Following the sold-out "Sculpting Air" concerts in 2017 at the National Sculpture Factory, Cork-based Australian composer Robert Curgenven returned to Cork Midsummer Festival in 2018 for the world premiere of "Tailte cré-umha (Bronze Lands)" for pipe organ & soundsystem. The standard tuning of the Cathedral pipe organ works with & against the custom-tunings of tracker-action pipe organs recordings made in Cornwall & Ireland and played through the soundsystem. The audience effectively hears two pipe organs at once in different tunings to produce a wholly new work. Complimented by a custom lighting show designed by Curgenven. The audio & light work are both available to tour internationally.
Tailte cré-umha (Bronze Lands) is the live follow-up to pipe organ works on SIRENE - given four stars by MOJO magazine as "deep satisfying weight...results gull the senses"; called "astounding" by America's FACT mag & "remarkable music" by British magazine The Wire
The concert’s score draws on Ireland’s relations with Cornwall and Mediterranean Europe. 5000 years ago, coming into the Bronze Age, Ireland’s copper and Cornwall’s tin traversed the continent to make bronze. “Tailte cré-umha” uses this navigation of the landscape itself as the score as those people and materials travel land, sea, sky and Europe at a time of change.
Supported by: Cork Midsummer Festival, St Fin Barre's Cathedral, Cork City Council Arts Office, St Mary's COI Marmullane, North Presentation Chapel, Rise-Up Soundsystem