Ikigai members Andrew Sheeran, Gabrielė Dikčiūtė and Maja Elliott’s musical careers have been inspired by a wide range of styles from classical and Baroque music to indie-rock, folk and experimental genres. As members of the contemporary chamber ensemble Glasshouse, Andrew and Gabrielė have performed pieces by indie-folk artists such as Sufjan Stevens and Bon Iver as well as by minimalist composers such as Max Richter, Johann Johannson and Olafur Arnalds. Influenced by the creative experiences of collaborating with musicians from a range of different musical genres, Andrew and Gabrielė came together with jazz pianist and European folk singer Maja Elliott to form Ikigai.
Chamber group Ikigai were Musicians-in-Residence in winter 2020. During their residency, Ikigai explored material which has inspired them as a group, whilst also working on their own individual compositions. Their performance showcases the trio’s diverse musical interests, and features exciting new work alongside unique interpretations of existing material.
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The residency has been a really rewarding time for us as a group, it was a unique opportunity to have the time and space to write new music, develop our own arrangements and progress our musical sound and vision. Thanks to Music Network, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Arts Office and the Arts Council for facilitating the residency, a really positive occurrence during this chaotic and bizarre year.
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