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Ireland: Cork jazz festival all bout the “craic,” Irish style

CORK, Ireland — Who knew the Irish were so into jazz?

According to program director Jack McGouran of the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival: “They’re here for the craic.”

A Mozaik of styles and sounds by the Lee at the Cork Folk Festival

EVER go on a four-day, ‘round-the-world’ musical bender, and hear instruments you never knew existed, voices to die for and stories that live long in the memory?

Indiependence festival announces additions to lineup

We Are Scientists, Cymbals, Walking on Cars, Foy Vance, New Sunset Hotel, Ryan Sheridan — among the additions to the lineup for Indiependence 2013 announced today.

Press release follows:

Joining a host of great international and Irish artists such as Bastille, De La Soul and Kodaline, INDIEPENDENCE is delighted to announce a further bunch of top class acts for this year’s festival. US Indie rockers, We Are Scientists pave the way along with UK indie disco act, Cymbals.

The Irish contingent has also strengthened considerably with the addition of Ryan Sheridan, Foy Vance, New Sunset Hotel, Trucker Diablo and a welcome return to last year’s Red Bull Bedroom Jam winners, Walking on Cars. More acts are scheduled to be announced right into July, along with the full Bacardi Oakheart line-up and also several Breaking Tunes newcomers.

A first for Indie and a welcome addition to the apocalyptic Darkness arena, the Spoken Word Stage will feature the cream of the crop in spoken word and punk poetry. Headlined by Dundalk troubadour & quintessential Irish punk poet, Jinx Lennon, Indie 13 will also welcome Nagasaki Suntans and some of the leading players in cutting edge performance poetry including slam poet champions; Colm Keegan, Stephen James Smith, Fergus Costello and Abby Oliveira, as well as Cork’s very own punk poet & compere, Wasps vs Humans.

INDIEPENDENCE is also delighted to announce that this year’s associated charity will be the Cork Simon Community – Indie13 will make a donation to their very worthy cause. In 2012, one in every four people staying in Cork Simon’s Emergency Shelter was under 26 years of age.The number of young women using Cork Simon’s emergency support services has doubled over the last four years. More and more younger people are staying in Cork Simon’s high-support houses providing round-the-clock care for people with multiple health and related needs.

INDIEPENDENCE Music & Arts Festival 2013 tickets are on sale now priced at €79 for three days non-camping and €99 for three days with camping. Tickets are available from www.tickets.ie and usual outlets.

The Reich Effect — 27-31 July

Press Release:

Cork Opera House Proudly Presents

THE REICH EFFECT
A Five Day Festival Marking the 75th Year of
Pulitzer Prize Winning Composer, Steve Reich
Wednesday 27 – Sunday 31 July 2011

FESTIVAL HOT TICKET ALERT

Cork Opera House is proud to present The Reich Effect a five day festival marking the 75th year of the Pulitzer Prize winning composer, Steve Reich. A multitude of performances including the Irish premiere of WTC 9/11 by the Kronos Quartet will take place in Cork Opera House and other Cork City venues from Wednesday 27 through Sunday 31 July. In order to celebrate this seminal event we are offering an exclusive FESTIVAL TICKET for a limited timeframe only. The FESTIVAL TICKET is a special package of 5 for €100 (any 5 festival events of your choice). Book now to avoid disappointment by calling Cork Opera House Box Office on 021-4270022.

The New York Times calls Steve Reich “our greatest living composer” and “among the great composers of the century”, while The New Yorker hails him as “the most original musical thinker of our time”. From his early taped speech pieces to his digital video opera, the American’s path has embraced not only aspects of Western Classical music, but the structures, harmonies, and rhythms of non-Western and American vernacular music, particularly jazz.

The Reich Effect will begin with a screening of the film Steve Reich – Phase to Face followed by a public interview with Reich conducted by John Kelly on 27 July in Cork Opera House. Other highlights include the Kronos Quartet (28 July, Cork Opera House), RTÉ Concert Orchestra performing works by Jonny Greenwood (Radiohead) and Kjartan Sveinsson (Sigur Ros) (29 July, City Hall), London Sinfonietta (30 July, Cork Opera House), Efterklang with Daniel Bjarnason and the Messing Orchestra (30 July, Savoy Theatre), Johann Johannsson (31 July, Triskel Christchurch) and Crash Ensemble with Iarla Ó Lionáird and Gavin Friday (31 July, Cork Opera House).

Crash Ensemble will perform Double Sextet for which Steve Reich was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2009.

Local, national and international artists will come together to produce three special programmes of Reich’s music: Counterpoint, Drumming and Phases. These will include two unique dance commissions. David Bolger will dance to Kate Ellis’s Cello Counterpoint and Nic Gaireiss will dance Clapping Music. Both events take place in the Firkin Crane.

The Reich Effect is curated by Mary Hickson, Cork Opera House Chief Executive Officer, and the prize-winning cellist, chamber musician, and musician-in-residence in Cork Opera House, Kate Ellis.

Upon announcing The Reich Effect, Hickson said:

“It is such an honour to present musicians and composers of this calibre in Cork City. It is a wonderful opportunity for Cork to celebrate local talent also. I have always been hugely ‘effected’ by Reich myself since my time studying Music at UCC and it is a real privilege to invite him to Cork. Kate Ellis and I had great fun and deliberation selecting the programme for the festival and we look forward to your reaction and enjoyment over the few days in Cork!”

Budding electronic artists are invited to apply to the Reich Remix Competition. The finalists will be judged and selected by Steve Reich himself, having been shortlisted by a panel of high profile judges including Jim Carroll and Donal Dineen. Reich will also lead a Composition Seminar (places strictly by application).

Other events in Cork Opera House, City Hall, Firkin Crane, Pavilion and Savoy Theatre are currently on sale through Cork Opera House. More events in a variety of venues and outdoor sites will be announced.

The following Reich Event performances are currently on sale:

Wed 27 July, 8pm, Cork Opera House
STEVE REICH – PHASE TO FACE SCREENING
A film by Eric Darmon & Frank Mallet
Followed by Steve Reich public interview with John Kelly
Tickets €20*

Thu 28 July, 6pm, Firkin Crane
COUNTERPOINT
Carolyn Goodwin/Fiona Kelly/Niwel Tsumbu/Kate Ellis
Dance commission: David Bolger (CoisCéim)
REICH: New York Counterpoint
Vermont Counterpoint
Electric Counterpoint
Cello Counterpoint
Tickets €20*

Thu 28 July, 8pm, Cork Opera House
KRONOS QUARTET
REICH: Triple Quartet
The Cave (excerpts)
WTC 9/11 (Irish Premiere)
Different Trains
Tickets €38.50*

Thu 28 July, 10pm, Half Moon Theatre
KALEIDOSCOPE FOLLOWED BY DONAL DINEEN
Cliodhna Ryan and Kate Ellis will curate a special programme focusing on the music that influenced Reich himself.
Tickets €20*

Fri 29 July, 6pm, Cork Opera House
DRUMMING
O’Duo/ Stephen Kelly/ Alex Petcu Colan
Dance Commission: Nic Gareiss
GLASS: Mad Rush
REICH: Music for Pieces of Wood
Drumming Part 1
Six Marimbas
Tickets: €20*

Fri 29 July, 8pm, City Hall
RTE Cork Proms
RTÉ Concert Orchestra
Greenwood (Radiohead): Doghouse
Sveinsson (Sigur Ros): Credo
Tickets €30*

Fri 29 July, 10pm, Pavilion, Carey’s Lane
REICH REMIX CLUB
Tickets €10*

Sat 30 July, 6pm, Firkin Crane
PHASES
Ciara Moroney/Michael Joyce/Elizabeth Cooney
Dance Commission: Nic Gareiss
REICH: Come out
Piano Phase
Clapping Music
Violin Phase
Tickets €20*

Sat 30 July, 8pm, Cork Opera House
LONDON SINFONIETTA AND SYNERGY VOCALS
REICH: Music for 18 Musicians
Tickets €38.50*

Sat 30 July, 10pm, Savoy Theatre
EFTERKLANG WITH DANÍEL BJARNASON AND THE MESSING ORCHESTRA
Tickets €25*

