CITY HALL – Propers

Posted by Bea Cloke on Sunday Feb 10, 2013 Under Live events

Photo by Barney

Thanks to everyone who came along and participated – last weekend was a great success! And thanks to everyone who worked on the show.

Production

Daniel Figgis – Event Concept, Director, Sound Provisions
Darren McCreesh – Event Manager, PR
Paddy Hunt – Studio Engineer
Evin Doyle – Live Sound Engineer
Rob Mather – Live Sound Engineer
Tim Redfern – Technical Consultant
Gareth Jones – Graphic Design
Dearbhla McCreesh – Event Door

‘Ghost’ Musicians

Áine Ní Dhubhghaill – harp
Arun Rao – cello
Beau Gantry – trombone
Daniel Figgis – bicycle horn/electric guitar & brass quintet process/harmonium/piano/string & choral simulacra
Deirdre O’Leary – clarinet
Ionetta Kresta Lins – flute
Ktho Zoid – electric guitar/laptop
Malachy Robinson – double bass
Vonnie Pocket – oboe

Dublin City Council

Ray Yeates – Dublin City Arts Officer
Ruairí Ó Cuív – Public Art Manager
Ken Hall – Dublin City Hall Manager
Karen Bannon – Dublin City Hall Events Manager
Additional thanks to Padraig Lynam, Mary McCann, Mary Weir, Denise Buckley, Brian King & John Butler

And a Big Thank You to Imelda Dervan at the Arts Council and Brian Crowley at the Pearse Museum.

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CITY HALL Day Three

Posted by Bea Cloke on Sunday Feb 3, 2013 Under Live events

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CITY HALL Day Two

Posted by Bea Cloke on Saturday Feb 2, 2013 Under Live events

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CITY HALL Day One

Posted by Bea Cloke on Friday Feb 1, 2013 Under Live events

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CITY HALL – one week to go!

Posted by Bea Cloke on Friday Jan 25, 2013 Under Live events
City Hall exterior

Photo by Daniel

 

Tickets available from entertainment.ie

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CITY HALL

Posted by Bea Cloke on Sunday Jan 13, 2013 Under Live events
city hall interior montage

Photos by Daniel. Montage by Gareth Jones.

Daniel invites you to City Hall to participate in the creation of a new music composition. The shape and form of the composition will be determined by you the audience and the pathways that you choose as you move through this unique acoustic space. Hence the piece will reveal itself in real time over three days.

Made in celebration of his native city, CITY HALL will be a truly innovative interactive event where the public and the composer are partners in the creation of the final compostion.

And all without a musician in sight!

CITY HALL by DANIEL FIGGIS
Rotunda, City Hall, Dame St. Dublin 2

1 Feb: 6.30pm
2 Feb: 6pm
3 Feb: 3pm

ADM €10 each performance or €15 for access to all three performances.

Under 12s go free.

Tickets are available from Entertainment.ie
http://entertainment.ticketsolve.com/shows/873489403/events

http://www.facebook.com/daniel.figgis

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CITY HALL – the cat’s out of the bag!

Posted by Bea Cloke on Friday Jan 11, 2013 Under Live events

Event poster for Daniel Figgis's City Hall

Dublin City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin 2

Times
1st February: 6.30pm (world premiere)
2nd February: 6pm
3rd February: 3pm

Tickets
€10 (1 day)
€15 (3 days)

From entertainment.ie (01) 889 9950
And on the door
Under 12s go free

http://www.facebook.com/daniel.figgis

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dimmerswitch live at Galway Arts Festival

Posted by Bea Cloke on Monday Jul 23, 2012 Under Live events, Music, Video

dimmerswitch (excerpt) by Daniel Figgis, performed by Crash Ensemble at the Galway Arts Festival 2012

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Interview with Journal of Music

Posted by Bea Cloke on Monday Jul 16, 2012 Under Interview

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Hot Press interview

Posted by Bea Cloke on Thursday Jul 12, 2012 Under Interview

Q & A with Colm O’Hare

Copyright ©2012 Daniel Figgis

daniel-figgisQ:  Do you always start with a blank page when composing/in construction of a piece or do you carry a store of ready made ideas? (as many artists seem to do?)

A: I regularly revisit the vast archive marked Unfinished Business! Sometimes you have to wait a while for a good idea to concretise, to find a home. I junk 90% of what I write, particularly when I stray, as we all do, into the realms of the familiar. At that point I down tools. I only present work when I know that I am, at last, hearing something that I know I haven’t already heard somewhere else.

Q: Why work, as you are doing today, in the Pearse Museum?

A: Because it’s a beautiful space to work in. I enjoy the rock’n’roll world to its fullest when that’s appropriate but when I want to create a new work from scratch I want to connect with natural growth and decay and not urban growth and decay. Outside of my roaming ad hoc/on location studio set-ups I favour Apollo Studios Dublin.

tamper-marlay-park-2004I have chosen in recent years to present live events in public spaces as opposed to traditional concert performance spaces. I am, however, feeling the pull again of the traditional venue but many of my pieces e.g. TAMPER (see photo) and THE BATTLE oF SPEEDS required these specific places.

Q: Tell me about dimmerswitch for Crash Ensemble at the Galway Arts Festival this month.

A: Crash Ensemble commissioned a piece for the full extended lineup of 10 players. I chose to further extend it. So there are 10 live performers, augmented by a further fourteen on tape who, between them, play a further 23 parts including “pigbass”, church organ, harmonium, piano, Hammond organ, Mellotron, spatula, processed brass, cello, hihat, playground swing, clock, bicycle horn and Moog Taurus 1 bass pedals. dimmerswitch is a self-regulating but faulty steam punk mechanism in hyperactive dialogue with the beating heart that is Crash Ensemble.

crashQ:  And the live line-up consists of which instruments?

A: The live players (Crash Ensemble) are: violin, viola, cello, double bass, clarinet, electric guitar, flute, bowed vibraphone, piano, trombone.

The world premiere of dimmerswitch  is at the Galway Arts Festival 19 July, St. Nicholas’ Collegiate Church, 8pm. I will also give a pre–show talk with Crash Ensemble artistic directors Donnacha Dennehy and Kate Ellis at 7pm. See you there, I hope. This is a new Adventure.

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