Longleash - Friday June 16th at 7pm

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.

 

About Longleash:

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.

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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.

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