Logical Fallacies – Limerick City of Culture

After our successful Music for thought series in May and June, we are looking ahead to our performance as part of the Limerick City of Culture “Made in Limerick” strand.   We will be presenting another collaboration between David Bremner and Billy Mills: Logical Fallacies, a new song-cycle for soprano and viola.

Elizabeth Hilliard and Andreea Banciu will perform this on September 26th in the wonderful Round Tower Theatre at the World Academy in the University of Limerick.

More details to follow

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Béal Music for thought May – June 2014

Innovative music/text company Béal return with a series of special events organised around the idea of notated classical music as conceptual art. Each concert re-examines the possibilities of what can happen when a composer and performer work outside of existing stereotypes. The series includes the Irish premiere of a major work by Tom Johnson, and new works by Christopher Fox and David Bremner. The series is bookended with readings by long-time Béal collaborator, experimental poet Maurice Scully.

THE DUKES OF BANJAX – 9th May, 8.30pm
Kevin Barry Room, National Concert Hall
New music for banjo and electronics / soprano by David Bremner
featuring Joe O’Farrell (banjo), Elizabeth Hilliard (soprano), Maurice Scully (poet)

ORGAN AND SILENCE – 23rd May, 7:30pm
Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin
The Irish premiere of a large-scale work by Tom Johnson,
performed by David Bremner

SEA TO THE WEST – 6th June, 8.30pm
Kevin Barry Room, National Concert Hall
Music for soprano and electronics: the world premiere of Sea to the West by Christopher Fox andThe Seafarer by Gráinne Mulvey, also Fox: Catalogue Irraisonée (exc.), Georges Aperghis: Récitations (exc.)
performed by Elizabeth Hilliard (soprano), Maurice Scully (poet)

Tickets €12 / €8 | May be purchased from the National Concert Hall box office (no booking fees)

Book now on 01 417 0000 or visit http://www.nch.ie

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TheOpenRehearsals — Centre for Creative Practices — 14 December 2013

Be spell-bound, mesmerised and enthralled by TheOpenRehearsals in their unique synthesis of music and theatre at their final show of 2013. In the intimate venue of the Centre for Creative Practices, Saturday 14th December 3pm, join TheOpenRehearsals as they perform once more before the year is out.

Showing recently developed work, the performance contains the group’s characteristic style of improvisation. An in-depth collaboration between contemporary classical musicians and physical theatre artists, action and music complement and cast new meaning on each other, rather than one following the other. The style is sparse yet dramatic, suggestive yet ambiguous. Creating scenarios of sometimes strong emotion, the audience is a necessary component: each individual creates the story for her or himself.

TheOpenRehearsals are David Bremner (keyboard, musical direction), Conor Donelan (actor/devisor), Sandra González Bandera (actor/devisor), Elizabeth Hilliard (soprano), and Aidan McWatt (viola).

Following two successful appearances earlier in the year, one in July at the Hilltown New Music Festival and in September during the Ranelagh Arts Festival, TheOpenRehearsals are delighted to finish the year with a presentation of their most recent piece. Tickets are €5 and available on the door.

For more, follow @OpenRehearsals or check out Béal’s Facebook and Twitter.

TheOpenRehearsals, supported by Dublin City Council.

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TheOpenRehearsals, December 2013

TheOpenRehearsals, a Béal Festival project, will perform on December 14th in Dublin – save the date!

Make sure to follow TheOpenRehearsals on twitter for updates: OpenRehearsals

While you’re at it, find us on the twittersphere here.

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TheOpenRehearsals – Ranelagh Arts Festival 2013

Following an acclaimed performance at the Hilltown New Music Festival, Co. Westmeath in July 2013, TheOpenRehearsals bring their most recent work to Dublin as part of the Ranelagh Arts Festival.

TheOpenRehearsals are a group of professionally trained classical musicians/theatre artists who come together to explore the possibilities of improvised music theatre. The music, improvised anew in each performance out of a pool of material provided beforehand, creates an environment which the actors feed off, creating dramas of gesture and action.

This combination of music and theatre in one entity is more reminiscent of traditional artforms from around the world than of Western theatre: using physical theatre, masks, and random text, the performance is pitched on the boundaries between abstract music, text art and theatre.

TheOpenRehearsals are: David Bremner (keyboard, composer, writer), Elizabeth Hilliard (soprano), Aidan McWatt (violin), Conor Donelan (actor), Sandra González Bandera (actor), Chris Stynes (percussion), Enda Collins (horn).

22 September 2013, 6pm, Ranelagh Village Market (Opposite Luas Station), Ranelagh, Dublin 6

Tickets €8, available from Ranelagh Arts Festival 01 547 7775

TheOpenRehearsals are kindly supported by Dublin City Council.

