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Welcoming Singer-Songwriters Behind Closed Doors

Cat Dowling and Lorraine Nash Online from Triskel

Cat Dowling and Lorraine Nash are two exciting additions to Triskel’s Behind Closed Doors concert series. Dowling will perform on Friday 28 May at 8pm while Lorraine Nash will be online from Triskel on Friday 4 June. Tickets are on sale from 10am on Thursday 6 May.

“It’s a pleasure to welcome Cat Dowling and Lorraine Nash to Triskel,” commented Tony Sheehan, Triskel’s Artistic Director. “Cat is a well established performer whose voice has been lauded as one of the most wonderful and evocative in Irish contemporary music, while newcomer Lorraine has quickly become one of the most played female artists on Irish radio. These concerts will be very special.”

Dowling will be joined by Gerry Horan, a composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist whose career in music spans twenty years, and Marje Gaynor, a Cork-based violinist and viola player who specialises in Baroque music and plays with various Irish and European ensembles.

 Tickets for each concert are €10 per household – get yours now for Cat Dowling and Lorraine Nash.

Triskel Gets To Know … Adrian Mantu

Adrian Mantu, cellist with the ConTempo Quartet

Did you know that Adrian Mantu, cellist with the long-established ConTempo Quartet, recorded music of Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks’ Band of Brothers? We wanted to know more!

Who is your hero? The unsung icebreakers, throughout the human kind history

If you could perform anywhere, where would it be? Besides Triskel 😉 anywhere there is 1+ person in the audience

What is your favourite thing about your career? Interacting with diverse artists & cultures

What motivates you to work hard? Injustice & past memories of my father

What makes you laugh the most? Teasing friends before a concert

What would you sing at a Karaoke night? Creep & La Donna è mobile

Would you rather win the Lotto or work at the perfect job? Why? Both: Winning the Lotto (actually the local village lotto 🙂 will give me the chance to fund & restart the RTÉ String Quartet Residency program. I’ve been working at the most imperfect perfect job since joining the ConTempo Quartet in 1995.

List two pet peeves Ambiguity & people’s wishes to start my rehearsals in time 😉

What three things would you take with you to a desert island? A knife, my cello & Murphy’s Laws book

If you ruled your own country, what would be the first law you would introduce? Actually there will be three:

  • compulsory 3rd level education free of charge for everyone,
  • implementing a new payment system based on credits and
  • the abolishment of the monetary system!

I know, it sounds like total anarchy so I believe  I should stick with the …. music 🎶😇

Adrian will perform with the ConTempo Quartet online from Triskel on Friday 23 April at 8pm. Don’t miss out on the finale of our Spring Quartets series in association with the National String Quartet Foundation. Get your tickets now!

Triskel Presents … The Films of Gregory Kohn

Gregory Kohn, an American director whose low-key character studies can be disarmingly simple and immensely effective

Our Triskel Recommends … series was so popular last year that we decided to bring you Triskel Presents …, which will be a mixture of independent features and short films which can be rented from our Triskel On Demand Service, as well as a series of visual essays produced by our head of cinema Chris O’Neill, which will be available to view for free on the Triskel YouTube Channel and Vimeo Channel.

The first films in the series are by Gregory Kohn, an American director whose low-key character studies can be disarmingly simple and immensely effective.

11 April – 11 May Northeast

18 April – 18 May Come Down Molly

25 April – 25 May Good People

Thanks to filmmaker and programmer Maximilian Le Cain for writing an insightful article on Kohn’s films – you can read it here.

The films will be available on demand for 30 days worldwide. Once you rent, you have 72 hours to watch.

Triskel Gets to Know … Maria Ryan

Maria Ryan, violinist with the Banbha Quartet

Award-winning Irish violinist Maria Ryan is currently based in Kilkenny after nearly a decade spent in London. And we’re glad she’s back and able to come to Triskel to perform! We got to know her ahead of her concert with the Banbha Quartet.

