Ergodos Musicians - Presented by Waterford Music & Music Network

Prepare to be utterly entranced as five of Ireland’s finest contemporary musicians celebrate the undying power of song, the most constant of musical forms. The ensemble segues seamlessly from medieval hymns and Baroque arias to 70s folk-rock and contemporary pop, one beguiling meditation on love, longing

and loss melting into the next.
Ergodos is the brainchild of composers Benedict Schlepper-Connolly and Garrett Sholdice, their gossamer arrangements creating an ethereal world where the hushed awe of a cathedral meets the intimacy of a late-night jazz club. In this incarnation, the clear, haunting tones of Michelle O’Rourke’s voice float above an ensemble with the lightest of touches. Cellist Kate Ellis, Artistic Director of Crash Ensemble, has performed alongside Steve Reich, Gavin Bryars, Terry Riley and Dawn Upshaw, while reed maestro and fellow musical acrobat Seán Mac Erlaine has appeared with Bill Frisell, The Smith Quartet, Hayden Chisholm, Lisa Hannigan, Iarla Ó Lionáird and The Gloaming.

Michelle O’ Rourke, vocals
Seán Mac Erlaine, alto saxophone, bass clarinet
Kate Ellis, cello
Benedict Schlepper-Connolly, electric guitar, synthesiser
Garrett Sholdice, presenter, synthesiser

Programme includes:
Beata viscera (c. 1220) – Perotin
With darkness deep (1750) – G.F. Händel
The white birds (2010) – Donnacha Dennehy
Beat the retreat (1975) – Richard Thompson
Goodbye (1995) – Steve Earle
I am weary of lying alone – Traditional
Turn hopeless lover – G.F. Händel
Angels (2012) – The xx
May (2008) – Andrew Hamilton
Flow my tears – John Dowland
Vedrò con mio diletto (1724) – Antonio Vivaldi
Go not to Lethe – Benedict Schlepper-Connolly (a setting of John Keats)
Lament for Owen Roe O’Neill (c. 1692 – 1738) – Turlough O’Carolan
Raise thou our hopes of endless light (1750) – G.F Händel

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O'Connell Street
Waterford
11 February , Thursday 20:00

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