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Sonic Youth at Triskel for One Night Only

Triskel are delighted to welcome Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley to Cork on Friday 1 March for one night only. Shelley will be here with filmmaker Lance Bangs to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Daydream Nation, the band’s much lauded sixth album. Shelley and Bangs will join a panel discussion on the evening which will include screenings of a selection of films related to Daydream Nation, such as excerpts from Bangs’ new concert film, rare and unseen gems from the band’s archive, and a new restoration of the Charles Atlas documentary Put Blood in the Music.

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Put Blood in the Music 1989 Dir. Charles Atlas (SY Edit)

Charles Atlas’s first major recognition came for his work with Merce Cunningham as the company’s filmmaker-in-residence from 1978–1983. From this pioneering work establishing the field of ‘Dance for Camera”, he went on to make the faux Cinema Verite Hail the New Puritan for BBC4 about the Scottish dancer Michael Clark, featuring music by Glenn Branca, Bruce Gilbert (of Wire), Jeffrey Hinton, and the Fall. Then Atlas was approached by the Irish writer David Donohue, asking him to do a movie about music in New York.

Put Blood in the Music is a unique documentary on the downtown New York music scene. In a collage of music, performance and commentary, Atlas captures the energy and pluralism that characterise this urban milieu. Reflecting the eclecticism of his subject, Atlas re-structures the conventional “talking head” format to allow a fragmented, fast-paced compendium of voices and sounds, ranging from music critic John Rockwell of The New York Times to street musicians. Focusing on such influential downtown figures as John Zorn, and featuring performances by Zorn, Sonic Youth, Hugo Largo and others, this is less a documentary than a cultural document, a vivid time capsule of the contemporary New York music scene.

CHARLES ATLAS: “This was really the first documentary that I made. For me, I’d done a lot of pieces for television, art pieces. And I knew about the downtown New York music scene, having worked with Merce Cunningham, John Cage and Rhys Chatham and also knowing Glenn Branca.

I really wanted it to be green screened and I really wanted to have New York backgrounds, but we didn’t have time to go around shooting against New York backgrounds. So I had separate days to shoot New York backgrounds. I wanted to mix it up, and have it be really visually busy, like New York. A lot of people ended up copying the ‘interviewees against green-screened backgrounds’ idea.

I knew that I was editing it, I wasn’t making it for someone else to edit. So I told the Director of Photography, ‘It’s too boring to have the talking heads static like normal. Just do whatever you want. Make it interesting’” and then I had to work with what he did.

I kind of wrote it by editing the clips of the people, which was something I then did in subsequent work. I’ve been criticised for not letting people speak the way they do in documentaries, with pauses. But I still had an American sensibility, even though I was working a lot in Europe, and I wanted things to change. I didn’t want any dead air at all.

We thought of a lot of different people to feature in the documentary, but I really wanted to do people who I thought would do well as television personalities; who would talk about their work in an engaging way. In retrospect it’s really quite star-studded, Hal Wilner and Karen Finley, in addition to the people already mentioned. It was really about downtown art, and the whole downtown music scene, and we just had to choose some people to represent that. I thought it was at a really critical moment for Sonic Youth. We went to great expense to record live performances, because I wouldn’t dare ask them to mime to playback. But then shortly afterward they signed with Geffen and there they were…

It was also the moment before the band had really gotten their press image totally together. Thurston was already like a late-night talk show host, but when they went more mainstream they got that part of their stuff together more. So it was interesting, because it was quite real. And I was quite naïve, in that it was really only later that I realised how complicated band dynamics are.”

Sonic Youth Archives

Steve Shelley: “Through the years and as the times changed we recorded our live shows as often as we could afford to on cassettes, dats, cdrs and when possible on multi-track recorders and videotape. We collected fan-generated audience tapes, shady bootlegs and anything we could get our hands on. We now maintain an archive of hundreds of hours of Sonic Youth concerts and we’re starting to share some of our favourites (often from the best uncirculated source possible).”

Daydream Nation (film)

A special edit of this film will be screened as part of the 30 YEARS OF DAYDREAM NATION event.

Lance Bangs’ new Sonic Youth concert film Daydream Nation presents the band performing the titular double album in Glasgow on August 21st and 22, 2007. Bangs blends HD footage shot in Glasgow with fragments of personal Super 8mm and 16mm from his archives of Sonic Youth over the decades.

Sonic Youth performed Daydream Nation in its entirety less than 20 times during a 2007 tour, often at festivals or outdoor venues. This document captures one of the few indoor club performances; a setting SY member Thurston Moore always claimed was the type of venue for which the songs were written. Glasgow had been a great city for the band’s tours, and the live sets shown in the film received a 5 star review in The Guardian.