Who is your hero? My mother is definitely my hero! She is the most amazing person. Kind, wise, caring, selfless, and has a great sense of humour and positive outlook! She is so supportive of me and my career, I’d be lost without her.

If you could perform anywhere, where would it be? These days getting to perform anywhere at all is such a treat. I think performing great music with great musicians to an appreciative audience makes any venue the best place to be at that moment. I have very fond memories of such concerts in Konzerthaus Berlin, a theatre in Buenos Aires and a small intimate concert hall in a converted barn in a village in France!

What is your favourite thing about your career? I get to do what I LOVE. I get to play incredible music with fantastic musicians. I suppose my real favourite thing is playing WITH other musicians in front of an audience. It’s just the best thing ever! And I cannot wait to have a real live audience again!!! Saying hello after the concert, having a moment of total quiet before you play, it’s all about interaction, between musicians, and with the audience.

What motivates you to work hard? I practice to try to make the music I play as beautiful and true to itself as possible. To bring the music on the page to life!

What makes you laugh the most? Ooh that’s a hard one! I laugh a lot!! At the moment, my kids’ stories and antics make me laugh lots!!

What would you sing at a Karaoke night? I haven’t sung lots of Karaoke, but I do remember a night on tour in China, where Karaoke is huge, singing ‘I will Survive’! Not a bad one!!

Would you rather win the Lotto or work at the perfect job? Why? I am incredibly lucky to be doing a job I love, so I’d love to win the lotto and still do my work but not have to think about money! Wouldn’t that be amazing?! Maybe have a chamber music series that tours Ireland but the rehearsals are in a fabulous French chateau with a vineyard and pool that I buy with the lotto winnings?

List two pet peeves People not saying please and thank you, and cake sold in some coffee shops that is not fresh.

What three things would you take with you to a desert island? My children, my violin, and an ice cream machine – Bliss!

If you ruled your own country, what would be the first law you would introduce? I’m not a politician so I might try to lighten the mood. Everyone should have a garden and trampoline! Being outside is great for your health, well-being and mood. If you add a trampoline to that – well, I challenge anyone to go on a trampoline and not end up laughing at yourself at some point!!

Maria will perform with the Banbha Quartet on Friday 9 April at 8pm, as part of the Spring Quartets series, in association with the National String Quartet Foundation. Tickets just €10! Get yours now!

Triskel Gets To Know … Aoife Burke

Aoife Burke, cellist, online from Triskel

Aoife Burke has performed at Triskel many times, curated several chamber music series and it’s safe to say we’ve gotten to know her pretty well but we still wanted to know more!

Who is your hero? At the moment, it’s Jacinda Ardern.

If you could perform anywhere, where would it be? I’d love to go to South America some time – to play in the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, for example, would be amazing.

What is your favourite thing about your career? The escapism which comes from a sense of flow or from being “in the zone”.

What motivates you to work hard? I find the process of learning a musical work from scratch extremely rewarding and motivating in itself.

What makes you laugh the most? Catherine O’Hara (or Moira Rose) in Schitt’s Creek. Or more accurately, my mother trying to impersonate her.

What would you sing at a Karaoke night? Ehm…it would be unlikely anyone would manage to get me up on the stage!

Would you rather win the Lotto or work at the perfect job? Why? I love my current job, but I suppose winning the Lotto would afford me the financial freedom to continue doing it without the precariousness and uncertainty associated with freelancing in the arts.

List two pet peeves Single-use plastic and food wastage

What three things would you take with you to a desert island? Sun cream, my cello and a book

If you ruled your own country, what would be the first law you would introduce? I would legislate for free education, healthcare and childcare for everyone. And affordable housing and rent caps, while I was at it …

Aoife will perform with the Banbha Quartet on Friday 9 April in the first concert in the Spring Quartets series in association with the National String Quartet Foundation. Get your tickets now!

