Irish Chamber Orchestra – I Create Online: Life on Mars
Collaboration and experimentation are at the heart of the Irish Chamber Orchestra’s mission. In our 50th Anniversary Year, we have commissioned a Covid-inspired series of ‘shorts’ through creative and collaborative partnerships with thirteen arts specialists. These heart-warming connections of inspired creativity will broadcast on ICO social media channels over four Thursdays from the 5-26 November. A play on Irish Chamber Orchestra (ICO), the I Create Online series is an initial 4-part collaborative series showcasing a broad range of creative disciplines with each creative expression accompanied by music from the Irish Chamber Orchestra. Our mission is to bring the ICO into people’s hearts and homes, to inspire and move them with innovative collaborations, whilst also supporting fellow artists.
Thursday 19 November marks our third collaboration - a sextet fusion with renowned Guitarist Jimmy Smyth, Singer Karrie O’Sullivan Holmes and the Irish Chamber Orchestra as they perform a very special string arrangement, of David Bowie’s Life on Mars, by ICO violinist Kenneth Rice and Producer/Guitarist Jimmy Smyth. The music has been cleverly adapted for visual effect by film editor Dominik Kosicki, with recording and production by Paul Ashe-Browne. Karrie's amazing voice really resonates with orchestral accompaniment and this rendition is simply powerful.