronics
commissioned by Concorde
Aspasia Nasopoulou (Greece/NL): Instant
soprano/tenor saxophone and cello 2009
first Irish performance
Riikki Talvitie (Finland): Bit by Bit
clarinet, cello & accordion 2004

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