Robert Ashley's The Bar

Robert Ashley's The Bar

Saturday, 15 June 2024, 5.00pm

Robert Ashley, the American composer of experimental music, is known for his innovative and highly personalized conception of opera, including television opera. Despite his work being rarely presented in Europe, it will be performed in Dundalk by the specialist Varispeed Collective during Louth Contemporary Music Society’s Lovely Music Festival. One episode, "The Bar," from Ashley's masterwork "Perfect Lives," will be performed at 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, 2024. The Varispeed Collective will be joined by their Irish colleagues at the Spirit Store in Dundalk: Sean Carpio, Caoimhe Hopkinson, and Steve Welsh.

"This live version of Robert Ashley's seminal multimedia opera was punky and profound, showing that innovation has less to do with bottomless budgets than with vision and spirit." - Steve Smith, New York Times

The performance of Robert Ashley's "Perfect Lives" in Dundalk is a rare opportunity for European audiences to experience the groundbreaking work of this renowned composer. Ashley's innovative approach to opera has captivated audiences around the world. Ashley said that his operas are intended for people who watch TV.. The Varispeed Collective, known for their expertise in experimental music, will bring their unique interpretation of Ashley's music to the Spirit Store in a performance that is sure to be both dynamic and thought-provoking. By showcasing this live version of "Perfect Lives," the Varispeed Collective and their Irish colleagues will demonstrate that innovation in music is not limited by budget, but rather driven by imagination. This is joyous music for everyone.

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Added by Louth Contemporary Music Society on 15 March 2024

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