“…will surprise their audiences with their original and sometimes whimsical creations.”
-John Potter (Red Byrd & The Hilliard Ensemble)
“…bridging the divide between experimentalism and accessibility with apparent ease.”
-Áine Sheil (Author, ‘Opera in Ireland’)
Featuring a captivating mix of arranged and improvised music, TRYST performs a seamless show that re-imagines, re-invents and re-defines conceptions of the singer’s role as interpreter. Medieval organa and rondeau are reduced to their beautiful essence, rapid-fire Aperghis Récitations are spliced into luxuriant Poulenc chansons, American art song is placed in the dark atmosphere of Tom Waits, solos by John Cage are lent a new, subtle theatre, and Kurt Weill torch song becomes haunting two-part counterpoint.
Drawing inspiration from jazz, contemporary, classical, cabaret and folk performance cultures, Michelle O’Rourke and Nora Ryan explore and interpret vocal repertoire. This eclectic approach, combined with the singers’ rare chemistry, throws music from the canon into a new, idiosyncratic, unique and beautiful light. Renowned British tenor John Potter (Hilliard Ensemble, Red Byrd) has described the synergy between O’Rourke and Ryan as “a magical unison”.
Regular Tryst collaborators composer-pianist Jonathan Brigg, composer-drummer Dennis Cassidy and bassist Sean Maynard Smith form a chamber band that is exciting and heterogeneous as the music itself .
Tryst will be touring the United States fall of 2011 as part of Imagine Ireland, Culture Ireland’s year-long celebration of Irish arts in the United States in 2011.
Jonathan Brigg, GENTLY*
Jonathan Brigg, IT STARTED IN FUN*
John Cage, EXPERIENCES NO. 2
John Cage, THE WONDERFUL WIDOW OF EIGHTEEN SPRINGS
Guillaume de Machaut, ROSE LIZ
Richard Hundley, SWEET SUFFOLK OWL
Magister Léonin, VIDERUNT OMNES
Padma Newsome, THE OWL OF LOVE
Judith Ring, MAD SWEET PANGS THROUGH MY BELLY AND BREAST**
Garrett Sholdice, THE FORM WAS AS NATURAL AS MY TASTE PERMITTED
Tom Waits, HOW’S IT GONNA END
Kurt Weill, JE NE T’AIME PAS
Francis Poulenc, FÊTES GALANTES
Georges Aperghis, RÉCITATION NO. 11
Joanna Newsom, ON A GOOD DAY
William Bolcom, WAITIN’
*Commissioned by Nora Ryan for TRYST.
**Commissioned by Michelle O’Rourke for TRYST with funds provided by the Irish Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon.