Saturday 15 July – The Three Forges: New Music for Gamelan
Venue: Theatre 1, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance.
The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance invites you to a concert featuring the Irish Gamelan Orchestra, directed by composer and performer, Mel Mercier (Chair of Performing Arts, Univeristy of Limerick). The Irish Gamelan Orchestra performs a repertoire of original music, which is co-created with a variety of musicians, dancers and spoken word artists, across a wide range of genres. In this special ICTM event, the ensemble’s guests include the internationally renowned Irish singer Iarla Ó Lionáird, virtuoso saxophonist Nick Roth, sarode player Matthew Noone and singer-songwriter Kathleen Turner.
The Irish Gamelan Ensemble will perform on the Academy’s recently arrived set of gamelan instruments, which was made by the master gong-smith, Pak Saroyo, at his forge in the Sukoharjo Regency, near the court city of Surakarta (Solo), in the Summer of 2016. Pak Saroyo named the gamelan Sekar Arum (Fragrant Flower).
The Irish Gamelan Orchestra (IGO) was established in 2013 with the aim of developing a collaborative approach to the composition and performance of new music for gamelan. The ensemble released its debut CD, The Three Forges, in August 2015 on the Diatribe Records label. The album features a collection of original compositions performed in collaboration with a host of Irish and international guests, including vocalists Iarla Ó Lionáird, Duke Special and Julie Feeney, dancer Colin Dunne, saxophonist Nick Roth, cellist Kate Ellis and West Cork Ukulele Orchestra.
For more information – www.irishgamelanorchestra.ie
Monday 17 July – Sionna – A World of Music and Dance
A concert presented by the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance featuring faculty and students of the Irish World Academy and special guests.
Venue: The University of Limerick Concert Hall.
The Opening Ceremony will feature students of the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance.