China Meets Ireland 

 

Works by Zhao Xi, John Buckley

Traditional Chinese Music for Er Hu, Pi Pa and Gu Zheng

Traditional Irish Music for Fiddle and Flute

 

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China Meets Ireland is an inter-cultural programme presenting two aspects of Chinese and Irish music featuring traditional Chinese music from a thousand year tradition and new music from China written in the past 10 years. Ireland’s rich heritage of traditional music is presented with airs and dance tunes for fiddle and flute, Irish Harp and Guitar. New Irish music is represented with the iconic work by John Buckley, ‘I Am Wind On Sea’ for solo voice and a selection from A GIRL by Seoirse Bodley with poetry by Brendan Kennelly. A new work by the renowned Chinese composer Zhao Xi using similar ancient Chinese and old Irish poetry, voice, piano and Gu Zheng will be premiered. Two special concerts will take place:

 

Zhao Xi, Composer, professor and head of the composition Department of the Wuhan Conservatory of Music, is also the director of the Hubei Music Association. His prize-winning compositions encompass both chamber music and symphonic works.

 

Huang Hao, Tenor, is the head of Vocal Studies at the Wuhan Conservatory of Music and has won prizes in international operatic competitions. He has a BA and MA in Music and a Solo Diploma as Concert Singer from the Stuttgart Musikhochschule. He is director of the international Student Association of the Hubei Province.

 

Gu Ling-Yin, Pianist, was born in Taiwan and was awarded a DAAD scholarship for studies in Hannover, Germany, where she received a Masters in Piano Performance and a Diploma as Solo Pianist. She has given concerts in Berlin, Cologne, Hamburg, Dreseden and Leipzig. Since 2010 she teaches at the Wuhan Conservatory of Music and gives concerts and lectures on stylistic interpretation. She is dedicated to the performance of contemporary music, chamber music and Lieder recitals.

 

Yang Jin, Pi Pa, has won numerous prizes since her debut in 1997. As a traditional Lute player, she gives concerts throughout China and Taiwan and currently teaches Pi Pa at the Wuhan Conservatory of Music.

 

Wan Ji, Er Hu, has won numerous prizes as one of the best Er Hu players in China. Her most recent awards were from the Chinese Cultural Ministry in 2005 and the Chinese Education Ministry in 2009. She is currently teaching Er Hu at the Wuhan Conservatory of Music.

 

Liu Le, Gu Zheng, is also the winner of many awards including the highest award for a musician in China, the Golden Bell Award. He plays at numerous music festivals and concerts and was a soloist with the Radio Orchestras of Berlin, Copenhagen, Göteborg, France, Belgium, Luxemburg, Singapore and Shanghai. He has performed more than 10 world premieres featuring works that were written for him. His repertoire also includes programmes of Chinese music and World Music.

 

Aylish Kerrigan, Mezzosoprano, has been a guest professor at the Wuhan Conservatory of Music in China since 1994, where she gives master Classes in the performance of German Lieder and has established the first library of Irish music in China. She has also founded a competition for the Interpretation of German Lieder, the first of its kind in China, and has begun a Foundation to promote further study of this music by Chinese singers. In 2009, she was awarded a PhD from the Dundalk Institute of Technology for her research project on the vocal music of Arnold Schoenberg, which was published by Peter Lang publishing company in September 2011. In May 2011 she was made a ‘Chu Tian Scholar’, the highest academic award given to foreign professors. by the Chinese government. She performs throughout Europe, China, Russia and the USA in concerts of new Irish works, Lieder and German Theatre Music.

 

Dearbhla Collins, Pianist, is regarded as one of Ireland's finest and most versatile musicians. As well as being an accomplished and prize-winning solo pianist with a distinguished performing career nationally and internationally, she is respected equally as chamber musician and vocal coach and teaches at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Dearbhla specializes in the song repertoire and appears regularly in concert with Irish and international singers. In addition to European and American performances, she has given many concerts and Master Classes in China at the conservatories in Beijing, Shanghai and Wuhan and has performed at the prestigious ‘National Centre for the Performing Arts’ in Beijing with Aylish Kerrigan.

