Percussionist and composer Éamonn Cagney created 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 were joined by long-time collaborator, guitarist Niwel Tsumbu, and keyboard wizard Darragh O’Kelly, with sound provided by Eoin Murphy. Éamonn lead the creation of a rhythm-based set of music, which was performed during two concerts in the dlr LexIcon Studio on Sunday 10th November and Thursday 5th December 2019.
Composer, sound designer and multi-instrumentalist Lara Gallagher’s residency focused on the creation of a number of improvisational pieces exploring the nature of sounds present in Booterstown. Audiences had an opportunity to hear the work produced during Lara’s residency on Sunday 16 June in the dlr LexIcon Studio, where she was joined by collaborators Richard Hughes and Cormac Fitzpatrick.
Improvising pianist and composer Izumi Kimura’s residency explored the connection between environmental and musical sounds, by creating field recordings and live music that interact and play with each other. Izumi was 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, in two concerts during the summer.
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.