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Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council (dlr) and Music Network have announced the appointment of three Musicians-in-Residence for 2019 in a scheme jointly funded by dlr and the Arts Council, and managed by Music Network. Each of the residencies will include free public performances at the dlr LexIcon Studio in Dún Laoghaire.

Residencies for established musicians were awarded to Éamonn Cagney and Izumi Kimura, and a residency for an emerging musician was awarded to Lara Gallagher. The residencies will culminate in a series of free concerts at the dlr LexIcon Studio from June to December.

The Musicians-in-Residence Scheme provides opportunities for performers and composers to develop and showcase new work and cultivate new artistic collaborations. The residences will also serve to enrich the cultural environment of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, with each musician engaging with local communities through a series of performances in the dlr LexIcon Studio and other locations in the area.

Composer, sound designer and multi-instrumentalist Lara Gallagher’s residency will focus on the creation of a number of improvisational pieces exploring the nature of sounds present in Booterstown. There will be an opportunity to hear the work produced during Lara’s residency on Sunday 16 June in the dlr LexIcon Studio.

Sunday 16 June, 3pmBook tickets here.

Improvising pianist and composer Izumi Kimura’s residency will explore the connection between environmental and musical sounds, by creating field recordings and live music that interact and play with each other.  The resulting performances will take place in the dlr LexIcon Studio on Thursday 4 July and Thursday 1 August. Izumi will be joined by collaborators Anthony Kelly, one of the creators of the intriguing Dún Laoghaire Sound Map, along with vocalist Olesya Zdorovetska and violinist/violist Cora Venus Lunny.

Thursday 4 July, 7pm. Book tickets here.

Thursday 1 August, 7pm. Book tickets here.

Percussionist and composer Éamonn Cagney will create new musical pieces inspired by one of his favourite folktales: “Young Conall of Howth”, also known as “Eachtra Chonaill Ghulbain”.   There have been over sixty versions of this heroic and humorous tale collected in Irish folk tradition, which was composed in the late medieval period as an epic to outdo all epics. Éamonn and his drums will be joined by long-time collaborator, guitarist Niwel Tsumbu, and keyboard wizard Darragh O’Kelly, with sound provided by Eoin Murphy. Éamonn will lead the creation of a rhythm-based set of music, which will be performed during two concerts in the dlr LexIcon Studio on Sunday 10th November and Thursday 5th December. 

Sunday 10 November, 3pm. Book tickets here.

Thursday 5 December, 7pm. Book tickets here.

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