Vyvienne Long featuring the Balanescu Quartet
February 28th, C of I Holy Trinity, Fethard, Tipp. Book Tickets
March 1st, Triskel Arts Centre, Cork. Book Tickets.
March 2nd, The Freemasons Hall, Dublin Book Tickets
March 7th, Druid Lane Theatre, Galway Book Tickets
March 8th, The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon Book Tickets
March 9th, Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray. Book Tickets.
An Irish lyricist, a Romanian virtuoso and a string quintet band – what happens when these musical forces collide?
Renowned songwriter and cellist Vyvienne Long has revealed plans to tour with the world renowned Balanescu Quartet for the first time on Irish shores. Vyvienne has composed original material and arranged her songs for the newly formed string quintet.
Vyvienne released her critically acclaimed debut album Caterpillar Sarabande in 2010. Her beautifully disarming and intensely personal songs have been in demand for soundtracks in Ireland and internationally since, including Kirsten Sheridan’s “Dollhouse”, Icelandic documentary “The Future Of Hope” and RTE’s drama series “RAW”. Admired as a compelling vocalist and songwriter of incisive wit, critics have drawn comparisons with Bjork, Tori Amos and Joanna Newsome.
“Vyvienne Long has been known for some time as a boundlessly talented cellist and arranger … she displays all her talent, confidence and humour to fabulous effect…” (Ian Melaney, State)
The cutting edge Balanescu Quartet has acquired a reputation as one of the leading contemporary music groups in the world today. Its guiding force, the Romanian virtuoso violinist Alexander Balanescu, leads the quartet in collaborations with composers such as Michael Nyman and Gavin Bryars, and with pop icons such as David Byrne, the Pet Shop Boys, Spiritualized, Kate Bush and Kraftwerk. The Balanescu Quartet has developed its own unique performing style setting them apart from any other string quartet. Their live performances are notable for their sheer energy and dynamism. Vyvienne Long’s ‘String Collision’ Tour is their first tour of Ireland
Both Vyvienne and The Balanescu Quartet have toured the world extensively, and both have opened shows at the Wembley Arena to 10,000 pairs of ears.
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Vyvienne Long with The Balanescu Quartet.
‘The ‘String Collision’ Tour is Part Funded by Arts Council Touring and proudly supported by RTÉ lyric fm.
We would also like to thank our sponsors Aer Lingus and The Royal Hotel in Bray, Co.Wicklow.’