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ABOUT NEW TIME ENSEMBLE: Simultaneously traditional and innovative, New Time Ensemble weaves an articulate tapestry from the rugged threads of Irish dance tunes. Formed in Ireland while its members pursued advanced music degrees at the University of Limerick, New Time Ensemble emerged from a shared passion for animating old tunes in new ways. The result is a tantalizing blend."For starters, we aren't Irish," says Kay Vickers, who learned to play the fiddle in her native Scotland and who has performed in c il s all over Europe."But we all adore Irish music and enjoy infusing it with our own national and personal styles." Cellist Liz Davis Maxfield, a graduate of Berklee College of Music and a Fulbright grantee, notes that the Ensemble's instrumentation sets it apart."There really aren't any cellos in the Irish tradition, but we have adapted the genre to the instrument, which allows us to create new and beautiful sounds." While completing a master's degree in flute performance at NYU, Leslie Anne Harrison began bridging the classical and Irish traditional worlds."New Time gives me the opportunity to apply extended classical techniques to Irish tunes," says Leslie,"and to transport aspects of the music from the pub to the concert hall." Guitarist Fr d ric Pouille-who hails from France and happens to hold a PhD in neuroscience-contributes an unconventional, world music-informed accompaniment as well as fingerpicking melodies."New Time" suggests giving old melodies new legs in a new era. Audiences in Ireland and abroad have welcomed the sound and seem to agree that New Time Ensemble comes just in time. ABOUT THE ALBUM: Imagine leaving your day-to-day concerns and worries at home as you embark on a year abroad-a year in Ireland. You might imagine the sounds of clinking glasses in a musty pub, or perhaps the smell of a mixture of coal and turf sizzling and spitting in the fireplace as yet another rainstorm batters the windows. You might also imagine the sound of music emanating from the corner. A fiddler, a flutis
  • New Time Ensemble - Year in Ireland [CD]

Year In Ireland [cd]

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