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World Premiere: ‘Jubal’s Air’ for Uilleann Pipes and Double String Quartet by Kevin Volans

Triskel Arts Center in association with Living Youghal presents ‘Jubal’s Air’ by Kevin Volans, commissioned by Youghal 2020: St Mary’s 800 to mark 800e Anniversary of St. Mary’s Collegiate Church in 2020.

Scored for Uilleann Pipes (David Power) and two string quartets (Contempo Quartet, Ficino Quartet), this remarkable and beautiful composition by acclaimed composer Kevin Volans will receive its world premiere two years after it was originally commissioned by Youghal 2020: St Mary’s 800e on the occasion of the anniversary of the Church. Internationally renowned conductor David Brophy will lead the live world premiere.

“Jubal’s Air” will be a breathtaking experience when performed live in the beautiful and historic setting of St. Mary’s. The reunion of not one but two string quartets associated with the solo virtuosity of David Power’s Uilleann Pipes will be an unforgettable and unique event. “Jubal’s Air” is a new and permanent legacy created especially for this important anniversary in Youghal, and will itself be added as a notable event in the history of the Church.

Kevin Volans is one of Ireland’s greatest living composers. Originally from South Africa, Volans became an Irish citizen in 1994. His work is acclaimed worldwide. In 1997, the BBC music review listed him as one of the 50 most important living composers and he was described by the Voice of the village (New York) as “one of the most original and unpredictable voices on the planet”. The composer’s 70se The anniversary was recently celebrated at Wigmore Hall in London and in Milan.

David Power is one of Ireland’s most renowned Uilleann Pipes players. Originally from Dungarvan, David has performed the work of Kevin Volans in the past, notably at the National Concert Hall in Dublin, where a Concerto for Uilleann Pipes and Orchestra was written by the composer especially for him.

“Uilleann piper David Power is a born collaborator. His incisive and fluid piping style has led him to work with a wide range of musicians and composers. – Irish weather

“…its phrasing and meticulous use of twisted notes and timbral accidentals opened wide the heart of the melody, making it unspeakably desolate, yet as beautiful as death itself.” – Sydney Morning Herald.

Formed in 1995 in Bucharest, ConTempo Quartet is recognized as one of the most exciting and dynamic chamber ensembles performing today. He has performed worldwide in many prestigious venues, winning prizes at competitions in Munich, Rome and London, and has worked alongside artists of the highest caliber. He has widely broadcast on European radios and created and recorded many contemporary pieces. ConTempo Quartet was chosen as the Ensemble-in-Residence of Galway Music Residency in 2003 and continues to captivate audiences across the city and county with its repertoire of classical, contemporary, folk and traditional music. In June 2016, members were awarded honorary Doctorates of Music by NUI Galway in recognition of their role in promoting music and education in the West of Ireland. In 2013, ConTempo was also named TEN‘s Quartet in Residence.

Ficino set was formed by artistic director Nathan Sherman in 2012 as a flexible chamber music group that performs all great music for small ensembles, ranging from string trios to works written for larger ensembles. Ficino Ensemble’s goal is to perform works that appeal to a discerning audience while championing lesser-known works that deserve appreciation. To date they have been invited to play for President Michael D. Higgins, Howth Chamber Music Series, Music in Kilkenny Series, Hugh Lane [email protected] Series, Cork Orchestral Society and the Irish Georgian Society. They performed a highly successful chamber music series at the National Concert Hall in August 2016. Upcoming engagements include performances at Music for Galway, Kaleidoscope Dublin, the Hugh Lane Gallery, Musictown Festival and Festiv’ards Portaferry. Their concerts have been described as exciting and intimate with high caliber ensemble playing. The members of the group are recognized in Ireland and abroad as soloists and chamber musicians.

David Brophy is a former chief executive of the TEN Concert Orchestra and has collaborated with many internationally renowned soloists including Lesley Garret, Sir James Galway, Lang Lang and Nicola Benedetti to name a few. His work with ensembles specializing in new music, including Vox 21 and Crash Ensemble, has led to many premieres including Steve Reich’s Irish premiere Music for eighteen musicians and André Prévin A tram called Désir, alongside recent world premieres of arrangements by Nico Muhly for traditional Irish singer Iarla Ó Lionáird. David’s operatic work has been widely acclaimed, partnering with Lyric Opera Productions, Opera Theater Company, Opera Ireland, Glasthule Opera and Northern Ireland Opera, including in their recent acclaimed partnership with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, conducting Handel’s play Radamisto. Beyond the realm of strictly musical performances, he has regularly collaborated in concert with major international actors, including Brendan Gleeson, Fiona Shaw, Stephen Rae and Adrian Dunbar.