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Kate Moore’s Bushranger Psychodrama featuring Iarla Ó Lionáird
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Irish vocalist Iarla Ó Lionáird, called “one of the most dramatic voices in contemporary music” by The Guardian, applies his profound and soaring voice to the U.S. premiere of composer Kate Moore’s Bushranger Psychodrama, a psychological melodrama inspired by Australia's most famous highwayman (or bushranger), Ned Kelly. The program also includes a solo set of traditional Irish tunes performed by Ó Lionáird and works for string quartet by Meredith Monk, Caroline Shaw, and Jessie Montgomery performed by PUBLIQuartet.

Program:
Traditional Irish Folk Songs for solo voice
Iarla Ó Lionáird, voice                                                                                             

JESSIE MONTGOMERY Voodoo Dolls
CAROLINE SHAW Valencia 
MEREDITH MONK Stringsongs
PUBLIQuartet

KATE MOORE Bushranger Psychodrama 
Iarla Ó Lionáird, voice 
PUBLIQuartet 
Doug Perry, percussion  

About Bushranger Psychodrama:

Bushranger Psychodrama is a psychological melodrama, performed by Iarla Ó Lionáird, about a highwayman in the bush. Drawing from a letter by iconic bushranger Ned Kelly, the piece conveys how bushrangers became heroes of the people under the oppressive governance of the English officials in Australian colonial history, and how figures including Irish felon Ned Kelly became a symbol of the rebellion of the repressed.

The 20 minutes work is a one-movement monologue illustrating the human psyche pitted against the most isolated and harshest foreign landscape imaginable to an Irishman. Set loose in the most remote wilderness, wild, raw and untamed, a bushranger battles the dark hollows of his mind. He is rebelling against the authorities and fighting for the dispossessed, but his real battle is his own fear of an insatiable emptiness leading to nowhere. He is terrified of being caught, but who will find him out here where there is nothing but ghost? Bushranger Psychodrama is the strange and disconcerting story about a man pursued by his own shadow. Iarla Ó Lionáird  sings in a dialect stemming from Irish language, reminiscent of that which was spoken amongst the earliest European settlers of the south east of Australia. 

                                                                                               

Bushranger Psychodrama is co-commissioned by Symphony Space, November Music, and National Concert Hall Dublin.  
Supported by the Isaiah Sheffer Fund for New Initiatives