Star features three meditative string duos by Irish composers Benedict Schlepper-Connolly, Garrett Sholdice and Simon O’Connor. These three works, each composed specifically for the incomparable Baroque violin/double bass duo of Maya Homburger and Barry Guy, are a reminder of the value of concentration, quietude, and slowness. Star is now available on limited edition vinyl.
Star features three meditative string duos by Irish composers Benedict Schlepper-Connolly, Garrett Sholdice and Simon O’Connor. These three works, each composed specifically for the incomparable Baroque violin/double bass duo of Maya Homburger and Barry Guy, are a reminder of the value of concentration, quietude, and slowness.
Schlepper-Connolly’s title track evokes a pre-dawn revelation in West Cork. Sholdice makes a ritual from a tiny fragment of Bach in Sonate. And O’Connor remembers Medieval vocal music in Petryfyde Floures. It is, he writes, an attempt to reach a “place of contemplation, of beauty, of honesty, without manipulation…”
Recorded in a tiny, secluded parish church in Beltra, County Sligo, these recordings are full of the atmosphere of that countryside: fresh and spacious. A place where the music – and the musicians – could breath deeply.
During their long stay in Ireland, Barry Guy and Maya Homburger developed a fruitful relationship with early music players like Malcolm Proud and Siobhan Armstrong. One of their disappointments was the paucity of such relationships with contemporary composers, Benjamin Dwyer being a notable exception. Now, on initiative of the composers behind Ergodos, another door has been opened. The encounter involves its own form of musical stretching, as these musicians who communicate an intense presence take on the music of Simon O’Connor, Garrett Sholdice and Benedict Schlepper-Connolly, composers who tend to work along the borders of silence and absence. – Barra Ó Seaghdha
[T]his EP […] gives you the exact atmosphere as the art work on the cover : the rising of the sun, the world is calm, still quiet, live begins … without any dissonance, without any disturbance, but equally without form yet, fragile and light. Nothing more than a promise, but a beautiful one, full of purity and hope. Life begins. – freejazzblog.org
A complementary CD (The feeling of remembering) and vinyl (re:play) set, this release presents beautifully introspective music for cello by English composer Christopher Fox, performed by Anton Lukoszevieze.
"...a distinct flavour of distilled Elizabethan melancholia." – Philip Clark, The Wire
Revelatory, celebratory music by Garrett Sholdice, Benedict Schlepper-Connolly and Linda Buckley inspired by Christmas music by a mediæval master, and performed by Ergodos Musicians: vocalist Michelle O'Rourke, clarinettist Jonathan Sage and cellist Kate Ellis, with Sholdice and Schlepper-Connolly on piano and guitar respectively.
… [An] eloquent meditation … The mood is spiritual, perhaps, but hardly sectarian, with a warm bath production style taking full advantage of studio effects – I Care If You Listen Magazine
Inspired by the secret histories of landscapes, old maps and memory, this music by Dublin composer Benedict Schlepper-Connolly possesses the ecstatic, unforced beauty of the natural world – at once minimal and teeming with matter.
"...a thing of rare, rich beauty..." – Michael Quinn, Classical Ear
"...filled with a haunting beauty..." – Whole Note Magazine (Canada)
"This is a very strong modern classical work, inspired by old maps, memory and importantly – landscapes. It feels like a fresh, outdoor record – perfect for Autumn and the colder months ahead. Highly recommended." — Irregular Crates
An immaculately crafted, beautiful and poignant collection of nine piano pieces, Simon O'Connor's debut solo album is the result of over three years work from conception to release.
"... an hour-long meditative, introspective work that … lounges in being hard to place … [E]xtended duration and emotional directness are key to the work’s effect.” – Liam Cagney, The Journal of Music
""...music that moves with a glacial pace interrupted by turbulent surges but always exuding a gentle, glowing warmth ... Belfast pianist Michael McHale plays with the utmost care for tonal detail and under-stated textural sophistication." – Michael Quinn, Classical Ear