Sun 31 July, 6pm, Triskel Christchurch
JOHANN JOHANNSSON ENSEMBLE
Tickets €20* (also available from Triskel)

Sun 31 July, 8pm, Cork Opera House
CRASH ENSEMBLE
REICH: 2 x 5
DENNEHY: Grá agus Bás (featuring Iarla Ó Lionáird)
RZEWSKI: Coming Together (featuring Gavin Friday)
REICH: Double Sextet
Tickets €25*

REICH REMIX COMPETITION
Competition winners will be invited to perform at the Remix Club in the Pavilion on Friday 29th July. For application information please email reich@corkoperahouse.ie . Closing date for submissions is 17 June.

REICH COMPOSITION SEMINAR
Composers are invited to learn directly from the master himself. Places are limited and registration is essential. For an application please email reich@corkoperahouse.ie > .

Indiependence 2011: Editors, Ash, Therapy?

Indiependence is back for its 6th year and promises to be bigger and better than ever. The festival takes place over 3 days and nights, July 29th – 31st, at Deer Farm just outside Mitchelstown in north Cork, with highlight acts including Editors, Ash, Therapy?, Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip, And So I Watch You From Afar, Whipping Boy and loads more.

The festival site is located a 15 minute walk from the town, while camping is available on site with the relevant ticket. Prices start at €59 for two days (without camping) up to €99 for three days with camping.
Full ticket details and booking links here:
www.indiependencefestival.com/?page_id=3

The Cork News spoke to the organisers about this year’s festival and the planning involved:
www.thecorknews.ie/articles/indie-pendent-spirit

The complete festival line-up and further information can be found at the Indiependence website: www.indiependencefestival.com

A Call for The Reich Remix

Cork Opera House is inviting submissions from budding electronic artists for the experimental Reich Remix Competition.

If you are a musician, DJ, music producer, remixer or Reich aficionado and want to create your own original Reich Effect, then this is for you. The finalists will be judged and selected by none other than Steve Reich, having been shortlisted by a panel of high profile judges including Jim Carroll, Gavin Friday, Stevie G, Nialler09 and Dónal Dineen.

Application packs are available for download here:
http://www.corkoperahouse.ie/sites/default/files/Reich%20Remix%20Competition_1.pdf

Submissions must be received by 5pm Friday 17th June

Further information on the Reich Effect festival from the Opera House website.

“In my generation we tore the wall down, if Brian Eno or David Bowie come to me, and if popular musicians remix my music like The Orb or DJ Spooky it is a good thing”.

— Steve Reich

In 1991, The Orb’s “Fluffy Little Clouds” gave a major pop nod to Steve Reich, whose composition “Electric Counterpoint” served as the foundation for the band’s breakthrough hit. Reich’s entire output — from early tape collages and pioneering work to his later, larger and more intricate works, including collaborations with visual artists — has served as both template and inspiration for a growing legion of electronic musicians and DJs. The ideas that Steve Reich has been mining for the past three decades have inspired not only the sensibilities of today’s youth culture, but also the technological developments that have shaped them.

“From the phase-shifting tape loop pieces of the early to mid-60s, to the later, more ‘composed’ works with their gradually developing cellular rhythmic and melodic structures, an approach which reached its apogee in the late 70s, Reich’s music can be heard echoing across the Electronica spectrum, from the most hardcore German Techno to Aphex Twin, D*Note, Alec Empire, Tortoise, Panasonic…”

—The Wire

Indiependence — Mitchelstown July 31st – August 1st

Indiependence 2010 returns this August bank holiday weekend at Deer Park on the old Dublin road just outside Mitchelstown. The new location hosts on-site camping & parking facilities, and will feature 4 covered stages.

See the Indiependence website for the latest full lineup; meanwhile some highlights include:

Bavaria Main Stage
Headliners include White Lies, Alabama 3, Reverend & The Makers and The Coronas

The Cyprus Avenue Arena
Delorentos, Jape & Duke Special

The Monster Mash
The stage will see a mix of rock, electro and DJ’s from mid afternoon to early morning.

