Tailte cré-umha / Bronze Lands

For pipe organ & soundsystem

Premiere - St Fin Barre's Cathedral, Cork, Ireland, 20 & 21 June 2018 for Cork Midsummer Festival

Running time: 50mins

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Self-produced, directed and composed, Tailte cré-umha ('toll-cha cray oo-va'- Bronze Lands in Irish) is a piece for pipe organ & soundsystem developed during two months exclusive after-hours access to the largest pipe organ in Ireland along with a range of turn-of-the-century unmodernised pipe organs across Cork and Cornwall. 

The audience effectively hears two pipe organs at once in different tunings to produce a wholly new work - the two halves of the piece sound together in the Cathedral for a physical and architectural experience. A live part is played on the standard tuning of the Cathedral pipe organ. This works with and against the custom-tunings of the older tracker-action pipe organ recordings made in Cornwall & Ireland heard through the soundsystem installed in the Cathedral for the concert. All sound in the video is entirely made by these pipe organs - essentially two together - with the exception of an 80 year old 78rpm acetates which forms part of the piece's narrative structure. Complimented by a custom lighting show designed by Curgenven, the audio & light work are both available to tour internationally. 

The basis for the piece's score and structure 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.

All audio recorded at premiere performance, 20 June 2018. All video shot in St Fin Barre's Cathedral before and during premiere by Colm Walsh & Linda Curtin with stills by Jed Niezgoda.

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 FACT mag (USA) & "remarkable music" by The Wire Magazine (UK).