 

Triskel Gets to Know … Geraldine O’Doherty

Geraldine O'Doherty, harpist

Geraldine O’Doherty’s chamber music ventures focus on expanding the repertoire for concert harp, so far resulting in premieres by Gareth Sholdice, Linda Buckley, John Buckley, Eric Sweeney, Philip Martin, James Wilson and Anslem McDonnell amongst others. We got to know her ahead of her performance with the Mozart Festival in April.

Who is your hero? My Mother, Moya. Her passion for playing and teaching music is as strong as ever and she has always had an incredible work ethic. Even with three small children, she was up at 5 or 6am getting her practice done before we woke up. She sets an amazing example by staying so motivated.

If you could perform anywhere, where would it be? In terms of venue, I’ve been lucky enough to play in many fabulous halls but I love, love, love the National Concert Hall here in Dublin. It’s so unique, it has a beautiful natural acoustic and despite its capacity, still feels like an intimate setting to play in. In terms of playing situations, if I could wave a magic wand, I’d materialise in an L.A. recording studio, in a session for a Michael Giacchino soundtrack. What an exciting sound to be surrounded by!

What is your favourite thing about your career? The diversity. We get to play a really broad range of music in the Concert Orchestra, there’s always something to look forward to. I also love teaching, it’s a great feeling when you see students getting into the music and enjoying it.

What motivates you to work hard? Reminding myself that the goal is to give the audience the best experience possible, to hopefully provide some escapism and happiness. Also to do justice to what the composer wrote.

What makes you laugh the most? At the moment, First Dates Ireland is making me laugh a lot. The awkwardness is almost unbearable but it is very entertaining.

What would you sing at a Karaoke night? “On the Street Where you Live”, the My Fair Lady or Nat King Cole version, they’re both magical.

Would you rather win the Lotto or work at the perfect job? Why? Perfect job, I can be lazy and need a reason to get out of bed in the morning.

List two pet peeves Restaurants that play music too loud, I want to hear what my friends and family have to say during dinner! Biting my tongue, I don’t do it often enough when I’m speaking but I have a talent for doing it when I’m eating!

9.What three things would you take with you to a desert island? An axe, so I could build a treehouse and  a harp (vegetation allowing), a wind-up radio in the hopes of tuning into Lyric fm or News at One with Dobbo and…a puppy!

If you ruled your own country, what would be the first law you would introduce? Free music lessons and access to an instruments for every child.

Geraldine will perform in the second concert of the Mozart Festival at Triskel on Saturday 3 April. Get your tickets now!

Summer is Coming – Tá an Samradh ag Teacht

Uilleann pipe master David Power, baroque violinist Marja Gaynor, virtuoso flamenco guitarist John Walsh

Triskel Christchurch celebrates its 10th anniversary from behind closed doors with a concert from baroque violinist Marja Gaynor, virtuoso flamenco guitarist John Walsh and uilleann pipe master David Power who perform a carefully chosen selection of beautiful music pieces on Saturday 10 April at 8pm. The concert will feature much-loved pieces such ‘An tSean Bhean Bocht’, ‘O’Carolan’s Welcome’ and ‘Rondeau’ by Henry Purcell.

“There has been a church on this site for at least 1,000 years and in its lifetime, Christchurch has been no stranger to flus, pandemics and even plagues,” commented Tony Sheehan, Artistic Director at Triskel. “Christchurch has witnessed many things, including ten wonderful years of music and cinema.”

He thanked funders the Arts Council, Cork City Council and Europa Cinemas for their support and expressed his gratitude to the patrons who have supported Triskel throughout the last 40 years and the last year in particular.

“We chose the title ‘An Samradh ag Teacht’ for this concert to reflect the hope we feel. Because summer is coming. And in the meantime, there’s music.”

The concert will go live at 8pm on Triskel’s Digital Stage on Saturday 10 April and will be available for ticketholders to watch until 8pm on Monday 12 April.

