Gleo: Amanda Feery & Colm Keady-Tabbal

Friday, 3 November brings together two of Ireland’s most exciting composers presenting news works especially developed as part of Gleo.

Amanda Feery presents we could be diving for pearls, a hymn to the worker, scored for vocal ensemble and live electronics with text by Declan Synnott. The piece takes the hymn ‘Gresford’ (often referred to as ‘The Miners Hymn’) by Robert Saint as a starting point. This hymn was written in 1936 to commemorate the Gresford miners of North Wales following a fatal mining disaster in 1934.

Whilst ‘Gresford’ is a worker’s memorial for a historical event, the idea of worker precarity, breaches of safety, and the feeling of being locked into an economic system of supply and demand is just as relevant in the present day. we could be diving for pearls will explore these issues from the perspective and desires of the worker.

Colm Keady-Tabbal will present a new composition for electronics drawing on their studies of microtonality and historical tuning systems. The piece will explore intonation, temporality, and harmonic perception.

Doors are 9pm and tickets are €12, available here.

About Amanda:

Amanda Feery is a composer working with acoustic, electronic, and improvised music, having written for chamber and vocal ensembles, film, theatre, and opera.

Her work has been featured at New Music Dublin, Music Current, First Fortnight Festival, and Dublin Fringe Festival, among others. She was composer-in-residence at Centre Culturel Irlandais, where she focused on recording piano improvisations on public pianos in Paris.

Amanda was the Mark Nelson Fellow in Music at Princeton University, completing her PhD in Music Composition in 2019. Her research focused on Kate Bush’s song suite The Ninth Wave. Whilst in the US, she formed collaborative relationships with Alarm Will Sound, Third Coast Percussion, Ensemble Mise-en, Bearthoven, Quince Ensemble, and cellist Amanda Gookin. Closer to home, past collaborators include Crash Ensemble, ConTempo Quartet, the National Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Choir Ireland, Kirkos Ensemble, Paul Roe, Sebastian Adams, and Lina Andonovska.

Recent projects include A Thing I Cannot Name, a twenty-minute opera film commissioned by Irish National Opera, and My Year of Rest and Relaxation, commissioned by the National Symphony Orchestra. Future projects include a new opera with librettist Laura Attridge based on Emma Donoghue’s novel The Wonder and a radio work with a libretto by Eimear Walshe in response to Éamon de Valera’s radio speech ‘On Language and the Irish Nation’.

About Colm:

Colm Keady-Tabbal (they/them), b. 1999, is an Irish-Lebanese artist based in Dublin and New York. Their practice investigates epistemologies of sound, place, memory, and their relation to systems and architectures of control. Operating through sculpture, installation, performance, moving image, composition, and writing, their work addresses legacies of applied modernism and behaviorism, often appropriating forms and languages from existing media and infrastructure.

Recent exhibitions and performances include Memorial Complex III (2023) at Lenfest Centre for the Arts, NYC; Inadmissible Presence (2022) at CCAE, Cork; quotation marks (2022) at Muine Bheag Arts, Carlow; Through Walls (2021) at the Irish Museum of Modern Art; and Applied Misapplied* (2021) at NCAD, Dublin. Recent publications include ‘Muzak that Listens’ in Neural #68 and ‘Honeyed Song’ in in:action. They are currently an MFA candidate in Sound Art at Columbia University School of the Arts.

About Gleo:

Gleo is a series of concerts of ambient and experimental music taking place at Ormston House from 2-5 November 2023.

Gleo* features a mix of Irish musicians, artists, composers, and broadcasters presenting a spectrum of musical practices and experiments in sound. Set between autumn and winter, as evenings darken, air cools, and life moves indoors, the concert series creates space to gather and listen together amid the changing seasons.

* A word originating from the west coast of Ireland, Gleo refers to the sound of the sea when it is loud and ominous, its tumult and texture akin to man-made or mechanical noise, a sound that foretells bad weather.

Gleo is curated by Caimin Walsh of Ormston House and Jack Brolly. It is supported by the Night-Time Economy After Hours at the Museum scheme and Limerick City and County Council. Full details can be found here.

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Amanda Feery & Colm Keady-Tabbal: 3 November 2023. Doors 9pm. Tickets to all events can be found here.
Images courtesy of the artists.
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