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Buaine Na Gaoithe with Ronan Molloy, Martin Dyar, Liz Pearse, Chelsea Czuchra and Lindsay Buffington

Saturday 6th of October / 1pm / Athy Community Library

American soprano Liz Pearse and renowned Swiss performers Lindsay Buffington (harp) and Chelsea Czuchra (flute) present a new song cycle by award-winning poet Martin Dyar and composer Ryan Molloy. Dyar and Molloy have achieved a powerful fusion of the best in contemporary classical sounds with the best of contemporary Irish poetry. This landmark work for soprano, flute and harp will appeal both to lovers of music and the written word. An atmospheric, lyrical and vocally adventurous journey, Buaine Na Gaoithe will be performed together with rarely heard works by the Finnish composer Kajia Saariaho and the American composer George Crumb. ‘A thrilling new development in Irish poetry …’ - Bernard O’Donoghue.

As a composer and performer, Ryan Molloy’s work has been performed to international audiences on four continents for over fifteen years, including major concert venues in Switzerland, Germany, England and Ireland. In great demand as an accompanist, he has recorded over a dozen albums and his repertoire spans numerous genres from traditional Irish music to contemporary classical music. Currently a lecturer in composition at Maynooth University, Ryan’s compositional work has won numerous prizes and has been broadcast both nationally and internationally on BBC Radio 3 and Radio Ulster, RTÉ Lyric FM, Radio 1, BBC 2, UTV and BBC World.  Several of Ryan’s works have been chosen to represent Ireland by the International Society for Contemporary Music, at the ISCM Musicarama in Hong Kong in 2015 and at the ISCM World New Music Day in Vancouver in 2017.

Martin Dyar’s debut poetry collection Maiden Names was shortlisted for the Pigott Poetry Prize and the Shine/Strong Award. He won the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award in 2009, and the Strokestown International Poetry Award in 2001. He has also written a play, ‘Tom Loves a Lord’, about the life and work of the Irish poet Thomas Moore. His work is included in the anthology Windharp: Poems of Ireland Since 1916, and has also been added to the Leaving Cert prescribed poetry syllabus. He is a graduate of NUI Galway, and Trinity College Dublin, where he did a PhD in English literature. A former fellow of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, he currently holds the 2018 Arts Council Writer in Residence Fellowship at the University of Limerick.

Finding joy in variety, Liz Pearse is a musician of many pursuits. After a childhood spent playing every instrument she could lay hands upon, Liz began exploring the endless possibilities of the voice. Hers is an instrument possessing an unusual range, colour, and versatility, leading to performances of medieval to modern music on stages around the world. She won both the Dr. Marjorie Conrad Art Song Competition and the BGSU Competitions in Music Concerto Competition while at BGSU.

Passionately dedicated to the flute and new music in particular, Chelsea Czuchra is an active performer in Europe and North America. In addition to working as a freelance orchestral player, Chelsea has diverse experience as a collaborative musician in the realms of new music, various world music and improvisation. Chelsea has performed at the Zeiträume Festival Basel, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, soundSCAPE Festival and more. Radio appearances include KXLU in LA, Radio X in Basel, Switzerland and‚ Relevant Tones’ at WFMT Chicago. Based in Basel, Switzerland since 2000, Chelsea also maintains an active teaching schedule, working with flutists from 5 to 85 years old in both the Swiss and international community.

Lindsay Buffington hails from Maryland, USA, and she has been based in Switzerland since 2005. Lindsay is a multi-faceted performer who thrives on playing in diverse musical styles and in different kinds of groups. She enjoys an active freelance career in Switzerland and abroad, and plays regularly as a soloist and with groups including orchestras, chamber groups, choirs and big bands. She has performed with the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra, Christoph Walter Orchestra, Sinfonietta Basel, and the Sinfonietta Lausanne among others. Lindsay is proud to have co-founded two chamber music duos: Deux en Harpe in 2008, and Cochlea Duo, with the American flutist Chelsea Czuchra, in 2013. She teaches harp at the Musikschule Horw and Musikschule Hochdorf in Kanton Luzern, in addition to being a private harp teacher at the International School of Basel.

A discussion with the performers will be held from 1pm-2pm. The recital will begin at 3pm.

Booking required. Contact Athy Library on 045 980555 or email athylib@kildarecoco.ie