Ian Wilson Commissioned as part of Gaining Ground; Clare County Council Arts Office

Following on from the recent announcement of the first commission for Gaining Ground; Clare County Council Arts Office is delighted to announce a new project with composer Ian Wilson, to begin in the autumn. The ‘Gangani Legacy’ is a sound and music research project based in West Clare, which aims to explore the complex legacy of immigration and assimilation. Considering through dialogue the possible or conceivable influences on people living in Clare, both from an indigenous and outsider perspective; and how these might be found in certain place names, aspects of language or dialect, customs and idioms, heritage and culture, employment, sport and local attitudes. This will be a collaborative process, and Ian will be looking to engage with individuals and community groups throughout the project. (Details of how to get involved will be announced once the project starts).

The resulting piece will include the creation of 40-minute sound work that will include contributions (spoken and musical) from people of all backgrounds and walks of life from West Clare. There will be two main elements to the project; a soundtrack containing fragments of recorded conversations between Ian and local participants, and a score for two musicians; Dublin based Japanese pianist Izumi Kimura and the renowned, Joe O’Callaghan, a Clare-born guitarist. The musical score will combine influences, which are both indigenous and foreign, not in juxtaposition, but rather a melding of ideas, sounds, even songs from musicians living in the locality. The outcome of the project will be two performances in West Clare and the availability of a high quality CD recording of the work.

Gaining Ground is a major new Public Art programme for County Clare, curated by Sally O’Leary, Asprey Arts, in collaboration with Clare County Council Arts Office. The project has been developed using funds allocated from the pooled resources of the Per Cent For Art Scheme, and has been designed to take place over the next 2 years, culminating in an International Rural Arts Symposium in 2020. As part of the programme, projects will be selected to take place in North and West Clare and Shannon Town. There will also be a programme titled Reflections, which will be integral to the whole project and will involve research, evaluation and critical writing, which will be reflected at the Symposium in 2020.

For further information contact Sally O’Leary, Asprey Arts at aspreyarts@gmail.com

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