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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"Tailte cré-umha" ('toll-cha cray oo-va'- Bronze Lands in Irish) for pipe organ & soundsystem was developed during two months exclusive after-hours access to the largest pipe organ in Ireland & a range of turn-of-the-century unmodernised pipe organs across Cork & Cornwall. The standard tuning of the Cathedral pipe organ played live works with & against the custom-tunings of the older tracker-action pipe organ recordings made in Cornwall & Ireland which were played through the soundsystem. 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. 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 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.

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 America's FACT mag & "remarkable music" by British magazine The Wire.