Tailte cré-umha (Bronze Lands)
Cork-based Australian composer Robert Curgenven returns to Cork Midsummer Festival for the world premiere of a new piece for pipe organ following his sold-out "Sculpting Air" concerts in 2017. The same sound system also returns to enhance St Fin Barre’s incredible pipe organ and acoustics, the sound once again set around the audience to create a single architectural instrument.
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
Reviews for Curgenven's works for pipe organ:
"deep satisfying weight. The results gull the senses" - four stars - Mojo
"There is an epic quality to Curgenven's conception... remarkable music" - The Wire
“often feels more like a force such as a tide or gale than a tone or collection of tones” - Fluid Radio
"astounding" - FACT magazine