Date: 12 September
Time: 8pm
Artists: Various
Title: Lismore Suite: The Prelude to Sounds From a Safe Harbour
Location: Lismore Castle
Tickets: €50** available here
**Not part of the festival ticket

The Prelude to Sounds From A Safe Harbour is a unique event, which takes place on the evening of September 12 ​at the end of a week-long residency period in the stately Lismore Castle, will include Bryce and Aaron Dessner (The National), Lisa Hannigan, members of internationally renowned new music group Crash Ensemble and virtuosic Canadian violinist, Yuki Numata Resnick.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see a once in a lifetime evening of collaboration between artists at their absolute creative peak.


Date: Fri 18 September – Sat 17 October
September – Mon – Fri 8:30am – 8pm, Sat & Sun 10am – 8pmOctober – Mon – Fri 8:30am – 6pm, Sat & Sun 10am – 6pm
Location: Fitzgeralds Park
Artist: Bryce Dessner and LEAV
Title: Music for Wood and Strings
Tickets: Free
Launch: Fri 18 Sept 3pm

Sounds from a Safe Harbour and Cork City Council are proud to present the European premiere installation of Music for Wood & Strings by Bryce Dessner & LEAV, ‘a unique outdoor music experience in beautiful setting of Fitzgerald’s Park’.


Date: Saturday 19 September
Time: 2pm
Location: B11 Bonded Warehouse
Artist: Dylan Haskins and Lisa Hannigan with special guests Bryce, Aaron and Jessica Dessner
Title: Soundings From A Safe Harbour
Tickets: €10* available here
*Not part of the festival ticket

After a string of sell-out shows and festival appearances in the UK and Ireland, Dylan Haskins and Lisa Hannigan’s live show-come-podcast ‘Soundings Holy Trinity’ joins forces with Sounds from a Safe Harbour to present: ‘Soundings from a Safe Harbour’. In a first for Soundings, Dylan & Lisa’s three guests are all from the same family. Siblings Bryce, Aaron and Jessica Dessner will share their stories and songs to inspire, alarm and humour in the surrounds of a disused bonded warehouse
in the Port of Cork.


Date: Saturday 19th September
Time: 8PM
Location: Cork Opera House
Artist: RTE National Symphony Prchestra featuring Aaron and Bryce Dessner, 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 €175

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


Date: Sun 20 September
Time: 4pm
Location: Live at St. Lukes
Artist: Bryce Dessner and Donnacha Dennehy featuring Nadia Sirota (viola), Kate Ellis (cello) and Yuki Numata Resnick (violin)
Title: Double Portrait
Tickets: Single ticket €15* available here

*Included in festival ticket €175

In the tranquil setting of St. Luke Church we will prepare an intimate programme of solos celebrating the work of festival curator Bryce Dessner together with acclaimed Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy. Included in this programme will be a new piece created in Lismore Castle by Bryce for Yuki Numata Resnick as part of the Prelude to Sounds from a Safe Harbour.
Nadia Sirota has been praised for her “command and eloquence,” (Boston Globe) and for being one of New York’s “brightest, busiest players” (Time Out New York).


Date: Sunday 20 September
Time: 8pm
Location: Everyman Theatre
Artist: Crash Ensemble, So Percussion, Shara Worden, Bryce Dessner, Aaron Dessner, Richard Reed Parry, Yuki Numata Resnick and Nadia Sirota
Title: Sounds from a Safe Harbour – Festival Showcase presented by Bryce Dessner
Tickets: Single ticket €25* available here

*Included in festival ticket €175

As the festival tide rolls out of Cork, we take some time to celebrate the wave it has created with this intimate evening presented by Bryce Dessner (The National). The evening will showcase Crash Ensemble, So Percusson and Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) with special appearances by Bryce himself, Aaron Dessner (The National), Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), Yuki Numata Resnick and Nadia Sirota


Bryce Dessner is one of the most sought-after composers of his generation, with a rapidly expanding catalog of works commissioned by leading ensembles. Known to many as a guitarist with The National, he is also active as a curator – a vital force in the flourishing realm of new creative music.

His orchestral, chamber, and vocal compositions have been commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Kronos Quartet, BAM Next Wave Festival, Barbican Centre, Edinburgh International Festival, Sydney Festival, eighth blackbird, Sō Percussion, New York City Ballet, and many others.

Dessner’s music – called “gorgeous, full-hearted” by NPR and “vibrant” by The New York Times – is marked by a keen sensitivity to instrumental color and texture. Propulsive rhythms often alternate with passages in which time is deftly suspended. His harmonies are expressive and flexible, ranging from the dense block chords of Aheym to the spacious modality of Music for Wood and Strings.

Bridging musical languages and communities comes naturally to Dessner, born 1976 in Cincinnati, Ohio. After early training on the flute, he switched to classical guitar in his teens. While in high school he started a band with his twin brother Aaron, also a guitarist. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Yale University. In the late 90’s, he formed the adventurous instrumental quartet Clogs, and in 2001, co-founded the critically acclaimed, Grammy-nominated indie rock band The National.

Aheym, commissioned by Kronos Quartet, was a breakthrough score. Since its premiere in 2009, the ensemble has played the piece hundreds of times, and recorded it on a 2013 disc devoted to Dessner’s music on the Anti- label. St. Carolyn by the Sea followed in 2014 on Deutsche Grammophon, featuring the lyrical title work and two other Dessner compositions performed by the Copenhagen Phil under Andre de Ridder. May 2015 marks the release on Brassland of Music for Wood and Strings, an album-length work performed by Sō Percussion.

MusicNow, the eclectic Cincinnati-based music festival Dessner founded in 2006, recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary. For 2015, he has been tapped to curate ‘Mountain and Waves,’ a celebration of his music at the Barbican in London, and a weekend festival at Cork Opera House, Ireland.

In May 2015, Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the premiere of Quilting, a 17-minute score co-commissioned with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Upcoming projects include a score for the New York City Ballet, choreographed by Justin Peck, and a new work commissioned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, to be performed by the New York Philharmonic. Both scores will premiere in the 2015-16 season.

Bryce Dessner’s music is published by Chester Music Ltd.


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