THE Regional Cultural Centre hosts an eclectic musical line-up of different genres and backgrounds joining forces this weekend.
On Thursday, 10th November, at 8pm Music Network presents this captivating, and unusual, combination of cello and accordion. French duo Christian-Pierre La Marca (cello) and Félicien Brut (accordion) present a shared reedy richness, mellow and smooth, enriched by the distinctive phrasings of bellow and bow-stroke on their highly complementary instruments which produce an ever-varying tapestry of sound. Both La Marca and Brut share a love of innovative programming, a curiosity for a wide range of repertoires and styles, and a support of new works for their respective instruments.
In the case of Félicien Brut, this new-music quest truly expands the canon and enriches the number of modern classical works for the accordion. This stunning classical duo of new generation French virtuosos brings Music Network’s Autumn 2022 Season to a fantastic finish with a genre-busting programme World Songs spanning the Baroque to the modern day, including a not-to-be-missed premiere of a new Music Network commission by Irish composer Judith Ring.
The RCC and Music Network are excited to present two further acts joining forces to present new music on Saturday, 12th November, at 8pm. Irish-Dutch singer and guitarist Patrick Stefan Groenland has teamed up with Irish/Persian group, Navá to create new songs with Irish, Persian and African folk influences.With a shared a love of global music, the artists built on recent, successful instrumental performances, adding vocals to complement their considerable multi-string sound palette.
Patrick Stefan is an Irish-Dutch singer, guitarist and wayfarer; born in Co. Clare, he has travelled and lived in different corners of the world from Scandinavia, Brazil to Africa.
Inspiration for his songs come from a colourful background of experience: learning tribal songs in Mali, jazz guitar in Boston, folk singing in Helsinki and drumming in north Brazil.
Nava is a group of young musicians exploring the relationship between the ancient musical cultures of Ireland and Persia. It is comprised of folk/bluegrass musicians Paddy Kiernan and Niall Hughes, and Iranian born brothers Shahab and Shayan Coohe.
The acts were brought together through the second year of the RESONATE music residencies which enable musicians to devote time to the creation of new work and facilitate new creative partnerships.
The programme also provides opportunities to engage audiences by showcasing and performing new material during a live concert performance and on digital platforms.
The Regional Cultural Centre is kindly supported by Donegal County Council and Arts Council Ireland.