New-music piano trio Longleash teams up with Irish composer Adam McCartney on a way after
the fox’s backbone, a beautiful new work that explores the transmission of sound across gulfs of
time and history. Inspired by the luminous painting technique and innovative composition of
Flemish Renaissance painter Jan van Eyck, McCartney also draws on references to traditional
Middle English poetry and folk song.
This performance is the culmination of an artist residency at the Avaloch Farm Music Institute, a
New England cultural gem in Boscawen, NH. In a post-performance conversation, the artists will
discuss the influence of the rural New England environment on their residency work and answer
questions about Avaloch and its unique role in the musical life of chamber ensembles in the
American Northeast and beyond.
This work is presented with support from Culture Ireland.
Longleash (Pala Garcia, violin; John Popham, cello; Renate Rohlfing, piano) is a group with a
traditional instrumentation and a progressive identity. Inspired by music with unusual sonic
beauty, an inventive streak, and a truthful cultural voice, Longleash extends a love of classical
chamber musicianship to the interpretation of new music, crafting performances that are both
dynamic and thoughtfully refined. An “expert young trio” praised for its “subtle and meticulous
musicianship” (Strad Magazine) and its "technical expertise and expressive innovation" (Feast
of Music), Longleash has quickly earned a reputation in the US and abroad for innovative
programming, artistic excellence, and new music advocacy. Their forthcoming debut album,
Passage, will be released on New Focus Recordings in late spring 2017. Longleash takes its
name from Operation Long Leash, a CIA program designed to covertly support and disseminate
the work of American avant-garde artists throughout Europe during the Cold War.
The trio balances a full performing schedule with commissioning and recording projects
alongside their proprietary summer concert series and composition workshop, The Loretto
Project (KY). Performance highlights include concerts at Experimental Media and Performing
Arts Center (EMPAC), the Ecstatic Music Festival (NY), the Green Music Center (CA), National
Sawdust (NY), Scandinavia House (NY), Trondheim International Chamber Music Festival
(Norway), and the University of Louisville. Longleash has conducted lectures and workshops at
New York University, Manhattan School of Music, University of Nebraska, Ohio University, and
Hunter College. The trio's work on behalf of American composers has been recognized and
supported by the Alice K. Ditson Fund of Columbia University as well as the Aaron Copland
Fund for Music.
About Adam McCartney:
Born in 1987 in Limerick, Ireland, composer Adam McCartney addresses the fluid and
subjective nature of beauty through music that reaches across vast temporal spaces, often
invoking centuries-old music and sound and transforming them into aesthetic artifacts of today.
Renaissance artworks, fragile sonic beauty, and attenuated temporal experiences feature
prominently in his music.
McCartney is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Kompositionsförderung
Musikförderung prizes awarded by the city of Graz, and Austro Mechana's SKE
Kompositionsförderung prize. Commissions include works for Klangforum Wien, Ensemble
Schallfeld, the Irish Composer’s Collective, as well as performances by NOW! Contemporary
Opera, Impuls Academy, and Ensemble Zeitfluss. McCartney completed graduate studies at the
Kunstuniversität Graz under the tutelage of Klaus Lang, and currently lives in Vienna, Austria.