Music at Kilkenny Arts Festival
The Kilkenny Arts Festival this year takes place across nine days, 10 – 19 August, and features a number of separate strands of musical events. The classical line-up is a mix of young Irish performance talent and world fusion masters. Recent winner of the Dublin International Organ Competition, Yoonha Park, opens the classical strand on the same day as the Irish Youth Choir perform the final concert in their Soundworlds tour. The La Mora early music ensemble will perform Spanish works from the early Renaissance, and later in the week Baroque ensemble La Concert Spirituel will play a programme of French music, while Eero Hämeenniemi and Bombay Jayashri fuse Indian and European classical traditions. Rounding off the week is Irish pianist Finghín Collins, who will be joined by Dutch baritone Maarten Koningsberger
The rest of the music strand also holds fusion of international styles and genres at the centre of its programme, with performances from the Irish group Fidil with the Senegalese Solo Cissokho, Mixtapes from the Underground, who will bring a jazz and hip-hop blend from Dublin, and Dán, a collaborative traditional Irish and jazz group of fifteen musicians. Also on the line-up are solo performances from composer and musician Séan Carpio, Steve Cooney and Matthias Loibner.
The Wired strand is ostensibly the festival’s pop and rock programme, but even here, the festival chooses the best of Irish music that crosses genres and defies easy pigeonholing. As part of Wired, 3epkano and Iarla Ó Lionard will perform a live score to the horror classic Der Golem, while Resound bring together Kate Ellis, Linda Buckley, Laura Sheeran, Francesco Turrisi and Chequerboard for a night of visuals and music. Other performances come from Jape, Rachel Grimes and Katie Kim, Cian Nugent, Josh T Pearson with Rhob Cunnigham and The Archie Bronson Outfit. Midweek will see four new Irish bands showcased in the New Music Night at the Left Bank, while The Winged Victory for the Sullen close the week’s music.
For dates, tickets and further information, see the Kilkenny Arts Festival website.
Published on 29 July 2012