International Festival for Irish Harp : Harps a-Humming - Harp Ensemble Gala Concert

International Festival for Irish Harp : Harps a-Humming - Harp Ensemble Gala Concert

Wednesday, 3 July 2019, 8.00pm

Harps a-Humming - Harp Ensemble Gala Concert
A participative collaborative workshop on Wednesday (10:00 - 17:00) with Maeve Gilchrist (harp), Nic Gareiss (dance), Harp Festival participants and Music Generation and other ensembles from Northern Ireland, Dublin, Mayo, Meath, Louth, Limerick, Wexford, Laois and Wicklow culminates in this Harp Ensemble Gala Concert at 8pm.

Maeve Gilchrist
Described as “a phenomenal harp player who can make her instrument ring with unparalleled purity”, Maeve Gilchrist has taken the Celtic harp to new levels of performance.
Born and raised in Edinburgh and currently based in Brooklyn, New York, Maeve‘s innovative approach to her instrument stretches its harmonic limits and improvisational possibilities. She is as at home as a soloist with an internationally renowned orchestra as she is playing with a traditional Irish folk group or using electronic augmentation in a more contemporary, improvisatory setting.
She tours internationally as a band leader as well as maintaining a number of collaborations including a duo project with percussive dancer Nic Gareiss, an electronics based project with Viktor Krauss and as a member of the Irish network commissioned ‘Edges of Light’ quartet: a multidisciplinary group featuring the piper David Power, dancer Colin Dunne and the fiddler Tola Custy. She has appeared at such major music events as Celtic Connections in Glasgow, Tanglewood Jazz Festival, the World Harp Congress in Amsterdam and the opening of the Scottish Parliament. She has played with such luminaries as Esperanza Spalding, Tony Trishka, Ambrose Akinmusire, Solas and Darol Anger.

Nic Gareiss
Michigan-born dancer, musician, and dance researcher Nic Gareiss has been described by the Irish Times as “the human epitome of the unbearable lightness of being,” and "the most inventive and expressive step dancer on the scene” by the Boston Herald. His work re-imagines movement as a musical practice, recasting dance as medium that appeals to both eyes and ears. Gareiss draws from many percussive dance traditions to weave together a dance technique facilitating his love of improvisation, traditional footwork vocabulary, and musical collaboration. He has performed with many of the luminaries of contemporary traditional music and dance, including The Chieftains, The Gloaming, Darol Anger, Dervish, Buille, Solas, Liz Carroll, Genticorum, Bill Frisell, Colin Dunne, Bruce Molsky, Alasdair Fraser, and Martin Hayes. He collaborates regularly with Cleek Schrey, Maeve Gilchrist, Simon Chrisman, Allison de Groot, Brittany Haas, Jordan Tice, and as a member of the quartet This is How we Fly.

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Published on 13 June 2019

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