A work of dark, gothic beauty, Dubh presents seven tracks by seven Irish composers: Linda Buckley, Judith Ring, Enda Bates, Peter Moran, Scott McLaughlin, Garrett Sholdice and Benedict Schlepper-Connolly.
Dubh captures Trio Scordatura at their variegated best. Alfrun Schmid (vocals), Elisabeth Smalt (violas) and Bob Gilmore (keyboard/electronics), create spaces both of astonishing intimacy and subtlety, and almost terrifying, textured expansiveness.
Dubh is about a certain generation of Irish composers, a generation that is finding its place between tradition and the modern world. A consistent atmosphere of slow-burning introspection prevails – an introspection arising out of a common preoccupation with the luxuriance of sound itself. Excursions beyond the Western equal-tempered scale are frequent, notably via the Adapted Viola, a viola designed by American maverick Harry Partch. These moments lend the overall work a rare harmonic depth and richness.
Recorded at Amplus Studios, Flanders, in sweltering summer 2009 and mixed/mastered in the snow-blizzard winter that followed, Dubh tells that there is always something other at work beneath the whitest landscape. In this, it celebrates difference, and the beauty in darkness.
released July 25, 2010
Elisabeth Smalt: viola, adapted viola, viola d'amore
Alfrun Schmid: voice
Bob Gilmore: keyboard, radio
Garrett Sholdice and Benedict Schlepper-Connolly
Garrett Sholdice, Benedict Schlepper-Connolly and Bob Gilmore