Media Release 25 July 2014
Brassland and the National Concert Hall curate special weekend of concerts showcasing the label’s biggest artists for final concert of ‘Perspectives 2014’
• Sounds of the South with Megafaun, Fight the Big Bull & Frazey Ford
• Doveman’s Burgundy Stain Sessions with Glen Hansard, Sam Amidon, Paul Noonan and Lisa O’Neill.
• Buke and Gase - Brooklyn duo Arone Dyer and Aron Sanchez
• This is the Kit - Kate Stables
• Crash Ensemble perform the music of Bryce Dessner
The National Concert Hall and New York Label Brassland have collaborated to curate a weekend of music entitled ‘Brassland@NCH’ on 13 and 14 December 2014 showcasing some the label’s biggest artists and like-minded friends. The unique weekend, the final in the National Concert Hall’s flagship series ‘Perspectives 2014’, is hotly tipped to be one of the most anticipated musical events of the year.
The Brassland label which has been described as the ‘centre of New York’s other music scene’ by The Guardian was started in 2001 by Alec Hanley Bemis and twin brothers/musicians Aaron Dessner and Bryce Dessner, both best-known for their work with The National. The music associated with the Brassland label comes from a place where folk, classical and alternative rock traditions combine in a kind of alchemical reaction; the musicians associated with it are drawn from an extended family of friends and collaborators connected to the American rock band, The National.
Brassland@NCH comprising of 5 unique events, will be anchored by two main evening concerts the first of which features Sounds of the South with Megafaun (from North Carolina), Virginia Jazz Collective Fight the Big Bull and Frazey Ford (lead singer with The Be Good Tanyas) on 13 December at 8pm. Sounds of the South presents hymns, blues and folk ballads captured by Alan Lomax in 1959 during a two month trip through Virginia, the Mississippi Delta and the Georgia Sea Islands.
On Sunday 14 at 8pm, Doveman (aka pianist/producer Thomas Bartlett) presents his Burgundy Stain Sessions which began in 2011 as a monthly salon at (le) Poisson Rouge in Manhattan’s West Village. For his concert in Ireland - the second edition of this event staged outside of New York - Doveman will be joined by the who’s-who of folk inspired Irish musicians including Glen Hansard (of The Frames, Once, The Swell Season), Paul Noonan (Bell X1 ), Lisa O’Neill and Sam Amidon.
Other concerts taking place that weekend include: The Crash Ensemble performing the music of Bryce Dessner, composer, guitarist and curator and founding member of the Brassland label, at 3pm on Saturday 13 December. At 4.30pm UK singer and instrumentalist Kate Stables will be joined by a host of musicians for her project This is Kit and later that evening at 6.30pm Brooklyn-based musical duo Buke & Gase will wow audiences with their use of handmade instruments such as the "toe-bourine;" the "buke," a six-string former-baritone ukulele; and the "gase," a guitar-bass hybrid.
Brassland@NCH is the final concert of the National Concert Hall’s Perspectives Series 2014 which is supported by the Irish Independent and Today FM.
Tickets on sale: Wednesday 30 July (and Monday 28 July for Friends of the National Concert Hall).
For further information please contact:
Sinead Doyle, Marketing & PR Manager, National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2. Tel: 01 417 0057/ 087 1775334
Saturday 13 December
Crash Ensemble perform the music of Bryce Dessner
13 December, 3.00pm, Engineering Library
Bryce Dessner is a composer, guitarist, and curator based in New York City, He has received widespread acclaim as a composer and guitarist for the improvising new music quartet, Clogs. He has received commissions from contemporary ensembles such as Kronos Quartet and eighth blackbird, and his works are performed by some of the most established performers including Britten Sinfonia, Copenhagen Philharmonic and Amsterdam Sinfonietta.
This Is The Kit
13 December, 4.30pm, Engineering Library
This Is The Kit is the much beloved musical project of Kate Stables, born in England and based in Paris, though the heart of their musical community remains in Bristol, UK. Kate sings, plays guitar, banjo, trumpet and percussion, while a cast of carefully hand-plucked friends deliver guitar strums, banjo plucks, hushed horns and electronic textures that sit beneath Stables’s easy, earnest lilt. “Just one of the best things I’ve heard all year… wonderful wonderful stuff…”
– Guy Garvey, Elbow and BBC 6Music
Buke & Gase
13 December, 6.30pm, Engineering Library
Buke And Gase: Since 2008, New York. Arone Dyer and Aron Sanchez. Instrumental inventions, due to limited size, breed compositional challenges that lead to instrumental upgrades, further influencing musical direction. Buke: atypically small 6-string guitar. Gase: guitar/bass hybrid. Minimal big beats from foot-activated, low and high frequency percussion. Musical content may consist of volatile rhythmic scenery and panoramic vocal melodies. Discerning difficult intervals: fives and fifteens are fun!
Sounds of the South
with Megafaun, Fight the Big Bull & Frazey Ford
13 December, 8pm, Main Auditorium
Be transported to the deep American south as psych-folk artists Megafaun, jazz collective Fight the Big Bull led by Matthew E. White and Frazey Ford – a lead singer with cult Canadian alt-folk trio The Be Good Tanyas – bring the heart and soul of American music to life in this UK premiere.
Drawing from the field recordings of acclaimed American folklorist and ethnomusicologist, Alan Lomax – the man Dylan credits with introducing him to folk music – Sounds of the South will see the 14 piece ensemble reinterpret Lomax’s ground breaking 1961 six LP release Sounds Of The South - A Musical Journey From The Georgia Sea Islands To The Mississippi Delta Recorded In The Field By Alan Lomax.
Gathered during a two-year mission into the American southeast, these field recordings capture the most traditional of American sounds – gospel, blues, country, folk and bluegrass. Archived in the vaults of the National Library of Congress, this collection has since been hailed as the most important compilation of American folk music ever compiled, and has been sampled from artists as varied as Bruce Springsteen and Moby.
'Alan unlocked the secrets of this kind of music – if we've got anybody to thank, it's Alan.' Bob Dylan
Tickets: €45, €50
[€20% Discount for Friends of the National Concert Hall/ 10% discount for groups of 10 or more.]
Sunday 14 December
Doveman’s Burgundy Stain Sessions
with Glen Hansard, Sam Amidon, Paul Noonan, Lisa O’Neill.
14 December 8pm, Main Auditorium
The Burgundy Stain sessions began in 2011, as a monthly musical salon at (Le) Poisson Rouge in Manhattan's West Village. Led by the pianist/producer Thomas Bartlett aka Doveman, guests included his friends Norah Jones, Laurie Anderson, Rufus Wainwright and Owen Pallett.
For this concert — only the second edition of the event staged outside of New York — Thomas will surround himself recent collaborators, which doubles as a who's who of folk-inspired Irish music including Glen Hansard (The Frames, Once, Swell Season), Paul Noonan (Bell X-1), Lisa O'Neill and Sam Amidon.
Bartlett is known for his work with iconic left-of-centre pop artists like The National, Antony and the Johnsons, and Martha Wainwright. In Ireland, he's since become even better known for his role in reinventing and refreshing the sound of Irish music in his work with the all-star band The Gloaming.
Tickets: €25, €30