The joy of the band and the audience are a sight to behold; the band and the fans joined together in celebration of this landmark album (10/10 NME, 10/10 Spin Alternative Record Guide, 5 Stars in The Rolling Stone Album Guide, 10.0 in Pitchfork, A from Robert Christgau in The Village Voice).

Triskel Cinema Expands to Five Nights a Week

Triskel Arts Centre have announced that, from March 2019 onwards, they will increase the number of days their cinema will be open each week.

Chris O’Neill, Head of Cinema at Triskel, said, “We have a very loyal cinema audience and saw that there was an appetite for even more of what we do so we decided to extend the screenings to five nights a week (Sunday–Thursday).”

Triskel’s latest cinema programme includes highly acclaimed documentaries such as The Camino Voyage and Three Identical Strangers, which are back by popular demand, as well as Academy Award nominees RBG and Free Solo. O’Neill has a track record of choosing the Oscar winners so films like Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Capernaum and If Beale Street Could Talk are worth seeing.

There are three special events happening. On Friday 1 March Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley will be in Triskel along with filmmaker Lance Bangs to talk about 30 Years of Daydream Nation. The evening will include a panel discussion and screenings of a selection of films related to the band’s much lauded 6th album. Celebrated Hollywood cinematographer Nick McLean will be in Triskel on Friday 8 March talking about his career and screening two of his films, Short Circuit, about an experimental military robot who escapes after being struck by lightning and given human intelligence, and Cobra, starring Sylvester Stallone. Albion – A Tribute (24–28 March) features great British films from the past five decades, and the timing will coincide with Britain’s exit from the EU on 29 March.

Tickets are available online or from our Box Office on Tobin Street. Tel: 021-4272022

Other notable pictures being screened this season include:

  • Good Favour, about a remote Christian community experiencing a crisis of faith that finds new hope in the arrival of a mysterious young man.
  • Burning, based on a short story by Haruki Murakami, this critically acclaimed South Korean film is the story of three individuals and a mysterious incident they experience.
  • Destroyer, starring Nicole Kidman, Toby Kebbell, and Tatiana Maslany.
  • The House by the Sea, a French film about three siblings who have gathered by their father’s side for his last days. Here they weigh up what they have inherited of their father’s ideals and the community spirit he created in this magical place.
  • Two Twisted Celluloid presentations: the Japanese smash hit One Cut of the Dead (a crew making a film about zombies are shocked when real zombies show up!) and Alien – The Theatrical Cut, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.
  • A rare showing of The Other Side of Underneath as part of Triskel’s Phantoscope strand.
  • The Passenger, starring Jack Nicholson, follows a journalist who impulsively exchanges identities with a dead man, believing he’s starting anew. But passing himself off as someone else doesn’t mean he’s escaping the past.

Triskel Gets To Know … Fionnuala Moynihan

Fionnuala Moynihan has played in Triskel a number of times and we wanted to get to know her a little bit better so we sat down and asked her a few questions:

What is your favourite cinema treat?

I really enjoy going to the cinema. It is a lovely way to relax. My husband Tim and I have seen some great movies over the past few years. Going to the cinema is the treat. I am not too worried about having an edible treat or not! A take-away cappuccino is always nice to have while enjoying the movie though.

What is your go-to motivation music?

As a musician that is a pretty difficult one to answer! Music inspires me and it can send me on a whirlwind of emotions. I associate pieces of music and songs with people I care about. I might know their favourite songs or remember the type of music that played in the café when we last met for a coffee. I never really think of music as motivational. I never need to be motivated by music … It is a constant backdrop to my daily life.

What is your favourite hidden gem in Cork?

There are so many I can’t choose one so here are a few! In terms of music venues I would definitely vote Triskel as my no.1. I love Glengarriff and Garnish island as I spent a gorgeous weekend there with Tim last October and have very happy memories visiting there as a child with my mum and dad. I adore Gougane Barra and have had many happy walks there. The Market Lane restaurant always has a place in my heart as it caters wonderfully for gluten-free coeliacs like myself! I will always be a fan of the Cork City Library music department. My dad used to take out recordings for me when I was learning music as a child … There was no such thing as YouTube! Libraries are fantastic and the staff at our very own Cork City Llibrary are incredible.

What was your favourite book as a child? And now?

