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The Vespertine Quintet and Farewell J.r 'A Night Of Winter'

Coughlans, Douglas St.

Mon 1 Dec 2014
9:00 pm

A unique series of collaborative concerts entitled 'A Night of Winter', where the aim is to create a new kind of concert experience, crossing genres of early classical and baroque music with modern bands and artists, all in a cozy intimate setting,the perfect way to get through the winter.

Monday Dec 1st sees The Vespertine Quintet collaborating with special guests from the UK, Farewell J.R.

The Vespertine Quintet :: Made up of 5 West Cork musicians (including 2 composing members), the quintet was born last winter as an idea by violinist Justin Grounds to gather some friends and play some sparse and wintery minimalist music by Icelandic composer Olafur Arnalds and Estonian Arvo Pärt. They put on a series of house concerts, gathering friends in houses in West Cork, sharing warm food and wine and playing their program. Word soon got out and the quintet were invited to play to a sold out audiences at Glebe Gardens, Lissard House for the Skibereen Arts Festival, and most recently at the Ballydehob Arts Festival.

Farewell J.R :: To be openly honest, delicate and overwhelming in one swell swoop is not something that is an easy task, let alone simple to create, but in just little over eighteen captivating minutes this is exactly what Cambridge’s Farewell J.R illustrates in the form of new EP, and still..; the first material since the release of debut EP ‘Health’ in March 2013. ‘and still..’ Farewell J.R perfectly cultivates the haunting darkness that can resound behind a moment of serenity. Recalling Daughter or the luscious, ambient textures of Julianna Barwick or Jónsi & Alex, the EP's four tracks pristinely evoke the internal struggle so often hidden behind a public front.

Other artists joining the quintet over the series include Dublin band Nanu Nanu, Choice Music Prize winner Adrian Crowley and iconic vocalist Maria Doyle Kennedy.

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