Irish Arts Center presents:
Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and Dan Trueman
7pm doors • 8pm show
“a seamless and unfettered soundscape…there’s enough space and light here for influences as diverse as baroque to minimalism to breathe free…the work of musicians revelling in the moment: a rare find.” ★★★★★ —The Irish Times
Master fiddlers Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, of Irish trad supergroup The Gloaming, and Dan Trueman, Professor of Music at Princeton, launch their new album The Fate of Bones — an austere, otherworldly follow-up to their 2014 debut Laghdú — with a special duo performance. Their music stretches and abstracts the DNA of Norwegian and Irish fiddling, resulting in something new, sparse, and stunning. They both play a 10-string fiddle called the hardanger d’amore, a recent invention closely related to the ornate Hardanger fiddles of Norwegian folk music.
Trueman and Ó Raghallaigh have collaborated with award-winning Irish graphic designer Rossi McAuley to reimagine what album artwork can be: in this album launch, the artwork becomes part of the performance itself. Mounted in a custom-made Irish oak frame, the artwork acts as a meditation device and a score for the players while they tune and play.
Dan Trueman is a musician: a fiddler, a collaborator, a teacher, a developer of new instruments, a composer of music for ensembles of all shapes and sizes. He has worked with ensembles such as So Percussion, PRISM Quartet, eighth blackbird, Gallicantus, and JACK Quartet, as well as individuals like scientist Naomi Leonard, choreographer Rebecca Lazier, poet Paul Muldoon, director Mark DeChiazza, fiddler Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, vocalist Iarla Ó Lionáird, guitarist/songwriter Monica Mugan, and many others. Dan’s work has been recognized by fellowships, grants, commissions, and awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Barlow Endowment, the Bessies, the Fulbright Commission, the American Composers Forum, the American Council of Learned Societies, and Meet the Composer, among others. He is Professor of Music and Director of the Princeton Sound Kitchen at Princeton University.
Current and recent projects include bitKlavier (the prepared digital piano); The Fate of Bones, a new record with Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh (to be released in April ’20); 24 Preludes for bitKlavier (in progress); Songs That Are Hard To Sing, for So Percussion and the JACK Quartet (released by New Amsterdam Records in 2019); Midden Find, for fiddler Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and Contemporaneous (in progress); Olagón, an opera featuring Iarla Ó Lionáird, with text by Paul Muldoon, and directed by Mark DeChiazza (premiering at the National Concert Hall in Dublin, May 2021, with the Crash Ensemble); and There Might Be Others, with choreographer Rebecca Lazier and scientist Naomi Leonard (winner of a Bessie Award, Outstanding Music Composition).
Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh makes music on a 10-string fiddle called the hardanger d’amore. He has performed on some of the most beautiful stages in the world, including the Sydney Opera House, the Royal Albert Hall, and Carnegie Hall. He has made eighteen recordings to date, ranging from quite traditional to fairly out there, and continues to explore the region where traditional music begins to disintegrate. Caoimhín performs as a solo artist, yet is also widely known through his collaborative work, including groups The Gloaming and This is How we Fly, and duos with Dan Trueman, Thomas Bartlett, Garth Knox, Mick O’Brien, and Brendan Begley. He has also performed with artists such as Laurie Anderson, Vincent Moon and Amiina. He has made music for theater and film, including music for the Oscar-nominated movie Brooklyn and Volker Schlondorff’s Return to Montauk.