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The Vespertine Quintet - A dark Christmas

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The Inkwell Theatre Tracton Arts and Community Centre Minane Bridge Co. Cork
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  • December 29, 8:00pm

The quintet (which is made up of traditional string quartet and piano, with additional electronics, voices and other quirky instruments) began as a way to get through a particularly dark West Cork winter, hosting house concerts and playing the lush and ethereal music of Icelandic composer Olafur Arnalds and Estonian Arvo Pärt. Since then, the last few years have seen them in two winter-long residencies in De Barras, collaborating with an eclectic range of artists and songwriters such as Adrian Crowley, Liam O Maonlai and Swedish Alto Camilla Griehsel, as well as bringing their music to arts festivals and concerts on some far ung islands of West Cork. Their debut record was recorded over the space of a year as live takes and mixed to 1/4” tape by Justin Grounds. As such it has a sound both old fashioned and conversely very modern. It features transcendent moments from collaborations with Choice Music Prize winning songwriter Adrian Crowley and Swedish Alto Camilla Griehsel, as well as intimate recordings where the quintet set up in their own rooms and captured the sounds of two of their own pianos. The microphones were placed to capture the creaks, the thrumming of the wood oor boards, the clicks of a piano key - music made by humans! Alongside pieces by Purcell, Arvo Pärt and Benjamin Britten, there are new works by members of the group; Jo Perry’s beautiful instrumentals, Jessie Kennedy’s stunning song about Castlefreke, and the record nishes peacefully with a lullaby by Justin Grounds featuring a sound recording of his 18 month old son singing himself to sleep. 

Check out their new album 'Before a New Harbour Can Be Built, Difficult Things Must Be Worked Out' here!

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