Listen At Arthurs
Saturday January 30th
National Concert Hall Gamelan Orchestra (Javanese gamelan)
Iggy McGovern (poet)
Kian Geiselbrechtinger & David Bremner
(piano duet, performing Phillip Glass’ ‘The Hours’)
NCH Gamelan Orchestra
The National Concert Hall Gamelan Orchestra was established by Dr. Peter Moran in 2014, after receiving the gift of a complete set of bronze gamelan instruments from Sultan Hamengkubuwono X of Yogyakarta, Java. The group originally started out in UCD while the new instruments were being built, and they have since gone on to perform at festivals around Ireland and abroad, including the Yogyakarta International Performing Arts Festival and the Electric Picnic.
Kildare singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Inni-K has shared stages with such diverse artists as the world renowned Malian kora master Toumani Diabaté at his request at The Cork Opera House; Efterklang, Tiny Ruins, Wallis Bird, This is how we Fly, The Walls, Luka Bloom, and many more. Liam Ó Maonlaí calls her ‘a force to watch … more than a singer, more than a musician and she is both in great measure.’ Her debut album, ‘The King has Two Horse’s Ears’, is out now. www.inni-k.com
Iggy McGovern is a poet and retired academic; he is a Fellow Emeritus in the School of Physics at Trinity College Dublin and has published two collections of poetry with Dedalus Press, The King of Suburbia (2005) and Safe House (2010). He edited the anthology 2012: Twenty Irish Poets Respond to Science in Twelve Lines, published by Dedalus Press in association with Quaternia Press, and co-edited (with Jean-Patrick Connerade) Science Meets Poetry 3, published by Euroscience. His most recent book, A Mystic Dream of 4, a sonnet sequence based on the life of William Rowan Hamilton, 19th century Irish Mathematician & Poet, is published by Quaternia Press (2013). His most recent appointment is Alexander von Humboldt at ELINAS, Friedrich-Alexander Universitaet Erlangen-Nuernberg 2015.
Kian Geiselbrechtinger & David Bremner
Kian grew up in Dublin, but studied in the Leipzig and Mannheim conservatories and lived in Germany for twelve years. His first major was composition, and works ranging from solo to orchestral and opera were performed from Stuttgart to Berlin and back again. Piano as a second major was completed in Leipzig with Birgit Polter, after having studied with Anthony Byrne at the RIAM in Dublin and Uwe Balser at the Heidelberg music school. He returned to Ireland in ’12 and is now performing, teaching and composing merrily.
David Bremner is a pianist, composer and organist based in Dublin. Originally from West Cumbria, UK, he moved to Ireland in 1999 following an Organ Scholarship at Keble College, Oxford. He has studied piano with Mary Lennon, and organ with David Sanger and Mark Duley. David is currently Assistant Organist at Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin and has also performed with many of Dublin’s leading ensembles, including the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, New Dublin Voices and Crash Ensemble.
He gives recitals regularly, both as a soloist, and as a duo with soprano Elizabeth Hilliard. In Spring 2010 he accompanied Imelda Drumm and Julian Hubbard in a critically-acclaimed tour by Opera Theatre Company, The Schumann Story. In January 2012 he accompanied Elizabeth Hilliard in a Béal mini-series in the National Concert Hall featuring new specially-commissioned works by Garrett Sholdice and Siobhán Cleary. He also enjoys repetiteuring, most recently for Wide Open Opera’s production of Brian Irvine’s The Oldest Woman in Limerick. In 2013-15 he performed as part of the Association of Irish Composers Irish Canon series, touring a solo recital of organ music by living Irish composers.
David co-directs the music/text production company Béal, and is active as a composer; recent projects include the CD l’air du temps, a work for the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, and a large-scale song-cycle setting the poetry of Irish minimalist poet Billy Mills, written for Hilliard and violist Andreea Banciu.