In association with the Glucksman Gallery, UCC, FUAIM is delighted to welcome the Nomadic Piano Project to the series for the first time this Friday. Lead by composer, pianist, singer, writer and music educator, Antoni O’Breskey, this exciting and dynamic group includes guitarist Tony Byrne (Michael Mc Goldrick, Julie Fowlis), violist and fiddle player Ultan O’Brien (Slow Moving Clouds, Skipper’s Alley, Tulca) and singer, fiddle and bodhran player Consuelo Nerea (Varo, The Morning Tree).
Please note that seating at the Glucksman is limited and places will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.
Born in Italy with Argentine roots, Antoni O’Breskey graduated in piano at Conservatorio Luigi Cherubini of Florence and, during the late 70s, introduced improvised-style piano into Irish and Flamenco music, blending it with Jazz and creating a positively new and original piano style described by Harry Long in the ‘The Waltons Guide to Irish Music’ as“unique and superb”. During the 80s the Spanish broadcasting ‘Fin de Siglos' also described him as “the new Keith Jarrett from the Mediterranean”.
For many years and predating the times O'Breskey has been gathering together musicians from all over the world and from different traditions and cultures, creating an extraordinary variety of music and recording the thirty-five CDs which form the Nomadic Piano Collection. Among the many collaborators who appear in this collection are: Ronnie Drew (The Dubliners), Máirtín O’Connor (De Dannan), Antonio Carmona (Ketama), José Seves (Inti-Illimani), Benito Lertxundi, Cathy Jordan (Dervish).
“The category of World Music didn't exist when Antoni O' began his trailblazing journey" FIONA RITCHIE, THE NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO CURIOUS LISTENER'S GUIDE TO CELTIC MUSIC U.S.A.
“Mesmerizing. O’Breskey takes few prisoners in his search for the sublime.“ SIOBHAN LONG, THE IRISH TIMES
“Antoni O’Breskey is a musical visionary, one who not only sees through cultural barriers, he ploughs through them. For this composer, musical categories of genre, century and nation bear no restriction or limitation for his creativity—he brings all eras and cultures together in one musical space. O’Breskey [...] seeks to mesh the majority with the minority, the present with the past, and the vocal with the silenced, so as to “deflate the ethnocentrism of classical Western music.” For this musician, musical cultures are not defined by borders, but by historical roots that reach deeply across all areas of the globe.” COLEEN TAYLOR, THE IRISH ECHO, BOSTON
“His originality makes him one of the most innovative composers in any contemporary medium. He gives us a strong idea of our roots and besides points out a few possible roads we might take in the future.” OLIVER SWEENEY, HOTPRESS, DUBLIN
Free. Organised by FUAIM