World Class Musician Leads a World Tour in Belfast

Neil Martin Musical Director (back second right) is pictured with some of the musicians who will be performing on 24th March at the Linen Hall Library Performance Space. 
Neil Martin Musical Director (back second right) is pictured with some of the musicians who will be performing on 24th March at the Linen Hall Library Performance Space. 
Neil Martin Musical Director (back second right) is pictured with some of the musicians who will be performing on 24th March at the Linen Hall Library Performance Space.

 ArtsEkta under their Cultural Coach Programme has been working in collaboration with Neil Martin, Northern Ireland’s internationally acclaimed composer, uilleann piper and cellist in bringing together some of the province’s most talented musicians.

Over the last few months they have been taking part in what has been described as a truly innovative musical experience.

The musical journey began with an ‘open call’ for musicians from a wide range of genres. The musicians had to demonstrate their ability to play to a high standard, as well as showing real passion, energy and enthusiasm for their craft.

Under the Musical Directorship of Neil Martin the auditions proved a huge success with thirty five musicians turning up on the day. They were invited to perform a short piece followed by some creative tasks to help decide who had the ability and were prepared to work outside their own musical discipline. From the auditions ten local musicians were selected to participate in what can only be described as a unique opportunity to work under Neil Martin one of Ireland’s most celebrated composers and musicians.

Niamh Flanagan Project Manager for the Cultural Coach Programme commented:  “The aim of the project was to bring together a group of musicians to undertake a musical journey exploring and sharing music from different cultures and genres on ethnic percussion, tambura, guitar, vocals, violin, piano and Guzheng (Chinese Harp).

“During their time together they explored how some world music is interconnected; the influence of African music on jazz and blues; how traditional music in Ireland and Scotland has influenced orchestral composition and how their traditional airs have gone on to influence music from Beethoven to the Chieftains to Riverdance.

“Over a period of two weeks they have taken part in workshops calumniating in the group’s premiere which takes place at the Linen Hall Library Performance Space on Tuesday 24th March 2015 doors open 6.30pm for 7.00pm performance. Admission is free.

“Under the leadership of Musical Director Neil Martin we invite you to come along on 24th March and share with them a very special musical experience and support some of our province’s most talented and inspirational musicians.”

Neil Martin, Musical Director said:  “With great ease we have crossed musical oceans, and with great pleasure we have shared our heritages.  This underlines for me the absolute truth of music as the core language of every human on the face of this planet.  The whole experience has been both liberating and informative.”

 

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