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Olagón: a Cantata in Doublespeak

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Olagón: a Cantata in Doublespeak

Eighth BlackbirdDan TruemanIarla Ó Lionáird

  • CDR 90000 174

 

The longer Cedille Selects track excerpts are designed to provide a representative overview of the album

    • Pillow Talk (8:21)

    • Dan Trueman (b. 1968)

      Part I

      Pillow Talk (8:21)

    • Introductions (7:21)

    • Introductions (7:21)

    • Marbhan’s Shadow (3:27)

    • Marbhan’s Shadow (3:27)

    • Being Only A Dame (4:59)

    • Being Only A Dame (4:59)

    • A Queen Bee (6:30)

    • A Queen Bee (6:30)

    • Stirrings I (3:49)

    • Part II

      Stirrings I (3:49)

    • For Eons and Eons (2:08)

    • For Eons and Eons (2:08)

    • Stirrings II (0:57)

    • Stirrings II (0:57)

    • Motet for Medhbh (5:35)

    • Motet for Medhbh (5:35)

    • Níl Aon Ton-Ton (2:24)

    • Níl Aon Ton-Ton (2:24)

    • Stirrings III (1:26)

    • Stirrings III (1:26)

    • You Know It’s a Salmagundi (4:07)

    • You Know It’s a Salmagundi (4:07)

    • Stirrings IV (1:19)

    • Stirrings IV (1:19)

    • Marbhan and Guaire (9:33)

    • Marbhan and Guaire (9:33)

    • Pillow Talk Reprise (4:13)

    • Part III

      Pillow Talk Reprise (4:13)

    • Restless Rest (2:09)

    • Restless Rest (2:09)

    • Ululations I (1:27)

    • Ululations I (1:27)

    • Zeus to my Demeter (1:41)

    • Zeus to my Demeter (1:41)

    • Only on Medhbh (3:42)

    • Only on Medhbh (3:42)

    • Ululations II (1:08)

    • Ululations II (1:08)

    • Reelings Reels (4:11)

    • Reelings Reels (4:11)

    • Ailíll (3:13)

    • Ailíll (3:13)

    • The Book of Lamentations (7:31)

    • The Book of Lamentations (7:31)

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Olagón: a Cantata in Doublespeak is the newest album from multiple GRAMMY Award-winning chamber ensemble Eighth Blackbird. The project finds the innovative new-music sextet collaborating with vocalist Iarla Ó Lionáird of the Irish supergroup The Gloaming, Princeton-based composer-fiddler Dan Trueman, and Pulitzer Prize-winning Irish poet Paul Muldoon. A modern retelling of an ancient Irish epic, Olagón depicts — not without irony and humor — a privileged “power couple” mired in envy, greed, and adultery, descending into criminality and addiction as Ireland’s “Celtic-Tiger” economy collapses in the early 21st century.

Trueman’s score combines elements of the traditional music of Ireland, Norway, and America with the raw urgency and sonorities of contemporary classical music. Muldoon’s text interweaves verses in English and Irish Gaelic, seasoned with word-play and wit.

Ó Lionáird, whom The Guardian calls “one of the most dramatic voices in contemporary music,” sings the text in the unique and highly ornamental Irish style known as sean nós. The production incorporates the gorgeous young voices of students of acclaimed Irish sean nós singer Treasa Ní Mhiolláin, who also makes an appearance.

Eighth Blackbird is “one of the smartest, most dynamic contemporary classical ensembles on the planet” (Chicago Tribune). Olagón is the new-music sextet’s ninth Cedille Records album. Four of their previous recordings won Grammy Awards in the Best Small Ensemble/Chamber Music Performance category.

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Program Notes

Album Details

Total Time: 91:09
Producer Jesse Lewis
Engineers Bill Maylone (Chicago Sessions), Andrés Villalta (Princeton University sessions), 
Dan Trueman (Galway Sessions)
Vocal Dramaturgy Mark deChiazza
Recorded October 9, 2015 at Princeton University (Motet for Medhbh)
January 31, 2016 on Inis Mór Árann, County Galway, Ireland (Reeling Reels; Alill; The Book of Lamentations)
January 5–8, 2017 at IV Lab Studios, Chicago, IL 
January 14–16, 2017 at Princeton Univeristy, NJ
February 13, 2017 at Princeton University (A Queen Bee)
April 5, 2017, at SHIRK Studios, Chicago, IL 
Graphic Design Studio Rubric
Cover Art Natalie Cooperman

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