“The High Road to Kilkenny”

To help celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, here is a video clip from one of my favorite albums – The High Road to Kilkenny, which is a collection of Gaelic songs and dances from the 17th and 18th centuries. This music, which ranges from lively and infectious reels to tender and melancholic ballads, is beautifully performed by François Lazarevitch and the French period instrument group Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien.

It’s a fantastic album overall and if this sample catches your fancy, I’ve posted a Spotify playlist of the entire album below.

“A New Satiesfaction”

I’m hoping to get some new blog posts up in the coming weeks (grad school busyness strikes again!) but in the meantime, here is a fantastic reimagining of Erik Satie’s famous Gymnopédie No. 1, performed by Made in Berlin. This fairly new string quartet is made up of violinist Ray Chen and three string players from the Berlin Philharmonic – Noah Bendix-Bagley (violin), Amihai Grosz (viola), and Stephan Koncz (cello). Enjoy!

Jessica Meyer: “Ring Out, Wild Bells”

I realize that my blog has been a bit quiet lately. Grad school work has amped up these past few weeks, so I haven’t had time to write a full-on post, but I do have a few ideas in the pipeline for the coming weeks, once things settle down. Stay tuned…

In the meantime, to usher in the holiday season and the approaching new year, here is a stunning setting of fragments from Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem “Ring Out, Wild Bells,” composed by Jessica Meyer. It’s performed here by the vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth in an abandoned water tank in Colorado, which has been converted into a performance space/recording studio. Enjoy!