The Square
Live music, comedy, DJs, live electro, merchandise, vendors & chillout area.
“…a new addition for 2010, it is an arena within a village within a festival…
a 1,000 capacity tent where you will be able to see just a little bit of everything.”

Tickets priced at €59 (or €79 including camping) are available online from Ticketgroup.

More info at www.indiependencefestival.com

Cork X Southwest — Skibbereen July 31st

Murphy’s presents Cork X Southwest, in its fourth year taking place at The Showgrounds in Skibbereen on Saturday July 31st. Headliners announced to date include Bonnie Prince Billy and Martha Wainwright.

This year’s one day festival sees acts performing over 4 stages:

The Blue Tent
MARTHA WAINWRIGHT
BONNIE ‘PRINCE’ BILLY AND THE CAIRO GANG
HOTHOUSE FLOWERS
THE FRANK AND WALTERS
MICK FLANNERY
JOHN SPILLANE
NEON FLEA CIRCUS

The Little Big Tent
FUTURE TRAD COLLECTIVE
BRIAN DEADY
O EMPEROR
THE CÉILÍ ALL STARS
SUCKITT & C
JINX LENNON
BRAY VISTA
JOEL PLASKETT
TREMBLING BELLS
TKO
THE SOCIAL SERVICES
FREEZERROOM

De Barras Sitting Room
THE HANDSOME FAMILY
INTERFERENCE
LUKA BLOOM
LOW MOUNTAIN
GAVIN MOORE
LJ HILL (OZ)
TRAMPSTERDAM
DEAD CAT BOUNCE (COMEDY BAND)

An Realt Dearg tent
JOHN DALY
CRAIG SMITH (6TH BOROUGH PROJECT)
SUNDAY TIMES SOUNDSYSTEM
ELECTRIC UNDERGROUND DJ’S
BOOCHY
SEAN GALVIN & ADAM DUNBAR
SHANE BREEN
JOHN COAKLEY
JACK BUCKLEY (MOONS)
BRIAN RING
DR. HERRINGBONE DREAD

Tickets at €55 are available from:
www.tickets.ie
Cork Tickets (ex Plug’d Records), Washington st, Cork, 021 4276300
De Barra’s, 55 Pearse st Clonakilty, 023 36549 Wed 6pm – 11pm.

Camping is available within the festival grounds for €10 per person.
Tickets can be purchased at the gate between 6pm and 9pm on Friday 30th July and from 1pm on Saturday 31st.

More info at www.corkxsw.com and www.myspace.com/corkxsw

LiveStock — Schull, July 3rd

New mini-festival taking place in Schull on July 3rd, featuring:
Ian Whitty & The Exchange, O Emperor, Setmaker, John Blek & The Rats, Travega, 21 Demands, Novella Hermosa, Martin Staunton & The Lost Parade, Jill D. & Gill.

Livestock is a one day music festival which aims to support Irish artists through local festivals concentrating on Music and Art.

LiveStock festival has established reputable artists performing alongside new emerging acts offering both the opportunity to showcase there work to a large audience.

Ireland has some of the finest artists in the world and we are very fortunate to be able to play a small part in showcasing this talent.

This is the 3rd LiveStock Festival and it has been host to some of the finest acts in Ireland today including most recently, Delorentos, Codes, The Chapters, Ian whitty & the Exchange, 21Demands, T.K.O., The Hot Sprockets, and more.

LiveStock Music Festival — Saturday 3rd July 2010

The Courtyard Bar, Schull, Co.Cork

Admission €8, Gates 2pm.

www.myspace.com/livestockcork

www.facebook.com/livestockfestival

Southern Gothic week @ the Crane Lane

Southern Gothic posterBandicoot promotions’ Southern Gothic week got underway last night at the Crane Lane Theatre with a late night show featuring Reverend Deadeye. Featuring 10 performers in 5 days, the event is billed as a week of blues, country, rockabilly, post punk, antifolk, swing jazz and hillbilly punk.

Read more about it in this article from the Cork Independent.

Southern Gothic: April 28th – May 4th at the Crane Lane Theatre
Free entry for all shows
(with the exception of Boa Morte’s album launch on Saturday – only a tenner, and you get your own copy of the album)