If I am being very honest I did not read a great deal as a child. I always preferred to be doing something: playing music, cycling, playing in the garden etc! It is a slight joke in my family as when I turned twenty I completely fell in love with reading and have been a very enthusiastic reader ever since. I love reading everything from the classics to the newly published. I love when someone recommends a book to me, I will always check it out. The last three books I read are: Anna Kerenin by Tolstoy, The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller and A Keeper by Graham Norton.

What is the most memorable place you have performed?

There have been several memorable venues. Last November I performed a solo recital to approximately 600 people in the Catholic Cathedral in Moscow, Russia, to mark Tchaikovsky’s 125th anniversary. It was an absolutely beautiful cathedral and a very special occasion. In the last few years I have performed in some beautiful venues including: The Academy of Music Concert Hall in Zagreb, The Opera House in Ljubljana, The Chopin Museum in Warsaw, The Embassy Festival of Culture in The Hague to name a few.

To perform a concert series in the city where you were born is something incredibly special and for that I will always have a special place in my heart for performances at Triskel. From the moment I arrive on the day of a concert I am given a warm welcome, the beautiful Steinway is all ready for me to enjoy, there is always a wonderful audience who truly love and enjoy music. All these elements combine to make performing in Triskel unique and special.

What is your most listened to radio station?

Lyric FM of course! I put it on first thing every morning. It always helps me to begin my day in a calm and happy way.

Is there a band/artist you enjoy that you would describe as a ‘guilty pleasure’?

My guilty pleasure is probably that if I hear a piece of music or a song that I like I can easily put it on repeat ten times in a row! I listened to both Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata and The Muppet Babies album so much when I was a kid that they eventually broke. So my taste in music is fairly random at times and I am proud to say very varied!

If you could only listen to music from one decade what would it be?

To have to choose only one decade would be impossible. I am going to have to admit defeat on this question and just ask to have them all!

Do you have a favourite movie soundtrack?

Cinema Paradiso. I absolutely love the film and its music. My brother Diarmaid brought me to an outdoor screening of it in Cork on my birthday years ago. It really made my day!

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A concert pianist. My dream came true!

Fionnuala’s next concert in Triskel is on Saturday 23 February. Come here her play one of her favourite Clementi sonatinas!

Announced: Ye Vagabonds at Triskel

Presented by Coughlan’s Live

We’re delighted to welcome Ye Vagabonds, brothers Brían and Diarmuid Mac Gloinn, to Triskel on Saturday 13 April as part of their nationwide tour celebrating the launch of their new album, The Hare’s Lament.

Singing in Irish and English and accompanying themselves on violin, bouzouki, guitar and mandolin, the brothers are joined on this record by their regular touring band member Alain McFadden on harmonium, their brother-in-law Jessie Smith on additional fiddles, John Flynn on tin whistles (two played at once, held together with rubber bands) and fellow River Lea signing Brìghde Chaimbeul on smallpipes.

Tickets are on sale now.

Quarter Block Party at Triskel

Quarter Block Party is a three day music and arts festival taking place in various venues on North and South Main Street. They have events happening from 10 in the morning til midnight so whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find it!

Naked Boys Reading

Sat 9 Feb at 12pm

Exactly what it sounds like – readings by boys (or those who want to identify as boys for the day) who are naked. It started at VFD in East London in 2012 and now it’s here in Cork!

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Hilary Woods

Sat 9 Feb at 11pm

We’re looking forward to listening to the artist described as ‘bewitching’, ‘sonically spectral’, ‘ominous and dreamlike’.

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When We by Rachael Dichter & Allie Hankins

Sun 10 Feb at 3pm in Theatre Development Centre (TDC)

Allie & Rachael skilfully utilize the expansive and charged moments between events to slowly reveal a world where tension is currency, mischief is sustenance, and surreality is a given.

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Asylum Archive – Opening on 7 February

‘In the light of Ireland’s disavowal and of ‘managing not to know’ about the direct provision system, I propose that Vukasín Nedeljković’s Asylum Archive is an archive of silence and secrets, challenging Irish society to confront the return of its repressed pain of incarceration and e/migration. Deliberately not representing the humans warehoused by the state in the direct provision centres, this archive of silence nonetheless makes visible these humans, which one might be tempted to theorize as Agamben’s ‘bare life’ – s/he who lives at the mercy of the sovereign state and who can be killed, deported or transferred with impunity, yet whose life is banned from the sacred realm of Irishness.

