in association with The Princeton Sound Kitchen at Princeton University
Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, fiddle & hardanger fiddle
Seán Mac Erlaine, clarinets & electronics
Nic Gareiss, percussive dance
Petter Berndalen, drums & percussion
Show your support for Irish Arts Center by purchasing an opening night ticket to This is How we Fly, and enjoy a celebratory reception after the show with the artists.
Doors Open at 7 pm | Show at 8 pm
Each night a different special guest will drop in to various concerts:
April 23: Cleek Schrey, fiddle
“Traditional music shot through with the adrenaline of contemporary influences: a lethal but irresistible cocktail.” – The Irish Times
“A white-hot creative crucible uniting four pyrotechnic young talents.” – Celtic Connections
A collaboration between fiddler Caoimhín Ó Raghallaighand jazz clarinetist Seán Mac Erlaine already sounds an intriguing proposition, but throw in American hard shoe dancer Nic Gareiss and Swedish percussionist Petter Berndalen and the results are something quite special. The search for common ground between this eclectic quartet has yielded a rich crop of ideas and a debut album that sounds like nothing else.
Individually, each member has carved out a reputation for not just mastering their chosen fields, but rising above, redefining and renewing the musical world they come from. A sublime Irish fiddler who’s not afraid to step outside convention; a thoughtful Dublin jazzman who has moved beyond the linear constraints of the genre; a sophisticated Appalachian hard shoe dancer stepping into the rhythmic foreground; and a lyrical Swedish percussionist redefining the melodic and sonic place of drums within the contours of traditional song.
This is How we Fly play everything from Irish fiddle tunes to Appalachian folk and polskas from Berndalen’s native Sweden. Shot through with the exuberant, anarchic spirits of folk and jazz, this is traditional music as you’ve never heard it before.
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