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As you may expect from Triskel Christchurch, the latest cinema programme has a wide range of cultural cinema titles to experience. There are documentaries such as Amazing Grace(which Donald Clarke of The Irish Times calls “one of the greatest concert films ever”) and, back due to popular demand, The Camino Voyage and Free Solo.
High Life is the first English language feature by acclaimed French filmmaker Claire Denis, while the Icelandic Woman At War is a wonderful comedy-drama gem.
Triskel are delighted to welcome The Collective Cork to our centre on Tobin Street. A number of yoga and dance teachers came together to form The Collective Cork and their objective is to impart what they have learned and help the wider community to move, breathe and be well.
We look forward to getting to know our new neighbours and to feeling a lot more zen over the coming months!
Triskel Arts Centre presents Marcin Wasilewski Trio ‘Celebrating 25 Years’, in association with Cork Midsummer Festival.
“Wasilewski’s music celebrates a vast dynamic range, from the most deftly struck pianistic delicacies to gloriously intense emotional exuberance, the chords pounded with unrestrained joy, yet always within a marvellously melodic concept.” Jazz Journal
In 2019 Marcin Wasilewski Trio, the Polish jazz star, celebrates their 25th anniversary of artistic cooperation. Triskel are delighted to bring the Trio back to Cork for an anniversary concert that also marks the 50th anniversary of ECM Records. Tickets for the concert on Saturday 15 June are on sale now – click here!
Thanks for David Boulanger from De Temps Antan for taking the time to answer our questions, especially since English is not his native language!
What is your favourite cinema treat?
Popcorn and almond M&M
What is your go-to motivation music?
I love oldies music (50s-60s). That’s what’s playing always at family reunions and it makes me automatically dance and do stuff. I also enjoy classic rock to get things going.
Will this be your first visit to Ireland? And to Cork? What are you most looking forward to seeing/doing while you’re here? Besides playing at Triskel, of course 😉
I have to say that it will be my first time in Ireland, which sound crazy when I say it but it’s never too late! I don’t have any plans yet for what I’d like to see but I am a big fan of markets filled with local produces!
What was your favourite book as a child? And now?
Tough one. As a child, I was not a big reader. I did enjoy a lot of Asterix and Tintin. These days I read mostly poetry but I enjoy also short stories, classics… I like a lot Jim Harrison and Gaston Miron (Québec poet).
What is the most memorable place you have performed?
Each place that I have performed at have something special, mostly because of the people being there at the concerts. One that stands out a bit is llanes in Asturias (Spain) because it was my first trip/gig in Europe and it made me fall in love with my work as a touring musician.
What is your most listened to radio station?
Everyday I spend some time listening to our national radio in French (Radio-Canada) to get updated with the news but also I like the shows that talk about books, cinema, culture in general, history.
Is there a band/artist you enjoy that you would describe as a ‘guilty pleasure’?
So many, but I have a hard time saying that they are “guilty pleasure” artists. Abba, Celine Dion, Bobby Vinton, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and many more … But the “guilty pleasure” artists of one and the best artists for another one… !
If you could only listen to music from one decade what would it be?
Why only one?!? Let’s say the mid 50s-mid 60s.
Do you have a favourite movie soundtrack?
No. Soundtrack is one of my favorite movie genre whether it is an original soundtrack, a well-chosen playlist or a combination of both. I really like the place that music occupies in a movie. Some directors have a musicality to their movies and will make the images and the music fit so well together that the music has a big effect on how you experience the movie. I can’t chose one, there are so many! Come see our show and we can talk about it!
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I don’t really remember, I wanted to do everything. But as I grew up, in my late teenage years, I wanted to become a cook. My grand-mothers and my mom made me “play” with food as a kid by making cakes and other stuff with them. I was always curious about flavors, ways of cooking, the smells… And I still am. I like to go to the source of the food I like and try to make it, like homemade sausage, bread, sauces, etc. I might actually take the time to talk with some people in Cork and other places in Ireland to find out about local foods and how to make it. If you have a grand-mother willing to share, I’ll be happy to meet her!
De Temps Antan will be in Triskel on 9 May – tickets available here
Triskel are delighted to be part of this year’s Fringe Concerts for the Cork International Choral Festival. Every year, this festival welcomes choirs from all over the world for a programme of Gala concerts, Schools Concerts, National and International Competitions, and world-class performances, as thousands of participants bring the city to life for a celebration of choral music in all its many forms.
This year, the Petroysan Chamber Choir from Ukraine and Cheep Trill from Australia will be singing in Triskel. They’re here on Thursday 2 May at 1.10pm. It’s free but ticketed.
We are delighted to once again be hosting the Japanese Film Festival here at Triskel. It is always a great opportunity to watch memorable films and learn something new about a different culture. This year is no different. There are five fabulous films coming up, starting on Sunday 14 April and running until Thursday 18th.
Stephen Dunne’s latest exhibition Shackled to Belligerent Ghosts opens in Triskel Gallery Space on Thursday 4 April and we got to know him a bit better.
What is your most listened to radio station?
We’ve just had twins in December, all we hear is radio ga ga radio goo goo. Failing that, Resonance FM, (Adventures in Music & Sound).
Tea or coffee?
Double espresso please. Black, no sugar.
Were you interested in art as a child?
Yes, always drawing, staying in touch with that freedom and curiosity is a central aspect of what I try to do. I suppose things like 2000ad were a formative influence, children’s illustration, folk tales and fable remain key elements I return to within the work.
Do you listen to music while you create art?
The studio booms and thuds, creaks and drones, howls and screeches. There’s always something on, I’m interested in genre and subgenre. The sounds filter in and are compressed in the paper. A lot of the work is completed very quickly, intensity is important and I try to trap things in the paint. The various psychic energies in the room at the moment of making something hopefully resonate outwards later.
What is the most memorable place your work has brought you?
I’m interested in fictional worlds, fictional time, the work will take you away. It’s a vehicle for accelerating into the subconscious, both mine and the viewer’s.
How would your friends and family sum you up in three words?
Infinite wishes please.
Is there an artist whose work particularly inspires you?
In the last few years I’ve collaborated with Alex Tucker & Daniel O’ Sullivan of Grumbling Fur, Mark Titchner and John Strutton, they’re an inspiring bunch. I’m heavily influenced by writers, Thomas Pynchon, William Gaddis, Roberto Bolano almost everything published by Fitzcarraldo. A few years ago my brother and I travelled around Italy on the Piero Della Francesca trail, something I never imagined would be possible. As a method I use influence and inspiration as raw material to be fed through the machinery of my subconscious. The work is filled to bursting with other voices, techniques and processes. Each piece is potentially a pandora’s box of reference, allusion and cultural dredging. Films, TV, novels and news are the latent currency of the work.
What is your proudest achievement to date?
Still doing it, making things and putting them into the world.
Spring sees yet another exceptional line-up of feature films here at Triskel. There is the biopic of Vincent van Gogh from the director of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly with an Oscar-nominated performance by Willem Dafoe.
Wedding singer Laura Jean Sliney recently visited Triskel along with wedding videographer Gordon Falvey to record the loveliest video. Gordon perfectly captured the beauty of Triskel, our fabulous Steinway piano and Laura’s amazingly beautiful voice.
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