If Foucault’s archive aims to consign the items archived to future memory rather than simply serve the historians’ gaze, then Asylum Archive does much more. In representing the detritus of the poorhouses of Ireland’s present, the traces of robbed humanity, and the glimpses of the skies of hope and flight, Asylum Archive helps us remember that the humans incarcerated in varying states of deportability, cannot be merely thought of as ‘bare life’ and – in view of their resistance – must be regarded as active agents in their own right’

Ronit Lentin, Archiving Silences, 2017

Vukasín Nedeljković’s Asylum Archive will open in Triskel Gallery Space on Thursday 7 February at 6pm. Guest speakers on the night will be Joe Moore & Nomaxabiso Maye, activists with Anti-Deportation Ireland. All are welcome.

Oscar Nominated Films at Triskel

Our Head of Cinema, Chris O’Neill, has a good track record in predicting Oscar nominees and winners. Check out the list of films nominated for Oscars that we screened in 2018/so far in 2019. Luckily, you still have a chance to watch Shoplifters (25–28 Jan) and Cold War (8–11 Feb)!

Performance by an actress in a leading role nominees:
Olivia Colman in THE FAVOURITE

Performance by an actress in a supporting role nominees:
Rachel Weisz in THE FAVOURITE

Best animated feature film of the year nominees:
ISLE OF DOGS: Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson
MIRAI: Mamoru Hosoda and Yuichiro Saito

Achievement in cinematography nominees:
COLD WAR: Łukasz Żal

Achievement in costume design nominees:

Achievement in directing nominees:
COLD WAR: Paweł Pawlikowski
THE FAVOURITE: Yorgos Lanthimos

Achievement in film editing nominees:
THE FAVOURITE: Yorgos Mavropsaridis

Best foreign language film of the year nominees:
COLD WAR: Poland, Directed by Paweł Pawlikowski
SHOPLIFTERS, Japan, Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score) nominees:
ISLE OF DOGS Alexandre Desplat

Best motion picture of the year nominees:
THE FAVOURITE Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday and Yorgos Lanthimos, Producers

Achievement in production design nominees:
THE FAVOURITE Production Design: Fiona Crombie / Set Decoration: Alice Felton

Original screenplay nominees:
THE FAVOURITE Written by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara
FIRST REFORMED Written by Paul Schrader

First Fortnight & Cork Film Festival present Crazywise at Triskel

It is always an honour to work with First Fortnight, a charity that that challenges mental health prejudice through arts and cultural action. This year, they, in association with Cork Film Festival, will screen Crazywise here at Triskel. It’s on Thursday 17 January at 7.30pm and will be followed by a post-screening discussion.

The film itself was made possible by a successful crowdfunding campaign and aims to spark conversation about recovery, nurturing social connection and finding meaning.

Tickets are selling out so book yours now!

The Favourite is the favourite!

Congratulations to Olivia Colman for winning the Golden Globe* for her part as Queen Anne in The Favourite. This Irish-produced film has also racked up an impressive 12 BAFTA nominations. Our Head of Cinema, Chris O’Neill, has a good track record for spotting the Oscar winners so check it out here before it’s golden statue time!


*Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Announced: The Amy Winehouse Experience at Triskel

Amy Winehouse was a musical powerhouse, taken from the world too soon. The Amy Winehouse Experience aka Lioness features Emma Wright, from Stars in Their Eyes and The X Factor, who channels Amy on this emotional musical journey through a mix of jazz, ballads, soul and pop.

This is what previous audiences had to say about the show:

“When Amy died I was heartbroken, one because a true musical artist had died too soon and two, because I never got to see her sing live. I was so excited to hear of a tribute artist impersonating the iconic singing star but was sceptical and thought there couldn’t be another… So, so, so impressed thank–‐you 👏 👍 – Nicky (Dublin)

“Wow! Emma Emma Emma…What an experience! You all brought your A-game, so cool and classy, great sound and vibe! I’ve no more words to express what you gave, I can only say I miss Amy a little bit less tonight…thank you Emma & guys! Xxx” – Lyndsey (Crewe)

“Amazing integration with the audience and it’s like Amy’s spirit jumps inside you when you’re on stage, you’re a very gifted artist. I was blown away and lost inside the rhythm the whole night. Thank you” – Michael (Blackpool)

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Announced: De Temps Antan in association with Music Network

Fancy a fun night out filled with catchy honkytonk tunes, uncontrolled laughter, and sudden, impromptu shifts in rhythm and harmony? Then, De Temps Antan is the band for you! They’ll perform in Triskel on Thursday 9 May and will bring their trademark energy as well as the stomping “tac-tic-a-tac” of “les pieds” (a type of clog).

Tickets are on sale now!

In association with Music Network