Opening Contemporaneous' year-long residency at National Sawdust, the sensational vocalist Iarla Ó Lionáird joins Contemporaneous to perform a program of music from his native Ireland.
Composer Dan Trueman, who is currently working on a sweeping new work for Contemporaneous, has arranged sean-nós songs from the Irish tradition for Ó Lionáird and Contemporaneous, bringing to the stage a living tradition in a modern light. A hallmark of the ensemble's repertoire, Contemporaneous performs Donnacha Dennehy's terrifyingly beautiful Grá agus Bás for the first time with Ó Lionáird, for whom the piece was written.
This concert is the closing event of The Irish Origins: Samhain Festival, a co-presentation of National Sawdust and the Irish Arts Center and also includes a solo performance by pianist Isabelle O'Connell and a panel discussion including Donnacha Dennehy.
Show run time: 2 hours
We recommend attending the other events in the festival with the Irish band This is How We Fly, who will play Friday evening and Saturday afternoon shows. The band's fiddler, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, is collaborating with Dan Trueman on a new work for Contemporaneous to be premiered in a future season!