Second Moon of Winter is a Cork-based trio comprising of Kim Sheehan (voice), Ari Sheehan (guitar), and Tom Hodge (clarinet). Blending dark ambient atmospheres, jazz-tinged contours and haunting operatic vocals, their fragmented melodies meet, form and fluctuate in a wave of musical metamorphosis – melting and moving forward with the momentum of a creeping frost under the waning of the second moon.
Their first record One for Sorrow, Two for Joy was written and recorded live in a series of sessions in basement by the sea in County Cork, and subsequently released on Denovali records in early 2015. Inspired by the symbolism of photos, prints and memories, the studio floor was strewn with semi-precious melodies, never knowing which was to be picked up next, to be held and then polished like sea glass in a tidal soundscape.
Opera Now has described soprano Kim Sheehan as “sporting a super voice”. She has sung many of the roles in the coloratura repertoire in Germany, Switzerland, the UK and Ireland. She has worked with such established companies as the Royal Opera House, Zürich Opera House, Opera North, Garsington Festival Opera, and Wexford Festival. She also performs in experimental trio Second Moon of Winter.
Ari Sheehan is a guitarist, multi-instrumentalist and luthier. He has performed in duo with Mick Hoey, with the four-piece Dyin Breed, and most recently with the experimental trio Second Moon of Winter. He hand-builds bespoke guitars under the aegis of Ari Sheehan Guitars.
Tom Hodge is a composer, pianist & clarinetist from London. With his electronic chamber music project Piano Interrupted, he has released two albums (Two by Four, The Unified Field) His ongoing collaboration with Max Cooper has yielded a two EPs (Fragmented Self & Artefact). And his most recent venture is experimental voice/clarinet/guitar trio Second Moon of Winter.
The Santa Rita Concerts provide a unique, deeply immersive audience experience. Each evening begins at 7pm with a Santa Rita wine tasting, and a fireside interview with the artists. The performances take place at 8pm in the museum’s beautifully resonant downstairs gallery. The space is candlelit and the atmosphere highly intimate – a concentrated ritual shared by performer and audience.
"Like Brian Eno at his solo best, it's the sort of ambience that doesn't flood, that hovers precariously somewhere between the conscious and the unconscious, barely-there and indisputably present." – pitchfork.com
"Maarja Nuut, a singer and violinist from Estonia, used loops and electronics to build austere, minimalist grids, with traditional-sounding waltzes and polkas floating in them like ghostly memories." – The New York Times