Spike, Dublin’s alternative cello festival, will be back for its third installation Friday 8th-Sunday 10th February 2019 in venues across Dublin. After the festival’s hugely successful, entertaining and innovative 2017 & 18 incarnations, the 2019 programme will present unique events with some of the most talented and exciting cello artists & friends from home and abroad.
Then, in the first of the evenings at The Workman’s Club, Irish games composer and cellist Claire Fitch will premiere an interactive gaming piece for cellos and a big screen, commissioned by Spike. Claire, formerly a cellist in the RTÉNSO, has been writing music and creating sound effects for games since 2003, ranging from loud action shooters to quiet and cute educational games. For Spike she has created a project which will call on two cellists to react to movements on screen, as if playing a game, to create a piece of music. After this performance there will be an open mic chance for visiting and resident cellists to perform their own works in five fifteen-minute slots hosted by the festival.
Presenting Scars – the debut album from Irish singer songwriter Eimear. In this show Eimear will take you on a journey of stories from past years, stories of love, life, loss and inspiration. Featuring various guest musicians, each song has its own style and unique element – but all tell a story and all are told by a powerful storyteller. Eimear has been waiting a long time to share these stories with you all and this promises to be a great night.
Music on the night from:
Claire Crehan on keys David McDonald on guitar Claire Fitch on cello Imogen Gunner on violin Philip Donnery on drums Saoirse Lawlor & Louise Lennon on backing vocals
Album art by Callum Knight
Support on the night from Beatrix Nova, an incredible young songwriter who will enchant you with her soulful songs infused with catchy hooks.
The process of how I created this remix involved using Ableton Live, controlled by Touch OSC, plus having various external effects hooked up to the audio interface. Manipulating the digital and analogue effects is what has given this a really off the wall feel.
I plan to do many more!
There is an audio file uploaded to Soundcloud included below:
Lost Souls’ Electronic Cellist at the Narrative Arts Club
Two of Ireland’s most innovative and irreverent storytellers, Adam Wilson and Coilín “The Oh-Aissieux”, present their most gruesome tales of the dead and the undead, while the quick-witted Ambiencellist loops up the goosepimples on cello with electronic effects
The Howl Ensemble is an experimental installation and community action. It is an open system that will live for six hours on a single day. We invite an audience to listen or participate, to come and go, to become obsessed, to become hungry, to join us or dismiss us. There will be music, poetry, bodies, and change.
This event is the second Dublin statement in a nomadic multi-year conversation with Allen Ginsberg’s long poem Howl…. It is not an adaptation of this poem, but rather an embodied ensemble response.
Food, drink, and musical instruments are welcome at this event.
A single ticket purchase (€5) will give all-day access from any time, including re-entry, to this event. Some places will be reserved each hour to join the performing ensemble; these tickets will be €10. Individuals who wish to “top-up” an audience ticket to join the performers may do so at the venue on payment of an additional €5
From the heart of Europe comes a Muslim from the Middle East, standing in an empty space at dusk, full of memories, dreams and hopes…
This hour long piece of music theatre is the initial stage of a collaboration between actress Claudia Schwartz, theatre director Liam Halligan and cellist Claire Fitch. The work is inspired by Austrian playwright Robert Schneider’s play FILTH which Claudia and Liam presented with Project Brand New as part of the Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival 2009.