Gerry O'Connor, Fiddle, is one of Ireland's most outstanding traditional players. His family has played fiddle for at least four generations and Gerry is able to draw on this wealth of music learned from his mother Rose O'Connor and also from hand-written manuscripts passed down through the family.

 

His unique personal style and splendidly fluid bow-hand combined with technical virtuosity have brought him to concert stages throughout the world and have earned him international renown. He is a founding member of the band Skylark and recorded four albums with this highly respected band that had toured Europe for 10 years. The Brighid's Kiss album of his own band La Lúgh was voted album of the year.

 

Fintan Vallely, Traditional Flute Player, is a musician, writer, lecturer and researcher on traditional music. From Co. Armagh, he has taught flute at the Willie Clancy summer school in Co. Clare since 1986. His PhD research – Flute Routes to 21st Century Ireland- concerned the entry of the flute in Ireland, and his work since includes investigation of the origins of the bodhrán in Ireland. His published works include the major reference work, the edited, A-Z Companion to Irish Traditional Music (1999) and the newly edited version (2011) and his new edition of The Irish Flute Tutor (2013). A lecturer on Irish traditional music, he has taught on programmes in NUI Maynooth, University of Ulster, DkIT and Trinity College Dublin and has lectured extensively in Germany and the USA.

 

 

China Meets Ireland is an inter-cultural programme presenting two aspects of Chinese and Irish music featuring traditional Chinese music from a thousand year tradition and new music from China written in the past 10 years. Ireland’s rich heritage of traditional music is presented with airs and dance tunes for fiddle and flute, Irish Harp and Guitar. New Irish music is represented with the iconic work by John Buckley, ‘I Am Wind On Sea’ for solo voice and a selection from A GIRL by Seoirse Bodley with poetry by Brendan Kennelly. A new work by the renowned Chinese composer Zhao Xi using similar ancient Chinese and old Irish poetry, voice, piano and Gu Zheng will be premiered. Two special concerts will take place:

Date

Event and Venue

Booking

Thu, 29 May, 2014 @1.15pm

Small lunch time concert, St. Ann´s Church

Contact 01-6767727 or stannschurch@eircom.net

Sat, 31 May, 2014 @7.00pm

Main concert, St. Patrick´s Cathedral

 

 

 

I am an Irish fiddle player, music producer and label owner of Lughnasa Music. Please check out on my projects page the various activities I am presently involved in;  these include performing, teaching, arranging and producing.

 

 A selection of CDs are available from the Store, including Lá Lugh, Skylark, Journeyman and all more recent projects on which I am working: Oirialla, Jig Away the Donkey and a live Duo album with longtime musical partner, Breton guitarist Gilles le Bigot .

 

The long awaited album Bilingua by Eithne Ní Uallacháin is now available at Gael Linn label. Please visit Eithne's website for lots of photos and details abouth Eithne's life and her music. 

 

Recent developments include the publication of Cathal McConnell's song collection "I Have Travelled this Country" and, in collaboration with Fintan Vallely, we have created a mixed media one hour concert presentation of Fintan's  "Companach", the definitive Encyclopedia of Irish Music.

 

I continue to play as guest musician with  the wonderful White Raven vocal trio  and the celebrated and highly successful veterans of the Irish folk music scene The Irish Rovers. Check out these activities under Projects. 

 

I also manage a business in Violin Restoration and Sales under O'Connor Violins.

 

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Thank you for taking the time to visit the site.

 

    Gerry

 

 

Gerry in 1976 aged 17

Photo taken by Bobby Hanvey in his studio in Downpatrick, Co. Down. I played with Bobby and Hilda (?) in their band Hauld yer Whist" in the summer of 1976... an eclectic selection of music that had us feted in an Orange parade through Castlewellan in August of that year ...