SUN­DAY 22.11.15

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - THE TICKET | SEVEN DAYS - LM AD CL Peter Craw­ley

CLAS­SI­CAL Ardee Baroque Fes­ti­val The two-day fes­ti­val closes to­day with a guest lec­ture from Aideen Mor­ris­sey on mu­sic in the age of the Bat­tle of the Boyne and a clos­ing recital with Mal­colm Proud (harp­si­chord), Roísín O’Grady (so­prano) and Aoife Nic Ath­laoich (cello) per­form­ing works by Gabrielli, Mon­teverdi and Bach. ART Re­ports to an Acad­emy Ailbhe Ní Bhri­ain’s Re­ports to an Acad­emy takes its ti­tle from a Kafka short story, in which an ape as­sumes a hu­man iden­tity as a sur­vival strat­egy. Ní Bhri­ain’s imag­i­na­tion prowls a west of Ire­land land­scape, the Mu­seum of Nat­u­ral History (above), an artist’s stu­dio and a li­brary, ex­plor­ing how our per­cep­tions are shaped by ex­pec­ta­tion and con­text. Si­mon Jermyn (left) plays an in­stru­ment of his own de­vis­ing: a hy­brid gui­tar/bass spe­cially made for him in New York, where the ris­ing Dublin-born im­pro­viser is based. Spirit Spout (a Moby Dick ref­er­ence) ex­plores the in­ter­sec­tion where com­po­si­tion and im­pro­vi­sa­tion meet, with new works from David Crow­ell ( Bang on a Can), Caleb Burhans ( Alarm Will Sound) and Belfast com­poser Frank Lyons, linked by Jermyn’s own ab­sorb­ing, ut­terly unique spon­ta­neous creations. Based on the true story of Pa­trick O’Brien, a Lim­er­ick teenager and ship’s ap­pren­tice who was killed and eaten by his ship-wrecked crew­mates in 1835, Mike Finn and David Blake’s show for Gúna Nua might make for an un­likely mu­si­cal – if there was ever such a thing as a likely mu­si­cal. With an ini­tially bouyant tone that be­comes ever more maudlin, the show is guided by re­spect rather than grisly hu­mour, slow­ing into a la­ment. The pro­duc­tion and multi-role­play­ing per­for­mances are ship­shape, and the mu­sic of­ten lovely. But would it lose the in­jus­tice to have more wicked fun with it?

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