March 16, 2010
“This is a very special arrangement. Arranging for guitars is a very tricky business and you really have to know what you are doing, so i have never done it, but Dave Flynn and Brian Bolger have made these arrangements and they’re really quite beautiful.” – Philip Glass
Yep, Mr Glass approves which is nice to hear. Way back at the dawning of the new century I co-founded the Dublin Guitar Quartet with Brian Bolger, Pat Brunnock and Redmond O’Toole. Redmond and myself eventually left the group but they’re still going strong and still playing arrangements I made of some of Philip Glass’ String Quartets alongside Brian Bolgers own arrangements.
The DGQ as they’re known are playing Glass’ String Quartet’s No. 2-5 on 17th April in St. Anns Church, Dawson St Dublin. I’ll be in New York for a performance of my piece ‘Music for the Departed’ then so I’ll miss this event unfortunately, but if you’re around Dublin I highly recommend going along.
World Premiere of new version of ‘Between the Jigs and the Reels’
Something else which I co-founded, the Irish Composers Collective, is still going strong after six years and this Monday 22nd March I will be joined by Cora Venus Lunny (Violin) and Kate Ellis (Cello) for the first ever performance of a new arrangement for violin, cello and electric guitar of my piece ‘Between the Jigs and the Reels’. The piece was originally written for violin and piano and was only ever performed once before, in Romania of all places.
I’ll be dusting off the electric guitar for this Irish premiere performance, well actually I’ll be dusting off my old friend Ciaran Swift’s electric guitar because my own electric guitar needs to get fixed!
Also on the programme are works by my fellow ICC’ers Glen Austin, Maureen Doris, Piaras Hoban, D. E. Mc Carthy, Bill McGrath, Fergal Mulloy, Matthew Whiteside.
The concert starts with a pre-concert talk at 8pm in the Kevin Barry Room of the National Concert Hall in Dublin.