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The Art of Collaboration: Comhtháthú (Integration)

  • Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane Parnell Square North Dublin 1, County Dublin (map)

This concert series comes to a close with this programme exploring aspects of collaboration in music and life. This time I’ll be waxing philosophical in between the music of Paul Roe and Mick O’Brien.

The concepts of cycles, transitions, emergence, divergence and convergence are aspects we all grapple with in life. This concert represents all of these elements with the featured musicians collaborating across genre, where leaning into VUCA (vulnerability, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity) is essential to find an integrative approach to working and making music. Music is the perfect vehicle for this exploration. The Art of Collaboration is an open-ended invitation to audiences to participate by reflecting on their own personal experiences whilst mindfully engaging with the performance experience through embodied presence in the moment.

With special guests: Shayan & Shahab Coohe, Ultan O'Brien, Kenneth Edge and Matthew Berrill

Mick O'Brien is one of our best-loved uilleann pipers, performing regularly as a solo artist, with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, and with the Norwegian groups Vamp, Hanne Krogh, and Secret Garden. His first solo album 'The May Morning Dew' (1996) was received with great critical acclaim, and his duo album with Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh 'Kitty Lie Over' (2003) has since become a classic. He comes from a great Dublin musical family, and now his own children are fine performers in their own right. Mick's music has crossed many boundaries and styles through the years, but it is as a traditional uilleann piper that he is best known. His traditional style shows great delicacy and subtlety, strong in rhythm and enlivened by his unique inflections and nuances, his performances always throw new light on even the most familiar tune. 

This concert will be recorded for future radio broadcast Near fm: