The Regional Cultural Centre Letterkenny kicks off its wonderful Autumn 2016 music programme with a Music Network commission of traditional music and dance entitled Edges of Light featuring the former Riverdance principal dancer and choreographer Colin Dunne.
The Regional Cultural Centre will also play host to Japanese psychedelic band Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso U.F.O. and Willie Doherty ‘in conversation’ with Matt Packer.
The Edges of Light show is inspired by the sights and sounds of an Irish dawn features the dazzling feet of Colin Dunne along with leading Irish traditional musicians Tola Custy, Maeve Gilchrist and David Power.
Edges of Light will be performed at RCC Letterkenny on Wednesday September 21st as part of a national tour. It starts at the unusual time of 8.25pm and tickets priced €12 and €10 concession can be booked at An Grianan Theatre Box Office on 0749120777 or online at regionalculturalcentre.com.
It is the first in a great series on concerts in a whole range of musicial styles that the RCC is presenting between now and the end of the year.
Other September concerts include the veteran Japanese psychedelic band Acid Mothers Temple on Thursday 22 nd and Donegal singer-songwriter Kate O’Callaghan in a special 1916 inspired show on Friday 30th .
Edges of Light
Music Network is thrilled to present a new collaboration between the prodigiously talented dancer Colin Dunne, fiddler Tola Custy, harpist Maeve Gilchrist and uilleann piper David Power.
This newly-commissioned work, is a sparkling kaleidoscope of melody and rhythm inspired by the natural sounds and shimmering patterns of light that announce Irelands day.
Edges of Light draws from a unique and little known Irish idiosyncrasy: the rising of the sun at Dunsink Observatory occurs 25 minutes and 21 seconds later than at Greenwich, meaning that 8pm Dublin Mean Time occurs at 8.25pm GMT!
According to Deirdre Moynihan, Programmes Manager at Music Network, this new work is a complete piece, running for about 75 minutes.
Some of the tunes selected are quite old and are woven around new compositions, so its a mix of contemporary and traditional music with dance not only as a visual element but part of the sound-scape of the whole piece.
Best known for his performances and choreography in Riverdance and Dancing on Dangerous Ground, Colin Dunne has toured with musical groups The Chieftains and De Dannan and performed at such venues as Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall.
Three award-winning musicians from Ireland and Scotland complete the ensemble: Clare fiddler Tola Custy, one of the founding members of ground-breaking band Guidewires, acclaimed harpist Maeve Gilchrist and uilleann piper David Power, a former member of Liam Clancys Fairweather Band and regular collaborator with Martin Hayes Masters of Tradition Project.
Acid Mothers Teple & the Melting Paraiso U.F.O.
Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso U.F.O. is a Japanese psychedelic band, the core of which formed in 1995. The band is led by guitarist Kawabata Makoto and early in their career featured many musicians, but by 2004 the line-up had coalesced with only a few core members and frequent guest vocalists.
The band has released albums frequently on a number of international record labels as well as the Acid Mothers Temple family record label, which was established in 1998 to document the activities of the whole collective.
This cosmic freak-out collective has recently released with a brand new album “Benziaten”. Acid Mothers Temple are exceptional psych rock music musicans and this AMT show really promises to be something else.
Willie Doherty ‘In Conversation’ with Matt Packer
To mark the closing of Willie Doherty’s Loose Ends exhibition the RCC is hosting an interview between the artist and CCA Derry Director Matt Packer. Loose Ends, a historic new body of work by the world-renowned Irish artist comprised of a two-screen video installation and accompanying photographic diptychs.
Across two screens, Doherty uses the camera and spoken word to focus on the details and textures of two very different locations – Dublin’s Moore Street and Donegal’s Gola Island, both associated with the 1916 Easter Rising. The sites are examined in detail through the use of a slow, almost trance-like, zoom.
Doherty’s lens absorbs the material evidence of each location today, 100 years after the events of 1916, asking whether a residual response to these events continues to be played out, or how the voices and actions of one generation and the ‘vapours of the past’ resonate in the unconscious of another.
This event will take place on Friday September 23 rd , 7pm Admission Free, Booking Recommended, to book email firstname.lastname@example.org
Willie Doherty has exhibited in many of the world’s leading museums, including the CAM Gulbenkian, Lisbon; Museum De Pont, Tilburg; IMMA, Dublin; SMK, Copenhagen; Fruitmarket, Edinburgh; TATE, London; Modern Art Oxford; Dallas Museum of Art; Neue Galerie, Kassel; Kunsthalle Bern; Kunstverein München; Kunstverein Hamburg and the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville, Paris. He was nominated twice for the Turner Prize, and has participated in major international exhibitions including Documenta, Manifesta, the Carnegie International, and the Venice, São Paulo and Istanbul biennales.
Loose Ends is commissioned by Donegal County Council / Regional Cultural Centre in partnership with Nerve Centre, Earagail Arts Festival, Kerlin Gallery and Matt’s Gallery. It is an ART:2016 Project, part of the Arts Council’s programme as part of Ireland 2016.
Matt Packer has been Director of the Centre for Contemporary Art Derry-Londonderry since March 2014. He is also currently a Curator for LIAF 2015 (Lofoten International Art Festival) and an Associate Director (Advisory) of Treignac Projet Association.
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