TheOpenRehearsals at Ranelagh Arts Festival

TheOpenRehearsals at Ranelagh Arts Festival

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Love:Live Music 21 June 2013

Béal is putting on two events as part of Love:Live Music this year. This is our National Music Day full of free musical events.

Hidden Memories

At 1.15 in the Centre for Contemporary Practices, soprano Elizabeth Hilliard and composer Gráinne Mulvey present a concert of vocal and electronic works.

Works include The Gift of Freedom and The Seafarer (first heard at Béal 2012) – both written for Elizabeth Hilliard’s voice and tape. The tape part for each is constructed using samples from Elizabeth’s voice. Electronic works include Hidden Memories, inspired by a painting by artist Ursula Meehan.

Experience a beautiful concert, in the comfort of this Arts Centre in the centre of town.

L’Air du Temps/The Spirit of the Times

At 6.30 pm in Christ Church Cathedral, David Bremner (organ, composer) and Mark Redmond (uilleann pipes) present a half-hour set entitled L’Air du Temps/The Spirit of the Times, the fruit of a year-long collaboration between the Cathedral’s Assistant Organist, David Bremner, and renowned uilleann-piper Mark Redmond.

The project is all about the connections between the performance styles from two very distinct traditions: traditional Irish slow airs as played on the pipes, and the music of the French Baroque era on the organ. These will be explored in the wonderfully resonant space of the Cathedral, allowing the sounds of these instruments
to intertwine.

These distinct styles in fact share many things; unconstrained rhythmic freedom, expressive richness of ornamentation, and the two instruments together have a unique blend:- the rawness of the pipes adds a new dimension to the Classical associations of the organ, and Bremner has devised a raft of unconventional playing techniques in response to Redmond’s style of playing.

The set will be an atmospheric re-imagining of Eighteenth century Ireland and France, a time of upheaval and revolutionary ferment, and a fertile time of cross-influences.

It conjures a world where the style of the French baroque and the Irish slow air intermingle, where gentlemen pipers such as Lord Edward Fitzgerald recreated in Ireland the fêtes galantes of the French grand siècle. Where historical evidence is patchy Bremner has composed new pieces that invent links that may or may not have actually existed. We see traditional music as part of a common Europe-wide culture, where the barriers between high art and low were flexible.

The piece will be a single, gradual musical journey in which short solos and duos are interweaved; a mixture of existing pieces, arrangements and original compositions by Bremner. The new material is in an original contemporary idiom, a quirky and authentic response to its multiple influences. This is a rare chance to hear the wonderful sound of these instruments with so much in common musically, but associated with very different worlds.

This project was funded by the Arts Council Deis Award.

21 June, 1.15 pm CFCP, 15 Upper Pembroke Street, Hidden Memories Elizabeth Hilliard performs Gráinne Mulvey vocal and electronic works

21 June, 6.30 pm, Christ Church Cathedral Dublin, L’Air du Temps/The Spirit of the Times David Bremner and Mark Redmond perform traditional slow airs, organ music by Couperin and de Grigny, arrangements and compositions by Bremner

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Support Béal Festival

We are really looking forward to the festival next month. We have an amazing lineup of soloists and ensembles performing at the event:

On Friday, singer Iarla Ó Lionáird will join with our vocal group ensembÉal in Eyeless a worked we commissioned from Ailís ní Ríain. ensembÉal, conducted by Orla Flanagan and directed by Andrea Scott will perform six new works, (three of them commissioned by Béal).

On Thursday, Tom Buckner will perform a selection of operas from innovative American composer Robert Ashley.

On Wednesday, ConTempo String Quartet, Tom Johnson, Billy Mills and Elizabeth Hilliard will perform a sequence of works: Haydn’s String Quartet and Tom Johnson’s Formulas for String Quartet will be interspersed by short excerpts from Aperghis’ theatrical Récitations, readings by festival poet Billy Mills and Johnson’s own Sound-Art.

It should be great. Tickets will be available shortly from http://www.smockalley.com.

If you would like to further support this project we would invite you to look at our Friend Scheme.

For €35 Friends will receive:
a festival pass, a complimentary programme and a ticket to a TheOpenRehearsals gig of their choice through 2012 and 2013

for €50 Patrons will receive:
all of the above plus a complimentary drink at the festival

Please send a cheque payable to Béal Festival to 37 Sandford Road, Ranelagh, Dublin 6, including your own contact information with the donation.

If you would like more information on this scheme,
please contact Elizabeth on bealfestival@gmail.com

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