China meets Ireland – Traditional and new Irish & Chinese music
China Meets Ireland is an inter-cultural programme begun in 2014. It presents two poles of Chinese and Irish musics featuring traditional Chinese music from a thousand year tradition and new music from China written in the past 10 years. Ireland’s rich heritage of traditional music is presented with old airs and dance tunes on Fiddle and Flute by Gerry O’Connor and Fintan Vallely, Irish Harp with Annemarie O’Farrell, and John Feely, Guitar.
New Irish music is represented by John Buckley’s work I Am Wind On Sea for solo voice, and a selection from A GIRL by Seoirse Bodley with poetry by Brendan Kennelly.
A new work by the Chinese composer Zhao Xi using similar ancient Chinese and old Irish poetry, voice, piano and Gu Zheng will be premiered. Three concerts have been performed to date, in 2014, at St. Ann´s Church, Dawson St. Dublin, St. Patrick´s Cathedral, Dublin, and Birr Castle, Co. Offaly.