Concorde Concert featuring DIT students, Iulian Pusca and Gavin Brennan

DIT Conservatory students, Iulian Pusca (panpipes) and Gavin Brennan (saxophones) join new music ensemble Concorde for their 3rd event in the music series, Up Close with Music, at the RHA Gallery, Ely Place on Sunday afternoon, March 24.  



Sunday 24 March, 2013 RHA Gallery, 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2 2.30 – 4.30 pm Admission Free (limited seating)

Contemporary music ensemble Concorde present the third event in the 2013 series Up Close with Music at the RHA Gallery, Ely Place on Sunday afternoon 24 March. Each concert offers listeners the chance to hear newly commissioned pieces from Irish composers alongside international repertoire and to meet with composers and performers during the interval.

Featured composer in the March programme is Frank Lyons, Director of Arts & Humanities Research Institute, School of Creative Arts, University of Ulster. His commissioned work is a duo for bass clarinet and accordion – Thud, which he describes as having a quality of ‘understated lyricism with occasional emotive bursts of virtuosic activity’. This work will be performed twice.

Concorde are pleased to introduce their selected Up Close Student Performer for 2013, Gavin Brennan, saxophonist and student at DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama. Gavin will perform two pieces – the evocative ‘Nightbird’ by Karen Tanaka for saxophone and tape and an atmospheric duo with cello by Greek composer Astasia Nasopoulou who is based in Amsterdam.

Concorde have also invited Iulian Pusca, a post-graduate student at DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama, to join them. Iulian will play panpipes in a duo, Bird, by Dutch composer Gerard Beljon, with guitarist John Feeley. Beljon gives this advice to the two performers in this work: ‘it is important that both panpipes and guitar think of themselves as birds’!

Latvian composer Anna Veismane will be attending for the first performance of two pieces for cello and guitar, Hidden Dragons & A Response. She has won many awards and has had performances with the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra and the North/South Chamber Orchestra in New York, among others.

The international programme also includes a trio by Finnish composer, Riikka Talvitie Bit by Bit, from 2004, which has been selected from Concorde’s extensive repertoire.

The programme is presented in two parts, at 2.30 pm and 3.45 pm, and listeners are invited to join for either or both performances.

The final event in the 2013 Series Up Close with Music takes place on April 28.The RHA Gallery opens at 2 pm and the Gallery Café, operated by Unicorn restaurant, is open from 2 – 5 pm.

Opening on March 15 are the exhibitions: Anita Groener: SKIN: an Artistic Atlas and Billy Foley: Recent Paintings. Continuing exhibitions include Polke & Richter: Works on Paper from the Kunstmuseen Krefeld,Zineb Sidera & Amina Menia: Becoming Independent, Vivienne Roche: Spirit & Light and Anita Groener: State.


Jane O’Leary, artistic director Paul Roe, clarinets | Gavin Brennan, saxophones | Iulian Pusca, panpipes Adrian Mantu, cello | John Feeley, guitar | Dermot Dunne, accordion


2.30 – 3.15 pm Karen Tanaka (Japan/USA): Nightbird

alto saxophone & tape 1996

Gerard Beljon (NL): Bird panpipes & guitar1999 first Irish performance

Anna Veismane (Latvia): Hidden Dragons & A Response cello & guitar2011/13first performance

Frank Lyons: Thudbass clarinet, accordion & live electronics premiere, commissioned by Concorde

3.45-4.30 pm Frank Lyons: Thudbass clarinet, accordion & live electronics

commissioned by Concorde

Aspasia Nasopoulou (Greece/NL): Instant soprano/tenor saxophone and cello 2009

first Irish performance

Riikka Talvitie (Finland): Bit by Bit clarinet, cello & accordion2004

Supported by a Music Project Award from The Arts Council. With special thanks to the RHA Gallery,

For further information, please contact Concorde –, telephone 091 522867.