2005 Press Releases
From Javanese Gamelan Music to Boccherini String Quartets, Traditional Fiddling to Multimedia Performance, and more ... TRASNA, a new MUSIC FESTIVAL presented by the Department of Music at UCC, reflects the exciting diversity of music-making for which the department is internationally renowned.
TRASNA features concerts by THE CRASH ENSEMBLE, THE RTE VANBRUGH STRING QUARTET, UCC JAVANESE GAMELAN, CONNIE O CONNELL, RICHIE BUCKLEY, and many more!
The UCC JAVANESE GAMELAN ENSEMBLE, featuring the 40 BRONZE INSTRUMENTS of the traditional ORCHESTRA of the JAVANESE COURTS, celebrates the 10-year anniversary of its arrival at UCC in a major concert of traditional Javanese music, newly composed music, puppetry and dance. Directed by MEL MERCIER, SPECIAL GUESTS include one of the world's leading Javanese musicians, I.M.HARJITO, and the wonderful dancer MADE PUJA. The concert takes place in the Aula Maxima at 8pm on Friday 6 May. Tickets available from the Living Tradition Music Shop, MacCurtain Street, Cork. Ph. (021) 4502564
THE CRASH ENSEMBLE, Ireland's foremost Multimedia Performance Ensemble, appears at the Half Moon Club at 9.30pm on Saturday 7 May in a concert of unparalleled virtuosity and invention. Music by PHILIP GLASS will be presented alongside world premieres of pieces by UCC lecturer John Godfrey, and Irene Buckley, the UCC-CRASH Composition Competition winner. Tickets available from the Opera House. Ph. (021) 4270022.
CONNIE O CONNELL has been teaching fiddle at the UCC for over 20 years and his achievements are celebrated in FIDIL, a concert featuring Connie and many of his current and former students. Connie has taught hundreds of fiddle players, and many of them, such as Liz Doherty and Liz Kane, are amongst the leading traditional musicians of their generation. Connie will perform with current and former students in the Aula Maxima at 2pm on Saturday, 7 May. Admission FREE.
Ireland's leading Jazz Saxophone player, RICHIE BUCKLEY, joins PAUL O DONNELL on keyboards to lead a swinging Jazz band in a lunchtime concert of HOTCLUB De PARIS style JAZZ on Sunday, 1pm in the Aula Maxima, UCC. Admission FREE.
TRASNA is presented in conjunction with the annual SMI (Society for Musicology in Ireland) Conference. During the conference, papers on a diverse range of musics and related topics will be presented by some of the leading Irish and international music scholars and performers. One highlight of the conference will be the presentation-performance by THE VANBRUGH STRING QUARTET of a quintettino and a quartet by Boccherini. This is scheduled for 4pm on Saturday, 7 May in the Aula Maxima. Admission Free.
The Festival runs from 6-8 May 2005. For all Festival/Conference details: www.music.ucc.ie/events/
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