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: Saturday 19 September
Time: 10:30pm
Location:: Everyman Theatre
Artist: Crash Ensemble with Valgeir Sigurðsson and Sam Amidon
Tickets: Single ticket €25* available here

*Included in festival ticket €175

This is what happens when folks go into the bedroom together . . .
Sam Amidon, Valgeir Sigurðsson and Crash Ensemble perform a late night concert as part of Sounds from a Safe Harbour, a festival curated by The National’s Bryce Dessner.
Crash Ensemble are Ireland’s leading contemporary music ensemble; a group of world-class musicians who play the most adventurous, ground-breaking new music of today. The collective will perform works from a new album produced by Valgeir Sigurðsson, alongside arrangements of old American folk songs from Icelandic Bedroom Community label mate, Sam Amidon. Amidon is renowned for reworking traditional folk melodies into striking new and innovative forms.

Valgeir Sigurðsson: Ghosts
A selection of works by Sam Amidon including The Only Tune arranged by Nico Muhly/Sam Amidon
Valgeir Sigurðsson: Past Tundra


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.


Cellist Kate Ellis is a versatile musician dedicated to the performance and exploration of all new music. With an interest in the use of electronics, Kate has commissioned and premiered works by numerous Irish and International composers and has toured and broadcast in Australia, the USA, Europe and China. Kate has performed with Bobby McFerrin, Iarla O Lionaird, Gavin Friday and Karan Casey and plays regularly with Tarab, Yurodny and the Ergodos Musicians.
Kate is artistic director of Crash Ensemble, Ireland’s leading new music group, with whom she has been Cellist since 2002. As a member of Crash, Kate has collaborated with Steve Reich, Gavin Bryars, Terry Riley, Dawn Upshaw, Iarla O Lionaird and Gavin Friday, and has premiered works by Terry Riley, David Lang, Michael Gordon, Nico Muhly, Valgeir Sigursson and Donnacha Dennehy.


General enquiries: info@soundsfromasafeharbour.com


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