Spielberg Études: LCMS at Drogheda Arts Festival 2019
Louth Contemporary Music Society presents the World Premiere of Nicole Lizee’s Spielberg Études. Performed by Megumi Masaki.
Well-known film clips keep breaking up and breaking down. There’s the sound of gentle damage in the air. And a pianist is trying to keep going, make it all hang together, carry on regardful.
Welcome to the strange and haunting world of the Canadian composer Nicole Lizée, whose work will be presented for the first time in Ireland. Performing at the piano will be Megumi Masaki, also from Canada and a musician who has been working closely with the composer throughout the last decade.
The centrepiece of the programme will be a brand new work referring to films by Steven Spielberg, commissioned by Louth Contemporary Music Society. Ms Masaki will also perform in two earlier compositions with which she has been associated from the beginning: Hitchcock Études (giving a new twist to Psycho) and Kubrick Études.
In all these pieces Ms. Masaki’s electric and intimately sensitive musicianship will be meshing with film excerpts shown on screen, the original soundtracks and other recorded material.
This is unique and exciting, and the most fun you’ll have at a ‘serious’ music concert. Funded by the Arts Council and Create Louth.
Stations of the Sun
21-22 June 2019 Festival Ticket for 5 Concerts Now Available.
LCMS – Stations of the Sun – 21-22 June 2019 Dundalk Louth. Composer Kaija Saariaho makes her first visit to Ireland plus new works from Catlin Smith, Kurtág, Criton and Garland. Additionally the Russian Patriarchate Choir from Moscow will perform in Ireland for the first time.
On the evening of Friday June 21 and through the whole next day, as the sun shines longest on our northern hemisphere, new music will burst forth in Dundalk. The midsummer sun brings some of the most exciting composers and outstanding musicians from around the globe to the town for Louth Contemporary Music Society’s annual festival of new music. This year, in the image of a ritual journey, Stations of the Sun will follow the solar cycle in a sequence of five concerts.
Winners from 37 nominees will be announced at next meeting of Classical: NEXT in May. Louth Contemporary Music Society has been nominated for a Classical:NEXT Innovation Award. Classical:NEXT is an annual trade fair, conference and showcase for the classical music world, held in de Doelen in Rotterdam in May.
The longlist for the award contains 37 nominees selected by members of an international nominating committee. The three winners are chosen by attendees of Classical:NEXT and will be announced on 18 May at the next event. Last year’s winners were the Aurora Orchestra (UK), carbon-free Lahti Symphony Orchestra (Finland), and Les Talens Lyriques – T@lenschool (France).
Among the nominees for 2019 are Louth Contemporary Music Festival, the director of which, Eamonn Quinn, won the Belmont Prize for Contemporary Music in 2017.
Also nominated are the Sound new music festival in Scotland; Ana Ablamonova, founder of Operomanija in Lithuania; musician and composer Charlotte Hug from Switzerland; the Esmé Quartet from South Korea; and the Klassikatähed television contest from Estonia.
The nominating committee includes music journalists from 26 countries including Michael Dervan from the Irish Times, Annemarie Peeters from De Standaard in Belgium and Bastian Zimmermann from POSITIONEN magazine in Germany.
Together Never Fails From Rebecca Saunders and Séverine Ballon to Gavin Bryars and Galina Grigorjeva, the music at The Book of Hours two-day festival in Louth knew no borders.Brendan Finan, The Journal of Music
Louth Contemporary Music Society is one of the most adventurous music promoters in Ireland.Michael Dervan, The Irish Times
The programming is un-faddish, un-cliquey, unpredictable, embracing the abstruse and the plainly sweet. This year’s edition ranged from the tender minimalism of Gavin Bryars to the saturated silences of Michael Pisaro to the restless cerebral bravura of Rebecca Saunders. And because it was all framed as a Book of Hours for our times, somehow the mix sat right: beauty and provocation given carte blanche to coexist, as any meditation might flit through multiple conflicting states. Kate Molleson, The Guardian
LCMS is funded by the Arts Council and Create Louth. LCMS’ Stations of the Sun is supported by RTE Supporting the Arts