An evening of live art collaborations across literature, visual art and music
An evening of live art collaborations across literature, visual art and music, featuring performances by Sinead Gleeson (Author), Stephen Shannon (Composer/Producer/Musician), Kate Ellis (Cellist, Crash Ensemble) and Rory Tangney (Visual Artist).
Gleeson and Shannon collaborate on text and sound performances of ‘Your Chroma’* a poetic work by Gleeson with musical accompaniment by Shannon, and the premiere of a new work created from her debut collection of essays ‘Constellations’ (published March 27th by Picador).
Tangney and Ellis will perform live drawing and sculpture with works by Irish composers.
Exceptional artists pushing the boundaries of the word, sound and the visual, in varying media and traditions while staying faithful to their individual artistry.
Sinéad Gleeson is a writer, editor and freelance broadcaster. Her essays have appeared in Granta, Winter Papers and Gorse. Her short stories have been published in various anthologies including Repeal the 8th and Faber’s forthcoming Being Various: New Irish Short Stories. She is the editor of the award-winning short anthologies, The Long Gaze Back: an Anthology of Irish Women Writers and The Glass Shore: Short Stories by Women from the North of Ireland. Her essay collection Constellations will be published by Picador in April 2019, and in the US by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in spring 2020.
Stephen Shannon is a composer and music producer based in Dublin, Ireland. Having worked in the industry for over 20 years, Steve has worked on albums that have been released on international labels such as Domino Records, Real World and Chemikal Underground and produced has several award winning/nominated records. At present, Steve is working at his own Studio, Experimental Audio.
As a composer, Steve has written and recorded for film and TV. Recent feature film work includes Director Juanita Williams' film adaptation of Daniel Woodrell’s Tomato Red and the horror movie The Lodgers.
Steve has also recorded and released original music as a member of Halfset, Strands and Mount Alaska, the Dublin based electronic duo he formed with Cillian McDonnell. As a performer, Steve has co-composed and performed original live scores for movies such as The Night of the Living Dead, Der Golem and Metropolis in many venues including BAAM in New York, The National Concert Hall and Christchurch, Dublin.
“Cellist Kate Ellis has an admirable reputation as an instinctive and technically brilliant musician.” -The Irish Examiner
Kate is a versatile musician dedicated to the performance and exploration of all new music. She is cellist and Artistic Director of Crash Ensemble, Ireland’s leading new music group, and a member of Francesco Turrissi’s Taquin experiments, Yurodny, Ergodos Musicians and the electro-folk group Fovea Hex.
Kate has toured and broadcast in Australia, the USA, Europe and China, performing at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Centre, the Canberra International Music Festival, Bang on a Can Marathon (NYC), Town Hall NYC, Shanghai EXPO, Istanbul Akbank Jazz Festival, soundSCAPE festival (Italy), Huddersfield International Contemporary Music Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, Royal Opera House, Barbican Centre, Kings Place (UK) and the National Concert Hall, Dublin.
Kate has collaborated with, commissioned, premiered and recorded works by numerous Irish and International composers including Steve Reich, David Lang, Michael Gordon, Nico Muhly and Donnacha Dennehy and continues to push musical boundaries performing with a diverse range of musicians including Martin Hayes, Bobby McFerrin, Iarla O Lionaird, Gavin Friday and Karan Casey to name but a few.
In 2009, Kate co-founded the highly successful ‘Kaleidoscope Night’ series. A monthly event taking classical and experimental music out of its typical setting and transplanting it into an informal and intimate alternative, a sociable evening of lesser-heard, rarely-heard or never-heard small-ensemble music.
From 2011-2014 Kate was musician in residence at the Cork Opera House and co-curated a festival marking the 75th birthday year of Steve Reich, who said of Kate’s playing ‘she has my unbounded admiration’.
In August 2014 Kate released Jump – an album of specially commissioned works by Irish composers for solo cello and electronics. The album was recorded as part of Diatribe Records musical project Solo Series Phase II, intended as a wide-lens portrait of Ireland’s new musical terrain.
Rory Tangney, is an artist working in sculpture, drawing, installation and sound. Major projects include a solo exhibition at SIrius Arts Centre, Cobh, Co. Cork and, most recently, Invisible Histories - a collaborative project with dancer Mary Wycherley and sound artist La Cosa Preziosa. This work travelled to venues including VISUAL Carlow, Limerick City Gallery, VOID Derry and Uilleann West Cork Arts Centre. Other recent work includes another collaboration, Loop Guiding, with composer Jonathan Nangle which was installed at the National Concert Hall in 2018 as part of New Music Dublin Festival.
He has shown work throughout Ireland including at Solstice Arts Centre, Navan; Ormston House, Limerick; Galway Arts Centre; Rua Red and RHA. He has also had sound work broadcast on Nova, Rte Lyric FM and has also presented work in Berlin, Italy and the UK.
He has collaborated with Kate Ellis a number of times. They have performed in the National Gallery of Ireland; Model, Sligo; Kilkenny Arts Festival and Cork Midsummer’s Festival.
* Published in Gorse literary journal.
The title When All Is Said And Done, is taken from a work by Rory Tangney.