The programme of solos, duos and trios for varying combinations of violin, viola, cello and piano, features six works composed over the last eight years and includes two world premieres. The pieces take their inspiration from sources as diverse as Pythagoras’ music of the spheres (Linda Buckley), Arabic and Persian poetry (Raymond Deane) and German artist Gerhard Richter (Jonathan Nangle). Kevin O’Connell’s Strike for violin and cello and Garrett Sholdice’s The Grass of Yen is Growing Green and Long for viola and piano will be heard for the first time.
Established in April 2012, Kirkos is a contemporary music ensemble founded and run by students of the Royal Irish Academy of Music, with the support of the RIAM. Aiming to expose young people to all kinds of contemporary music, the ensemble has already gained attention for its work championing new music, particularly that of young Irish composers, and performed as part of the Contemporary Music Centre’s Culture Night ‘happening’ in September.
CMC’s new music::new Ireland salon series aims to encourage newcomers and enthusiasts alike to engage with the music Irish composers. Each performance takes place in an informal atmosphere with dialogue encouraged between composer, performers and audience.