Tickets are €10 per household and are on sale now.

Triskel Gets To Know … Yseult Cooper Stockdale

Yseult Cooper Stockdale

Yseult Cooper Stockdale is a freelance cellist originally from Cork who moved back home in 2020. She also joins us for multiple concerts in April – with Musici Ireland for our Mozart Festival and with the Spero Quartet, in association with the National String Quartet Foundation. We love that her Karaoke pick is anything by Britney!

Who is your hero? It’s soppy, but it would have to be my mother. She was one of those one in a million people who was endlessly kind and generous, as well as being one of the most intelligent and insightful people I’ve known. She’s also who I have to thank for my career as classical musician: my first full-size cello was her old instrument, and she always pushed me to do my best.

If you could perform anywhere, where would it be? Drawing a blank here, but bringing classical music to unusual venues is something that’s always interested me. I’ve long had a dream of hosting unconventional concerts in my own home, so maybe a crowded and successful concert from my living room would be the dream?

What is your favourite thing about your career? The variety of the work that I do – too much of the same thing bores me, so I love that I get to do everything from large-scale symphonies and amazing chamber works to collaborating with bands and singer-songwriters, or even participating in performance art with my contemporary music ensemble. It also means I get to meet lots of different people, which keeps my spirits up!

What motivates you to work hard? If I feel like my creative input is valued, I’m very motivated to do my best, and working with players I admire really pushes me to improve. I never want to let anyone down!

What makes you laugh the most? My friends. I sometimes feel like I’m lucky enough to be pals with the funniest people on the planet!

What would you sing at a Karaoke night? Anything by Britney. Is now a good time to plug the Free Britney movement?

Would you rather win the Lotto or work at the perfect job? Why? Have the perfect job. The “why” is partly because, of course, I’m answering this from the extremely privileged position of never being on the breadline, but also because I can honestly say that not much about my lifestyle would change if I were to win the lotto tomorrow – making music with people is genuinely my favourite thing to do, and money can’t buy the experience of getting to work with a musician you really click with. That’s not to say people haven’t tried though!

List two pet peeves The elitism and classism of classical music at the moment – I really think it’s is something that can and should be enjoyed by everyone, but there is a perception, that’s being perpetuated for lots of reasons, that it is a culturally “intellectual” and “elite” thing. I wish I knew how to change that. Another pet peeve is when a cafe doesn’t have oat milk and I’ve to get an americano instead. Tough life!

What three things would you take with you to a desert island? My cello, a friend, and a copy of the Bach suites.

If you ruled your own country, what would be the first law you would introduce? I would never claim to have a clue as to what laws would actually be helpful to society, but I think maybe banning plastic and non-sustainable energy sources might be a good start.

Get your tickets now!
Mozart Festival Fri 2 and Sat 3 April
Spero Quartet Fri 16 April

Triskel Gets To Know … Lidia Jewloszewicz-Clarke

Lidia Jewloszewicz-Clarke

Lidia Jewloszewicz-Clarke began playing violin at the tender age of seven in the National Music School in Koszalin in Poland and joins us for several concerts in April – she performs with Musici Ireland for our Mozart Festival and also with the Banbha Quartet – she certainly keeps busy! We got to know her a bit better.

Who is your hero? I admire many people for many things but most recently I admire all the front-line workers, their resilience and ability to adapt to ever changing circumstances. My mother in law is a retired nurse who works in Covid clinic in the UK. Her drive to help out to the best of her ability as well as that resilience makes her a hero in my eyes.

If you could perform anywhere, where would it be? I have had an opportunity to perform in many fantastic concert halls across the globe. It is always an exciting venture to perform in beautiful hall, with perfect acoustics, a rich history and filled with an enthusiastic audience and I feel incredibly lucky to have had those opportunities. Currently I don’t dream of performing in concert halls- I dream of playing with people and for people, in front of live audiences and I hope that soon we will be able to experience those shared moments again.

