The Pipes, The Pipes commissioned by The Dock premiered in January 2015. It subsequently went on to tour as a sell-out show at the RHA Gallery for the St. Patrick’s Festival Dublin and yet another sell-out show at Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris in October 2015. It will return to The Dock for one performance during the summer of 2016.
Devised by pioneering DJ & music curator Donal Dineen with three exceptional uilleann pipers, Padraig McGovern, Leonard Barry and Maitiú O Casaide, the work included a live response by Paris based visual artist and videographer Lionel Palun who responded to the music’s mesmerising soundwaves by conjuring live images that were projected behind the performing musicians in real time.
The commission presented an opportunity to celebrate the county’s strong tradition of piping with a fresh perspective, while at the same time celebrating this very distinctive instrument in its own right. The Pipes, The Pipes was an extraordinary opportunity to work with and appreciate the power, beauty and sound of the pipes and to celebrate them as a cornerstone of Irish cultural identity.
It featured in RTE TV highlights of St. Patrick’s Festival, Dublin and received a rave review in the Journal of Music. The commission was funded through the Arts Council’s Music Commission programme.