L Buckley - From Ocean’s Floor
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Label: NMC Recordings
Cat No: NMCD258
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 25th September 2020
O iochtar mara (From Ocean's Floor)
ArtistsIarla O’Lionaird (voice)
Darragh Morgan (violin)
Joby Burgess (canna sonora)
Linda Buckley (voice, electronics)
Isabelle O’Connell (piano)
In Ó íochtar mara (From Ocean's Floor), the most substantial work on this album, Buckley combines sean nós (an Irish ‘old style’ of elaborately ornamented solo singing) with string quartet and electronic drones. Iarla Ó Lionáird is one of the finest contemporary exponents of sean nós and the song-cycle is based upon Gaelic love poetry of love and loss, some dating back to the seventh century.
Discordia was commissioned by Joby Burgess for his Canna Sonora, an instrument assembled from tuned, vertical aluminium tubes that he strokes with rosin-impregnated gloves creating other-worldly sonorities. Also on the album is the shimmering, ethereal Exploding Stars for violin (Darragh Morgan) and electronics, Haza written for the ConTempo Quartet when Buckley was living in New York, the floating, glacial Fridur for piano (Isabelle O'Connell) and electronics, and the ambient, immersive Kyrie performed by the composer herself on vocals and electronics.
NMC’s Debut Discs are musical calling cards, crucial for gifted composers in the early stages of their careers and giving them the opportunity to release a fi rst full portrait album of their work. Debut Discs has to date supported 18 releases.
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