Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Talún in Concert, Friday October 28th, 7:30 PM

Oct 28 2011 7:30 pm
Location: Northfield Arts Guild, Upstairs Studio

Talún, In Concert

Friday October 28th, 7:30 pm

Northfield Arts Guild, Upstairs Studio

$12 at the door/$10 students and seniors

Additional info and photos: 651-398-5055

TALÚN on TOUR 2011 ~ Garry Jones with Laura MacKenzie

Talún (Taw’loon, an Irish word meaning earth or ground) is composer/guitarist Garry Jones’ performance ensemble. For the 2011/2012 tours, he is joined by renowned traditional musician Laura MacKenzie on an array of wind-powered instruments and voice. Together, they perform Garry’s compositions along with select traditional pieces, mingled with story and myth, in full concert and lyceum programs.

The music of Talún is wrapped around the Fire Eye Suite, five movements celebrating the earth as represented by the sovereign goddesses of Ireland. It was composed as the centerpiece of a renewal of a 4,500 year-old fire ritual honoring Ériú, the eponymous matron goddess of the island of Eire, or Ireland. This musical pilgrimage is presented as a modern day call to rediscover the spirit of the land that sustains us.

Garry Jones is an Australian-born composer/musician who has just moved to the United States after living for ten years on the wild and rugged west coast of Ireland. During that time, he developed a fascination for Irish mythology and has incorporated this into his music making, seeing it as both an immensely rich source of musical inspiration and a vehicle through which to tell the story of our interdependence with the natural and supernatural world. It’s a story of magic, hope and beauty that he feels particularly needs to be told in these days of environmental crises.

Through story and musical pieces such as his five movement Fire Eye Suite, Garry explores the Irish Otherworld, Faery Queens, High Kings, stone circles, sacred fire and the epic battles between the mythological races the Fir Bolg and the Tuatha De Danaan. The stories are as fascinating as the music is stirring – distinctive, evocative, powerful and beautifully uncommon.

“Jones’ music is grand and lovely; alternately achingly beautiful and breathtakingly anthemic…”- Will Ackerman, Windham Hill

Garry has composed for musicals, rock operas, huge festival fire events and millennium celebrations. He designs and builds large-scale musical sculptures, musical instruments for people with disabilities, leads tour groups in Ireland, and plays guitar and writes music with his wife Kate Hennessy in their Brattleboro, Vermont, home.

Laura MacKenzie (Northfield resident, born and raised in Northfield, moved back in 2011) has been lauded as a "Celtic music wizard" by the Minneapolis Star Tribune and a "High priestess of Celtic music" by Minnesota Public Radio. Laura has learned from many noted tradition bearers on both sides of the Atlantic, has been recognized as a Master Folk Artist (Minnesota State Arts Board) and has received numerous honors, fellowships and awards for her work in traditional Irish and Scottish music. From production work (and appearance) on A Prairie Home Companion to fieldwork in ethnomusicology, from rockin' out in Boiled in Lead to national touring with Lorie Line and her Pop Chamber Orchestra, Laura has enjoyed vast and varied experience in the worlds of music while developing as a performing artist. Her powerful array of wind instruments includes wooden flutes, whistles, concertina, Scottish smallpipes, Border pipes, French Cornemuse, gemshorn and voice.

“A performing artist of astonishing versatility, singing and playing with skill and emotion a splendid repertoire.” –The American Association of University Women

ALSO: Talún will be performing at another regional venue ----

Sunday October 30th, 2 PM

Oak Center General Store

67011 Hwy 63 (10 miles SW of Lake City)

Talún in Concert, Friday October 28th, 7:30 PM |

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