What is your favorite thing about your career? It has to be people! As a violinist I get to play with so many other musicians in so many different settings.  I love the camaraderie and exchange of ideas that happens every time you come together in a group. I love meeting new people, getting inspired and becoming better musician as a result.

What motivates you to work hard? A challenge!

What makes you laugh the most? My 5 years old daughter. She has a great sense of humor and makes me laugh daily!

What would you sing at Karaoke night? I love Motown. If only I had the voice I would sing any song by Minnie Riperton, Ella Fitzgerald or Stevie Wonder. In fact, my daughter believes that “Isn’t she lovely” by Stevie Wonder was written for her …

Would you rather win the Lotto or work at the perfect job? Why? Of course I would love to win the lottery and I enjoy fantasizing about how I would divide it between family and friends so that everyone is comfortable. I can’t imagine giving up on being musician though…I grew up in a musical family and have been playing since I was little. This is who I am I would not want to change that.

List two pet peeves Cold tea and snails munching on my lettuce.

What three things would you take with you to a desert island? I would take my daughter, husband and mobile phone. Since the pandemic begun I haven’t been able to meet with my family in person and the technology has been the only way we have been able to be there for each other and mark important family occasions despite being thousands of kilometers apart.

If you ruled your own country, what would be the first law you would introduce? This is such a tricky question for me. I feel there are so many laws that are important to form an equal, fair and just society.
I would not know where to start…

Get your tickets now!
Mozart Festival Friday 2 And Saturday 3 April
Banbha Quartet Friday 9 April

Triskel Gets to Know … Lynda O’Connor

Lynda O'Connor, Musici Ireland

Lynda O’Connor is one of the greatest Irish violinists of her generation. Showing particularly early promise, she made her debut solo performance at the age of four in the National Concert Hall, Dublin, which began her international career as soloist, chamber musician and orchestral leader. We got to know Lynda a bit better ahead of her performances for our Mozart Festival.

Who is your hero? My Mum is definitely my hero. She was an incredibly strong woman who fought for what she believed in, protected and cared for the people she loved and never took life for granted. I try everyday to live my life as she would.

If you could perform anywhere, where would it be? Although I have already performed there many times, I would love to perform in Carnegie Hall again. I just adore this hall and the history of incredible artists it is steeped in.

What is your favourite thing about your career? I adore the flexibility my career offers me. I love that I get to work with different people every day and that each week brings a performance in a different venue. I love my career so much it never feels like work.

What motivates you to work hard? I feel so lucky to do what I love and I strive for perfection in my playing. Every note matters as much as the next and I always try to give special meaning to every single one.

What makes you laugh the most? Watching vidoes of funny skits, like Igudsmen and Joo. It makes me lol all the time.

What would you sing at a Karaoke night? ‘R-E-S-P-E-C-T’ Aretha Franklin! or ‘It’s Raining Men’! Love a good belter!

Would you rather win the Lotto or work at the perfect job? Why? I feel like I win the Lotto everyday as I get to do my perfect job. However, if I did win the lotto I would enjoy creating well paid work for my colleagues.

List two pet peeves I hate when cars drive too close to me on the road and I hate being late.

What three things would you take with you to a desert island? My violin, a never-ending supply of chocolate and my favourite person in the world, my sister Karen.

If you ruled your own country, what would be the first law you would introduce? Basic pay for everyone. I would love to see people not have to work so hard all the time, especially self employed. Life is short and we need to remember to enjoy ourselves as well as working really hard. Balance is key!

Lynda will perform as part of Musici Ireland for the Mozart Festival at Triskel Fri 2 and Sat 3 April. Get your tickets now!

Triskel Gets To Know … Beth McNinch

Beth McNinch, Mozart Festival at Triskel April 2021

We’re continuing to get to know the musicians who will perform during our upcoming Mozart Festival. Today it’s the turn of Beth McNinch, violist, teacher, Artistic Director of Musici Ireland.

