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Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Arts Office, in association with Music Network, is delighted to present Heligo. Multi-instrumentalists Ruth O’Mahony-Brady and Mary Barnecutt have come together to create a musical synthesis of strings, piano, electronics and vocal harmonies. Heligo takes place on Thursday 28 April from 19:00-20:00 in The Studio, dlr LexIcon, Dún Laoghaire. Tickets, €5.00, are available on Eventbrite

Formed during their residency at dlr LexIcon in August-September 2021, Heligo is the culmination of gathered sounds, stories and visuals, all woven together to produce a series of new musical works.

The duo has composed music that is semi-scored with elements of live improvisation, drawing from an eclectic blend of chamber, folk and electronic influences. Extensive field recordings have significantly informed their creative process; the captured sounds of pages in library books, train engines, door frames, and the chatter of birds are just some examples of the sonic materials that have been transformed into melodies and rhythms which underpin each original composition, directly taken from and inspired by the broad variety of environments found within the greater Dún-Laoghaire Rathdown landscape. Set against a backdrop of vignettes filmed during their sonic explorations, Heligo will perform a selection of new compositions alongside other original pieces.

The Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Musicians in Residence Scheme is jointly funded by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and the Arts Council and managed by Music Network. The Residencies provide opportunities for performers and composers to develop and showcase new work and cultivate new artistic collaborations.