On the 28th of March Crash Ensemble had their first ever concert in New York. Invited by John Schaefer, of WNCY Radio, to perform in the final concert of the New Sounds Live 06/07 series.
The Crash Ensemble performance will included the American premiere of Grá agus Bás (love and death). Written for Iarla Ó Lionáird and Crash Ensemble, the piece premiered in Dublin in February to a sell out audience and created quite a buzz since then. The unique marrying of traditional Irish sean nós and contemporary classical is a new direction for Dennehy and an exciting one for Crash Ensemble.
Iarla O Lionaird sang the Gaelic text with simplicity and directness in a plaintive folk style, and the ensemble amplified strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion and electric guitar, with Alan Pierson conducting gave it a powerful account NY Times
One of the most outstanding live festival acts are re-grouping this summer and performing at a limited number of events from Slane Castle in Dublin to Escot Park in Devon. It has been a while now since audiences were treated to a full Afro Celt line-up on stage.
You can catch them as headliners on June 3 at the popular Wychwood Music Festival at Cheltenham Race Course. The festival plays host to some of the best artists from World, Folk, Indie, Jazz and Chillout. The festival has been nominated for the Best Family Festival Award in the UK Festival Awards both years thanks to great facilities and security as well as excellent live music and activities for all ages, and Wychwood has just made it into The Observers top 5 festivals for 2007!
This years Wychwood will be a packed weekend of music, top class comedy, wild and wonderful street theatre, healing fields, solar-powered cinema, global trading village, great food and real ale. As well as the Afro Celts you can see the Levellers, Fun Lovin' Criminals, Badly Drawn Boy, Transglobal Underground and many more.
To find out more about Wychwood and all the other Afro Celt live performances go to 'Tours' and follow the links to each event.
Alerting all remixers out there...this is the final call for your offerings to Real World Remixed and your chance to have your creative reinterpretation of a Joi track win you a day at Real World Studio's fantastic Big Room.
Go to the Remix website, down load your sample pack, get remixing, upload your work...and wait to find out if a day in the West Country's finest recording establishment is yours for the taking!
Final date of the competition is April 25th 2007.
If you are looking to put some spring in your step then Daby Touré's new album is the answer! 'Stereo Spirit' is described by leading UK Sunday newspaper 'The Observer' as an 'Essential Album for Spring' and Daby himself as "..a rising star in world pop.."!
Released in the UK on March 19th.
In a preview of Sevara Nazarkhan's forthcoming 'Sen' the paper says: "This Uzbek singer is poised to become a global diva; electronica blended with Silk Route folk and dreamy vocals."
Released date TBC. News coming soon!
Daby's second Real World Recored is released this week in France,a nd coming soon to other regions. Internet users worldwide can get a sneak preview by tuning into our MP3 stream. We also have a video of Daby performing Kiyé from the new album live at last summers Real World Party.
"My songs are about giving people an emotion, making them feel good, just for a few moments. What I'm trying to do is to give people the best moment possible whilst listening to this album, even if they don't understand what I am talking about because I'm not speaking a language they understand."
Joi are back! The new album is released today to great reviews and lots of radio support.
Check out the new website features - Farook has created his own radio station of new tracks, a fantastic remix competion and a free remix to download!
Buy the album online here!
The Blind Boys of Alabama have already picked up 3 winning Grammys for past releases on Real World Records. This year, in spite of the fact that they weren't eligible themselves, they have ended up on two winning albums!
The legendary veteran singers are featured on 'Glory Train' by Randy Travis (Best Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel Album) and 'Catch That Train!' by Dan Zane and Friends (Best Musical Album For Children). The Blind Boys winning streak is obviously catching!
Iarla continues to pursue his own adventurous and ground breaking musical journey. He is currently working with the respected experimental Crash Ensemble on a work that has been specially created for the sean-nos singer.
Crash Ensemble premier a new work by Dennehy for Iarla Ó Lionáird in Dublin and New York in 2007
Crash Ensemble: Strange Folk, 10 February, 8pm at Samuel Beckett Theatre and on 28 March at the Merkin Hall NYC.
In an eagerly anticipated highlight of 2007, Crash Ensemble, Irelands leading contemporary classical music group, will premier a new work by Donnacha Dennehy for Sean Nós singer Iarla Ó Lionáird as part of a unique celebration of newly composed music inspired by the sounds and ideas of ethnic music.
Called STRANGE FOLK, this one-night concert at the Samuel Beckett Theatre, will not only be the occasion for the premier of Dennehys large new piece for Iarla and the group in advance of its New York debut, but for the first time in the ensembles ten-year history, they will be presenting work by the important composers Osvaldo Golijov, and Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, alongside an Indonesian influenced piece by Bang On A Cans Evan Ziporyn.