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Media Release 4 November 2014

National Concert Hall announces line-up for ‘Perspectives 2015’ 

  • PHILIP GLASS The Études
  • LAMBCHOP perform NIXON with support Adrian Crowley
  • APRIL JAZZ
    • Reijseger – Fraanje – Sylla 
    • Tomasz Stanko Quartet with Sue Rynhart Duo 
    • Anouar Brahem Quartet with special guest Sean Mac Erlaine (saxophone) 
    • The Bad Plus perform the Ornette Coleman Masterpiece Science Fiction with Ron Miles, Tim Berne and Sam Newsome. Special guest OKO (Dublin electro improvisers)
  • NILS FRAHM 
  • PUNCH BROTHERS with Caoimhin O’Raghallaigh and Dan Trueman; Laghdú
The National Concert Hall is delighted to announce Perspectives Spring 2015, boasting a stunning line-up of some of the finest musicians from Ireland and abroad to perform on an Irish stage including a rare performance by 1970s minimalist composer Philip Glass when he plays his twenty Études, the final four of which were commissioned in celebration of his 75th birthday in 2012.

Also included are the highly acclaimed Lambchop with Choice Music Prize winner Adrian Crowley as guest, Chris Thile’s Punch Brothers with special guests Caoimhin O’Raghalliagh and Dan Trueman; Laghdú, a special Jazz Weekend featuring The Tomasz Stanko Quartet and Sue Rynhart Duo; Oud player Anouar Brahem and his Quartet with guest saxophonist Sean Mac Erlaine; The Bad Plus performing Science Fiction with Ron Miles, Tim Berne and Sam Newsome and berlin based composer and pianist Nils Frahm

Perspectives 2015, opens on Wednesday 21st of January, with the New York City-based quintet of mandolinist Chris Thile, guitarist Chris Eldridge, bassist Paul Kowert, banjoist Noam Pikelny, and violinist Gabe Witcher otherwise known as Punch Brothers with guests Caoimhin O’Raghallaigh (hardanger) and Dan Trueman; Laghdú. Vanity Fair hailed their 2012 album, Who’s Feeling Young Now? as 'their most expressive work yet as an ensemble; sophisticated, pop-y, kinetic and profound, all at once.'

On Sunday 1st February, performing their acclaimed landmark album NIXON will be Lambchop, the long-standing Nashville-based music pioneers. They will be joined by Choice Music Prize-winner Adrian Crowley who marks the release of the stunning ‘Some Blue Morning’ on Chemikal underground.

A new international 'April Jazz', presented by the National Concert Hall and Note Productions, presents four acts over three days in April (10-12) starting with a performance by a trio made up of Ernst Reijseger (cello), Harmen Fraanje (piano), and Moyla Sylla (vocals, marimba, Xalam, Kongoma). Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko, a contemporary jazz hero described by the New Yorker as ‘One of the most original and creative jazz trumpet players in the world’ introduces his quartet with special guest Sue Rynhart Duo. On Saturday 11 April, ECM label artist and oud player Anouar Brahem brings his new project Souvenance to Irish audiences with a special guest performance by acclaimed saxophonist and innovator Sean Mac Erlaine. On Sunday 12, The Bad Plus teams up with a trio of accomplished musicians from three generations of jazz to perform the Ornette Coleman Masterpiece Science Fiction. The concert will be opened by Dublin electro-improvisers OKO.

In what will be one of the highlights of the National Concert Hall calendar year, American composer Philip Glass will perform his now complete twenty Études for piano, alongside pianists Maki Namekawa and Timo Andres on Monday 4 May. One of the most influential composers since the 1970s, Philip Glass started writing this series of twenty piano pieces in the mid-90s to expand his piano technique with music that would enhance and challenge his playing. The result is a body of work that has a broad range of dynamic, tempo and emotion. The final four études were commissioned in celebration of Glass’s 75th birthday in 2012.

Berlin based composer and pianist Nils Frahm who is recognised for his unconventional approach to an age-old instrument, with surprise moments in the new album (such as the sound of him banging a toilet brush on the piano strings to create a dub-sounding track!) performs on Wednesday 17 June. The Observer said ‘Frahm creates something mesmerizing’.

‘Perspectives Spring 2015’ at the National Concert Hall is supported by Today FM and the Irish Independent

Tickets ON SALE Friday 7 November 2014, 10am | Tel: 01 417 00 00 | www.nch.ie

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For Further Media Information /images please contact the National Concert Hall Sinead Doyle| Marketing & PR Manager |01 4170057 |087 177 5334 | sinead.doyle@nch.ie
 

PERSPECTIVES 2015 at the National Concert Hall

Wednesday 21 January 2015, 8pm
Punch Brothers and special guests Caoimhin O’Raghallaigh and Dan Trueman's Laghdú
Tickets: €25
 
Sunday 1 February 2015, 8pm
Lambchop performing their acclaimed album NIXON with support by Adrian Crowley
Tickets: €30
 
Friday 10 April 2015, 6pm
REIJSEGER –GRAANJE – SYLLA Trio 
Tickets: €20
 
Friday 10 April 2015, 8pm
Tomasz Stanko Quartet with special guest Sue Rynhart Duo
Tickets: €30, €35
 
Saturday 11 April 2015, 8pm
Anouar Brahem Quartet: Souvenance with special guest Sean Mac Erlaine (saxophone)
Tickets: €30, €35
 
Sunday 12 April 2015, 8pm
The Bad Plus performs the Ornette Coleman Masterpiece Science Fiction with Ron Miles, Tim Berne and Sam Newsome and special guest OKO 
Tickets €30, €35
 
Monday 4 May 2015, 8pm
Philip Glass: The Études
Tickets: €35, €40
 
Wednesday 17 June 2015, 8pm
Nils Frahm (piano)
Tickets: €27
 
ON SALE Friday 7 November 2014, 10am | Tel: 01 417 00 00 | www.nch.ie 
Special Weekend Ticket for Jazz Weekend (10, 11 12 April 2015) €75
10% discount for Friends of the National Concert Hall and groups of 10 or more