Louth Contemporary Music Society proudly announces a bold initiative for these uncertain times: a series of recordings put together under the exceptional conditions of the pandemic, …out of silence lets listeners eavesdrop on music-making of extraordinary care and intimacy.
The recordings feature world-renowned composers attuned to the intricacies of silence as much as sound. Performances are by musicians of equal sensitivity and expertise.
The first ...out of silence release is Meadow, by Linda Catlin Smith, born in New York but long resident in Canada. Perhaps her music required a move away, a quieter environment, a different pace, another view.
It is not city music. Rather, in its tuning and atmosphere, it suggests natural landscapes.
“A meadow”, the composer has said, “is a simple place, with elements that are there quite naturally; it’s not a spectacular garden, but if you look closely there are many different types of plants and tiny flowers. It is a place of infinite variation.”
This is how the music goes, weaving a meadow, weaving through a meadow, in stray fragments of tune that will be repeated until they dissolve or give way to something else, through chord sequences that move slowly but inexorably.
Listeners are drawn into this gentle but alert music by three outstanding Irish string players: Mia Cooper, violin, Joachim Roewer, viola and Bill Butt, 'cello.
There is no hurry, no need to hurry. To quote Linda Catlin Smith again, “I like to sit with things for a while, to dwell in the material, to have a chance to listen.” This is the experience she provides in Meadow.
On the cover of the album is a striking image by the Irish artist Alice Maher.
Release date: 11 December 2020 (5 February 2021: North America)
Future releases will present music by Valentin Silvestrov and Raymond Deane on 5 March 2021, and Swiss master of unexpected simplicity Jürg Frey, with whom Louth Contemporary Music Society has over several years developed a close relationship.
...out of silence is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland and supported financially by Create Louth.
Notable Performances and Recordings of 2020, Alex Ross, The New Yorker
Graham Rickson, The Arts Desk
Richard Hanlon, MusicWeb International
'Deeply meditative', Michael Dervan,The Irish Times