Who is your hero? I’m not sure I have a “hero” as such but someone I admire greatly would be Nicola Benedetti. I think it is incredibly inspiring, the immense work she is doing to encourage young people into music. She has made real change in the UK in terms of music education and she also supports instrumental teachers in a real, hands on way. And on top of all that she is as warm and open as she seems and an absolutely outstanding musician!

If you could perform anywhere, where would it be? At the moment…Anywhere! In a dream world, I would love to take Musici Ireland on a World Tour. I love the Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall etc. But genuinely, I also love playing small remote venues. I get such a thrill from playing to an audience who would normally have to travel a great distance to see world class musicians. Music should be accessible to everyone.

What is your favourite thing about your career? Definitely the variety! I love that I can be planning concerts, writing Grant Applications (don’t love that bit quite as much!) and then the next day be performing an opera or wonderful chamber music. My favourite thing about having set up Musici Ireland is I get to work with the musicians I admire the most, it is such a treat to play chamber music with friends.

What motivates you to work hard? The need to succeed! I want my boys to grow up to respect how hard I work to achieve my dreams and to see that you can create your own dream job.

What makes you laugh the most? My boys! I have a 9 year old and 2 Year old and the youngest is at that hilarious stage mimicking everything, it’s very sweet!

What would you sing at a Karaoke night? Oh blimey, I think I’ve only ever done Karaoke once! I’d probably do something really cheesy like Katy Perry Fireworks or Roar..feels good to belt them out in the car sometimes!

Would you rather win the Lotto or work at the perfect job? Why? Win the lotto because then I could perfect my job! Just think of the possibilities! Endless funding for chamber music projects, recordings etc, it’s the dream!

List two pet peeves Drivers who slow down almost to a halt before they indicate…..and lying politicians!

What three things would you take with you to a desert island? I presume no family? Then probably seeds to grow veg/fruit, solar panel and a tablet with access to the internet! I don’t think I’m particularly good at switching off!

If you ruled your own country, what would be the first law you would introduce? That every government department would have to be equally split in terms of race/gender

Triskel Gets To Know … Kieran Moynihan

Kieran Moynihan, flautist

Flautist Kieran Moynihan will be behind an extra screen when he performs during our Mozart Festival – another example of the impact Covid-19 has had on live music events! We loved getting to know him a bit better.

Who is your hero? On a personal level, my mother, Eilín. (I’m a good, Irish man!) She is, in her own words, a strong Kerry woman. On a non-personal level, the inventors of Brillo Pads because there is no dish that they cannot clean.

If you could perform anywhere, where would it be? I’ve performed in so many venues but one that I’d love to play in is the stunning Palau de la Música in Barcelona. A beautiful venue in a beautiful city.

What is your favourite thing about your career? Being lucky enough to play music that I like (most of the time) with people that I like (again, most of the time…).

What motivates you to work hard? The people that I play with, the audience and sometimes sheer panic.

What makes you laugh the most? People who can tell a good self-deprecating story.

What would you sing at a Karaoke night? Not really my thing but if pushed, ‘Here You Come Again’ by Dolly Parton.

Would you rather win the Lotto or work at the perfect job? Why? I’d rather win the Lotto because then I could put it towards a perfect job!

List two pet peeves Consistently late people and littering.

What three things would you take with you to a desert island? My partner, Seán. The last year has basically been a rehearsal for isolated island living so I feel the change wouldn’t be too great. Sun block. Despite Snow White’s reputation I am the fairest one of all and could burn under a 40 watt bulb. A sun-powered mobile phone so I could watch episodes of The Golden Girls and ring for help when I wanted to leave.

If you ruled your own country, what would be the first law you would introduce? More live music, of course.

Kieran will perform Concerto for Flute and Harp K.299 in C major together with Geraldine O’Doherty on harp and Musici Ireland on Saturday 3 April. Get your tickets here.