Still Life in Green and Red
Composer Ian Wilson’s residency has involved him working with and meeting large numbers of the local community since the commissions began. The purpose of the residency is to document how people are dealing with the current economic climate – particularly how people are being positive and pro-active – and then to create a large-scale piece of music which clearly reflects this notion.
To that end, songs have been produced from pupil’s poems, and recordings made of the children singing them. Another song was inspired by the way the children themselves first said the lines – identifying and emphasising the changes in pitch and rhythm that the children naturally use when speaking. A choir are preparing a song Wilson wrote specially for them, a setting of a Japanese nature-haiku, in phonetic Japanese.
‘Still Life in Green and Red’ has already been performed at Knock Shrine, Mount St. Michael Secondary School in Claremorris and Ballintubber Abbey. There was a final performance during Landmark.
All the input from the schools and all the interviews made with people during the residency period form a soundtrack, which is the basis of a 40-minute work for the ConTempo Quartet. A limited edition CD has been produced and is available free of charge.
Contact Gaynor Seville on 094-9047561 or email firstname.lastname@example.org