ChamberFest Dublin: Interculturality

ChamberFest Dublin: Interculturality

Thursday, 28 April 2022, 12.00pm

ChamberFest DUBLIN is one of the Royal Irish Academy of Music’s flagship events. This ambitious and student-led festival offers audiences morning, lunchtime, and evening opportunities to experience the RIAM’s third level students performing an exhilarating mix of chamber music concerts.
Interculturality open with works based on folk tunes from Norway and the Eastern Cape of South Africa transformed into classical settings by the Danish String Quartet and German musician/writer Sören Sieg. Irish composer, Amanda Feery’s Give us the Night takes inspiration from abandoned nightclub spaces on a U.S. road trip, exploring patterns, timbres, and harmonies from early house music, a style with origins in Chicago and Detroit. Feery writes “What interests me most about these now-defunct spaces, is that they were some of the most inclusive, non-segregated, LGBTQ+-friendly spaces in the U.S.” American composer Steve Reich’s Mallet Quartet was co-commissioned by percussion ensembles across the globe – by four percussion groups based in Hungary, Canada, USA and Australia. The concert closes with a Pause, by leading Irish composer and RIAM faculty member Jonathan Nangle. Inspired by the idea of data glitches in both music and visual media – a snippet of music by early twentieth-century American composer Charles Ives is processed, rearranged and deliberately glitched, serving as a springboard to new material. Pause is performed by RIAM’s Ensemble Interforma joined by guest musicians from the Paris Conservatoire for an international collaboration promoting cultural exchange between France and Ireland.


Wood Works, Nordic Folk Tunes arranged by The Danish String Quartet 
Trad: Old Reinlender from Sønndala [3’] 
Rohan Harron, violin; Katie Mercer violin; Katie Ní Mhaoláin, viola; Sophie Ní Mhaoláin, cello 

Sören Sieg:  
Umlanjana (The Small Stream) 
Isiwilili Sabantwana (Children’s Bustle) [5’] 
Sióga: Dáire Ní Chonaill, recorder; Rachel Nolan, flute 

Amanda Feery: Give Us the Night [11’]
Steve Reich: Mallet Quartet [16’]
RIAM Percussion Ensemble: Chi Hui Ho, Emily Gatchell, Jun Bo Fu, Chris Brady  

Jonathan Nangle: Pause [10’] 
Ensemble Interforma 
Sarah Sew, violin/director (Faculty); Ayane Kawamura, violin (Paris Conservatoire); Jisun Min, violin; Erin Hennessey, violin; Paul-Julian Quillier, viola (Paris Conservatoire); Marta Garcia Villalobos, viola; Arthur Huele, cello (Paris Conservatoire); Peadar Ó Loinsigh, cello; Alex Felle, double bass 

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