Renowned Composer Ian Wilson Performs Premiere to Celebrate 300th Anniversary of Christchurch at Triskel Arts Centre

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November 20, 2018
300th Anniversary Deserves Premiere Concert
This year has been a special one for Triskel Arts Centre – they turned 40, they moved their renowned ECM Weekend into the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival and Christchurch, their main auditorium, celebrated 300 years since the laying of the foundation stone. To mark this tercentenary, they commissioned Irish composer Ian Wilson to write a piece, ‘Eidolon’, for their TC Lewis organ, which he will perform on Saturday 24 November at 8pm.
Tony Sheehan, Artistic Director with Triskel Arts Centre, said, “We’re honoured that Ian Wilson will perform in Christchurch on what promises to be a special night. Kit Downes recently played the organ during the Jazz Festival and Wilson’s concert will make history again.”
Although the present Christchurch building is 300 years old, there has been a Christchurch on the same spot going all the way back to the year 1050. Over the centuries a number of important events have been held or witnessed here – the coronation of Perkin Warbeck as King Richard IV in 1497, the marriage of Edmund Spenser to Elizabeth Boyle in 1594, the siege of Cork in 1690, to name but a few.
The TC Lewis organ was installed in 1878. Wilson said, “It is presently in need of repair but in actuality its condition has given rise to a number of unusual characteristics, not least the fact that notes sound when they shouldn’t (i.e. when all the stops are closed) – these notes have an ethereal, ghostly feel to them and this is the basis of the work’s concept, that there are echoes and resonances of past events in the building, which this new organ work teases out into the open. The main focus of the piece is on sound – the unusual sounds this organ makes, how best to present those, how to construct some kind of musical narrative using them. To that end, the piece requires some focussed listening from the audience to catch those details that are the fulcrum for the work’s character.”
Wilson will be joined on the night by the Kimura-Roche Duo – pianist Izumi Kimura and saxophonist Cathal Roche, the only duo in Ireland equally at home in contemporary classical and improvised musics. They will perform 'Possession', a 21st-century paean to the musical world we live in and its global cross-pollination of musical stimuli. This multi-movement work combines detailed, sometimes complex notation drawing upon many different musical styles with various kinds of improvisation – controlled, guided and free. It is both an ambitious musical journey across the globe – embracing indigenous music from India, Japan, North America, Africa and Australia – and is a showcase for their remarkable talents.
The composition of ‘Eidolon’ was funded by a Cork City Council Arts Office project grant.
Tickets for the concert are on sale now from, by phoning the Box Office on 021-4272022 or by visiting Triskel on Tobin Street.
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The Programme
Eidolon, organ solo (Ian Wilson, 2018 – c. 25’. PREMIERE)
Performed by the composer.
Written for the TC Lewis organ of Triskel Christchurch with funds from Cork City Council
Possession for saxophone(s) and piano (Ian Wilson, 2016 – c. 50’)
Performed by Cathal Roche and Izumi Kimura
About the Artists
Ian Wilson (Northern Ireland, 1964) has written almost 200 works including operas, concertos, 18 string quartets, a range of orchestral and chamber music, and multimedia pieces. 
His compositions have been performed and broadcast on six continents and presented at festivals including the BBC Proms, Venice Biennale and Frankfurt Bookfair and at venues such as New York’s Carnegie Hall, London’s Royal Albert and Wigmore Halls, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Vienna’s Musikverein, and Tokyo’s Suntory Hall. Ian has in recent years also worked with jazz musicians, Asian tabla and Chinese pipa players, sound artists, a death metal singer and traditional Irish singers.

In 1998 he was elected to Aosdána, Ireland’s State-sponsored body of creative artists, and in recent years he has been AHRB Research Fellow at the University of Ulster, Composer-in-Association with California’s Camerata Pacifica ensemble, and “An Foras Feasa” post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Dundalk Institute of Technology in Ireland. He was director of the Sligo New Music Festival from 2003 to 2011 and from 2010 to 2014 was Associate Composer with the Ulster Orchestra.

