Concerts in Korea with the Clare Memory Orchestra

Concerts in Korea with the Clare Memory Orchestra

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I’m just recently returned from Jeonju in Korea where I performed the music of Dave Flynn with the Clare Memory Orchestra. We’re a 20-piece orchestra who play from memory, and through the compositions of Dave Flynn, express our living musical tradition in a new and fresh way. What we do has been described by Toner Quinn as ‘thrilling, heady and explosive’, which sums it up! Our performances in Korea were at the invitation of the Sori World Music Festival, and took place in the stunning, granite-seated amphitheatre of the Jeonju Arts Centre and in the very pictureque Songkwang Buddhist Temple. Our conductor on this occasion was the Berlin-based Sinead Hayes, who like many of the players in the orchestra enjoys the dual-citizenship of being both a classically trained and trad musician. On the trip, we were knocked out by the care and hospitality we received, and even though one of the outdoor concerts was in the lashing rain, each instrument, microphone and camera had its own plastic cover, while the musicians were provided with heat packs! We’re very grateful to Culture Ireland for their assistance in making it all possible.

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