The countdown is on with only five weeks to go until Sounds from a Safe Harbour festival with three new acts added to the lineup.
Curated by Mary Hickson, Enda Walsh, Cillian Murphy, and Bryce and Aaron Dessner of The National, the festival returns for its third edition in various venues across Cork.
SFSH promises an exciting six days of music, dance, visual art, and conversation, with lots of ticketed and free events to explore. With a special focus on collaboration, shared experiences, new music and premieres, audiences can expect the unexpected in Leeside’s intimate venues.
With more and more exciting international and Irish performances being added to the bill, the festival has announced three new live performances, featuring high profile international acts.
Canadian multi-instrumentalist, and member of Grammy-winning rock band Arcade Fire, Richard Reed Parry brings his folk project Quiet River of Dust to The Everyman on Friday, September 13.
Partly developed during a residency at the first SFSH in 2015 during a magically creative collaborative week in Lismore Castle, festival attendees were treated to a preview of Parry’s early material on the free music trail at The Crane Lane. Four years later, Sounds from a Safe Harbour presents this finished work on The Everyman stage.
“I am so pleased to be returning to Cork! One of the friendliest and most musical towns I’ve ever been to," Reed Parry said. "And at the first Quiet River of Dust gig in 2015 I did promise to come play this music in Ireland, so I’m very glad it’s happening and I’m not flaking on my promises.”
Through Quiet River of Dust, Parry wants to create a tangible aural garden of rapturous colours that invite exploration, an immersive experience. Don’t miss his only Irish performance this year, where he’ll be joined by some very special guests.
Described by SFSH co-curator Enda Walsh as 'the most exciting and beautiful partnership of four remarkable musicians', Minimalist Dream House Quartet - Katia and Marielle Labèque, Bryce Dessner and David Chalmin (La Terre Invisible) present the Irish premiere of ‘Don’t Fear The Light’.
An exploration of minimalist compositions by contemporary composers, at Cork Opera House, 2pm Saturday 14th September.
In 2013, the Labèque sisters - ’The best piano duo in front of an audience today’ (New York Times), recorded ‘Minimalist Dream House’, a double album celebrating the works of minimal music pioneers and their successors. For SFSH, they present a new version of their show for two pianos and two guitars, premiering new masterpieces, not yet heard in Ireland, by Thom Yorke, Steve Reich, Timo Andres, Philip Glass, as well as Bryce Dessner and David Chalmin.
In May 2019, North Carolina-born, Brooklyn-based composer William Brittelle released a stunning genre-fluid electro-acoustic song cycle: Spiritual America, which will see its live European premiere featuring a host of special guests, at CIT Cork School of Music, 2pm Sunday 15th September.
Brittelle’s Spiritual America will be performed live by the Grammy-nominated New York City–based contemporary chamber orchestra Metropolis Ensemble, drummer-percussionist Andy Stack of American rock duo Wye Oak, Arone Dyer of experimental pop act Buke and Gase, and American Folk artist Sam Amidon. For this special performance, Brittelle has created a revised chamber-based reimagining of the record complete with newly developed material.
Mary Hickson, Festival Director, first heard Spiritual America in March of this year. “It literally stopped me in my tracks, I have never heard anything like it."
"It made me feel an energy I haven’t had with music in a while, it felt strangely familiar in so many ways but was drawn in and swallowed up by its completely new sound."
"This is something altogether different and thrilling, and I just knew then and there I had to share Brittelle’s vision for music with Cork. I am so excited and grateful to have the opportunity to present it to the Sounds from a Safe Harbour audience.”
With a number of shows already sold out (including Damien Rice, Feist, and Jon Hopkins) early booking is advised as remaining shows are selling fast. Delve into the line-up at http://www.soundsfromasafeharbour.com and look out for more line-up announcements, including the festival’s free music trail, coming over the next few weeks.