Music Literature

Olagón: A Cantata in Doublespeak

A modern retelling of the legendary Irish tale Táin Bó Cúailnge as a story of hardship in contemporary, post-recession Ireland

Details

$15 / $5 students
Date(s)

Feb 22 – Feb 24

8:00pm

Contact

Princeton University Ticketing
609-258-9220


Location

Please note this performance is NOT at Irish Arts Center.

Venue:
Princeton University
Wallace Theater, Lewis Arts Complex
185 Nassau Street
Princeton, NJ 08542

Overview

FEATURING

Eighth Blackbird
Nathalie Joachim, flutes; Michael J. Maccaferri, clarinets; Yvonne Lam, violin and viola; Nicholas Photinos, cello; Matthew Duvall, percussion; Lisa Kaplan, piano

Dan Trueman, composer, fiddler 
Iarla Ó Lionáird, vocals 
Paul Muldoon, text



The 2016 Grammy-winning contemporary music ensemble Eighth Blackbird collaborates with composer and fiddler Dan Trueman, vocalist Iarla Ó Lionáird of the contemporary Irish supergroup The Gloaming, and Pulitzer-Prize winning poet Paul Muldoon for a special performance of new work commissioned by Poetry Foundation with Irish Arts Center, Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts: Artworks, and the University of Richmond.  

A modern retelling of an ancient Irish epic, Olagón depicts the legendary Irish tale Táin Bó Cúailnge as a story of hardship in contemporary, post-recession Ireland while honoring traditional music of Ireland, Norway, and America. Muldoon’s text—written in both English and Irish—is sung in the sean-nós style by Ó Lionáird.

Tickets for Thursday, February 22
Tickets for Friday, February 23
Tickets for Saturday, February 24



“One of the smartest, most dynamic contemporary classical ensembles on the planet.”
Chicago Tribune on Eighth Blackbird

“One of the most dramatic voices in contemporary music.”The Guardian on Iarla Ó Lionáird

“Trueman is a man out of time, one foot in tomorrow’s software, the other in yesterday’s folk music.”Electronic Musician on Dan Trueman

“One of the great poets of the past hundred years ... only Yeats before him could write with such measured fury.”The New York Times Book Review on Paul Muldoon



Running time: 90 minutes

Commissioned by Poetry Foundation with Irish Arts Center, Aaron Copeland Fund for Music, Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts: Artworks, and the University of Richmond.

This production is generously supported by Olagón’s lead commissioner, the Poetry Foundation.

Performance photos by Philamonjaro Studio

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Olagón: A Cantata in Doublespeak was released on CD in 2017 and is available on Cedille Records.

Our Supporters

Irish Arts Center programs are supported, in part, by government partners including the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; Culture Ireland, the agency for the promotion of Irish arts worldwide; the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Consulate of Ireland in New York; The Ireland Funds, America; Howard Gilman Foundation; Tourism Ireland; Bloomberg Philanthropies; The Nancy Malone Living Trust; The Shubert Foundation; The Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick in New York City; The Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick in Westchester County; The Knights of St. Patrick; The Jerome L. Greene Foundation; Milwaukee Irish Fest Foundation; and thousands of generous donors like you.

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