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Present Music will explore the elements of life, love and death featuring world-renowned Sean-nós singer Iarla Ó Lionáird on Friday, April 11 at Turner Hall Ballroom. Ó Lionáird will perform three works including Donnacha Dennehy’s Grá agus Bás (Love and Death) which NPR Music described as, “murmuring strings and winds at the beginning, combined with propulsive, primal rhythms at the end, creating one of the best and most satisfying listening experiences of the year.” UWM faculty artists Lee Ann Garrison, Brooke Thiele, Dean Valadez and Patrick Lichty, and artist Shannon Molter will exhibit multimedia art installations. Danceworks Artistic Director and UWM Dance faculty Dani Kuepper will present new choreography to Phil Kline’s “Exquisite Corpses”.
PM will also perform Life by Louis Andriessen, with a film by Marijke van Warmerdam.
Stay afterward for a mesmerizing performance by Milwaukee’s own Gypsy Noir band, The Vitrolum Republic!
Program (Subject to change)
Táim Cortha ó Bheith Im’ Aonar Im’ Luí (I’m Weary from Lying Alone)
Táim Sínte Ar do Thuama (I Am Stretched Out On Your Grave)
Fire Hose Reel
Grá agus Bás(Love and Death)
Iarla Ó Lionáird
Iarla O'Lionáird grew up and learned his craft in the musical heartland of Cúil Aodha in the West Cork Gaeltacht. From his early recording of the vision song, Aisling Gheal, while still a boy, through his recent recordings, O’Lionaird has established himself both as a masterful exponent of Sean Nós Song and as a pioneer in its renewal and development.
O'Lionáird has always been a collaborator and an artist seeking new fields of engagement. His collaborations with Peter Gabriel on Ovo have taken on an increasingly classical form. His song-cycle with Gavin Bryars, Anail De (The Breath of God), reflects a deep artistic collaboration and friendship with the composer. Similarly, he has worked extensively with acclaimed Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy and his group The Crash Ensemble. O'Lionáird recently completed a tour including a sell-out show at The National Concert Hall in Dublin with his new band with Martin Mayes called The Gloaming.
Born in Dublin in 1970, Donnacha Dennehy has received commissions from Kronos Quartet, Alarm Will Sound, and Bang On A Can All-Stars, among many others. His work has been featured in festivals such as ISCM World Music Days,Bang On A Can in New York, WNYC’s New Sounds Live, and Sonic Evolutions Festival at Lincoln Center. Dennehy lectures in music composition at Trinity College Dublin, and was appointed a Global Scholarat Princeton University for 2012-13.
Returning to Ireland after studies abroad at the University of Illinois (USA), Ircam (France) and the Netherlands, Dennehy founded the Crash Ensemble, Dublin's now renowned new music group. Crash Ensemble is very much associated with the performance of many of Dennehy's landmark works, including the pieces Grá Agus Bás (with the singer Iarla O' Lionaird) and That the Night Come (with Dawn Upshaw). The Guardian, in a 5-star review of that discreferred to the music's "startling freshness". NPR named the disc one of its "50 Favorite Albums" (in any genre) of 2011.
Louis Andriessen is one of Europe's most eminent and influential composers. His music combines propulsive energy, economy of material and distinctive sonorities, often dominated by pungent wind and brass, pianos and electric guitars. His works show influence of Stravinsky andexplore, in relation to music, the subjects of politics, time, velocity, matter and mortality. Andriessen is a central figure in the Dutch contemporary arts scene, and winner of the 2011 Grawemeyer Award. His 75th birthday will be celebrated in Washington DC April 6-13 in a festival presented by The Atlas Performing Arts Center, Great Noise Ensemble, National Gallery of Art, Strathmore, and Shenandoah Conservatory celebrating his musical contributions.
Marijke van Warmerdam
Marijke van Warmerdam is internationally renowned for her short films, photographs and sculptures, forming an extraordinarily consistent body of work. In her work she portrays minute moments of life, manipulating them with simple, usually mechanic techniques such as repetition, mirroring or shifts in focus. Van Warmerdam creates an abstraction, a timeless, nearly still moment. Marijke van Warmerdam's work has featured in numerous important international exhibitions, including the Sydney, Berlin, Kwangju and Venice Biennials, and Documenta X.
The Vitrolum Republic
The Milwaukee-based Vitrolum Republic’s sound is a combination of various styles that can best be described as classically infused folk music. Over the course of their first full-length album, For Highbrow Sideshows and Rowboat Serenades, they cover many different styles of music, but all in a way that feels rooted in a style all their own, which they have come to call Gypsy Noir. Their original compositions blur genres, combining classical elements with singer-songwriter, folk, bluegrass, blues and gypsy tango styling. Their music is diverse, and draws upon the acoustic instrumentation that each member brings to the stage; violin, piano, acoustic guitar, accordion, mandolin, banjo upright bass and a variety of percussion instruments.
The Vitrolum Republic is: Nick Waraksa - Piano, Accordian, Vocals, Jordan Waraksa - Violin, Guitar, Vocals, Chuck Lawton - Bass, Guitar, Vocals, and Benjamin Schaefer – Percussion.