Tailte cré-umha (Bronze Lands)

For pipe organ & soundsystem with lightshow
Running time: 50mins

Sydney Town Hall grand pipe organ (64ft)
for Sydney Festival (info) 21 January 2020

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

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REVIEWS for Bronze Lands at Sydney Festival:
"Designed for the physical space of the hall and the pipe organ itself, it created a unique aural experience." - Eastside Radio
"when the organ sang, so did our whole bodies." - Building and Body as Instrument - the AU review
"an overwhelming multi-sensory experience"- Night Writes

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, in St Fin Barre's Cathedral Cork, along with a range of turn-of-the-century unmodernised pipe organs across Cork and Cornwall. The world premiere was at St Fin Barre's Cathedral for Cork Midsummer Festival and will have its Australian premiere at Sydney Festival in January 2020 on the 64ft Sydney Town Hall grand pipe organ.

In the piece 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. The piece is complimented by a custom lighting show. 

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.

Tailte cré-umha (Bronze Lands) is the live follow-up to pipe organ works on SIRÈNE - 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

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