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With the title Irish Minimalism, composer Dave Flynn has laid down a marker. Minimalism is associated with America, and specifically with composers like Steve Reich and Philip Glass (both of whom have spent a good portion of their careers disavowing the term) however, the hallmarks of the style (repetition, gradual incremental changes that accrue over time, steady rhythms which are often drawn from popular or traditional music, and a restrained sense of harmonic movement) are all compatible with Irish traditional music.

After years spent as both a composer and performer working in the dual worlds of contemporary classical music and traditional song, Flynn has fashioned a personal musical language by recognising that the differences between those two styles are not nearly as great, and certainly not as useful, as the similarities.

Tracks: The Cranning (String Quartet No. 2) I. Slip / The Cranning (String Quar-tet No. 2) II. Slide / The Cranning (String Quartet No. 2) III. The Bamako High-land / The Cranning (String Quartet No. 2) IV. Cran / The Cutting (Quintet No. 1 For Uilleann Pipes And String Quartet) I. Cutting And Rolling / The Cutting (Quintet No. 1 For Uilleann Pipes And String Quartet) II. Churning And Sliding

/ The Cutting (Quintet No. 1 For Uilleann Pipes And String Quartet) III. Lilting And Relling / The Keening (String Quartet No. 3) I. Ag Monabhar (Murmuring)

/ The Keening (String Quartet No. 3) II. Reacaireacht (Dirge) / The Keening (String Quartet No. 3) III. Gol (Cry) / Stories From The Old World I. An File Agus An Sprid (‘The Poet And The Spirit') / Stories From The Old World II. ‘M s Le Gigeog A Mheallas ...' (‘If It Was With A Fart I Won Her...') / Stories From The Old World III. An P obaire Agus Bean An T bhairne (‘The Piper And The Woman Of The Tavern') / Stories From The Old World IV. Na Seana-Chailleacha (‘The Old Hags')

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  • Irish

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