Ian is also active as a performer, improviser and conductor. He has given the world and Irish premieres of piano works by Stephen Gardner, Deirdre McKay, Colin Riley, Judith Weir, Morton Feldman and Luciano Berio, among others. In 2012 he conducted the Ulster Orchestra in a programme for the Belfast Festival at Queen’s which included music by Lutoslawski and Stravinsky as well as the première of his own “Flags and Emblems” for piano and orchestra. In 2016 he conducted Chamber Choir Ireland and the Vanbrugh Quartet in the première performances of his major 1916 centenary work “Wayfarers”. His duo with saxophonist Cathal Roche, crOw, toured Ireland with The Quiet Club in 2017.

There are commercially-available recordings of nearly fifty of Ian’s works on labels including Diatribe, Riverrun, Black Box, Timbre, Guild, Meridian and Chandos. His music is published by Ricordi (London) and Universal Edition and his website address is  
The Kimura-Roche Duo – Izumi Kimura, piano & Cathal Roche, saxophone[s] – is a unique Irish pairing, equally at home with notated and improvised musics. The duo draws upon a vast wealth of musical experiences and influences in its wide-ranging programmes, which reference everything from contemporary and classical music through various kinds of folk music from around the world, Latin American music, jazz standards and free improvisation.

Roche and Kimura (who played the piano inside and out, literally) finished and complimented each other's phrasing like twins ending each other's sentences. Their set was pretty remarkable and as ¡No!'s LRC said at the end, it was the reason why nights such as these exist, to be part of something very special and unique.Anthony Griffin
Japan born Irish resident Izumi Kimura is a highly acclaimed practitioner of contemporary piano music, an improviser, and an educator. After graduating from Toho Gakuen Music University in Tokyo, she moved to Ireland and has since performed extensively throughout the country and abroad as a soloist and chamber musician and has been broadcast by many stations including on RTÉ Lyric FM, RTÉ 1, Dublin City FM, NearFM, Raidió na Life, and RTÉ 2 television. She has worked with leading performers and ensembles from the disciplines of classical and jazz music, including RTÉ Symphony Orchestra, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Crash Ensemble, Michael D’arcy, Ioana Petcu-Colan, Ken Edge, Benjamin Dwyer, Susan Doyle, Cora Venus Lunny, and many more from the world of classical music, and with jazz and improvising musicians including Barry Guy, Gerry Hemingway, Tommy Halferty, Ronan Guilfoyle, Michael Buckley, Joe O'Callaghan, Oki Itaru, Makoto Sato, Dominique Pifarély, Benoít Delbecq, Stéphane Payen, Sarah Buechi, Fuzzy Logic Ensemble, and many more.  
Cathal Roche has been at the forefront of developing innovative new music in Ireland for the last 10 years. His reputation in Ireland as a saxophonist specialising in extended techniques is unparalleled.  He continues to develop his compositional skill set as he moves into new spatial mediums such as surround sound multi-tracking (Lock Horns, Boyle Arts Festival 2016).

Roche’s main musical collaborations in the last three years have been the Kimura-Roche Duo (with pianist Izumi Kimura), DAO with Polish Percussionist Rafael Kolachi, and crOw with composer Ian Wilson.  Resident in County Leitrim, Roche has spent over 15 years developing his performance practice through engagement in collaborative arts residencies, the musical study of phonology, and devising extended solo works for live performer and multi-tracked voices/woodwind.  As artist in residence at Drumshanbo Library, Roche is currently developing a series of immersive sound installation pieces which explore both the transient and enduring natures of Irish speech accents over time.  He performs regularly with the Dublin based jazz ensemble The Dirty Jazz Club.  
About Triskel Arts Centre
Triskel Arts Centre is a vibrant cultural HUB in the heart of Cork City celebrating 40 years in 2018. The main auditorium Triskel Christchurch is a multidisciplinary space housed in a fully refurbished neoclassical Georgian Church. This state of the art venue which launched in 2011 is programmed with a rich bill of live music – with a focus on Classical and Jazz concerts, cultural cinema, visual art exhibitions and literary events. Triskel runs a second contemporary art room Triskel Gallery Space. Unique in Ireland, Theatre Development Centre is the only fulltime operation dedicated to the development of theatre, this is managed by Corcadorca Theatre Company. Cork Traveller Women’s Network relocated their Headquarters to Triskel in 2018 and the film and theatrical makeup training academy The Makeup Bar opened their Cork branch at Triskel in February of the same year. Scrypt Café Bar is an atmospheric casual dining and coffee space with a great brunch and lunch menu and a tapas style evening offering.

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