Traditional Irish Music
We recently launched Event Horizon on Tradconnect and it is now available as a free download to radio broadcasters as part of our Download Centre. Event Horizon is the much-anticipated debut album from duo Géza Frank and Jean Damei that features ten tracks inspired by cosmological and astrophysical themes such as Photon Waves, Runaway Stars, Pulsars and Meteor Showers.
Uilleann piper and whistle player Géza Frank and guitar virtuoso Jean Damei are key figures in the Irish and Scottish traditional music scene and they have used the essence of these musical traditions to create something new; music anchored in our own time - the age of space exploration. The Event Horizon Project combines elements of traditional acoustic folk music and contemporary electronic music to create soundscapes that link past, present and future in an unforgettable way.
At the end of this month the duo, along with Barry Reid on synthesiser and David Lombardi on violin, will be travelling to CERN, one of the most important centres for scientific research in the world whose business is finding out what the Universe is made of and how it works, to record a brand new music video to accompany their track ‘Antimatter’.
Steven Goldfarb, one of the leading scientists on the ATLAS Experiment at CERN, said: “We need to remind the public, both scientists and non-scientists alike, that the arts and science go together hand in hand, as they have since the Renaissance. Science and art naturally overlap – both are means of investigation and both involve ideas, theories, creativity and reflection. Musicians and scientists study the world around them and express their understanding through art, knowledge and technology.”
This is the first album in The Event Horizon Project series that will see a succession of albums released alongside corresponding performances that unite music, dance, light and visuals to communicate the importance and beauty of space exploration. The live show will go on tour in 2018 and will showcase an array of world-leading dancers.
Géza describes the concept of The Event Horizon Project further, “The age of space exploration is upon us and within our lifetime we will see technological leaps beyond our imagination. We wanted to create a musical language that reflects this age. We have tried to use our music to describe these places and phenomenon’s, just like mathematicians and mathematics describes them numerically. We work a lot with musical and sonic colours and temperatures as well as sub-bass sounds in order to try and describe these concepts, such as the intense heat of the entry of meteors into our atmosphere or the rhythmic pulses of a pulsating radio star.”
Jean continues: “I have always been fascinated by astronomy. I love looking at the night sky and imagining different worlds and regions of space. There are just so many things left to explore and the distances are mind blowing. I read a lot of articles and books on the subject and when I was growing up I watched a lot of programmes about the universe. It’s really exciting to combine this passion with my love for music.”
For more information on the Event Horizon project please go to www.eventhorizonproject.com
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