Date: Friday 18 September
Location: Aula Maxima, UCC
Artists: Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), Nadia Sirota (yMusic), Dr. John Cryan (Professor of Neuroscience), Dr Ken O’Halloran (Professor of Physiology) and Andre de Ridder (Stargaze)
Title: Playing your heart out
A performance and conversation about the principles of Music for Heart and Breath, a contemporary classical composition by Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire) in which the musicians use their own heartbeat and breath to dictate the pace and pulse of the music.
Duet for Heart and Breath will be performed by Richard Reed Parry and Nadia Sirota.
The operating principles of the piece is that pulse and meter are dictated by the individual performers own heartbeat and breath. This is achieved by physically strapping a stethoscope to the musician and then using their own inner pulse and breathing to dictate the pace of the music. The symposium will explore and expose where science and music meet.
Date: Saturday 19th September
Location: Cork Opera House
Artist: RTE National Symphony Orchestra featuring Bryce and Aaron Dessner (The National), Maddy Prior, film by Sugimoto and conducted by Andre de Ridder
Title:RTE National Symphony Orchestra perform Bryce Dessner and Richard Reed Parry
Tickets: Single ticket €35* available here
*Included in Festival Ticket
Drawing on influences including Jack Kerouac’s Big Sur, renaissance composer John Dowland and experimentation with an old harmonium, St Carolyn by the Sea, shows off composer Bryce Dessner’s rich ear for string writing. St. Carolyn by the Sea will be performed by the RTE National Symphony Orchestra with Bryce and Aaron Dessner on guitars.
Sounds from a Safe Harbour is honoured to be among the commissioning partners for Wave Movements, co-written by Bryce Dessner (The National) and Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire).
Wave Movements has been commissioned by Barbican Centre, Edinburgh International Festival, Cork Opera House, Sydney Festival and St. Denis Festival in collaboration with MET Museum Presents for the NY Philharmonic Contact Ensemble
André de Ridder has collaborated with artists and ensembles as diverse as the Philharmonia Orchestra, award-winning cartoon band Gorillaz, jazz musician Uri Caine and MusikFabrik. He is in his fifth seasons as Principal Conductor of the UK-based Sinfonia ViVA, and his programmes with the orchestra are typically rich in innovation. His passion for the development of contemporary music has contributed to his position as one of today’s most fascinating and versatile conductors.
De Ridder works with such orchestras as BBC Symphony, Britten Sinfonia, Hallé Orchestra, Trondheim Symphony, Residentie Orkest Den Haag, Tapiola Sinfonietta, SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto and Camerata Salzburg. These have led to many reinvitations in future seasons. He has become especially known for his bold programming and blurring of traditions; last season he appeared at the Kölner Philharmonie and London’s Barbican Centre with electronica duo Mouse on Mars and Musikfabrik, following their initial collaboration on Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s MusicNOW series. His regular presence at the Barbican saw him perform at their Steve Reich festival 2011 with BBC Symphony Orchestra, with British band These New Puritans and, most recently, premiering works by Nico Muhly, Missy Mazzoli and Owen Pallett with Britten Sinfonia.
Highlights of the 2012/13 season include a return to the Hallé, a tour with Danish band Efterklang and Northern Sinfonia, and appearances with Copenhagen Philharmonic in his role as Artistic Advisor of their groundbreaking “60 Minutes” series. He appears regularly at international festivals, including BBC Proms, where he returns in 2012, Manchester International Festival, Venice Biennale and Sydney Festival, where he is Artist in Residence in 2013. His regular collaboration at the Holland Festival saw him appear in 2012 with Amsterdam Sinfonietta, for works by Bryce Dessner and Jonny Greenwood, and with Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra for live performance of the music from “2001: A Space Odyssey” alongside the film.