Release of Strings, Tension & Flight
Enda Bates. Photo: Sophie Dennehy.
The Irish composer Enda Bates is releasing a recording of his recent work as a digital download on Wednesday, 25 April. The two-track release, titled Strings, Tension & Flight, begins with Duo & Tape, for violin, cello and electronics. The twelve-minute work is performed by Clíodhna Ryan (violin) and Kate Ellis (cello), who both commissioned the work under the aegis of Kaleidoscope, the monthly music night they run in Dublin. According to Bates, the work was inspired by ‘the propelling rhythms and unsettling harmonies’ of Bernard Hermann’s score for Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 film Psycho.
The second track, Flock, is a stereo mix of an eight-channel electronic piece — Bates is a member of the Spatial Music Collective and many of his works are created for multichannel speaker arrays. Flock was created by modelling the motion of birds. Bates says that both works on the release ‘are preoccupied with tension, that nervous energy which quickens the pulse and primes us for action’.
The release of Strings, Tension & Flight coincides with a Contemporary Music Centre Salon event at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, at 6pm. The event features both Ellis and Ryan, performing and discussing music Bates’ Duo & Tape as well as music by David Stalling and David Fennessy. Admission is free to this event.
Later in the evening, at 8.30pm, the RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet perform music by Aloys Fleishmann, Raymond Deane, Ian Wilson, Deirdre Gribbon, David Flynn and a new work by Sligo composer Siobhán Cleary as part of the New Sound Worlds series of concerts. Tickets are €15/8.