MON­DAY 18.05.15

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS - AD TCL Peter Craw­ley CL

ART Fight or Flight: Conor Foy Am­bigu­ous en­coun­ters are at the heart of New York-based Ir­ish artist Conor Fay’s work. Are we wit­ness­ing scenes of ag­gres­sion or sol­i­dar­ity, im­mi­nent dis­as­ter or dis­as­ter averted? The nervy, slip­pery pre­sen­ta­tion is cal­cu­lated to avoid easy an­swers. al­bum The De­sired Ef­fect, re­leased this week­end. Ex­pect a few choice Killers’ songs to keep ev­ery­one happy. THEATRE The Shadow of a Gun­man “I have no con­nec­tion with the pol­i­tics of the day,” in­sists Donal Da­voren, the poet and aes­thete who has been mis­taken for a gun­man in ’Casey’s early play, the first of his Dublin Tril­ogy. (He wishes.) But what is Wayne Jor­dan’s clean and swift pro­duc­tion’s con­nec­tion with the pol­i­tics of our day? This Abbey and Lyric co-pro­duc­tion isn’t en­tirely sure. It’s an­other time of di­vi­sion, cer­tainly, but not vi­o­lent rhetoric, mer­ci­fully. In­stead, this stag­ing seems more in­clined to side with the aes­thete, through pleas­ingly ar­ti­fi­cial vi­su­als and wry, age-ori­ented com­ment. It’s a light un­der­tak­ing for a play that casts a long shadow. JAZZ Matthew Shipp & Michael Bi­sio Open-minded New York pi­anist Matthew Shipp (above) is one of the true orig­i­nals of con­tem­po­rary jazz, steeped in the tra­di­tion of free im­prov but with a wider mu­si­cal vi­sion that em­braces ev­ery­thing from clas­si­cal to hip-hop – a chance to see a mod­ern mas­ter of the pi­ano in an in­ti­mate duo with fre­quent col­lab­o­ra­tor, bassist Michael Bi­sio.

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